Monday, January 27, 2014

Fitness Programming - City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation

City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic student (practicum or internship) to assist with fitness programming. Here is the information I received:

Here at the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center, we offer several avenues of fitness training for youth and adults. From early morning to late evening bootcamp and kettlebell classes, teen fitness activites, and all-day personal training, we try to offer all levels of fitness to every member.

Fitness classes are based upon the foundations of intervals training--combining bodyweight movements with equipment such as kettlebells, medicine balls, and jump ropes. A good amount of planning goes into each class and instructors are responsible for creating interval-based workouts capable of being scaled to all athletic abilities. Classes are held 6 times throughout the week.

Personal Training is also available upon request. Those working with clients are required to work with certified trainers to perform fitness assessments and help develop personalized workout plans for clients. Detailed planning and research is required to ensure the safest training methods for each individual. 

Teen activites are offered to those between the ages of 12-15 throughout the day. Creativity and safe exercise methods for young teenagers are the focus of small group activities. Must be able to have fun.
Activities/classes offered:

"Bodyweight Bootcamp"
Through interval training and body weight exercises, participants will learn how to exercise by using the “HIIT” method—High Intensity Interval Training. Classes will begin and end with mobility/flexibility work and classes will incorporate use of kettlebells, medicine balls, and the outdoors—weather permitting. All fitness levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged.

"Intermediate Kettlebells"
Participants will use kettlebells to build strength, flexibility, and increase cardiovascular health. Basic kettlebell skills will be expanded upon while completing interval-based fitness activities. Expect a medium-high intensity for 30+ minutes of class.

"Personal Training"
Personal Training is now available upon request at the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center.  Physician’s approval may be required.

"Teen Fitness"

Not sure what to do after school? Learn how to lift weights in our newly renovated weight room, prepare for your upcoming sports season, and get tips on living a fitter, fun lifestyle!

Want more information? Want to apply?

Provide a one page statement of interest including 1) why you are interested in this opportunity 2) career goals and 3) previous related experience and certifications

CPR/First Aid certification preferred but not required

Group Fitness OR personal training experiences/certifications preferred but not required

Questions and/or statement of interest can be sent to:

Ms. Stephanie Wimer at

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