New Group Fitness Classes

Here is a list of the new fitness classes that are new to the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.

Tai Chi For Health: 60 mins (Wednesday’s & Friday’s at 12:00pm)  This class is a low impact whole body exercise involving deep breathing and slow, controlled movements.
Benefits include: Strength is important for supporting and protecting joints and is essential for normal physical function. Flexibility exercises enable people to move more easily, and facilitate circulation of body fluid and blood, which enhance healing. Fitness is important for overall functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles. In addition to these components, tai chi movements emphasize weight transference to improve balance and prevent falls. Chairs are available for those requiring assistance.

Step: 60 mins (Thursday’s at 5:30pm)  Beginner Step Aerobics is a classic cardio workout. The step is a 4-12 inch raised platform. You step up, around, and down from the platform in different patterns to boost your heart rate and breathing, and strengthen your muscles.

Krav Maga: 60 mins (Monday’s & Tuesday’s at 5:30pm)  Simple,  realistic, easy to learn and an extremely easy to learn self defense system. Krav Maga Force includes functional fitness and exercise that carries over to the fundamentals techniques involved in the training. It is a fun and very information class that all are appropriate for all fitness levels.

Combat Fitness: 60 mins (Wednesday’s at 5:30pm) The class is a high-energy martial arts inspired workout that is non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness to burn plenty of calories.

Guts, Guns & Buns: 45 mins (Tuesday’s at 5:15am)   Guts, Guns & Buns is appropriate for all fitness levels. It consists of stretching, cardio, resistance exercises, static and dynamic activities and agility. It is instructor driven but all exercises are able to be modified. This is a great class for a muscle group specific workout that also improves your cardio endurance. It is a quick workout first thing in the morning that will leave you feeling awake and strong for your day!

Boot Camp: 45 mins (Monday’s at 5:15pm)  Boot Camp is an interval style work out with numerous stations of alternating muscle group focus. It is a personal pace style workout of 1 min intervals until all stations are complete, followed by a 1 min rest break, then it is started over again. Depending on the number of participates Boot Camp can be 2-3 rounds with a short warm up and cool down. Basic equipment is used, ex: step, dumb bells, weighted bar, along with no equipment for floor exercises and aerobic activities such as running in place and burpees. All activities can be modified for different levels of fitness.

Yoga: 60 mins (Wednesday’s at 7:30am) Learn breathing techniques, body positions and relaxation through meditation to keep you centered and balance. All levels welcome, yoga mats and other equipment available.

Women on Weights (WOW) (Advanced class is returning on Monday’s & Wednesday’s starting June 10 at 5:15pm & Beginner class is returning on Monday’s & Wednesday’s starting July 22 at 5:15pm) This is a program geared towards women looking to learn about strength training and techniques to safely increase muscle tone while increasing their metabolism, strength and overall tone to achieve a leaner physique and overall better physical fitness. This 6 week program has a fee of $60 or $30 for Y members (online registration link is below) & is designed to provide a guided workout plan through different machines from our Fitness Center, free weights and body weight with the goal of an improved physique but also to provide the women with knowledge and confidence to continue with their strength and resistance training in our fitness center after the program is completed. WOW consists of 45 minutes 1-2 sessions a week of instructed strength training with new workout plans each week. Each workout will consist of super sets (2 exercises of the same/opposite muscle group) with 30 second rest after each super set, and moving on to the next super set. Each super set consists of 8-15 reps x3 sets.  As the weeks go on, balance is incorporated along with more open chain exercises (free weights versus machines or body weights) to achieve an overall improved functional mobility while strength training.

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