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Fitness centre in St. Anthony getting upgrades

Vanessa Ricks is one of the members of the St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre committee. She is a regular gym goer, and is looking forward to the new upgrades for the facility.
Vanessa Ricks is one of the members of the St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre committee. She is a regular gym goer, and is looking forward to the new upgrades for the facility.

On the Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador, there are only a few organizations and facilities that offer physical fitness classes or equipment.

In St. Anthony, the gym at the College of the North Atlantic, St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre, is a popular choice.

The inexpensive, not-for-profit facility is run by a group of volunteers. Over the past few years there have been a few minor upgrades, including anti-fatigue mats, mirrors and some equipment.

But the group has decided now is the time for some bigger upgrades.

Vanessa Ricks is a member of the volunteer group, and is also a frequent user of the facility. She has been vocal in the need for equipment upgrades. She and cousin Steven Ricks have determined a list of products and equipment that would be beneficial for the gym, and have placed the order.

A new squat rack, weightlifting bars, a set of kettle bells, a flat bench, plyoboxes and other fitness items are en route.

Vanessa and Steven Ricks have been working with Agnes Patey, Steve Parsons, Ryan Patey and Bill McGee on the upgrades. They, along with several others, make up the committee responsible for the facility.

In total, thousands of dollars will be reinvested in the equipment and upgrades. And in addition, they have applied for grants to continue to improve the centre.

On top of the new equipment, the facility was closed last weekend so Vanessa and Steven could give the floors and walls a new paint job.

Over the past few weeks, some of the cardio equipment has stopped working. The group is looking at repairing treadmills, if possible. If not, new treadmills are expected to be purchased in the coming months.

Those looking to get a membership can stop by the College of the North Atlantic, go in through the gym entrance and fill out a form that can be found inside. Place the form and gym fees (currently $15 per month, or $10 for CNA students) into an envelope and put it through the slot on the door in the gym between the squat rack and heavy bag.

Members will receive an access card within a few days that works at the rear door of the building.

For updates on the facility, visit the Facebook group, St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

In St. Anthony, the gym at the College of the North Atlantic, St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre, is a popular choice.

The inexpensive, not-for-profit facility is run by a group of volunteers. Over the past few years there have been a few minor upgrades, including anti-fatigue mats, mirrors and some equipment.

But the group has decided now is the time for some bigger upgrades.

Vanessa Ricks is a member of the volunteer group, and is also a frequent user of the facility. She has been vocal in the need for equipment upgrades. She and cousin Steven Ricks have determined a list of products and equipment that would be beneficial for the gym, and have placed the order.

A new squat rack, weightlifting bars, a set of kettle bells, a flat bench, plyoboxes and other fitness items are en route.

Vanessa and Steven Ricks have been working with Agnes Patey, Steve Parsons, Ryan Patey and Bill McGee on the upgrades. They, along with several others, make up the committee responsible for the facility.

In total, thousands of dollars will be reinvested in the equipment and upgrades. And in addition, they have applied for grants to continue to improve the centre.

On top of the new equipment, the facility was closed last weekend so Vanessa and Steven could give the floors and walls a new paint job.

Over the past few weeks, some of the cardio equipment has stopped working. The group is looking at repairing treadmills, if possible. If not, new treadmills are expected to be purchased in the coming months.

Those looking to get a membership can stop by the College of the North Atlantic, go in through the gym entrance and fill out a form that can be found inside. Place the form and gym fees (currently $15 per month, or $10 for CNA students) into an envelope and put it through the slot on the door in the gym between the squat rack and heavy bag.

Members will receive an access card within a few days that works at the rear door of the building.

For updates on the facility, visit the Facebook group, St. Anthony Health and Fitness Centre.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

The current facility will be receiving some upgrades.

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