To celebrate National Health and Fitness day on June 5, a group of Airdrie fitness instructors will be offering a free outdoor workout circuit at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.
According to Jay Raymundo, the owner of NRG Fitness and a personal trainer for the last 15 years, the workouts will start at 11 a.m. on the running track and football field on the north side of Genesis Place Recreation Centre. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, he said the capacity for the session is 20 people, who will be divided into five cohorts of four.
“We’re doing this in collaboration with CanFitPro and the Fitness Industry Council of Canada,” he said. “It’s just to unify the community and show the community that in the fitness industry, we’re working together. We’re not competing against each other and we just want to raise that awareness and at the same time, get everyone involved, active and moving.”
In addition to Raymundo, the workout circuit will be led by various instructors from F45 and Crossfit 403 clinics in the Calgary area, including Candice Federico, Mike Ellergold and Jen Sander, along with independent trainer Kelsy Wilton.
Raymundo said each of the trainers will lead a full-body workout that lasts about 10 to 12 minutes each. Cohorts will move from one trainer to the next, with the entire circuit lasting roughly an hour.
The majority of the workout is going to be possible without equipment, according to Raymundo, though he said participants are encouraged to bring some basic exercise equipment if they have it, such as yoga mats, a skipping rope, resistance bands or dumbbells.
“But if they don’t have any equipment, the coaches will be able to scale and modify the movements to bodyweight,” he said.
While taking part in the workout circuit is free, Raymundo said registration ahead of time is mandatory in order to keep participation below the 20-person limit.
Given the back-and-forth opening and closure of fitness facilities throughout the pandemic, Raymundo said he hopes the event can show that exercising in small groups can be done in a COVID-safe manner. Fitness facilities in Airdrie have been ordered to remain closed since early May, though they will be able to open with limited offerings once Alberta enters Stage 2 of its reopening plan, slated for June 10.
Raymundo added exercise is crucial, as it provides various mental and physical health benefits, such as stress relief and an improved immune system.
“Now, more importantly as a community and fitness industry, we want to prove fitness is part of the solution and shouldn’t be part of the restrictions,” he said. “This way, not only will people be able to come together as a community and meet new trainers, but they’ll have the opportunity to train in different styles these trainers train under.”
To sign up for the event, email Raymundo at firstname.lastname@example.org