Linda Mallard (right), works with a client at the Tsawwassen Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen Springs
Most people who live or work in Sunny
Tsawwassen know about the fantastic public golf course at Tsawwassen
Springs just off 52
nd Street. But to call Tsawwassen
Springs merely a golf course would be like saying a computer is
merely a box.
Tsawwassen Springs offers a world class
restaurant, coffee roastery and bakery, specialty meats and
delicatessen, physiotherapy clinic, golf pro shop, twenty-four hour
fitness facility and wellness centre, bundled in one neat package.
You don't need to be a golfer to
appreciate the brand new, state-of-the-art equipment available at
Tsawwassen Springs Fitness, which has been in business for a year.
Anybody curious about the facility can simply show up and will
receive a complimentary workout to get a sense of what's on offer and
whether it's a good fit for their training needs.
There are three full-time and two
part-time personal trainers who are passionate about fitness and care
deeply about their clients.
"Our main goals in this building are health and wellness," says gym manager Mike Green. "We
want our members to come in and feel at home. We want a zero
intimidation factor in the gym. And our trainers are always on staff
to help our clients meet their goals."
"After that, if they're willing to
join our facility we make sure they're comfortable. We do an hour of
personal training with them. We build a custom workout program for
them and we monitor them for the first couple of weeks until they are
comfortable in the facility."
Although the equipment can look large
and intimidating to people unfamiliar with traditional gyms, the
brand new machines are user friendly and safe for all ages. Mike says
staff are almost always on hand—I say almost because this facility
does run around the clock so you can work out at any time of the day
or night—to help people understand how things work. Members can
come in and feel confident they can get a good workout without
putting too much strain on their bodies.
Tsawwassen Springs Fitness trainers Mike Green and Isabelle Walker
As somebody who knows a thing or two
about putting too much strain on the body, next-door neighbour Linda
Mallard is the owner of the Tsawwassen Wellness Centre, a studio
dedicated to "mindful movement" with core services in
Pilates, Yoga and CoreAlign.
"Who we serve in our community are
men and women athletes who are interested in total well-being,"
explains Linda. "We restore the way our bodies were built to
move and meant to move. The result of that is that we become free of
pain and we get stronger."
Linda says her facility guarantees a
positive body experience. Her clients tend to be those people who are
in the "gap" between physiotherapy—which is also
available at Sungod Physiotherapy next to Pat Quinn's Restaurant
inside Tsawwassen Springs—and returning to their favourite sport or
activity in the traditional gym.
Every new client starts with an
assessment, or as Linda puts it, "if you're not assessing,
you're guessing." She finds out where the person is in terms of
health, what their long-term goals are, and where they want to be in
All programs are instructional so
clients are never left on their own and there is a maximum of five
people in group classes. Linda says there are seven instructors at
the studio, all certified through a comprehensive two-year Pilates
teacher training program. Some have additional certifications in Yoga
and CoreAlign with a focus on injury prevention and body
"People don't get injured here.
The movement feels good every time you're here and you actually look
forward to coming back, which is critical in the world of rehab."
Long-time residents of Tsawwassen might
know Linda from before her move to Tsawwassen Springs in November,
2015. She has been running her business here for 17 years. But she
was excited about the concept of Tsawwassen Springs as early as 2008
when developer Ron Toigo talked about the multi-purpose facility at a
business meeting she was attending.
Mike calls Tsawwassen Springs a
"community inside a community" where the residents that
live there are already fully aware of the fantastic amenities on
"There's a great golf course,
there's a great restaurant in Pat Quinn's with phenomenal food there,
you have Sungod Physio. We also have the Wellness Centre next door
for people that aren't into the traditional gym. They have Pilates
and Yoga. And then you've got Newman's Fine Foods, which as far as a
butcher shop goes, they're fantastic. And if you don't want to be on
the Starbuck's bandwagon anymore, Wood's Coffee, try it and see if
you like it. So I think when this secret gets out people are going to