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Hello all our enthusiastic gym members!
We want to thank all of you for the months and years you’ve been coming to the gym in Port Elgin and for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and to workout with so many of you. It is bittersweet for us to leave the gym behind after 23 years, but we know it is in very good hands and that you will enjoy the new owners, Sara and Jesse Topp.
For those of you who have returned to the gym after the temporary closure due to COVID-19, we want to thank you for following all the new protocols that are keeping the gym and its members safe. Things have gone quite smoothly because of your cooperation.
If you haven’t been back yet because you still have concerns over COVID-19, here are some of the new measures we’ve put in place:
- Masks mandatory in the entrance and change rooms (optional but recommended elsewhere).
- Limits to the number of people in classes, in the weight room and in locker rooms.
- Designated spots for all class participants for social distancing.
- Every person gets their own spray bottle and cloth to disinfect equipment before and after use.
- New mandatory waiver specifying behaviours and expectations for COVID-19.
- We invite you to call or drop in and see for yourself what’s being done to keep everybody safe.
How the sale of the Port Elgin gym affects you…
If you have a Weight Room membership for Fitness Corner in Port Elgin, then effective October 1st it will be transferred to Topp Performance. If you prefer to stay with Fitness Corner and move to the Southampton gym, please let us know by Sept 30th and we can transfer that membership for no additional fee.
If you have a Weight Room membership that is valid for both Port Elgin and Southampton you will still be able to use both gyms – you will effectively have 2 memberships for the remainder of your paid-up period. If you prefer, you can convert your weight room membership to include the weight room and classes in Southampton, instead of Port Elgin for no additional fee. Please let us know before Sept 30th.
If you have a Classes membership for Fitness Corner in Port Elgin, then effective October 1st it will be updated to include the classes in Southampton for no additional fee. All classes currently offered in Port Elgin will be moved to the Southampton studio.
If you have a Weight Room and/or Classes membership for Fitness Corner in Southampton, there is really no change for you as a result of the sale of the Port Elgin gym.
The new Class schedule is already posted on Wellness Living with new classes starting October 1st and others starting after Thanksgiving. Please continue to book classes online through Wellness Living or through the mobile Achieve app. This ensures that you get a spot in the class and that you get an email notification should class need to be cancelled for some reason.
We are also working on a “Virtual Membership” option for classes. This will include a library of videos that you can view and workout to either at home or in our studio using the new big screen TV we’ve installed. They can be used on “snow days” or whenever you can’t attend a scheduled class for any reason. This option will be included in all regular memberships for the Southampton gym for no additional fee or can be purchased separately for a fee much lower than a regular membership. The “Virtual Membership” videos will only be available through your Wellness Living account with us. We will have a wide variety of videos available and they will be updated regularly to keep it fresh. We will also have some equipment available for rent if you want to do the virtual classes from home. That way you can even try a Step class or a Spin or BUFF class right from home!
Thank you – keep safe, active and healthy!
Holly and Frank Vanderzwet
✅ More time slots, lots of variety, something for everyone!
✅ Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required!
✅ Book your spot on Wellness Living with Fitness Corner!
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Exciting news for Fitness Corner and Topp Performance!
Fitness Corner in Port Elgin has been purchased by Topp Performance. A deal has been struck between Holly and Frank Vanderzwet of Fitness Corner and Jesse and Sara Topp of Topp Performance which will see the Port Elgin gym and studio at 737 Elgin Street become the new home of Topp Performance, effective October 1, 2020.
This is a great deal for everyone, including owners and members of both businesses.
Jesse and Sara see the studio as an ideal place for them to run their Martial Arts programs which up to now have been conducted in the Maple Square Mall. The facility will also allow them to expand their Personal Training programs and weight training gym which they plan to run as a 24 hour operation.
Holly and Frank had been looking for a partner as a way of slowly easing out of the business, eventually towards retirement. Jesse and Sara were very open to discussion about some sort of working arrangement but quickly realized the facility suited their own plans, so they made an offer to purchase the gym and studio outright. Holly and Frank will continue operating Fitness Corner South in Southampton.
For gym members of Fitness Corner in Port Elgin….
Members will be able to continue using the gym under the new ownership for the remainder of their current paid-up membership. As part of the investment by Topp in the business, new equipment will also become available around or shortly after Oct 1. Members will also have the option to transfer their membership to the Southampton Fitness Corner gym. People who have dual memberships at both Port Elgin and Southampton will be able to continue using both gyms until the end of their current paid-up memberships.
For gym members of Topp Performance…
All services will continue to operate in our current facility as per normal until Oct 1st 2020. After October 1st our Topp Personal Training members will transition to the new facility throughout the month of October. Your trainer or coach will work with you to provide the best suited schedule at either location in this transitional period.
For fitness classes members of Fitness Corner in Port Elgin…
Classes currently offered in Port Elgin will no longer be available with Topp Performance but will now be provided at the Fitness Corner Southampton studio. Port Elgin members will be able to attend these and all other fitness classes offered in Southampton for the remainder of their current paid-up membership, for no additional fees. Virtual classes will also become available soon as part of their membership for no additional fee.
For people with “10-pass” prepaid packages for Fitness Corner…
These “10-pass” packages are normally good for either Port Elgin or Southampton. However, since attendance and number of passes remaining can’t be tracked by 2 separate businesses, individuals will need to decide which business they want to remain with – Fitness Corner or Topp Performance. All remaining passes will be honoured at that business until used or expired.
For Martial Arts members of Topp Performance…
Martial Arts classes will continue to operate at the current facility. Opening up to new members on September 1st, 2020. We will still train at the current training area and transition to the new facility throughout the month of October with hard opening date of November 1st 2020. After November 1st, 2020 all services will be offered at the new Topp facility located at 737 Elgin Street in Port Elgin.
Sat. Aug. 1st Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – SAT. 9:15 A.M. SWEAT class is ON
Sun. Aug. 2nd Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 3rd CLOSED
Fitness Corner Southampton
Sat Aug. 1st Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – 9:15 am BUFF is Cancelled
Sun. Aug 2nd Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 am YOGA on the LAWN is ON
Mon Aug 3rd CLOSED
Sunday at 10:30 am on the lawn at Fitness Corner South!
🌞 Donations will be made to the Living Hope Food Basket in Port Elgin and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
🌞 Social distancing will be observed.
🌞 Everyone welcome!
To our wonderful members,
We are allowed to open the gym!! It’s been a long time coming but we are so grateful to finally be able to open our doors to help you manage your health and fitness!
As you no doubt already know there will be several policies and procedures that go along with the facilities being open during the ongoing pandemic. Here are some of the things to expect…
1. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A NON-MEDICAL MASK TO ENTER
The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit requires everyone to wear a mask in the common areas of a gym where physical distancing is difficult. This means the front entrance, desk area as well as the locker rooms. We encourage you to wear it when travelling from place to place in the weight room while lifting weights. It is not a requirement if you are using the cardio equipment or attending a fitness class.
2. THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS IN THE FACILITY MAY BE LIMITED
This number will be based on our square footage but will also depend on where people are in the gym during their workouts. Every second piece of cardio equipment will be put out of service to allow for proper social distancing in this area.
We will allow weight room members to use the studio, when there are no classes running, for functional, circuit style workouts requiring smaller equipment. Please respect the area and use it safely. DO NOT THROW BALLS ETC. AT THE WALLS. The area has cameras to monitor safety. Memberships will be revoked if damage has been done.
3. WORKOUT TIME MAY BE LIMITED TO ONE HOUR PER MEMBER
Depending on usage and the number of people wanting to work out we may have to limit a workout to one hour. Please respect this policy as well as your fellow gym members. You may be politely asked to leave if you over say your workout time.
4. YOU MUST CLEAN YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT AFTER USE
A spray bottle of sanitizing product and a towel will be given to each person upon entry. Use this on each and every surface and piece of equipment you touch. Please hand in the spray bottle and the towel to the laundry bin at the front desk when you leave. Hand sanitizer will be available for you upon entry and exit from the facility.
5. WASHROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS WILL BE OPEN
We recommend that you come dressed to workout but showers will be available. Only one urinal in the men’s room will be available and the shower area will be limited to one at a time. Please practice social distancing in these areas as well as the rest of the gym. Masks will be required here.
6. YOU MUST BOOK CLASS PARTICIPATION THROUGH OUR WELLNESS LIVING PROGRAM
Classes will be limited in size due to the social distancing rules. Please pre-book classes and be sure to cancel if you decide not to come
7. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MAT TO YOGA
We will no longer provide mats, straps, blocks, blankets or bolsters for our yoga classes. Other equipment used in classes that is easily cleaned will still be available for use. Your instructor will put the required equipment out for you prior to class. You will be responsible for cleaning the equipment you used after class. The instructor will put it away.
8. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE GYM IF YOU ARE UNWELL
If you experience fever, sneezing, coughing, runny nose or other flu like symptoms please do not come to the gym. Please continue to wash your hands as often as possible. We will provide hand sanitizer for use on the way in and out of the facility.
We are so pleased to once again welcome you to Fitness Corner and Fitness Corner South!
We are opening Fitness Corner in Port Elgin on Friday July 17th from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Going forward our hours of operation for the Port Elgin facility will be
Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fitness Corner South will open On Monday July 20th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours there will be
Monday to Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
ALL Memberships will be re-activated starting on Monday July 20th
WELCOME BACK! We are pleased to once again open our doors for your health and wellness. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep calm and carry on!
Holly and Frank Vanderzwet
Fridays at 8:30 am in the parking lot at Fitness Corner South!
🔹 Donations will be made to the Living Hope Food Basket in Port Elgin and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
🔹 Social distancing will be observed.
🔹 Everyone welcome!
Join Jennifer for Outdoor Wednesday Morning Step! 9:15 am in the parking lot at Fitness Corner South!
🌟 Steps will be provided
🌟 Donations will be made to the Living Hope Food Basket in Port Elgin and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
🌟 Social distancing will be observed.
🌟 Starts Wednesday, July 15.
🌟 Everyone welcome!
Join Holly for Sunday Morning Yoga! 10:30 am on the front lawn at Fitness Corner South!
🙏🏾 Bring your own mat.
🙏🏾 Donations will be made to the Living Hope Food Basket in Port Elgin and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
🙏🏾 Social distancing will be observed.
🙏🏾 Starts Sunday, July 5.
Everyone welcome, namaste.
Join Holly for a HIIT class!
Join Holly for 1/2 hour of pilates!
Join Holly for a half hour cardio and muscle conditioning class!
To all our valued clients, we hope that everyone is keeping healthy and continuing to practice safe distancing. We understand some of you may be getting anxious about how long this situation may last. It has greatly disrupted normal routines for everyone, including our fitness routines. We feel your anxiety as well and we want to help.
In order to help keep you “in the game” we are now offering some of our equipment up for rent to use at home.
This includes smaller items such as dumbbells, bands and mats. It also includes some slightly larger items, such as benches, steps, balls and even bikes. To see a complete list of items and pricing, you can go to https://fitnesscorner.ca/memberships/ to get to the Store, or to the Wellness Living Achieve app and go into the Store there. Once in the Store select Equipment Rental. Since we have limited quantities, before ordering anything online, please check with us for availability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also need to have an account at Fitness Corner with an up to date email address and billing information. You can also email us to help you set that up. Once we confirm availability, we will email you instructions on how to pick up and pay.
As many of you know, to help keep people moving, we have been offering daily workout videos on the Fitness Corner Facebook page and website. We have just set up a schedule for these workouts which include HIIT, Total Toning, Cardio Dance, Pilates/Yoga and beginning next week Step with Jennifer Cooper. We do have Steps available for rent as well as light weights, bands and mats for the other workouts.
We hope this helps getting through these difficult times.
Holly & Frank Vanderzwet
Join Holly for 30 minutes of Cardio Dance!
Join Holly for a half hour toning workout!
Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 am – Total Toning/Muscle Class
Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 am – Cardio Class (Aerobics, Cardio Dance)
Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 am – no class today
Friday, April 17 at 10:30 am – Pilates
Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am – Muscle/Cardio Circuits Class
Sunday, April 19 at 10:30 am – Yoga
Have a weight, band, mat, chair, waterbottle and energy close by. 🙂
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Join Holly for Retro Aerobics 2!
Join Holly for a half hour band workout!
Join Holly for a 35 minute Latin Dance workout! Dance like you are a star!
Join Holly for a half hour pilates class.
Join Holly for a 30 minute Barre Class. You need ballet shoes, socks or barefeet and a chair.
Join Holly for a relaxing 30 minute yoga session.
Join Holly for a fun “Socks” Class! Try to find (but not necessary), old socks that fit over your shoes, a weight, a mat, and a chair.
Half hour Pilates mat class with Holly.
Join Holly for a half hour muscle workout!
Namaste home 🙂
A shiny black bear joined us today! He was across the street, then moved on up the hill. Check him out at about the 23 minute mark!
Join Holly on her back deck for a great cardio workout!
After careful consideration of the quickly changing circumstances around Coronavirus (COVID-19), Fitness Corner has chosen to suspend fitness classes and gym operations effective at midnight, Monday March 16th for a period of 1 week. This suspension will be in effect at both the Port Elgin and Southampton facilities.
At Fitness Corner our number one priority is the safety, health and well-being of our clients, staff and community. As tough a decision as this has been, we feel it is the right thing to do under the current circumstance. We sincerely apologize to you, our clients for this inconvenience.
As always, we truly appreciate the support which we receive from you and thank you for that. We will continue to evaluate the situation and keep you posted on a possible re-opening date. In the interim all paid-up memberships will be placed on hold. We will look forward to welcoming you back as things permit.
Holly & Frank Vanderzwet
Fitness Corner Inc.
Due to the weather Fitness Corner South is closing at 2 pm today! Fitness Corner is still open.
Stay safe guys!
Fitness Corner and Fitness Corner South are both OPEN today for anyone who can safely get there!
9:15 Cardio Dance in the Fitness Corner Studio is happening but the 9:30 yoga in the Fitness Corner South Studio is canceled.
Stay safe everyone!
Fitness Corner South is closing at 12:00 pm today (5:30 pm Strictly Cycle is Cancelled)!
Fitness Corner will remain open for anyone who can safely get there.
Stay safe everyone!
What are you doing to improve or maintain your health? Many diseases are quite preventable, are you doing anything to reduce your risk of developing some common diseases? Do you smoke? Please quit. Are you inactive? Please move. Do you consume more than two (women) or three (men) alcoholic drinks per day? Please cut down. Do you lift weights? Get started, especially if you are female and over 18 years of age. Do you walk, run, cycle, ski, swim, dance or do anything to get your heart and breathing rates up for a total of 20-30 minutes at least three times each week? Please do it.
So many symptoms of several health issues can be reduced or even prevented by exercising regularly and eating properly. Adult onset diabetes is one of the diseases that can be eliminated by following a healthy eating plan and a moderate exercise plan on a regular basis. Heart disease is another. So are some mental health issues and even some cancer risks can be greatly reduced through exercise and healthy eating habits. Even arthritis pain can be managed with some activity. Aside from disease prevention, eating well and exercising regularly will improve your mobility, flexibility, strength, balance and stamina. Your mood may improve, so will your sleep. In short, your quality of life will improve.
Where to start? I suggest moving. Even if you are a smoker, your health will improve through adding activity to your week. An active smoker is healthier than an inactive smoker. The more active you become the greater the chance you will want to give up the cigarettes next. How do you move? Choose an activity that you like and commit to it. Walking briskly is always a good place to start. You don’t need special equipment and it’s usually easy to do. Don’t stroll. Get your heart rate up a little. Too nasty outside for walking? Join a facility that has treadmills, buzz through Wal-Mart or go up and down stairs, wherever you can find some. Cycling and swimming are also excellent, especially for anyone who suffers from arthritis. These are non weight bearing activities that are excellent for heart health. Can’t do it outside? Find an indoor facility. Don’t want to exercise alone? Join a group activity like basketball, pickleball or fitness classes. Group activity adds the element of socialization which is also excellent for your mental health.
I mentioned weight lifting. This is an excellent exercise method for women, as well as men, to manage bone health. Young women, as well as those who are older and are pre or post menopause, who do strength training with weights will build their bone density, therefore reducing their risk of osteoporosis later in life. Before the age of 18, body weight exercises or exercise using light weights is best. After 18, heavier weights can be introduced. Anyone of any age should progress slowly and gradually when lifting weights. Care should also be taken to do it correctly in order to prevent injury. The added stress placed on bone through weight lifting will cause the body to lay down excess calcium, therefore improving the density of the bone. This means less risk of fractures, in the young or old. Strength gains can be made at any age. Older men and women both have become stronger, and therefore more independent by exercising with weights. If you are an older adult that seeks to maintain your independence, and wants to live in your own home as long as possible, I suggest you get moving. Your balance will benefit, therefore your risk of falling will be reduced. That alone will help keep you living independently. There is much you can do to improve or maintain good health. Make the move and start today!
Winter is the time to begin to get fit for golf. That’s right, especially if you are spending the winter here and counting the days until the course opens once again. Getting into the routine of a golf exercise program over the winter will keep your strength for the sport, improve your skills and have you enjoying the game at the very first game of the next season. Winter may not seem as long for you either.
Maintaining and improving strength and flexibility throughout your “core” will be the best thing you can do for your golf swing. The power for the swing comes from the core muscles. Any exercise that is rotational through the spine will be beneficial. It is important to engage the abdominal muscles while performing any rotational exercise however, to ensure that the lower back is protected. A simple ab, core strengthening exercise that can be used as a warm -up is to stand with the feet shoulder width apart, knees relaxed while holding a golf club or broomstick in front of you at shoulder height. Pull the abdominal muscles in as though you were getting ready to accept a light punch to the stomach. Do not allow the knees to move as you twist the upper body slowly from side to side. Gradually increase the range of motion of the twist. This will improve flexibility as well as strength. To take that exercise to a level higher, do it from a seated position on the floor or on a bench with the feet elevated and holding a weight. Lean back slightly, concentrating on keeping the abs engaged, and perform the twist. If there is lower back discomfort while doing this, do not lean back. Focus on as much rotation as comfortably possible. Make the waistline do the work, not the arms. Keep the shoulders relaxed. Use a weight that is challenging but not extreme. 10 to 12 repetitions is good.
Using a pulley machine in the gym for torso rotations is great for golf training as well. If possible have the pulley handle at about chest height. Keep the shoulders down, upper back muscles engaged and allow the knees to move as you pull the cable out and across the body. 10-12 repetitions is good for this as well. This can also be done with the handle coming form the bottom of the pulley machine. Pull the handle up and across the body with rotation, allowing the knees to move as they would in the golf swing. Be sure to keep the shoulders down. Begin with light weight and increase over time. Pay close attention to good form.
Both external and internal hip rotation exercises will also benefit your golf swing. One internal rotation exercise for the hips is to stand with feet shoulder width apart using a broom or golf club in front of you for balance. Lift one leg, flexing at the hip and knee. While keeping the upper body centered and stable, rotate the leg across the body as far as possible. Perform 15 repetitions fairly quickly but paying attention to good form. Do not allow the upper body to move. Repeat on the other leg. To target the external hip rotators, lie on you back with your legs lifted, knees bent at 90 degrees. Put your two fists side by side between the knees. Press your knees into your fists as you press the feet as far apart as possible. You will feel this one in the outer hip (medial gluts) area.
Both Yoga and Pilates classes will be very beneficial to the golfer as they incorporate many balance, flexibility and strength moves. You can also hire a personal trainer to design a golf specific training program. Keep fit for golf this winter and improve your game in the spring.
Holly Vanderzwet, B.P.E.
15th Annual Reindeer Romp
Fitness Corner • 737 Elgin St., Port Elgin
Cost is $15 (adults), $10 (students) and $25 (family rate). ALL proceeds will go to Bruce Shoreline, the local branch of the Grey Bruce Mental Health Association (tax receipts available).
Distances: walk, jog, or run 2k, 5k, 10k.
Everyone is welcome! No talent required! Wear your best reindeer outfit… or just come dressed in your favourite seasonal colours!
Congratulations to the lucky winners of our water bottle giveaway!
Barb Wrightson, Melissa McKague, Donna Kraemer, Karen MacDonald, Lee Anne Johnston, Jessica Ferencsik, Paul Dawson, Lily Pinarello, Vanessa Krispine, Cathy Wiles, Carol Norris, Anne Marie Harding, Cathy Walter, Frances Barrick, Joan Vaughan, Brian MacKay, Tracy Oksanen, Kim Smith-Hull, Heather Wallace, and Solveig Ribey.
Come on in to Fitness Corner or Fitness Corner South to pick up your shiny new water bottle!
You’re invited to a Christmas Lunch
Wed., Dec. 18, 12:30 pm at the Walker House in Southampton.
Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. Please sign up at the front desk.
Good eats, fun and prizes!
Member Appreciation Wine and Cheese
Thurs., Dec. 19 · 7:00 pm at Fitness Corner South
Please sign up at the front desk.
Jingle, jingle, mix and mingle!
Fitness Corner is no longer selling water in plastic bottles. Instead, we are selling 500 ml re-useable aluminum bottles branded with the Fitness Corner logo.
To celebrate this we are giving away 20 of the aluminum branded bottles!
REFILLS, NOT LANDFILLS!
Winners will be drawn on Nov. 29, 2019. Prizes must be picked up at Fitness Corner.
Laurel and Hardy hammin’ it up in today’s 9:15 am Halloween BUFF Class!
Both gyms are closed on Thanksgiving Monday.
Yoga Sunday morning in the south studio is cancelled.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Attention Hot Yogis!
Hot Yoga is now on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm!
Fall Membership Sale held over until Oct. 10!
Get your yearly membership now!
A HUGE Thank You to EVERYONE who participated, volunteered or sponsored others at the 39th Terry Fox Run!
Over $23,000 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research.
Get fit through quick paced skills and drills guaranteed to make you sweat!
Tues. 5:30 – 6:15 pm in the Fitness Corner Studio
Begins Sept. 24 • 10 weeks • Pre-Registration required
FREE for Fitness Class Members, $45 for Weight Room Members, $90 for non-members (+HST)
Taught by Holly Vanderzwet