Sea Colony Fitness Center and programs keep members warm in the winter

For 10 years, Sea Colony has been providing the community with nearly endless possibilities for fitness and health, and this winter season, they look to do it again.

sea colony fitness: The fitness center in Sea Colony features many machines for keeping the pounds down and the temperature up. Coastal Point • RYAN SAXTON
The fitness center in Sea Colony features many machines for keeping the pounds down and the temperature up.

From aerobic classes, weight training, Nautilus and cardio workouts and machines, saunas, hot tubs, a 25-yard pool and a variety of sport courts, locals have been finding plenty of ways to keep toned and fit, even when the weather cools off.

While summertime bustle limits membership to Sea Colony residents only, the winter is a perfect time for residents of the larger community to get back into the swing of things. Sea Colony Fitness Supervisor Jen Neal and Activities Manager Mandy Savage have been seeing returning members each and every year.

“This year has been a really good one for us,” said Savage, who has been with the center since its start in 1997. “We’re up in our membership, and we’re trying to become more aware of the community.”

Recently, she, Neal and other fitness center managers received certification for classes for those with arthritis. “We hope to take it even further by next year and become more aware. I’d like to offer more gym-based programs for that.”

The fitness center is planning a spin-a-thon in February, as well as an upcoming swim-a-thon to benefit cancer research.

Membership in the off-season, running from Labor Day through Memorial Day, can be purchased on a month-by-month basis or for multiple months at a time for a discounted rate, and has been going strong since the center’s start. Drop-ins are also welcome. Guests can attend an open-house at the fitness center in mid-December.

Aerobics classes are offered throughout the year, including arthritis courses, yoga, Cardio Circuit, Pilates & More, Spin, H2O and Master Swim.

“Our classes are open to all ages and all levels are welcome,” said Neal, who has been with the center for seven years. Members receive a 10 percent discount on birthday parties, too. Group and private swim lessons are available, as well as daily water aerobics, parent/child programs and swim teams of all ages.

“We also like to attract families,” said Savage,” and that is why we like the group membership. We offer family memberships, and it’s nice because they can play basketball, go swimming or do anything like that.”

Tot-time is provided for the younger ones, too, offered for those with children 4 months and older. “Parents can just bring them here when they want to go to the gym,” said Savage.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Freeman Fitness Center will hold a free gait analysis sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Running Company (RBRC). Guests are welcome to stop by for free analysis of foot and ankle structure performed by Russ Evans, owner of RBRC, including a video-taping of their feet while they run or walk on a treadmill. This analysis can help identify one’s type of gait or determine whether they have any over-pronation issues, Savage said.

Evans will also be able to recommend appropriate running or walking shoes given the results. RBRC also helped with Sea Colony’s Turkey Trot this year.

“It’s a new shop, and it’s really something that this area needs,” said Neal. Those coming in for the analysis are asked to be sure to bring their current walking or running shoes along.

“A lot of the returning members in the off-season come back,” said Savage. “They enjoy taking time off in the summer, and going for runs on the boardwalk, knowing that we’ll still be here for them in the wintertime.”

Savage and Neal attribute the returning number of members to their customer service and friendly personalities. “We try to be happy and get to know our people and see what’s best with them,” said Savage. “If someone’s not interested in a membership, we don’t want to sell them one. We want to work with them.”

The Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. For more information about courses, schedules, rates or upcoming programs, call (302) 539-4911, visit their Web site at www.seacolonyrecreation.org, or stop into their office on Westway Drive, past the tennis courts, on the left.