Group Fitness Class Descriptions
Abs & Core: Reduced lower back pain. Improved posture and stability. Improved ability to bear weight. Improved performance in sports. Firmer waistline. You don't have to have rock hard abs to get something out of this class. All levels welcome. A strong "Core" is what will help you from falling and will give that weekend athlete the extra "umph" to PR!
Ballet Barre: Ballet Barre Fitness is a total body workout, utilizes movements and positions from Dance, Pilate, Yoga and Functional Strength Training. Focuses on optimal alignment and posture to improve balance coordination, stability and strength and over function. Most movements utilize bodyweight and light weights to focus on muscular endurance, core and joint stability.
Beginning Pilates: Low-impact mat exercises designed to strengthen your core muscles, increase spinal mobility, boost balance, alleviate back pain and tightness, and improve mind-body awareness. A nice combination of strengthening, therapeutic stretching, flow, and a good dose of fun!
Boot Camp: Combines all aspects of fitness into a fast-paced, total body workout. Your strength, speed, and agility, as well as your cardio fitness will be challenged with traditional, non-traditional, and functional exercises. You will also be introduced to metabolic resistance training, which will have you still burning calories hours after the workout is completed.
Chair Fitness: Light exercise, done mostly seated, to strengthen your core for improved balance, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. This is a good class to work on balance and strength for falls prevention. This class is also great for socializing while improving your overall health.
Cycling: Indoor Cycle helps you burn calories, improves your heart health, and boosts your muscle endurance. Your legs will get a serious workout. By the end of class, you'll have a steady stream of feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. This class can cater to the beginner and advanced beginner.
Head to Toe: From light to moderate cardio, strength training, balance, mobility and flexibility, this class is formatted for those looking to improve overall health and fitness using dumbbells, body weight, and mats.
Mat Pilates: This Pilates mat class is a combination of stretching, strengthening and balance exercises with an emphasis on core control (core = abdominals, hips, shoulders and back). Most exercises can be modified to fit various fitness levels. Pilates is known to benefit posture, movement control and control of back pain. This class is taught by Beth Canevari, a local physical therapist with 35 years experience in the field.
Mindful Hatha Yoga: This class includes both standing and floor postures. Breath and body awareness will be taught as well as tuning in to what you are feeling in your body as we move through traditional hatha and modern asanas (poses). You will be encouraged to work at the level your body is ready to.
Open Cycle: Join others for some cycling and socializing in this morning Open Cycle time. Go at your own pace, create your own workout, or follow along with others. The indoor cycling bikes are available for you to get your legs moving and heart pumping while meeting new friends at the YMCA.
Step Aerobics: Step aerobics is a fun and energizing workout and has all the benefits of a high-intensity cardio workout without putting stress on your joints. It improves overall fitness by building strength, reducing fat, and boosting your cardiovascular health. It also burns calories, making it an ideal way to maintain your target body weight.
Stretch & Balance: Using seated and standing exercises, this class increases strength, flexibility, and balance while focusing on the breath. The instructor guides participants in enhancing personal awareness and consciousness to help prevent falls.
Stretching: A restorative class of dynamic and static stretching! This class is designed to increase flexibility, muscle control, and range of motion.
Strong Nation: Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG Nation™ combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.
Tai Chi: The ultimate purpose of Tai Chi is to cultivate the “qi”, or life energy within us, to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. The essential principles include mind integrated with the body; control of movements and breathing; generating internal energy, mindfulness, song (loosening 松) and jing (serenity 静).
Tai Chi Stick Qigong uses wooden sticks (or any lightweight pole or cane) to exercise the body with simple Tai Chi and Qigong relaxation movements to improve range of motion, circulate inner energy, and improve overall structure and alignment. No prior tai chi practice is required. Suitable for all ages.
Yoga: This breath-centric class based in the Viniyoga tradition incorporates stretching, strengthening, and balance asanas (postures) in a mindful practice focused on whole-body health and awareness, ending in several minutes of deep relaxation.
Zumba:We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.
Zumba Gold:Perfect for those who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves at a lower intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong!