Vicki Klyne, programmer with Esquimalt Recreation, invites you to check out some of the close to 50 Try It Free program demos on offer Jan. 6 to 21.

Rev up your routine with a Try It Free week from Esquimalt Rec!

From fitness to the arts, there’s tonnes to try this January

You’re ready to rev up your fitness or recreation routine, but don’t want to commit to something brand new without trying it first?

No problem! With Esquimalt Parks and Recreation, you can Try It – for free!!

From Jan. 6 to 21, Esquimalt Recreation offers close to 50 Try It Free program demos – dozens of opportunities for all ages to try some of the department’s many registered fitness and arts programs.

“Sometimes people are nervous to try something new, or don’t want to commit to a full program if they haven’t tried it before,” explains programmer Vicki Klyne. “This way they can register for the free session, try it out, and if they like it, register for the full session!”

And because sample classes are scheduled for a similar time as they’re typically scheduled, you can see how they’ll fit into your weekly schedule.

The recreation team switched to the Try It Free format several years ago after finding the traditional “trade show” approach didn’t provide a true flavour of the programs. After all, there’s no better way to see if you enjoy an activity that simply to try it! You can also talk to the instructor, ask questions you might have after the class, and more.

“January is a popular time of year for people’s fitness goals, but many people also want to explore new interests and hobbies, so our Try it Free sessions allow you to do that,” Klyne says.

From Yoga for Runners to Salsa Cardio Core, Watercolour on Masa Paper to Hawaiian Hula, there’s just so much to sample!

Check out all the programs online to see what you’d like to try or pick up a brochure in the Fraser Street centre.

While the demos are free, be sure to preregister as space is limited. Register online, by phone at 250-412-8500 or in person at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St.

While you’re visiting the centre, be sure to also take advantage of our Free Pop-Up Art Booths at the Student & Instructor Art Show Opening Reception on Jan. 10.

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