Fitness Center inviting public to check out programs, facilities

2012-01-11T00:09:00Z 2012-01-11T03:36:41Z Fitness Center inviting public to check out programs, facilitiesBarbara Christiansen - Daily Herald Daily Herald
January 11, 2012 12:09 am  • 

New Year's Day has come and gone. And with it, a few too many pounds that have come, but not gone. The annual fitness fair at the American Fork Fitness Center is here to help.

There will be free admission to the center all day on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The main part of the fair itself will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It includes demonstrations, health screenings, vendors and drawings held every half hour.

One of the things most anticipated about the fair is the annual pass sale, in which family passes are $100 off. The discount applies to both resident and non-resident passes. That price is only good during those four hours.

"The time to get it is now," programs manager Rebecca Danklef said. "This is the lowest you will see it all year."

Recreation Department director Derric Rykert agreed.

"It is an exciting way to start the new year," he said. "We feel like it is a chance to reward our members with a fun day and a great deal on a membership. It is also a good way to invite new users to check it out and also get a membership for themselves."

He invited both members and the general public to come to the fair and visit the booths.

"With all the vendors it gives them access to full body wellness," he said. "There will be products and samples there, along with screenings to see where they want to go for the new year."

Personal trainer Vicki Clark will be on hand to do body fat testing for those interested. Personnel from Stevens-Henager College will perform other screenings. Attendees of all ages may do three-minute step tests and flexibility testing.

"There will be screenings for glucose and blood pressure," staff member Shelly Medina said. "Everyone, especially older people, loves these. They are for anyone."

Other testing includes cholesterol, heart rate, oxygen, vision screening and spinal exams and a kickoff to the center's contest "The Biggest Loser is the Biggest Winner" will be held.

The American Fork Rotary Club will have a booth set up to make identification cards for children. There also will be fun, with balloons and face painting for kids, plus prizes and giveaways.

"Vendors will have their own drawings," Danklef said. "Plus every half hour, we will give away prizes. Those who are 10 and older may put their names in the drawing. They must be present to win. Prizes will include swimming and gymnastics lessons, plus passes to the fitness center, along with prizes supplied by the vendors. At 2 p.m. there will be a drawing for an annual family membership to the fitness center.

The first 200 who attend the fair will receive a free water bottle. There also will be pens, magnets, lights and key rings from the center.

Attendees also may pick up Biggest Loser packets, which will begin in early February. This year the contest will have a new feature, allowing those who are eliminated in the first round to come back and challenge those who continue.

The fair also will include demonstrations.

"The gymnastics team will do routines and tumbling passes and things like that," Danklef said. "There will also be demonstrations of karate and Zumba, which uses Latin-inspired music. There will be cycling, hip-hop, turbo kick and capoeira." She explained the latter. "It is a form of dance," she said. "It is almost like a chess game. It uses music and drums."

Rykert encouraged the public to attend.

"We are excited when the community comes out to the event," he said. "It shows off the programs and facilities. Hopefully the people feel there is something here for them -- programs, swimming, workouts -- we are here to support them."

The fitness center is at 454 N. Center St.

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