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Fitness competition returns to Delray Beach gym

DEKA STRONG, a socially distanced fitness competition, will take place at Slash Fitness in Delray Beach on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The event is a follow-up to the successful and safe “DEKAFIT STRONG Activation,” which took place in August at Slash Fitness and featured 50 gym members as well as 10 gyms from around the state for a “Battle of the Gyms” competition.

“It’s been a rough few months for many of us when it comes to working out, staying fit and challenging ourselves,” said Slash Fitness co-owner Joe Ardagna. “As humans, we need goals, and in hosting this event, it is our hope to motivate participants to try hard, push themselves, and get stronger and healthier overall. We look forward to hosting this fun and memorable event in a safe manner.”

DEKAFIT, a premium, functional fitness program by the creators of Spartan, is hosting the competition for all local fitness enthusiasts.

“We wanted to bring to Delray an incredible fitness program, test and competition, something for the fitness enthusiast to look forward to,” Ardagna said. “A program that many others got to experience firsthand about two months ago when 140 participants came to earn their DEKAMARK (overall time) by completing 10 functional fitness stations safely and socially distant.

“The all levels DEKAFIT course was built to 10 ‘x’ your motivation, community and performance,” Ardagna said. “In a world of so much uncertainty, we wanted to bring to our communities a consistent individual competition, in a safe and effective way, that will challenge anyone to be their best both physically, and mentally time and time again. It’s in our DNA, we crave competition, we knew we had the answer.”

Ardagna said whether the individual is looking to challenge themselves for the first time in the DEKA arena, or a repeat participant looking to improve their overall score, it’s open to everyone.

DEKAFIT will put your body and mind through a series of challenges that will test all muscle groups, functional movement patterns and the aerobic engine with DEKA Zones ranging from Squats, Rowing, Med Ball Sit-Up Throws, Box Jumps or Step Ups, Farmer’s Carry, Ski Erg, Tank Sled Push/Pull, Air Bike, Dead Ball Wall-Overs, and Burpees.

“The energy throughout the room on DEKAFIT day is contagious; we expect many of the 140 from our last competition to come back, plus many more,” he said.

Space for the Oct. 24 event is limited and the cost per person is $39. Time slots start at 8 a.m. and run until noon. Slash Fitness is at 290 SE Sixth Ave., #2, in Delray Beach.

Sign up at Call 561-865-5716 or visit


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Manhattan Beach Playgrounds, Fitness Stations Open; Polliwog Not

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Parents, caretakers, and kids got great news the other day when the Manhattan Beach City Council directed city staff to reopen all playgrounds and fitness stations that had been closed due to COVID-19. Recreation and Parks Director Mark Leyman confirmed with Manhattan Beach Patch Thursday that all but Polliwog Park play areas would reopen to the public by end of day Thursday and that his department was working with Public Works to establish cleaning protocols for the equipment and the frequency of those cleanings.

Leyman noted that Polliwog Park is not reopening its playground equipment areas since both upper and lower areas are scheduled for repair work. “Specifically, the surfacing needs to be replaced on the upper playground, and as you may have heard, the lower playground equipment and surfacing is a current capital project which should be completed by summer 2021,” he said. He noted that the upper playground surfacing replacement “is also part of the lower playground capital project, however, we are hoping to have this completed in the upcoming months.”

The outdoor playgrounds and fitness stations now open are

  • Live Oak Park Tot Lot

  • Live Oak Park north end playground

  • Sand Dune Park

  • Marine Avenue Park

  • Larsson Street Parkette

  • 8th Street Parkette

  • Manhattan Village

  • Manhattan Heights (open for limited hours)

  • Veteran’s Parkway’s Mariposa Fitness Station

  • The Strand Fitness Station at 26th Street

  • Polliwog Park upper level swings, and

  • Polliwog Park Fitness Station.

Signs at each playground and fitness stations location will inform the community they need to

  • wear face coverings

  • socially distance at least 6 feet from non-household members

  • wash hands frequently

  • limit equipment to 30 minutes of use

  • stay home if not feeling well, and

  • no food and beverages on the play or fitness equipment.

Each area has also a maximum allowed capacity to ensure social distancing can take place.

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch

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Seal Beach Rite Aid Offers Flu Shots, Coronavirus Testing

SEAL BEACH, CA — Need a flu shot? or a coronavirus test? Rite Aid now offers flu shots and has opened additional, no-charge COVID-19 drive-thru testing at pharmacies across the state.

This year isn’t like most in the past and health officials are encouraging people to get a flu shot.

“Getting a flu shot early is more important than ever this year to maintain a healthy immune system as the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season converge,” the company said.

Several new Rite Aid drive-thru testing sites were added in California in September:

  • 12541 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach

  • 405 West Main St., Brawley

  • 11200 Olive Dr., Bakersfield

  • 16120 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville

  • 1309 Fulton Ave., Sacramento

Pharmacists will oversee coronavirus testing and offer simple self-swab nasal tests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All adults 18 years old or older, even if they are not exhibiting virus symptoms, are eligible for testing and need to pre-register at

Through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rite Aid opened 39 new locations across California, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, and now operates a total of 303 testing sites across 15 states.

Learn more and schedule a COVID-19 test at a Rite Aid testing site.
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This article originally appeared on the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

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Downtown Palm Beach Gardens to host fitness classes beginning Friday

Jodie Wagner
| Palm Beach Post

Things to do in Palm Beach Gardens:

1. Downtown Collective x Fitness: Downtown Palm Beach Gardens will host the first of its Downtown Collective x Fitness series Friday morning at Downtown Park.

A socially distanced Fitness for Making Strides class will be held at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or towel and a bottle of water. The workout will have no physical contact.

Admission is $5, cash only.

A Zumba class taught by Joanna Cavalcante will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. Admission also is $5, cash only.

Downtown Collective x Fitness events include a series of total body conditioning, Tabata and barre-inspired workouts. 

For information, call 561-727-2640 or visit

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens is at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave.

2. Pluck You!: Tickets are on sale for three performances of Pluck You!, an original play that will be presented Oct. 23-25 at the Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts in North Palm Beach.

The play is a humorous look at the aging process and both the physical and emotional changes that happen to men and women without warning.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 an 24, and 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets will be limited to the first 25 people each day. 

The play will be co-directed by Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts Managing Director Donna Carbone and Broadway veteran Avery Sommers.

Tickets are $20, and must be purchased in advance to avoid any social distancing issues at the door. Seating is limited.

Information and tickets are available by calling 561-743-9955. 

Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts is at 133 U.S. Highway 1, #115.

3. Village 5K Run: The Village of North Palm Beach will host its annual Links 5K Ghost Run as a virtual event this year.

Participants can run or walk 3.1 miles along their favorite path, in their neighborhood or on a treadmill between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7.

Registration is available on the Village website at through Oct. 18. Registration fee is $10.

After the race is completed, participants can send their photos to 

Photos also can be posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #Links5k2020. Finisher medals will go out to all who tracked their run/walk and submitted results.

For information, call Anchorage Park at 561-841-3386.


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