LifeFit Center @ The Beach
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-2015
|HOURS OF OPERATION|
|Mon - Thurs||8:30am - 7pm|
|Fri & Sat||8:30am - 2pm|
LIFEFIT CENTER @ THE BEACH ANNOUNCES EXPANDED HOURS OF OPERATION
As of January 4th, 2014, the LifeFit Center @ The Beach, a health and fitness facility for people age 50+, will be expanding hours of operation to include Saturdays. The LifeFit Center @ The Beach opened its doors a little over one year ago on October 12, 2012 and started with limited hours of operation Monday through Friday. The LifeFit Center will be open from 8:30am – 7 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30 am - 2pm every Friday and Saturday starting January 4th.
The LifeFit Center has had great success in its first year growing to over 250 members. Of the LifeFit Center’s first year success, LifeFit Center Director Ayla Donlin said, “I am so pleased with the community that we have created at the LifeFit Center. The members, staff, and interns are all committed to an environment that promotes holistic wellness and a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.”
The first year’s success at the LifeFit Center @ the Beach can be attributed to:
About LifeFit Center @ The Beach: LifeFit Center @ The Beach is a health and fitness facility for people age 50+ located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The LifeFit Center offers a variety of programs and services for all people age 50 and above including: group fitness classes, equipment orientations, fitness/balance assessments, personal training, and has designated LifeFit parking for members.
Exercising is a good idea if you want to live a long life. You know that. But have you wondered just how many years you might gain by heading out for a brisk walk?
A team of researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute may have the answer. Their study, published in PLOS Medicine (2012; 9 (11); e1001335. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335), quantified how much life adults gain by regularly engaging in certain levels of physical activity. The scientists pulled data from six studies that followed more than 650,000 people, aged 21–90, over an average of 10 years. “Our objective was to determine the years of life gained after age 40 associated with various levels of physical activity, both overall and according to body mass index (BMI) groups, in a large pooled analysis,” the authors explained.
Here are some highlights from the study:
“These findings suggest that participation in leisure time physical activity, even below the recommended level, is associated with a reduced risk of mortality compared to participation in no leisure time physical activity,” reported the authors.
They added that this information could be used to encourage sedentary individuals to engage in at least minimal amounts of regular activity.
Heidi has been chosen as our Team Member of the Month for the month of November! Heidi has recently extended her position from Personal Trainer to include Service Desk Lead as well. With her new position she has taken on several new responsibilities, while still fulfilling her personal training duties. She has exceeded our expectations in just a short time and alwasy goes above and beyond what we ask of her. Heidi is a great representation of what the LifeFit Center Staff is. The LifeFit Center is extremely excited to have Heidi on our staff for a long time. She really is a difference maker to our staff and our valuable members.
The LifeFit Center @ The Beach walked it out on President’s Day with their first ever Walk-A-Thon on Monday, February 18, 2013. Members, students, and CHHS staff all joined in for two hours of walking and talking to promote the center and the many benefits of exercise. The LifeFit Center is now a proud affiliate of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus initiative and was happy to have success with their first ever event. The walkers were taken on a tour of the campus and even made a few laps around the university track. They walked approximately 4 miles in the two hour time span and took time for plenty of photo ops. Director Ayla Donlin had this to say about the event, “I was thrilled with the success of the LifeFit Center’s first Exercise is Medicine® on Campus event! We had over 30 participants from the LifeFit Center and College of Health and Human Services. We also had an entire Fitness Walking Class (around 30 students) join us to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and we got a great workout too!” The LFC plans to host more exciting Exercise is Medicine events going forward and looks forward to involving more and more of the CSULB community!
LIFEFIT CENTER T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE
The LifeFit Center now has t-shirts for sale for only $10. You can purchase your LifeFit Center t-shirt at the service desk.
The LifeFit Center is now proud to say that it is officially an Exercise is Medicine on Campus facility.
We at the LifeFit Center are making a commitment to uphold and promote these guiding principles of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMC) Program.
• Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
• More should be done in university and college settings to encourage students to establish lifelong exercise and physical activity habits that have the power to significantly improve the quality of students’ lives.
• Support the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM’s) efforts to bring a greater focus on exercise and physical activity in university and college settings.
The LifeFit Center will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The LifeFit Center will be resume its normal schedule on Tuesday, January 22nd.
Interested in joining some group fitness classes in the evening? The LFC is happy to say that we will be starting group fitness classes starting the week of January 22. These classes will be as follows:
Butts & Guts
Spin & Krank
Stretch & Relax
Butts & Guts: 50 minutes of moderate to high intensity resistance training to target the major “problem areas”. This class will utilize body weight, resistance bands, weights, and more to focus on the abdominal, hamstring, and gluteal muscles. Don’t miss out!
Kickboxing: 50 minutes of jabbing, uppercuts, sidekicks and more in this jam packed cardio workout.
Body Sculpt: 50 minutes of strength training working on all major muscle groups. If you enjoy consistency and a slower paced resistance training workout this class is for you.
Stretch & Relax: 30 minutes of stretching all the major muscle groups, followed by 10 minutes of relaxation exercises. If you can’t find the motivation to stretch on your own come join this class to lengthen your muscles and soothe your mind.
Spin & Krank: 50 minutes of training using a Spin bike and the Krankcycle machine. This full-body cardiovascular workout will leave you feeling empowered and strong. Don’t know what the Krankcycle is? Try this new format and find out what your workouts have been missing.
On Friday December 7, 2012, the LifeFit Center @ The Beach held it's first ever holiday party. And we must say it was a huge success. The holiday party was an all day event that went from 10am to 2pm and featured two holiday lectures by Program Coordinator Heather Mazzei, a potluck with the members and staff, and a holiday trivia. Click here to go to our Facebook page and see all the great pictures!!
The holiday lectures were focused on "How To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays!" Heather Mazzei put on a fabulous lecture with 10 easy steps to take during the holidays to ease everyones health during the holidays with all the delicious treats we have all come so accustomed to. You can still view the Holiday lecture by following this link.
All members and staff were invited to join in on the potluck. There were yummy deserts, cool refreshments, delicious salads, and great holiday bread. It was a success with many members and staff joining in to bring some holiday cheer to the party.
The LFC also had a holiday trivia with a raffle. The big winner of the raffle was Linda DeGuire! She will recieve $10 off her next membership dues!
The LifeFit Center hosted it's first lecture in the Roger F. Greaves Learning Center on Friday November 16th. The lecture was done by Ann Coccagnia on the "Power of Plants." With a great showing of guests, over 15 people, for the first lecture in the Roger F. Greaves Learning Center Ann talked about the the power plants have in our daily diet and their nutrinional value. Also provided during the lecture were food samples and great laughs.
Ann is the founder of the Vegan Depot. "The Vegan Depot will be growing. It’s been planted to help the residents of Long Beach, CA, and elsewhere, learn about the power of plants. You can use them to create dinner, heal diseases, clean your house, make fashionable clothes, mix pretty makeup, and, of course, put them on your desk!
For now, swing by the Los Alamitos Farmer’s Market on Sundays to snag some cruelty-free treats and grab some literature. All questions about veggie-based eating and living with be answered with a smile."
For more information, contact Ann by number 310-862-9209, email her at info@TheVeganDepot.com, or just check out her website at thevegandepot.com
The LifeFit Center @ The Beach will soon be offering an aqua aerobics class. The class will take place at 12pm noon to 1pm in the shallow end of the CSULB Pool. For more information about the class please contact Ayla Donlin at Ayla.Donlin@csulb.edu or 562.985.2005.
The LifeFit Center @ The Beach was in full force at the 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove 2012 in San Diego, CA on Sunday October 21. Many of the LifeFit Center's staff members were able to participate/volunteer in the The 24 Hour Fitness Tour de Cove raised nearly $100,000 for CAF! "PEDAL TO THE PODIUM" was the theme of this year's Tour de Cove, where we celebrated our Paralympic athletes during the four and a half hour cycling marathon. The event featured over 100 stationary bikes and Krankcycles® on the lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the center of the 19th annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
The Tour de Cove (TDC) returns to beautiful La Jolla Cove on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Join the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) for a four and a half hour cycling marathon as the 24-Hour Fitness Tour de Cove event presents a day of awesome energy and inspiration. There will be over 100 stationary bikes and Krankcycles® on the lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the center of the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
The money raised for the 2012 Tour de Cove will help the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) provide funding directly to physically challenged individuals for the acquisition of adaptive sports equipment such as sports prosthetics, racing and basketball wheelchairs, handcycles, and mono-skis. Additionally, it will help subsidize competition and training expenses, produce mentoring and fitness clinics, and offer community outreach programs.
A new era has begun in the Kinesiology building at California State University, Long Beach as the LifeFit Center @ The Beach enjoyed a successful ribbon cutting on October 12, 2012. With over 40 people in attendance at the LifeFit Center, the Dean of College of Health and Human Services, Ken Millar, cut the ribbon into the facility. Among many people in attendance were CSULB President F. King Alexander, Provost Don Para, OLLI President Malcolm Green, and VP of Administration & Finance Mary Stephens.
Supported by the College of Health and Human Services (HHS), the new LifeFit Center @ The Beach celebrated its grand opening on Friday.
According to Ayla Donlin, director of the LifeFit Center, the idea came about after Frog's Fitness, which was located in CSULB’s Walter Pyramid, closed in late 2010.
“It was a sad day for us when Frog’s Fitness closed,” Donlin said. “The college of HHS recognized the need for older adults [in that] they didn’t have facilities where they felt they could be comfortable as members. So we knew that we needed to offer something to them.”( Below picture courtesy of Kysung Gong)
The 17,000 square-foot facility, located in the Kinesiology building, caters specifically to community members as well as CSULB faculty and staff who are 50 years of age and older.
Members of the LifeFit Center are also required to be current members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on campus, which is another HHS sponsored program that offers classes in different subjects to the same demographic.
“We’ve partnered because we realized that we’re serving the same population and that we can meet needs in different ways … they’re committed to lifelong learning and … we are to a lifelong commitment to health and fitness,” Donlin said.
According to Donlin, their partnership with OLLI also serves to broaden the member interaction beyond the LifeFit Center to all of the OLLI activities.
Leroy Martinez, a 67-year-old Belmont shore resident and an OLLI member of two years, signed up at the LifeFit Center two weeks ago after he stumbled upon it while looking for his OLLI classes.
Martinez, who was a gymnast in college, said he enjoyed the exclusivity of the LifeFit Center.
“What’s nice about it is [it is not] open for everyone, just us older folks,” Martinez said. “Also, you have people around to help you do anything. They are always there as opposed to other places where you’d be lucky to get any help.”
Hugh McHugh, who teaches computer classes at OLLI, became a member of the LifeFit Center when it opened initially in earlier this month.
“I’ve never done a program like this before, so it’s something new for me … This is the first time I have ever belonged to a gym,” McHugh said, “[but] at my age you have to use the body or it’s going to deteriorate.”
The LifeFit Center offers members both cardio equipment and resistance training equipment. According to Donlin, it also offers group fitness classes and free nutritional and fitness assessments to its members.
Additionally, LifeFit members are also issued student ID cards, which can be utilized for on campus services or discounted bus transportation, Donlin said.
According to Donlin, what sets the LifeFit Center apart from the Student Recreation and Wellness Center is that not only does it focus on community members ages 50 and older, but they also serve as an educational laboratory for the HHS.
“[The center will] provide education, research and career development opportunities for students, staff and faculty,” Donlin said.
Membership at the LifeFit Center costs $30 per month if paid in whole upfront or $40 per month if paid monthly. Members must also pay for parking.
By Rabiya Hussain