After a week of closing to spiffy up the 69,000-square-foot Breckenridge Recreation Center, the athletic center re-opened Oct. 15 with new group exercise classes and new equipment.

Marika Page, the facility’s fitness coordinator, is “always trying to add more and new cardio and higher intensity classes in the winter,” because people like to stay strong and as safe as possible during the ski season. After all, pumping up your endurance means you can hike to powder stashes after a morning of freshies on the runs and also stack up as many days as possible this season.

As of Oct. 15, Page has made some changes to the group exercise class schedule.

Highlights include CrossBlast, a high-intensity circuit class that will perk you up at 6:15 a.m. Mondays with its revolving challenges, and Cyclocross, a cycling class that includes a circuit workout at 5:45 p.m. Thursdays.

Participants strengthen all major muscle groups with BodyPump.

People raved about Ruthie’s Cardio Dance, so it’s back. You can get your groove on with her high-energy fusion of dance styles at 6:15 a.m. Fridays.

Zumba has moved to 5:45 p.m. Monday nights, and MatBlast moved to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Remember: By attending any of the classes, you’re actually “voting” for them when you sign in: Classes come and go due to popularity.

If you’re into weekend workouts, good news: Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. cycling class is back, so you can get your workout in and still have an entire day to play.

Yoga has moved to Carter Park’s indoor room at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the winter.

And, of course, favorite classes continue, including Yogalates (a blend of yoga and pilates), BodyPump (the ever-popular barbell class that works all major muscle groups), Silver Express (a moderately paced class focusing on correcting muscle imbalances, improving range of motion and strengthening muscles), Stretch and Strength, Water Aerobics, Mat Pilates, Yoga and Hatha Yoga (a slower paced yoga class, suitable for beginners).

BodyPump instructors are highly trained to keep participants safe and strong.

Every instructor at the rec center is highly trained and certified, and they energize every class to get you going.

This year, the Breckenridge Recreation Center also has new equipment: two new Stairmasters, two new LifeFitness ellipticals, a new cable crossover in the free weight room, eight new televisions in the cardio room, and a new water filling station as part of the Town’s green initiative.

As always, swimmers, tennis and racquetball fans and climbers will find plenty to do.
Parents can also enroll their kids into special programs at the Breckenridge Recreation Center or, for ages 2 months to 6 years, Bearly Big Childcare is open from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The rec center’s hours change slightly, based on season, but generally speaking, during the fall and winter it’s open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday hours vary by season.

For information on passes, punch passes and daily admission prices, click here.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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