In addition to core equipment people look for in a weightroom, at your Saanich recreation centre you’ll also find specialized equipment designed to increase accessibility for users of all abilities and fitness levels.

You belong here! Specialized weightroom equipment for every body

Visiting Saanich Recreation’s four weightrooms, you’ll see the expected array of treadmills, bikes and ellipticals, supporting users of all ages in their fitness goals from early morning to late evening.

But today, in addition to the core equipment people look for, and a selection reflecting the uniqueness of each centre’s users, you’ll also find specialized equipment designed to increase accessibility for users of all abilities and fitness levels.

“You can visit our facilities any day of the week and find people from 13 to 90 years old – you belong here too!” says Lisa Banks, Programmer, Health Services, with Saanich Recreation.

And you can try it all with your Saanich Access Pass!

  1. The Rope Trainer – Inspired by that rope climb exercise in high school gym class – in a good way – this trainer at Saanich Commonwealth Place uses a pulling motion to work arms, chest and back. You can easily adjust the weight and even reverse the motion, pulling upwards to work your triceps. Even better, by working a variety of muscle groups at once, you maximize your workout time!
  2. NuStep Crosstrainer – Many find a recumbent bike easier on the hips, knees and joints, and this recumbent crosstrainer works in much the same way. The addition of an arm component creates a total-body workout and offers accessibility for those limited lower-body mobility. Try this at all four centres!
  3. Kinesis – Available at Commonwealth Place and Gordon Head centres, this trainer uses real-life body movements to build strength. Fully customizable, adjust for your height, size and core strength to train in a position that works for your body, and because you use it from a standing position, you’re also engaging core and legs, for an all-over workout. “With four stations at one machine and a huge range of motion, this is a machine that fits every body,” Banks says.

Patrons are encouraged to share thoughts about equipment and possible additions. “We don’t want to buy something just because we think its great. We want to ensure the equipment is wanted by the majority of users,” Banks says.

New to the weightroom? Book an orientation!

“We love showing beginners around,” Banks says. Every centre offers orientation sessions and personal training options. The Active Living Guide also highlights when staff are on the floor of the weightroom, so you can drop in at those times in case you have any questions.

Get your Access Pass today!

Your Saanich Access Pass offers 31 different drop-in activities weekly at four centres, including fitness, sports, swims and skates. Check out the activity calendars online, then buy your pass online or at any Saanich rec centre. Find a good selection of passes to choose from, with something for every budget, including a monthly payment plan for some passes. Learn more at


Saanich weightroom patrons are encouraged to provide input about equipment additions they’d like to see.

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