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September 2023

Dear Group Exercise Community,

The fall weather is upon us, and a change of season is always a great opportunity to change up your workout routine and add in a class based on your needs. 

Looking to strengthen and tone? I would suggest our Barre, TRX, and Power Pump classes. Looking for a high-intensity class to add to your schedule? Try out our Boot Camp, Cardio Blast, and BattleStation 360 classesTry our variety of Mind Body classes to enhance your core, mind-body connection, dynamic stretching, breathwork, and more! And of course, don’t miss out on our new spin bikes that will take your ride to the next level! 

Amy Plunkett

New Classes Added in September!


Morning Wake Up Yoga - Monday, 9:15 am with Jessi Burchett

  • This class is a great way to start your day with basic yoga poses, dynamic stretching, and breathwork. This practice will help you prevent or work towards healing injuries through the promotion of joint mobility and stability. No yoga experience is necessary.

Gentle Yoga - Tuesday, 6:00 pm with Deb Hackman

  • This yoga class focuses on mind-body connection through slow and smooth movements and stretches. A gentle sequence of poses, stretching, and relaxation will be offered that will leave you feeling calm, focused, and renewed.

Vin to Yin - Wednesday, 6:00 pm with Jessi Burchett

  • Vin to Yin is a yoga style that combines the elements of a dynamic vinyasa flow with the restorative benefits of Yin yoga in a single class. We begin with 30 minutes of an energy-releasing vinyasa flow followed by 20 minutes of Yin Yoga, where we slow down to invite calm and relaxation into our bodies and minds. You will leave feeling energized, peaceful, and balanced. Modifications are offered throughout the class.

Barre - Thursday, 6:00 pm with Heidi Brown

  • This high-energy, low-impact class is a sequence of challenging exercises that strengthen and tone the thighs, glutes, arms, and abs for a total-body workout! Based on the principles of Pilates, yoga, and athletic conditioning, Barre is a system of movements designed to create long lean muscles and an overall balanced body.

Group Ex Schedule


Gentle Yoga – Monday, 6:30 pm with Heidi Brown

  • This yoga class focuses on mind-body connection through slow and smooth movements and stretches. A gentle sequence of poses, stretching, and relaxation will be offered that will leave you feeling calm, focused, and renewed.

Power Pump - Wednesday, 5:30 pm with Amy Plunkett

  • This functional strength training class combines both resistance and body weight exercises for a total body workout. You will utilize dumbbells, body bars, bands, balls, gliders, and more. Improve movement efficiency, coordination, and mobility, and increase lean muscle mass to take on the physical demands of real-life activities. All fitness levels welcome.

Battle Stations 360 - Thursday, 5:30-7:00 pm with Emily Walker

  • When the blue light is on… Battle Stations 360 begins! Join us for this high-energy Group Ex class at our Southeast Y. This class is perfect for those who have a busy schedule and are itching for something new. This high-energy class meets on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm, and with this drop-in style, you can cycle through without a set start or end time at any time within the 90-minute time period. You'll complete circuits with battle ropes, TRX training suspension, boxing and kickboxing heavy bags, double end bag, reflex boxing bag, rope pull, dip bar, and more.

Group Ex Schedule

Easy Riders: Try it Free!

  • Indoor cycling may be intimidating at first, but we have the perfect class for beginners. Join this 30-minute low-impact cycling class with motivating upbeat music! Instructors will lead you through various cycling drills and the intensity is up to you.
  • Easy Riders runs from September 5-28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-9:45 am. There is no cost associated with this class for the month of September!
    • Tuesdays with Maria Hamilton
    • Thursdays with Linda Woods
  • Pre-registration is required due to the limited number of bikes. Registration opens 3 days prior to each class. Visit our website to save your spot:

Easy Riders

New Cycling Classes Coming in October

  • Bring your outdoor cycling indoors as the weather begins to cool off! With our new LifeFitness iC6 Bikes, your ride will be customized to you and your ability. Based on your ability, your bike console will set your five training zones for you. Your ride is guided by your specific training zones.
  • New Classes coming in October:
    • Monday, 6:15 am - Cycle 45 with Alison Miller
    • Monday, 6:30 pm - Cycle 45 with Emily Walker

June 2023

Dear Group Exercise Community,

I am thrilled to be back in the role of Group Exercise Program Director. I am so lucky to work with a team of caring and talented instructors who truly love what they do and make it their mission to better the lives of others through fitness.

At the Y, we offer a wide variety of classes; there is truly something for everyone no matter your fitness level and interests. We offer everything from Power Pump, Zumba, Boot Camp, Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Aquatic Fitness, Battle Stations 360 and so much more! If you are not sure where to start, feel free to reach out to me!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer & we will see you in your next class with us!

Amy Plunkett

New Spin Bikes!

We have recently replaced our spin bikes at our Southeast Y with LifeFitness IC6 Spin Bikes! These bikes will be a game changer in your future rides with us. What’s different about these bikes is that your bike console will be customized to you and your ability. Based on your ability, your bike console will set your five training zones for you. Your ride is guided by your specific training zones.

Summer Class Offerings:

  • Monday/Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 am - $55 Y member rate
  • Friday, 9:15-10:00 am - $25 Y member rate
  • Saturday, 9:15-10:00 am - $25 Y member rate

Additional cycling classes returning in the fall!

Summer Group Ex Class Updates


Outdoor Boot Camp - Tuesday/Thursday, 6:15 am

  • Join Alison Miller, Julie Hood, and Priscilla Barnes for this high-intensity interval training (HIIT) format that will challenge the whole body, mind, and spirit. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and reap amazing benefits like boosted confidence, increased strength, better endurance, and more energy! Boot Camp will meet outside on the soccer fields. In the case of inclement weather, Boot Camp will meet in Cardinal Court.

Cardio Blast - Wednesday, 9:15 am

  • Come have a blast with Amy Plunkett and Angie Geiger as you get your heart pumping and break a sweat with friends! Cardio Blast is a class focused on cardiovascular exercise with some basic strength & core exercises mixed in periodically. This fun and fast-paced class will fly by! This class will meet in Fit Room 1.

Zumba NEW Day & Time! - Thursday, 10:15 am

  • Join Nancy Parker in this high-energy dance fitness class like no other! Inspired by Latin music this class will leave you feeling energized with its easy-to-follow dance moves. Come join the party! This class will meet in Fit 1.

Power Pump NEW Day & Time! - Monday, 5:30 pm

  • Join Kellie Thurman as she takes you through a total body strength workout with a variety of equipment and exercises. Get stronger with squats, lunges, pushups, planks, and more! This class will meet in Fit 1. Make sure to check out a full list of our Power Pump class offerings online.

Core & Stretch

  • Revitalize the body in a soothing atmosphere with this low-impact class designed to improve your overall health and fitness. A mix of standing exercises and mat work will be incorporated to create a toned and more flexible body. This class is suitable for all levels of fitness. Southeast Core & Stretch classes will meet in the Mind Body Studio.
  • Summer Class Offerings:
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30-11:15 am - Southeast Y
    • Saturday, 10:30-11:15 am - Southeast Y
    • Tuesday/Friday, 9:15 am - Northwest Y


Full Body Fusion - Thursday, 9:15 am

  • Join Mari Stranger as she combines the elements of yoga, strength training, cardio, and core work to create a total body workout. This uplifting class is designed to energize and create strength, stability, and flexibility. Come join us!

Power Circuit - Tuesday, 10:15 am

  • Join Kristy Nicola his fast-moving circuit-style class will use cardio, strength, and core intervals to get your heart rate up and your muscles stronger! You will use a variety of equipment to challenge your body no matter your fitness level.

Group Ex Schedule

For questions about Group Exercise class offerings please contact Amy Plunkett, Group Exercise Program Director, at info@monroecountyymca.org.

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