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Fitness center part of Woodbridge lifestyle

The indoor track on the second floor of the Del Webb at Woodbridge recreation center and clubhouse located in Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/209 Health & Wellness

POSTED July 24, 2012 6:12 p.m.

Dona Eberhardt wasn’t much into fitness prior to becoming a Woodbridge Del Webb resident.

But after the passing of her husband and seeing others around her struggle with their health, Eberhardt decided to do something about it.

She took advantage of the fitness center – one of many world-class amenities in the small-town setting for active adults age 55 and up – by doing circuit training and dance. On top of that, Eberhardt, who, on this day was joined by fellow Del Webb resident Lucy Robledo, took part in some one-to-one sessions with fitness trainer Paul Serpa.

“This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself,” she proudly said.

Eberhardt, who has been a resident there for the past four years, hits the gym about four times a week. She also discovered that it’s never too late to take up the fitness challenge.

 Serpa works with the elderly with some of the basic functions of not falling, focusing on core, stabilization and range of motion. He’s been fitness trainer at Woodbridge since the facility first opened several years ago.

This state-of-the-art fitness center is located inside the 28,000-square-foot Lakeview Clubhouse. Inside and around includes an indoor walking track, catch-and-release fishing, indoor and outdoor pools, softball field, tennis and basketball courts, bocce ball court and an 18-hole professional putting course.

“We call (Woodbridge) the ‘Ship that never leaves the dock,’” said activities director Dodie Miller.

Located between Union Road and Airport Way – north of Lathrop Road in Manteca – Woodbridge opened about six years ago with a few residents.

“We started off with just a trailer in the area of the basketball court as our office,” Miller recalled.

Today, Woodbridge accommodates 1,100 residents who occupy about 700 homes, with those numbers expected to more than double once the community is built out.

Miller noted that the “Woodbridge Lifestyle” offers activities and programs for nearly all residents.

“We do have a large variety of groups,” she said.

Included are the Silver Slugger Softball Club / Wolverines competitive squad, Men of Woodbridge, Women of Woodbridge, Drama Club, Book Club, Veterans Club, Yoga Club, Walking and Running Club, card games, billiards, dominoes, ukulele, pickle ball, cancer support, and arts and crafts, to name a few.

Among the activities are the casino bus trips, happy hours on the patio, potluck night, ladies luncheon, and the dances.

Miller is part of the staff that includes executive director Kayo Armstrong, membership coordinator Dreanna Langdon, and a number of residents helping out as volunteers.

“There’s never a shortage of things to do,” she added.

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