Weight Training for Cognitive Health

Most of us are aware that aerobic activity helps us think more clearly. However, exciting new research coming out of UBC has demonstrated that weight training has more positive impact on our aging brains and the more weight training we do the better we perform mentally. For more information click on the link below.

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Jess Brewer

Jim's Gym member racks up the medals at the Americas Masters Games

Pictured is Jess Brewer wearing the medals he won at an international track and field tournament last August (2016).

The 3 gold medals are all from the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver: short hurdles (new BC M70 record), long hurdles, and 4x400m relay (new Canadian M70 record, by nearly 36 seconds!).

We congratulate Jess -- you make us proud!












Meet Luis Acosta

Luis Acosta is a recent addition to our group of fantastic Fitness Class Instructors. In addition, he also helps our once a week at the Front Desk.  Welcome Luis!

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Luis Acosta


Equipment at Jim's Gym -- MarpoVMX Rope Trainer

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Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine

After a great many requests from our members we are excited to announce that we have purchased a new piece of weight equipment which arrived just before the New Year. The new piece of equipment is a Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine and has been well received. In fact, in just a couple of weeks, this weight machine is one of our most heavily used pieces of equipment! Come on in and give it a try.

Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine Precor Rear Delt/Pec Fly selectorized machine




Eede - Service Dog

BC Guide Dog in Training at Jim's Gym

You may have seen Eede, a 16 month old BC Guide Dog in Training, in various areas of the gym practicing his “down-stay” or getting familiar with various moving equipment. Many blind people do work out at gyms.  In January, Eede will leave his puppy trainer to further his education for another 3-4 months in Delta, BC. Proper protocol when encountering a working service dog is to ignore them so they can concentrate on the job at hand. Please do not pet them.







Ed and Brenda Fergusson


Ed and Brenda Fergusson set new records

Ed and Brenda Fergusson had a very successful weekend in West Vancouver at the 2015 B.C. masters weightlifting competition. Both Ed and Brenda set new records and came away with medals in their respective categories.





Broedy Gaschler

Broedy Gaschler competes in BC Amateur Bodybuilding Championships

20-year-old Broedy Gaschler strikes a pose during the B.C. Amateur Bodybuilding Provincial Championships in Vancouver, placing fourth in his age category. 







Jim's Gym Fundraiser for BC Children's Hospital

Jim's Gym held a fundraiser Indoor Cycling class on Friday, February 22, raising money for the BC Children's Hospital.  

45 participants in total took part in the 3 hour event, with 7 cycling for the full 3 hours, 7 more for 2 hours, and a further 10 for 1 hour.  

The total amount raised was $445 and presented to Ken Droog, who is a realtor in Parksville who has long been involved with fundraising for BC Children's Hospital.

Jim's Gym would like to thank and congratulate all participants and sponsors of this great event!

Fundraising Class for BC Children's Hospital Fundraising Class for BC Children's Hospital Fundraising Class for BC Children's Hospital




Jim's Gym's Platinum Membership add-on

Indoor Cycling Class with Kit Miller


We are excited to inform our present and past members that we have significantly expanded our exercise class schedule. 

At present, we offer indoor cycling TRX classes, circuit training sessions on our new state of the art equipment, boot camps and stretch classes. 

In addition, we now offer a Platinum membership add-on which provides members with unlimited access to all our classes for a flat fee of $35 (+GST) per month, and non-member for $75 (+GST).  If you are an active class participant Platinum could reduce your cost from $10 per class to less than $2 per class….less than a cup of coffee. 

Our regular membership is already the least expensive on the Island, with Platinum, we are adding even greater value!

Call us or even better drop by to talk to our staff about our new class program. We will be happy to discuss your goals and see how Jim’s Gym can assist you in your quest for health. 

Kind regards,
Jim and Kit Miller




Jim's Gym raises over $4000 in this year's Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke!

Jim's Gym Big Bike Ride for 2012


Once again, for our second fabulously successful year, we would like to thank all our members and friends who participated in the Big Bike Ride to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  This year we raised $4000 and for that we are all extremely grateful.  Through your efforts and generosity, together we are making a difference!


Members in the News

Nicolette Kipling displays Gold Medal

Nicolette Kipling, member and former staff of Jim's Gym,  displaying her Gold Medal won at the A&R Memorial Olympic Weightlifting Championships held in Port Alberni Saturday February 18th, 2012.

Nicolette is coached by another Jim’s Gym member, Ed Ferguson, who is also a champion in his own right in the Masters class.




Give the Gift of Health and Fitness

Are you looking for the perfect gift, for special holidays or anytime, for a family member or best friend?  How about the gift of Health and Fitness?

At Jim’s Gym we have a full inventory of membership packages ideal for gifts created to meet the needs of just about everyone.

Another great gift idea which will assist new members getting started is our Health and Lifestyle Consultation.

Gift Certificates are available for any of our programs, and in any amount.  Talk to any of our staff for all the details!


Physical Activity and Nutrition Program Subsidy

Did you know that there is a one-time $50 subsidy towards the cost of your membership available to many of our members? 

A "Personal Health Risk Assessment (Rx for Health)" must first have been conducted by a physician in order to receive this subsidy.

For more information, click here to download the subsidy form.



Jim's Gym "Big Bike" Team one of top fund-raisers for Heart and Stroke Foundation in Parksville

The Jim's Gym Big Bike team

We would like to thank all our members and friends who participated in the Big Bike Ride to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  The riders had a great time screaming their way around Parksville city centre.  We even almost got stuck coming up the hill from the Parksville Beach -- but luckily our very fit team managed to get off and push the Big Bike over the top!

The Jim's Gym Bike Bike team topped the list of teams raising funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundaion and for that we are all extremely grateful.  Through your efforts and generosity, our team raised in excess of $3674.00!

Enjoy the photos!

Big Bike team -- ready to go!

Cruising through Parksville on the Big Bike


Jim's Gym members compete in Olympic Weight Lifting competition!

Two members of Jim's Gym, 66-year-old Wayne Ferris, and 76-year-old Ed Fergusson, recently competed in an Olympic Weight Lifting competition in Surrey, BC.  In the 39th Annual Sea Festival Open, Wayne captured the bronze medal in the 105 kg weight class while Ed finished up in 8th place in the 85 kg weight class.

Ed Fergusson weight lifting

Ed Fergusson competing in the 39th Annual Sea Festival Open in Surrey BC

Congratulations to both athletes for their terrific accomplishments.  We are all extremely proud of you here at Jim's Gym.