In support of expanding health opportunities to the community, The Family YMCA will celebrate the grand opening of a second facility, the YMCA Express, 140 Central Park Square, March 11.
Throughout the day, community members are invited to try classes 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at no charge. The day includes equipment and new class demonstrations, an open-house lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and at 12:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting.
“The new facility allows the Y to meet the increased demands for class space and equipment,” YMCA CEO Linda Daly said. “More individuals are turning to the Y for support in their quest for a healthier lifestyle, and the YMCA Express helps us meet their needs, from the first time exerciser to elite athletes.”
In support of new classes and parents working out at the main facility, the Y has also expanded the free child watch hours for member parents.
Child watch now runs 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday and 5-7:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Fitness Director Melanie Chapman said the new space will allow the Y to offer many new, cutting-edge opportunities, including the TRX Suspension Training System that uses a participant’s body weight and gravity to create a challenging workout.
Free TRX intro classes are being offered the week of March 4-8 and require advance registration.
In addition to the expansion of many of the YMCA’s existing classes such as yoga, Pilates, kettlebells, PowerFlow, PowerUp and Zumba, a number of new opportunities will be offered such as TRX, PiYo, Stretching and Crash Cardio-High Intensity Interval Training classes.
Access to both the main facility at 1450 Iris St. and the YMCA Express is free with Y membership. Membership now includes more than 70 free health wellness classes and discounts on more than 35 programs.
The YMCA Express is on the corner of 15th Street and Nectar Streets and the main entrance to the new facility faces the Los Alamos Little Theatre. For more information, visit www.laymca.org.