Saanich’s 90-minute sessions are free for teens age 13 to 15 and those 60+, and just $15 for others!

3 simple steps to reaching those 2020 wellness goals

Saanich Access Pass is your key to fitness … and fun!

So improving your fitness was among your 2020 goals, but now it’s a few weeks in and you’re not quite sure how to get there.

Saanich Recreation can help!

“Everybody’s beginning is different, and I think at Saanich we do a very good job of recognizing that and offering options for everyone,” says Deanna Roch, Weight Room & Fitness Programmer with Saanich Recreation.

1. Get oriented. Start your new year, new you routine by booking a weightroom orientation – available in all four Saanich recreation centres and at various times of the week. The 90-minute sessions are limited to just four people, so there’s lots of opportunity to ask questions and learn. They’re also free for teens age 13 to 15 and those 60+, and just $15 for others!

“The orientation helps build a foundation, helps you use your time efficiently, and avoid injury.,” Deanna explains. “You’ll review basic etiquette, learn to warm up. You’ll run through the different machines and review proper form, then cool down properly.”

While weightrooms at each of the centres share some common equipment, there are unique pieces to each gym too – another bonus of an orientation.

“It’s about building that comfort. If you don’t know where to start, give it a try.”

2. Do the circuit. Want a little more guidance, or the fun of a group class? Use your Saanich Access Pass for drop-in circuit classes, led by a qualified instructor – another great way to get to know the equipment and establish a balanced routine. And for an after-hours class, there’s even the evening drop-in circuit class at Gordon Head!

3. Drop in and work out. With your Access Pass in hand, you can drop in to any of Saanich’s four weightrooms, offering close to 500 hours of workout time each week! You’ll soon see the diverse array of participants, from those recovering from surgery or just starting out to high-performance athletes.

“You see all ages, abilities and body shapes, and it’s nice because everyone is so encouraging to each other,” Deanna says. “We have weight room attendants in the rooms throughout the day and all are trained, certified and committed to ongoing education.”

Need a little motivation? Bring a buddy! Of course, with the inviting atmosphere at your Saanich Recreation Centre, you might well meet a buddy too!


Access more with your Access Pass

Your Saanich Access Pass lets you choose from 31 different drop-in activities weekly at four recreation centres. With a wide selection of passes available, find something for every budget, including a monthly payment plan for some passes. Learn more at


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With your Access Pass in hand, you can drop in to any of Saanich’s four weightrooms, offering close to 500 hours of workout time each week!

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