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Fort St. John
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Tel: 250-787-7100
9924 101 ave Fort St. John, B.C.
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Local gymnastic club offering programs for everyone

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This year, the facility is offering a wide array of programs designed to cater to all levels of gymnasts, as well as all demographics interested in physical activity.

Aside from regular gymnastic lessons, some of the programs offered through the club include Gymnaestrada, a combination of gymnastics and dance.

Another popular choice the club’s boot camps, hour long training sessions where participants take part in a variety of exercises using the gymnastic equipment, designed for cardio, weight loss and strength training, but delivered in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

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Currently, the club is in its third week of its boot camp program, which runs until Dec. 17 and starts up again after the New Year. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. and costs $220 for the full four months. Anyone interested is encouraged to come try the program. The club is offering a first free class to get a taste of what is involved.

The facility also offers a day care program for class participants, where children are supervised in a room with some of the club's coaches.

The program now offers a unique, new program called Parkour, an activity where the participant uses speed and gymnastics to creatively manoeuvre through their environment. The sport has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and is even being considered being added as an event at the X-Games.

Along with these three programs, the club also offers drop in classes, where anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend, work out with the coaches and use any of the gym's equipment. This drop in class is not only for gymnasts; a group of snowboarders use the facility to train while there is a lack of snow on the ground.

Erin Hipkiss, the club’s Recreational Coordinator, says with all the exciting programs the club's popularity has been growing substantially. She attributes its growing attraction to a very successful summer program, which has carried over into this year.

Hipkiss also spoke about the future plans for the gymnastic program, which look very promising as the club will be getting a new coach from Russia, Andrey Bekov, who has an impressive history in the sport, and currently is training some of the Junior National team.

She says all of these unique experiences offered through the club are its way of "redefining what happens in the building."

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