One of the ways we can teach members about fitness, is to set up a program for you in our Wellness and Fitness Centre. We offer orientations for members to familiarize them with the equipment, as well as our rules and regulations. If you would like to book an orientation, stop by the Customer Service Desk and book your appointment today. Orientations generally last about 45 minutes, but if its a quick refresher you need, we can do that too!
Some of our fitness classes this winter are returning from last season, and some are new to the schedule. Lets have a look at these.
Boomerobics gets back to old school aerobics like grapevines, step touches, fun choreography and great music. If you loved it years ago, you’ll love it even more now! Come on out on Saturday mornings for a fun workout with a great volunteer teacher, Sue Theriault. Class is from 10:30am to 11:30am. Great for all levels from beginner to advanced.
Bodyshaping has been around for many years, and this class is held each Tuesday and Thursday. Barbara Firth teaches the Tuesday, and Marilyn Surette, one of our long-time volunteers, teaches Thursday at noon. Bodyshaping includs ab work, and lots of strength training mixed with cardio. You’ll get a great workout on your lunch hour, and learn lots about repetition for muscle definition. Classes are great for all levels.
Cyclefit classes have been popular at the YMCA for quite a few years, and we offer many different levels. Regular cyclefit classes will be held three times per week, and we also offer a Beginner Cyclefit for those wishing to start their cyclefit journey. Great for all levels from beginner to advanced. Class can be modified to suit your level. Good music, and a great way to burn calories.
High Intensity Interval Training or H.I.I.T., is a class favorite. H.I.I.T. classes are held during the lunch hour and will have you sweating and burning those calories. Our volunteer teacher Amanda Maillet will show you all the moves to keep your heart rate up. Class is for intermediate to advanced, but beginners are always welcome. You will be introduced to jump training, and monitoring your heart rate.
Pilates will be returning again in the winter with two classes per week. Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 9:00am to 9:50am, this class focuses on core work and lengthening the muscles, with breathing techniques and proper body alignment. All you need is comfortable clothing, and a yoga mat. If you don’t have one, we can provide one for you. No sneakers required. Teacher is Barbara Firth.
Returning again this fall is QiGong. QiGong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation used for health and spirituality. Donna Newell is our QiGong teacher. This class is wonderful for all levels of fitness, as well as rehabilitation. You only need to bring yourself, wear comfortable clothing, and sneakers.
Step has been around for many years, and is a great addition to your noon hour and a break from work to get your energy level up for the afternoon. Steps are provided, and depending on the day, we may do a double-step or quad-step class. Our teacher is Amanda Maillet, who has been volunteering at the YMCA for many years. Come on out on Mondays from 12:10pm to 12:50pm. Great for levels from beginner to advanced.
For many years, yoga has been a staple in the fitness and health world, and even more so now. We offer many different yoga classes, including hatha yoga, chair yoga,, yin yoga, and vinyasa flow gentle yoga. Classes are for all levels, and can be modified to suit each persons needs. Yoga mats are provided but you are free to bring your own.
Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm are fun nights at the YMCA. Come on out for some aquatic exercise. Take a dip in our pool with aerobics in the shallow end, and some deep water exercises with flotation belts. No swimming is required. Our volunteer teacher is Elaine Nickerson, who has been teaching this class for over 27 years. Class is for all levels from beginner to advanced.