It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get in shape at any of our 23 locations across the City. Whether you want swimming, classes or all-inclusive, we offer affordable, convenient and flexible options for you and everyone in your family.
Hi, my name is Paula Phillips. I’ve been a group fitness instructor with the City of Ottawa for the past 19 years. I’m also a personal trainer and a gym supervisor as well.
My name is Brian Robitaille. I’m the Fitness Program Coordinator here at the Richcraft Recreation Complex. I’m responsible for the Hydro Rider program which you see the bikes going in the water right now.
Hi, my name is Kristy. I work for the City of Ottawa. I’ve been a City of Ottawa employee for well over 10 years now.
I think the people love it because it’s exercise in disguise. They come in and they think they will attend a dance class and then I sneak in fitness moves and before you know it, everybody is sweating and having a good time. They love it because it doesn’t feel like exercise and that’s pretty much why to come to work out. They don’t want to feel like it’s a choir. So they just do it and enjoy doing it and enjoy the dancing. Everybody comes in smiling and happy and they leave smiling and happy.
Our indoor cycling program, just like any other spin class, is conducted with a group of people to music. It’s very encouraging and people get to work out at their own pace, they get to choose their own resistance following the instructor’s suggestions on hill climbing, sprinting...that kind of thing.
One of the things I’m working on for the City of Ottawa, specifically in Parks, Rec and Culture, is often times, I hear people in our community who don’t know that we offer fitness as part of our programs and services which I find surprising because we have an abundance of fitness classes whether that be on land or in the water, whether that be through a membership or through registration based. We offer subsidies to people who have lower incomes that otherwise couldn’t afford recreation programming or fitness programming for themselves or their children. We offer fitness programming for those with special needs specifically those with cognitive or physical needs that otherwise these needs would not be met within the community. We offer programming, a vast array of programming in fact, for older adults and more and more we are creating programming for families and youth as well as partnerships with schools and sports teams in order to provide fitness services for them.