Y Favorites And New Intense Fitness Classes Begin Monday

PowerUp at the Y beginning Monday, April 5. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

With health restrictions loosening and because of high demand, Silver Sneakers, a favorite senior fitness class, will be resuming live in-person classes at The Family YMCA, 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5.

That week the Y also will add more LesMills-branded classes such as BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT to its suite of offerings.

Y Fitness Coordinator Sylvie Johnson said that people hesitant to join the live Silver Sneakers program may still take the same class virtually with instructions online at laymca.org/fitness-classes.

Johnson said the Y offers 32 in-person and 22 virtual fitness classes during the week, in-person and online, and is thrilled to be enhancing the variety of classes with new and more LesMills classes as instructors get certified.

LesMills includes a slow-and-steady build up to fitness in one introductory class but is known for its high-intensity, high-energy programs. The Y will be offering two of these programs beginning next week, with more to follow. Class sizes are limited, and participants are asked to arrive early to secure a space and wear a mask. Rooms are equipped with HEPA filters that sanitize air in 15 minutes.

LesMills BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy martial-arts-inspired workout where participants punch and kick their way to superior fitness and strength. It is a non-contact class with no complex moves to master. While instructors will challenge participants to up the intensity and motivate people to make the most of every round, the class will relieve stress and help a person feel like a champ. The class will tone arms, back, shoulders, legs and really work the core, as well as burn calories and fuel cardio fitness. The class will help develop coordination, agility and speed, and help participants feel empowered. There will be options from the instructor to help you adjust current fitness level. The class runs noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and taught by Emily Schmidt.

LesMills BODYPUMP is a weights class for everyone that will leave people toned, lean and fit. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, this class gives people a total body workout that burns lots of calories; it will tone and shape the body without adding bulk. The repetition effect is the secret to developing lean athletic muscle without the need for heavy weights. Instructors offer encouragement, motivation and great music in a class that will help people achieve more than working out alone. Instructors will teach moves and techniques to make everyone’s first class safe and fun. People will leave feeling challenged and motivated, and ready to come back for more. This class is taught by Susan Pappas and offered noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

“We have several new offerings and former favorites including Barre, Cycling, TRX, Yoga and Zumba,” Johnson said.

She said new offerings include STRONG Nation that combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music designed to match moves, taught by Warapha Prime. Metabolic Conditioning called MetKon RX, a high intensity workout and M1nd, a functional stretch workout are also new and taught in person by Carrie Garcia.

“We are so grateful to have such wonderful instructors at the Y that help inspire our members to fitness,” Johnson said. “Please explore the days, times, class descriptions and instructors on our website.”

About The Family YMCA:

The Y, a charitable nonprofit organization, was established in Los Alamos by volunteers in 1955 who recognized the need for a place where families could recreate together. The Y typically provides 300 individuals (200 of which are children) with $90,000-$120,000 in assistance to participate in Y programs. In 2020, due to the pandemic and people’s caution, the Y provided $36,000 in financial assistance to 73 individuals, including 12 youth in childcare programs. Donated funds also supported the Española YMCA Teen Center and provided financial stability at the Y during the pandemic.

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