Skip to main content

Tong Louie Family YMCA gym opens this Friday

My neighborhood gym is finally opening its doors at the end of the week. I am so excited because other fitness centers like Club16, Fit4Less, and AnytimeFitness have already opened their facilities. I can't wait to get back to my regular fitness routine and pick-up where I left off on my strength training regime. I received the welcome news via email last week with this statement and was asked to reactivate my membership which was put on pause from March to June.

"We are excited to announce that we are reopening the Tong Louie Family YMCA on Friday, June 26th at 2:30 p.m."

I filled in the reactivation web form on Friday and received confirmation today with details on what to expect. Gym visits are staggered to ensure physical distancing and only possible with advanced registration through the MindBody scheduling website https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/. I didn't want to be the first at the door at 2:30pm and appear to be too eager so I booked a 3:30pm Fitness Floor Access instead. I'll be heading straight to the barbells.





As expected, there are strict guidelines to adhere to, including these important points emailed to me:

• Arrive dressed in athletic attire as change rooms are closed at this time
• Please bring:
    • A filled water bottle as drinking fountains are closed
    • Your own yoga mat if you are attending a yoga class
    • A sweat towel
• If you have booked a time on our fitness floor, please leave the YMCA 1 hour after the start of your booking time.
• Please arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before your appointment start time.

I know the aquatic department will still be closed and that is fine because I don't think we know enough about how to keep COVID-19 away from pools and hot tubs yet. I have to be efficient with my workout as I am only allowed to stay for 1 hour this Friday which should be more than enough time. I am ready to start pumping iron because the jugs of dish soap I was using at home in place of barbells was getting old.


Nevertheless, I am looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces at the front desk and support staff. Please contact YMCA of Greater Vancouver at (604) 939-9622 if you wish to reactivate or start your membership.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Frustrating experience we had with a Honeywell baseboard heater

Here is a review of a baseboard heater for use in your basement if you are in the market for one. I just thought I would write one up because of the hassle I had to go through with my initial choice for a heater. I bought the Honeywell HZ-515C baseboard heater at Canadian Tire for $59 back in August 2008. It was for the basement suite where our friends Gabriel and Natasha are. It worked well for medium to large rooms and was quiet which was a great selling feature. However, by April 2009, the unit had stopped working and I was forced to get it replaced. The replacement warranty was 3 years for these units and it was only 9 months of use. The replacement unit was fine until it stopped working again in March 2010. This was almost a full year of use but I wasn't impressed at this point. I went back to Canadian Tire and wasn't surprised to see that they no longer carry this model. Even if they did carry it, I would probably just pick a different model for the same amount which is w

How I Fixed My In-Sink Garburator

Our kitchen garburator had been out of order for the past few weeks and I thought I would give it some tender loving care this Christmas Holidays because we'll need it. It's a Mainline Model 1900 and has been very dependable for the past 6 years. This happened a few times before and all I did was run a wooden barbeque stick through the serrated edges of the garburator blade to dislodge whatever gunk was in there and that did the trick. It didn't this time and I was ready to spend some money.  I was tempted to call our plumber and have them fix this for me (here take my money) but I thought to myself, how hard can this be. I was also tempted to take the whole thing apart to clean whatever was causing the blade to not spin but I'm sure I would have lost a few fingers or two if I did that. What did work was using something everyone already has lying around the kitchen - a butter knife. Take the butter knife and find the gap in the blade to insert the tip of the kn

Berry-picking at Krause Berry Farm in Langley

After the trip to the zoo last weekend, we headed out to the Krause Berry Farm in Langley the very next day for some berry-picking and farm animal-petting fun. My sister, Dennis, kids, my mom, and family all went. Melvin, Patricia, and kids were also there (although I didn't quite see them in the farm as we were madly trying to fill our basket full of blueberries). We didn't go into the raspberry patch as there weren't as much and decided we would rather just buy more of the blueberries from the store in the farm instead. We also purchased some strawberries and corn, and the berry-flavored pies all looked so good. We'll get some of those next time. There is a fenced petting area where I saw a llama and goats, and you can purchase feed for $2. There is a horse-carriage and rides were offered around the farm for $2 each. We didn't go into the rides this time. I lined-up at the concession stand to get us some drinks as it was very hot that day. I ordered lemonade drink