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15 Ways to Keep Your 2015 Resolutions with Chandler Parks and Recreation

Tumbleweed Recreation Center - Fitness Center
It’s three weeks into the New Year; how are your resolutions going? Did you pledge to spend more time with your family? Maybe you want to travel or perhaps lose those last five pounds?

More than one-third of all New Year’s resolutions involve weight loss, healthy eating and/or exercise. With 250,000 Chandler residents, that means roughly 83,000 Chandler resolutions revolve around these topics.

Chandler Parks and Recreation wants to help you achieve your health and wellness goals in 2015 and has dozens of opportunities waiting for you. Below are just 15 ideas to keep you on track for maintaining your health and wellness resolutions.

  1. Are you looking for personal attention to meet your fitness goals? Sign up for personal training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC), 745 E. Germann Road. The TRC has three outstanding trainers (profiled elsewhere in this issue) who have the knowledge and skills to help you meet your goals, no matter your age or fitness level. Half hour, hour and two-person training are available; prices vary. Visit for more information.
  2. Whatever your skill level, participating in the Early Bird or Night Owl Year-Round Lap Swimming programs at the Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers will help you swim your way to fitness. The water is heated, and annual passes are available for Chandler residents. Check for dates and times.
  3. Chandler Parks and Recreation operates, maintains, protects and conserves more than 1,200 acres of land in more than 60 park facilities. This includes plentiful open space and 46 walking trails that give you year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and connect with family, friends and neighbors.
  4. Working on your rhythm this year? Sign up for one or two dance classes. Each quarter, dance classes are offered for all ages in hip hop, jazz, ballet, Irish and more.
  5. Stop by the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) for a tour, and sign up for a one-week free trial with full access to this amazing 62,000-square-foot facility. The TRC also features a fitness center, locker rooms, indoor track, gymnasium, two racquetball courts, 50+ weekly group exercise classes, and a dance studio, as well as supervised child watch throughout the day for children, ages 1 through 7.
  6. Harness your chi through Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo and other martial arts classes offered monthly at several recreation facilities.
  7. The City’s Adult Sports Leagues offer residents a great way to exercise, have fun with family and friends, and meet new people. Last year, more than 6,000 people played in men’s softball, co-rec softball, men’s basketball, men’s flag football, and co-rec indoor volleyball leagues. Each sport is offered three times a year, and teams can choose to play in a competitive or recreational division.
  8. Deciding what to make for dinner each night can be a struggle, especially when focusing on healthy eating. Chandler Parks and Recreation’s cooking classes – Inspired Cuisine 101, Intro to Vegetarian Cooking and others – will provide you with the skills and recipes to make delicious and healthy meals.
  9. If you are an active adult, ages 55 or older, the Chandler Senior Center offers 24 weekly activities – arts, crafts, cards, games, and more – in addition to basic medical screenings, day excursions and three free weekly arthritis exercise classes.
  10. Chandler Tennis CenterYou will love playing at the Chandler Tennis Center in Tumbleweed Park. The facility is known for its beautiful grounds and quality programs, and it was recently rededicated with 15 new post-tensioned concrete lighted courts. The Center offers leagues, adult and junior lessons, tournaments, social events, drop-in play, private instruction, ball machine rental and racquet restringing. Reserve a court today!
  11. Maybe exploring the great outdoors is more your speed. Each quarter, Chandler Parks and Recreation offers six guided hikes to scenic spots throughout the southeast valley, including Lost Goldmine Trail, Papago Park and Colossal Cave Mountain. You can also bring your well-behaved, leashed dog on the hikes, which depart from the Community Center and the Environmental Education Center.
  12. Is tackling a triathlon on your to-do list for 2015? Sign up for the Hamilton Aquatic Center’s Adult Group Practice swim classes focused on Endurance or Refinement to build confidence, increase stamina and improve technique in choppy water conditions you might find in a crowded pool, lake or ocean.
  13. Looking for a safe, low-impact activity that is great for the entire family? Consider Family Yoga held at the Environmental Education Center. These classes are designed for parents and children to experience the benefits of yoga while spending time together.
  14. Group Cycling is an awesome way to burn fat, increase strength and improve cardio fitness, and it’s offered at the Tennis Center at various times Monday through Saturday.
  15. Take your weight loss and fitness management to a new level with the ‘InBody’ body composition test at the TRC. By simply standing on the footplates and holding the handgrips of the multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analyzer, you will learn your percentage of body fat and muscle and receive printed results of your body composition, metabolic rate and more to help you reach your fitness goal.

As you can see, no matter what your health and wellness goals are, Chandler Parks and Recreation can help you achieve them in 2015.

For more information on the many classes and facilities mentioned in this article, call 480-782-2727 or visit

Reach your goals with the help of personal fitness training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center

We all need a little help sometimes. Sticking to an exercise routine is hard enough, and it’s even more difficult if you don’t know the best way to stretch, correct exercise techniques, or proper nutrition for getting the positive results you need to stay motivated. You need someone in your corner who you can trust; someone who shares your goals and has the necessary knowledge to help you set up an exercise and nutrition program tailored to your unique body type. If you really want to raise your fitness level in 2015, make an affordable investment in your health and well-being and hire a personal trainer.

In addition to a fitness center, indoor track, gymnasium, exercise and dance studios, and locker rooms, the City’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center now offers personalized training sessions at affordable rates. Half hour, hour and two-person training sessions are available from three outstanding personal trainers: Julie Johnson, Gael Tambe-Ebot, and Erin Reed. 

  • Julia Johnson
    American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer National Exercise Training Association (NETA) Certified
    Johnson has more than 13 years of personal training experience and has been a group exercise instructor for more than 25 years. In addition to ACE and NETA, she is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). With her extensive experience in the fitness field, Johnson has been successful in developing strength and conditioning programs for individuals and groups, in a variety of ages – from pre-teens to senior adults – and all fitness levels. She has also taught strength training, cycling, fitball, hi/lo aerobics, kickboxing, step and strength/cardio circuit classes. In addition, she has been the strength and conditioning coach for men’s and women’s tennis teams at the NCAA Division II level.
  • Gael Tambe-Ebot
    American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer
    Tambe-Ebot is an ACSM certified trainer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Exercise and Wellness. When it comes to physical activity routines, he is incredibly creative and is constantly experimenting and finding new and exciting ways for individuals to accomplish their fitness goals. His extensive training empowers him with the skill set to inspire and tailor workouts for all ages. Tambe-Ebot specializes in circuit training, the perfect style of exercise for people with hectic schedules. He also believes in the importance of living a healthy lifestyle while maintaining a life of adequate physical activity.
  • Erin Reed
    National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
    Upon receiving NASM certification in 2006, Reed eagerly looked forward to helping others experience the transforming impact of a personal trainer and daily fitness routine. As a mother of three busy teenagers, she knows the importance of having energy and balance. Reed believes wholeheartedly that adding a fun, safe, encouraging, and successful fitness routine to your life can make all the difference. Her passion for personal training has led her to successfully work with many groups of people with various goals, including weight loss, strength gains, and overall health and fitness improvement. Reed’s background is mainly focused in private, small group, and bootcamp programs ranging in all fitness levels and experience. Functional training is the key component in her tailored programs to maximize success. Form and flexibility are also incorporated to prevent injuries, assist all the systems in the body to work efficiently, and maximum productivity and success during workouts. She specializes in designing programs that are enjoyable and leave you looking and feeling great.

Call 480-782-2900, or visit today to learn more about personal training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center.