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"...the RC is amazing!"

As a member of the Yellowknife Racquet Club for many years I am proud to say the RC is amazing!

The club has so much to offer, the variety and quality of fitness classes and yoga classes, the modern and well equipped weight rooms, the courts, and the beautiful lounge and sitting area all make this club top notch. The Club is the place where I work toward attaining my fitness goals , maintain and further myself through Yoga as well as enjoying the social aspect of interacting with other members and the staff on a day to day basis or at organized social functions.  The Yellowknife Racquet Club’s social functions are well attended and are fun,  the club’s seasonal decor is beautifully done and staff organize every detail to ensure the social function is enjoyed by all.

Yellowknife Racquet Club is modern, well maintained and very clean, the staff are helpful, efficient & knowledgeable, the instructors have excellent skills and are kind & supportive while encouraging the participants.

Yellowknfe, NT

-- Martina

How the Yellowknife Racquet Club has come to my rescue

In my early 30s I was diagnosed with Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxia and chronic rheumatoid arthritis, as a high-performance athlete I was shocked and stunned, In lay man’s terms the part of my brain that controls, movement, balance. agility, sequencing and spatial awareness is shrinking and being replaced by fluid, putting strain on my neck and shoulders. As of now my brain doesn’t know that I have anything below my knees so walking is an issue and falling is a common  occurrence. Typical me I just tried to ignore it hoping it would go away while I enthusiastically moved from athlete to coach. (old adage if you can’t do then teach ) swimming occasionally to try and keep in shape. On one of my visits to my neurologist l I was given the information that if lived past 52 I would most likely be in a wheel chair by 60. I horrifically recalled this on the eve of my 52nd birthday (while I struggled to get out of the bath doing the whole 180 rotation thing). I solemnly vowed that if I didn’t die the next day (gulp) I would get my act together as a wheel chair in Yellowknife is not exactly something to look forward too!

I tried signing on at different gyms and even getting a physical therapist but got turned down for various reasons. Enter the Yellowknife Racquet Club. In a daring move I presented myself and demanded membership, much to my surprise they were super welcoming and encouraged me to attend any class (….yeh right with those supersonic ultra-fit types). Initially I kept to myself but the staff were super friendly and there were loads of classes that looked like fun, (in my mind I could do them all) I plucked up courage and attended a HIIT class, I fell over my own feet a couple of times, was at least 4 moves behind the class but it was fun, and afterwards the instructor came over and asked how she  could assist me, encouraging me to come again. Subsequently, I’ve tried many of the huge variety of classes, some I can do very little in and others I’m getting better, but I’m always welcomed and every instructor shows me adaptations that suit my needs so that I can participate.  At no time have any members or staff been condescending or annoyed when I fail to do a lift or complicated sequence of moves. I decided to be daring and try a mini trampoline bouncing class. I fell off at least 3 times and must have looked like a jellyfish on steroids. The poor instructor was a smiling nervous wreck. The next time I attended, management had brought in a special rebounder with a stability bar…wow! That’s going the extra mile!! It’s way more fun now although I still think the instructor gets nervous.

The social vibe of the racquet club is awesome. There is a variety of abilities and ages that access the hub of activity, none of them being irritated when I get in their way, from yoga gurus that let me hide under a weighted bag in the solstice studio when I have a bad day to the eye candy that mimic Marvel characters, smile politely and offer assistance. Don’t get me wrong its tough but in the end, I’ve shown improvement in the last 8 months, my brain is rewiring to enable me to do more (I do triceps dips out the tub now). I’ve got help and acceptance all in one.

So as I rub the blarney stone on my way out, I suck in the arctic blast of air, survey the parking lot below (praying I don’t face plant) I realize that life’s still tough but it’ll do….thanks to the help and support of Kelli’s crew and my new gym buddies.

Thank you one and all

-- Sincerely Jane Mooney

Something for everyone!

Arrived in Yellowknife, recently retired, not knowing anyone, unfit and overweight.

Having gone to the Trade Show, where the Racquet Club had a stand, I was persuaded to give it a try! I was a little intimidated at first but it didn't take long to find that there are so many activities for all fitness levels. The staff are aways friendly, available to help and/or give advice that my fears weer quickly overcome. Regular social activities are also offered should you wish to participate. Something for everyone!

Great atmosphere, have a workout, take a class soak in the hot tub or just sit and have coffee. Am I still intimidated? Absolutely not!

-- Trish

"Proud to be a member..."

Being involved in fitness for years, it was quite a struggle when I injured my knee and was unable to do much of anything.  My years of running were over. After having a knee replacement, the Racquet Club enabled me to rehabilitate using the wide variety of strength and cardio equipment.  The months of recovery were daunting, however I was greeted and encouraged by the staff on a daily basis.  After some time I started to attend non impact, but challenging classes,  such as barre, yoga, spin, and core. The instructors are knowledgable and offer modifications to exercises in order that all shapes, sizes, ages (yes even 55 plus) and abilities can participate.  Four months ago it was difficult to go up the stairs. I am now happily going to classes and building strength in the weight training room six days a week.  Attending any fitness club can be intimidating, however the Racquet Club atmosphere is welcoming and professional.  I'm proud to be a member and thankful such a facility is available in Yellowknife. 

-- Heather Chang

There's a class for this

“I am someone who hated (hates) to work out.  My sister has always loved it.  She convinced me about a year ago (after 4 years) to try this new class that she liked at the Racquet Club, she assured me it was not a cardio class.  I went to my first class on a Tuesday.  That was it, I was hooked.  I like the mix of moves, strengthening and instructors.  Each instructor challenges you in different ways while encouraging you and making you want to do better. I still hate exercise, but I love these classes and hate to miss one.  I recommend this class and all the instructors to everyone. As a bonus….my clothes fit better and above all….I feel better!”

-- Anne Marie