Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
The Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center now has a fitness center thanks to the acquisition of a large quantity of used workout equipment from a local company that is no longer in business. For the bargain price of $8,000 the equipment was purchased. The fitness center opened June 17, and since that time $3,063 has been collected from 823 individuals who use the facility. The equipment includes Precor treadmills and elliptical machines, Star Trac bikes, Hammer Strength plate loaded fitness machines, and Magnum Fitness Biangular Series machines.
Atlantic Avenue walkers and bikers are seen making a quick stop to continue their exercise routines. Individuals residing in neighborhoods close to the facility love the convenience. Windows line much of the room brightening up the atmosphere and allowing for a distant view of the marsh, and a pleasant view of the magnificent oak tree adjacent to the building. Another benefit on hot summer days is the plentiful cool air circulating throughout the facility.
The good news, is that the price is right! For a Fernandina resident the cost is $3 a day, or $25 a month. Those living in the unincorporated areas pay $5 a day or $31 a month. Passes are also available for those interested in a longer term commitment. City residents are charged $120/six (6) months, and Non-City residents are charged $150. For one year passes, City residents are charged $180, and $225 for Non-City. On October 1, a new package fee structure will take place for those interested in using the pool and fitness center.
City employee Jay Robertson, is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer with additional certification in Fitness for the Older Adult, Performance Nutrition and Specialist in Sports Exercise. (Click here for Deborah Powers’ profile .) For those new to the fitness room, Jay offers a introductory session providing a tutorial on the facility and its machines at no cost. For personal trainer services the cost is $30 for individual sessions, $75 for weekly sessions (3 hourly sessions) $200 for monthly (2 sessions/week for 4 weeks). Monthly packages can include dietary analysis and food program. Contact information follows.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. On Saturday the hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Youth ages 13 – 15 require adult supervision. Those ages 16-17 can participate unsupervised if parent or guardian sign a waiver.
September 25, 2013 4:06 p.m.