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Defining Your Wellness

There are a lot of words and phrases in the fitness world that can be confusing to even a seasoned gym-goer. I’m hoping to take some of the mystery out of your workout, and define some terms and equipment that can trip us up.

Sets – The number of cycles of repetitions of an exercise performed.

Repetitions (reps) – the number or times an exercise is executed in one set.

BOSU – Blue half ball with a rubber dome and hard black bottom.  BOSU means BOth Sides Up, meaning you can exercise and do balance work on it dome up and dome down.

TRX – A portable suspension training system that leverages gravity and body weight.  Traditionally black and yellow.

Fusion – Fusion Fitness refers to a blend of two forms of exercise.  Most commonly we see it as a blend of Yoga and Pilates.

Plyometric – also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power (speed-strength).

HIIT Training – High Intensity Interval Training.  HIIT mixes traditional strength exercise with high intensity cardiovascular intervals and plyometric exercises


Fall Fitness Etiquette

As the summer winds down, a fair number of us we will be heading back into our favorite fitness classes.  It’s going to be much busier than it has been all summer, and all of these people are going to be at different fitness levels.  Pack your patience with your shoes and post-workout snack!  We will have participants that have kept it up all summer, returning participants that enjoyed a summer off, and new participants that want to be the best version of themselves.   As our classes begin to thrive, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with five Fitness Class Etiquette Tips to make the experience smooth for everyone.

1. Arrive on Time – joining a class late* can be both distracting and unsafe.  Please respect your fellow attendees as well as your instructor and arrive to classes a bit early or right on time.  This will also allow you a proper warm-up, reducing your chance of injury.  *If lateness is unavoidable, please go to the back of the class.

2. Choose Proper Footwear – closed toed shoes (running shoes, cross-trainers etc…) will provide a non-slip grip on the floor and any equipment utilized in your class.  Ensure that your footwear is clean of all dirt and debris.  If you wouldn’t wear it in your house, please don’t wear it in our workout areas.

3.  Make your Workout Your Own – The instructor is there to guide you through YOUR workout; listen to your body and modify as you see fit.  If you are going to modify your workout significantly from the instructor’s planned program, please move to the back of the room as to not distract others from the instructor’s guidance.

4. Socializing – should be done either before or after the class.  Talking throughout the class can be viewed as disrespect to not only the other participants, but to the instructor as well.  If you can talk, you’re not working hard enough!

5. Stay for the Whole Class – Flexibility is a large part of your overall wellness!  Be sure to take the time to stretch out the muscles you’re worked.  Not only will it reduce soreness in the day(s) after, but it will reduce risk for injury down the road.

 


Pilates Infused Core at the Eau Claire YMCA

Looking for core training that steps outside of the traditional crunch and plank?

Pilates Infused Core integrates the concepts and exercises from Pilates with fitness theory and principles to create a 3 dimensional challenge for the core. Using props and your own body weight, exercises are taken outside of the traditional context and brought to new light!

Join Jennifer Wednesdays 6:35-7:35pm and experience core training like never before. Starts October 30th.

for more information and to register please call 403-781-1684.

 


Registered Programs – it’s not too late!

It’s not too late to join in the YMCA registered programs! Sign up today!

Visit member services to register today!


Good Karma

Have You seen “Karma” on thr drop-in fitness schedule and wondered what it is?
Karma is a gentle yoga-based stretch class taught by certified yoga instructors.   Karma is a great place for all ability levels.  From beginner to advanced, Karma offers something for everyone.

The practice of Karma Yoga is designed to increase your flexibility and focus.
Karma will help to revitalize your body and spirit, incorporating the disciplines of proper breathing techniques, stress reduction, and muscular strength.
Karma is offered on Mondays at 7:15pm, and Fridays at 5:00pm at Shawnessy YMCA.

So now you know!


Fall Programming Has Begun!

Fall session may have already begin today, but some of the most popular programs at Shawnessy YMCA still have space!

Post-Natal Fitness – Great for new moms to get back into a wellness routine (with your new favorite person in tow)
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Introduction To Yoga – A great start for learning basic yoga poses and the art of clearing your mind
Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm

Zumba – Latin dance at it’s finest, in a fun party style class! Dance your way to wellness!
Mondays, 10:30-11:30am & 6:15-7:15pm, Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 10:30-11:30am

Pre-Natal Yoga – Expecting? Teach your body to limber up in a comfortable and safe environment with other expectant moms
Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm

Boxer’s Workout – An amazing option for sport conditioning, teaching and honing different skills to all that come!
Wednesdays 5:15-6:45pm

For more information of these feature classes as well as other classes that are still open for registrations, please call 403-256-5533.   The YMCA offers rolling registration and accepts registrations throughout the session (unless a class fills up).


Fall Registered Programs start today!

Looking to supplement your current fitness program?

Want to try something new?

Need a new Challenge?

YMCA registered programs start today. Join a 7-14 week program and experience the benefits of progression and adaptation in your workouts.

Kettlebell
Kettlebell

So many options available for preschool, youth and adults!

Don’t miss out! Register today! Visit member services or view our program guides.

 


Fall Registered Programs start today!

Looking to supplement your current fitness program?

Want to try something new?

Need a new Challenge?

YMCA registered programs start today. Join a 7-14 week program and experience the benefits of progression and adaptation in your workouts.

Kettlebell
Kettlebell

So many options available for preschool, youth and adults!

Don’t miss out! Register today! Visit member services or view our program guides.

 


Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness Classes for Fall 2013

Are you a mom-to-be? We will be offering a new class this fall:  Prenatal Yoga with our wonderful new instructor, Chelsea!  Experience Hatha yoga to help with a healthy pregnancy, delivery and recovery.  This course will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit throughout your pregnancy.  The class will run Thursdays 10:45-11:45am from September 12 through October 24 and/or October 31 through December 12.

Already had your little one?  Try our Mom & Baby pilates class!  Designed specifically to recondition the body after pregnancy and childbirth, Mom and Baby Pilates brings new moms together to spend time connecting with their babies while getting a balanced full body workout.  This class will be running Fridays 10:45-11:45am from September 13 to October 25 and/or November 1 to December 13.  If you enjoy aquatic exercise, then Baby & Me H2O is the class for you.  Improve your aerobic conditioning, build strength and stretch while your little one plays in the water right beside you in their own personal floatation device (boat). Your baby will love being in the water while you experience this playful way of getting fit!  This class will run on Tuesdays 3:00-3:45pm from September 10 through to December 10.

Registration for all classes will be open for members August 6 and for non-members August 19.

 


Summer Programs beginning July 30!

Did July travelling disrupt your fitness routine?  Get back on track with some of our special short programs beginning next week!

Yoga Level 1 – Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Pilates Level 1 – Tuesdays 6:35-7:35pm
Fusion – Tuesdays 7:35-8:35pm OR Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am
Yoga for Runners – Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm
Gentle Yoga – Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm
Youth Yoga – Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm


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