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Group energy pushes you to work out

Group exercise classes can add variety to your exercise program and give you an opportunity to try new activities.

An exercise class setting can be motivating, and people often find they can do more exercise as part of a group than on their own. All the energy in the room distracts you from thinking about how you would rather not be exercising. Plus group exercise classes are fun.

Be sure the class you choose won't aggravate any health problems you have. Make sure you know your limitations on activity levels and discuss them before class with your instructor. Look for a class that is somewhat challenging but not too difficult for you. Find a class that will push you a little but won’t push you over the edge.

Make sure you choose a class that will help you reach your goals. Remember you want exercise to become part of your routine, so don’t even think about whether to go or not; going to class will simply be a habit. Join a class that is convenient and fits in your schedule.

We offer a variety of fitness classes to meet a wide range of needs. We offer Active Older Adult classes, step, cycling, cyclebox, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, body sculpt, aerobics, water fitness (shallow and deep), Zumba and abdominal classes. Stop by for a fitness class schedule.


Here are testimonials from members on why they attend group exercise classes:

Cathy, in Active Older Adults: "I came to the Y on doctor's orders, not really wanting to come. Now I come to class because I want to. I enjoying working out with others, and I feel so much better."

Jim, in Active Older Adults: "I have been a Y member for 24 years. The doctors told me that I made it through pneumonia because I had been physically active in classes at the Y."

Phyllis, in Active Older Adults: "I have been active in the Y and classes since it opened back in the '60s. I look forward to coming to class. If I miss a day, I am so ready to go the next day."

Miriam, in water fitness: "I come to class because it makes me feel good all day. If I miss, I don’t feel right. I look forward to seeing class members."

Judy, in water fitness: "The class motivates me; I wouldn’t do this on my own."

Josie, in water fitness: "I enjoy classes because of the social network with other members. Participating in classes has improved my balance and strength. The instructors are very motivating and supportive."

Anonymous member: "The classes really motivate me and push me more than I will push myself."


Cassie, in cyclebox: "The instructors yell at you. No, they are very motivational and push you hard in the class."

Matt, in cycling, boot camp: "The instructors challenge you, and it's competitive at times with other members. The instructors push me harder than I would push myself — I really like that."

Julie, in cycling, pilates, cyclebox and water: "It is motivation, but it is social, you make new friends, having something in common with others."

If you are a member or not, you can see from the testimonials from members of all ages why they participate in group classes. Come join a class today and reap the benefits that members get by participating in our fitness classes.


George-ercize: Join us for this free event on Oct. 6. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be two sessions. Session one is meet George from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., then exercise with George from 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by picking up packets for kids and filling out a survey. The second session is exercise group from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., followed by pick-up of packets, survey and  time to meet George. This event is sponsored by the Y, KSMQ and United Way.

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