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 fall are returning from last season, and some are new to the schedule. Lets have a look at these.
Bodytoning is held every Tuesday in our air-conditioned Aerobics Studio. The class starts at 12:10, to allow you time to dash from work, and finishes between 12:45 and 12:50, just in time to grab a quick coffee before returning to work for the afternoon. Class consists of a circuit of light weight strength training exercises like presses, squats, lunges, and some cardio; and all mixed in with ab work and pushups. A great overall body workout for those short on time.
Boomerobics is one of our newest classes, and 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 teacher really knows her stuff. Marilyn Surette is one of our long-time volunteers, and teaches a class of total bodyshaping including ab work, and lots of strength training mixed with cardio. You’ll get a great workout on your lunch hour, and learn lots about repitition for muscle definition. Class is great for all levels.
One of our most popular classes returns again this year. Chair Yoga is taught by Kerry Lawson, and is a wonderful addition to our growing Yoga schedule. Participants may bring their own yoga mat, but we do have extra for those that need them. Class focuses on seated yoga poses, and breathing. Great for all beginner, intermediate or those who have trouble standing for a long period of time. If you are in need of rehabilitative poses, this is the class for you.
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, with various volunteer teachers. 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. Teachers are Wanda Mullen, and Craig Minard.
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.
We are very excited to announce the return of pilates class, twice a week. Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 8:00am to 8:30am, 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.
Returning again this fall is one of our most popular and fun classes. Trivia Cyclefit is taught by Leland Whitman, and Leland is a fountain of knowledge. He will offer trivia questions throughout your workout, and you can get a great workout while learning some useful information and having a few laughs. A great way to end your work week! Great for all levels.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. For beginners it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes. For advanced, poses may be help for up to five minutes. The time will be assessed by the teacher depending on class participants. Krissie Penney is our Yin Yoga teacher, and we provide the yoga mats, although you are free to bring your own.
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, but hatha yoga is a popular class for all levels, from beginner to advanced. This class offers physical poses to master the body, along with the mind. Krissie Penney is the class teacher. 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.
If you are new to exercise, and would like to get started with a spin class, our beginner cyclefit is a shorter class that focuses on the basics of spinning. You will be spinning at your own level, and can adjust your intensity at any time. Our volunteer teacher is Lynette Amirault, and will help you every step of the way.
If you’re new to yoga, try this gentle flow vinyasa yoga. You may bring your own yoga mat, but mats are also provided for those that don’t have one. This class incorporates the basics of a flow yoga, with an introductory lesson on the pilosophy of yoga, and the different styles of flowing yoga poses. Our teacher is Kerry Lawson, and class is great for all levels and styles of yoga you may currently be practicing.