Friday, January 17, 2014

Getting Fit at the YMCA!

A new year means new beginnings, which makes it the perfect time to try out a new gym!


I'll continue to go to Gold's Gym, but I'll also be hitting the Milwaukee YMCA a few times a week. I joined earlier this week and have already used the downtown facility's indoor track (6 laps = 1 mile) a few times. I also checked out the weight room and another studio that happens to have all my favorite equipment - fitness balls, BOSU balls, weight plates, dumbbells, etc. Perfect!

I'm super excited to try out the many classes that are offered throughout the week. It's been awhile since I've done group fitness classes, but I think they are a great addition to any training plan. They're an excellent way to learn new exercises to incorporate into your own workouts and also a fun way to meet fellow fitness enthusiasts!

Here are the classes I'll likely try first:
  • Y-Fuse - A class featuring ports-inspired drills
  • Y-Blitz - A sports-style cross training class
  • Absolution - A class focused on building core strength
  • Y-Kettle Bell Interval Circuit - A kettle bell workout mixed with high-intensity cardio intervals

This is just what I need to kick start my training this year :)

Tell me:
  • Are you trying anything new or doing anything different this year when it comes to training?
  • Do you take any group fitness classes? If so, what do you like/dislike about them?

If you go to the YMCA, let's meet for a class sometime soon!

- ST

*Disclosure: I was given a free membership to the YMCA Milwaukee in exchange for blogging, tweeting and general social media posts about my experience. All opinions are my own.

12 comments:

  1. I love the Y classes I go to. Cycling (Spin) on MW and Group Power (Body Pump) Tuesday nights! It is my winter routine, and I taking running down to 1-3 times a week, or even take it easy and do the elliptical.

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    1. (currently a member at the Green Bay YMCA)

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    2. It's nice to change things up every now and then :)

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  2. Very cool! I've been in the Downtown Y only a couple of times, it seems like a great facility. Do they have a hot tub there? :)
    My training plan thus far for the Ice Age Trail 50k in May, has included a lot of time on the treadmill. I'm glad that I have one at home, but miss the social aspect of group fitness classes. The YMCA's "Absolution" class sounds like something I'd want to check out!

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    1. No hot tub, but you should definitely come check out Absolution with me sometime :) Let me know if you ever want to come and we'll figure something out!

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    2. Actually, I spoke too soon - there is a hot tub! :)

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  3. My parents have a really nice YMCA near them and since I visit them a lot during the summer I go there frequently. Their indoor pool is pretty amazing and the prices are way reasonable!

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    1. I still need to check out the pool at the location I joined - another fun workout option!

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  4. I've always wanted to try a group fitness class! Those classes sound great! This year I'm really trying to focus on getting stronger. I do regular strength training when I'm training, and I've started again even though I'm currently not running, but sometimes I feel like I'm kind of just going through the motions and don't really push myself in that area as much as I should sometimes so I'm trying to do my research and get better in that area :)

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    1. A group class is really good for getting more out of strength training. I love ones that help me learn new moves so I have a lot of variety in my routines :)

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  5. have fun at all those classes!! i will pop into a class on occasion, but i'm not a gym member right now so i'm getting my run on. :)

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    1. Running trumps every other type of exercise :)

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