Centre offers recreation in the chill of winter

Tyler Clarke
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The winter chill doesn’t have to equate being cooped up indoors until spring. 

Yoga instructor Gloria Bell, centre, is seen striking a yoga pose alongside a couple of the women she heads yoga sessions with on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. at the Margo Fournier Centre. 

The winter chill doesn’t have to equate being cooped up indoors until spring.

The City of Prince Albert’s Margo Fournier Centre offers programming all year long, with the greatest variety offered in the winter.

“Everything we do right now is drop-in,” the centre’s recreational co-ordinator Curtis Olsen said, noting that there’s a $5 drop-in cost, or bulk punch cards at a discounted price.

Before the “After Work Fitness” yoga session Gloria Bell hosts began on Friday afternoon, she said that turnout tends to be relatively low, at around five people.

“I think it’s one of Prince Albert’s hidden gems,” she said of the centre, which offers drop-in programming every weekday.

One bit of programming special to the winter months is free of charge, Olsen said, with their gymnasium opened from noon to 1 p.m. for walkers.

“We don’t give any equipment out or anything, but you can come by just to walk,” he said. “If the noon hour works for them, it gets them in to walk out of the cold.”

As for their drop-in programming, Olsen points out that there are several different fitness activities people can take part in.

Fitness sessions have been set up during every weekday’s noon hour to coincide with participants’ lunch breaks, with different focuses every day.

After-work fitness classes take place for an hour beginning at 5:15 p.m., with cardio the focus on Monday, zumba on Wednesday and yoga on Friday.

Zumba’s been of particular interest to people lately, Olsen said.

“I didn’t know about it much until last year, and it was what everybody was asking about,” he said of the Latin dance workout. 

Evening yoga also takes place on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and morning yoga sessions take place on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Low-impact adult fitness classes take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Various other recreational and social activities are available at the Margo Fournier Centre, which is located behind the Gateway Mall, at 1211 1st Ave. W. and can be contacted at 953-4816.

City taxpayers also subsidize the Frank J. Dunn Pool and the Alfred Jenkins Field House, which offer additional recreational opportunities throughout the year. 

Organizations: Margo Fournier Centre, Prince Albert, Alfred Jenkins Field House

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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