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The Tuesday after Labour Day is the equivalent of New Year’s Day — it’s the opportunity for a fresh start. This is when students typically make their resolutions for the new semester.

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By Remington Fioraso (Contributor) – Email

Print Edition: September 10, 2014

“Being a student and balancing life can make it difficult to go out and take advantage of the different facilities available.” (Image: James Lord/Flickr)

“Being a student and balancing life can make it difficult to go out and take advantage of the different facilities available.” (Image: James Lord/Flickr)

The Tuesday after Labour Day is the equivalent of New Year’s Day — it’s the opportunity for a fresh start. This is when students typically make their resolutions for the new semester. The most common resolution? Getting healthy. Specifically, going to the gym. The amount of options available for this can be overwhelming — but we’ve done some of the work for you. Keep reading to find out more about a handful of Abbotsford’s fitness centres.

Abbotsford Recreation Centre

ARC is located at 2499 McMillan Road by Yale Secondary. One of the perks to ARC is that the U-Pass covers the cost for drop-in use of the facility. There are classes including yoga, pilates, cardio, and cycling. If you are not really interested in going to the gym but still want to work out, the ARC does have alternatives — swimming and ice skating are also available. 

GoodLife Fitness

GoodLife Fitness is located at 32500 South Fraser Way. Monthly membership fees vary depending on your interests. There is an array of activities and services available, in addition to the typical gym equipment — for example, Zumba, hot yoga, a women’s-only section, and personal training. From Monday to Thursday, it is open 24 hours. In addition, a free three-day trial is available on their website if you want to get a taste of what the gym has to offer before committing to the monthly fees. 

Apollo Athletic Club

The Apollo Athletic Club is located at 3600 Townline Road. Membership fees can be paid monthly, every six months, or yearly, and you can get a free day-pass to try it out before signing up. The facility’s activities include racquet sports, basketball, swimming, weights, a sauna and steam room, and group exercise. Apollo Athletic Club has child-minding for an additional fee.

VRC Fitness

VRC Fitness is located at 2814 Gladwin Road. The activities available at VRC Fitness include swimming, cardio, weights, group fitness, yoga, and basketball, and there is a women’s-only section. For those with children, child-minding is available for an add-on cost to the monthly membership fee. They also provide a one-day trial pass to try the facility out.

UFV Fitness Centre

The Envision Athletic Centre beside AfterMath houses the Fitness Centre in E100.  The fees are not included within the student fees and cost $40 for the year.  Gym membership includes access to weights, bench press, and universal stations. The Abbotsford campus location makes it convenient to go after classes. 

Being a student and balancing life can make it difficult to go out and take advantage of the different facilities available, and it can also be intimidating if you are doing it for the first time. However, many of these fitness centres have flexible timing and a variety of programming — you can tailor your own interests in what you do, or you can try something new entirely! Whatever the case, there are plenty of options for you to improve your health this semester.

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