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The Latest News about Monroe County YMCA Group Ex Classes

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April 2022

Dear Group Ex Community,

Thank you all for weathering through this cold winter with us! We have been working hard to keep you warm and working up a sweat, and we are ready to spring forward into warmer weather with you!

I would like to express my gratitude to those of you who have reached out to share your suggestions and program feedback with me. I am happy to announce that we are able to accommodate many of these requests! We have a few AWESOME new beginnings to offer this spring, including new classes at our Northwest Y location. Thanks to your loyalty and support, our Group Ex department is growing, aiming higher, and rising above!

Now, who’s ready for some Group Ex fun in the sun?

Power Walking Plus

Tuesdays (March 22 - April 26), 10:30-11:15 am: Come take your walking to another level by learning how to use proper walking techniques to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones and muscles, and increase your muscular endurance! There is no sign-up required for this 6-week class that will meet OUTSIDE at the Southeast Y soccer field. Potential rain or light rain (if it’s warm) will not cancel the class, but severe weather or strong rain will. Decisions about the weather cancellations will be made by 9:30 am and be posted on our Group Ex schedule. Weather permitting, the make-up date for a canceled class will be on Thursdays. This class is included in your membership. (CORRECTION MADE FROM EMAIL: Power Walking Plus ends April 26.)

New Formats and Additional Offerings Coming in April:

Cardio Blast, Mondays, 10:30-11:00 am at our Northwest Y: Come have a blast, get your heart pumping, and break a sweat with friends! Cardio Blast is a 30-minute class focused on cardiovascular exercise. This fun and fast-paced class will fly by, and you will be amazed at the work you can do for your mind, body, and spirit in just half an hour! This class is included in your membership.

Core and Stretch, Fridays, 9:15-10:00 am at our Northwest Y: This gentle class is designed to safely and effectively stretch, strengthen, and tone the body without stressing your joints. Core conditioning and body awareness will be emphasized. Come join us as we bring balance to both mind and body. This class is suitable for all levels of fitness. This class is included in your membership.

Power Pump, Thursdays, 10:15-11:00 am at our Southeast Y: Power Pump is a low-impact group exercise format that focuses on functional strength training. Strength training is recommended to help keep muscles toned and bones dense. Instructors use equipment such as hand weights, resistance bands, and stability balls to create workouts that are fun, appropriate for all levels, and provide a total body workout! This class is included in your membership.

Extra News:

Spring (April-May) Group Exercise Classes 2022:

  • Registration for Group Ex classes for April & May is open! Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
  • If you regularly attend classes that begin at 9:10 AM, your new class start time is 9:15 am, effective April 1. Thank you in advance for your flexibility!

Download our New YMCA Universal App:

Stay in touch with the Monroe County Y through the YMCA Universal App! Download the app in your iPhone or Android application store, and simply use your Y barcode ID or email address associated with your Y account to log in. You'll still be able to view our Group Ex Class Schedule and get up-to-date notifications about our Y. With this new app you can enjoy new features, such as connecting to your health and wellness apps to keep your fitness life in one place, logging your workouts, creating personal goals, and having fun with the Monroe County Y community in various Fitness Challenges throughout the year! Learn more on our blog.

March 2022

Monroe County YMCA Group Exercise Family,

It is a true pleasure to be here with you all. My name is Emily Abbott, and I serve as your new Group Exercise Program Director. I hope each of you has been able to stay warm and stay active this winter; praying for lots of sunshine and fair weather ahead!

For those of you whom I have already met, thank you so much for your warm welcome and for helping me feel right at home. For those of you whom I have not yet had the pleasure, I look forward to meeting you. You can learn a little about me on the Y blog, and I can’t wait to learn more about you. Every person I have met so far has shared a piece of their Y story with me, and consequently, I have been receiving small pieces of YMCA history. I am proud to be part of an organization with such a rich history, and I feel blessed to have this opportunity to work with a team committed to providing fun and safe group exercise for our YMCA family and greater Monroe County Community.

Thank you again, and I look forward to all of the Group Ex adventures ahead!
Emily Abbott

Group Ex Program Updates:

  • BattleStations 360 (Mondays and Thursdays, Drop-in anytime between 5:30-7:30 pm) When the blue light is on… BattleStations 360 begins! Join us for a brand new, high-energy Group Ex class at our Southeast Y — perfect for those who have a busy schedule and are itching for something new. BattleStations 360 is drop-in! This means you can come in anytime between 5:30 to 7:30 pm every Monday and Thursday to cycle through your trainer-led workout! In this high-energy class, you'll complete circuits with battle ropes, TRX training suspension, boxing and kickboxing heavy bags, reflex boxing bag, rope pull, dip bar, and more. This class is $25 per month, and you can register online.

  • Power Walking Plus [Tuesdays (March 22-May 3), 10:30-11:15 am] Come take your walking to another level by learning how to use proper walking techniques to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones and muscles, and increase your muscular endurance! There is no sign-up required for this 6-week class that will meet OUTSIDE at our Southeast Y soccer field. Potential rain or light rain will not cancel the class, but severe weather or strong rain will. Weather cancellations will be made by 9:30 am each Tuesday and will be posted on the Group Ex Schedule online. Weather permitting, the make-up date for a canceled class will be on Thursdays. This class is included in your membership.

  • Core Flow (Mondays, 10:15-11:05 am, Thursdays, 5:15-6:00 pm) Energize yourself with this Vinyasa-style yoga class that offers a full-body workout with attention to both strength and flexibility. This class weaves sun salutations, Pilates-inspired core work, and yoga poses in a breath-based flow. This class is included in your membership.

  • Hatha Yoga (Mondays, 12:00-12:50 pm) This yoga fitness class teaches the traditional Hatha-style yoga poses that "flow" together while building strength and flexibility. Hatha yoga is a gentle and relaxing class that moves at a slower pace with an emphasis on pose instruction, alignment, and posture. This class is suitable for any beginners or advanced practitioners who would like to master their fundamentals. While this class is included in your membership, reservations are encouraged.

  • Pilates Fusion (offered in-person and virtual) (Wednesdays, 9:10-9:55 am) Pilates Fusion is a low impact, all levels mat-based class designed to create strength, flexibility, and overall total body conditioning. Elements of Pilates and yoga will be incorporated to achieve a balanced body and improve overall well-being. Flex bands, small balls, and Pilates rings may be used. This class is also included in your membership, but reservations are encouraged. To participate in this class virtually via Zoom, you must reserve a spot to receive the link to access the class.

Extra News:

  • Group Ex Spring Break Mini Session: March 14-20 - During Spring Break, we will have a modified schedule. Our paid classes will not be offered that week, but please visit our website to see the variety of FREE classes available to everyone!

  • Spring (April-May) Group Ex ClassesRegistration for Group Ex classes for April and May will begin on March 7 at 9:00 am. Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

  • Memorial Day - Please note that the Monroe County Y will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day, and there will not be Group Ex programming that day.

  • Updated Class Cancellation Policy
    • We have updated our class cancellation policy for all paid Group Exercise classes. This does not apply to any included-in-membership classes since members are not required to register prior to attending. Please read the complete policy below:
    • In order for the Y to continue providing excellent Group Exercise programming, the Y requires that program cancellations are sent in writing to info@monroecountyymca.org at least two (2) business days before the start of a session to be eligible to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests sent after this time will not be eligible for refunds; however, in the circumstance the member is unable to continue classes due to physical injury, health reasons, or doctor’s orders, the member must provide a doctor’s note in order to process the cancellation request. Credits may be issued if the member is physically incapable to attend their program.
    • After the session has begun, if the member attends the same class one (1) time or for the course of the first (1) week and is not satisfied, the Y will offer the member the opportunity to switch registration to a different program subject to availability or to receive program credit. Group exercise program refunds will only be offered to members in the form of YMCA credits after the start of the session.  

Love Group Ex? Become an Instructor!

  • If you’re passionate about Group Ex, you might love inspiring others by teaching a class! Plus, all staff receive a free Y membership! Right now, we’re hiring Aquatics Group Exercise Instructors. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please follow the instructions on our website.

For any questions about Group Ex class offerings, please contact Emily Abbott, Group Exercise Program Director, at info@monroecountyymca.org.

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