More than 125 fitness classes are offered each week at the Hamilton Area YMCA, just a sampling of the healthy living options for kids, teens, adults, and seniors.

According to Director of Member Initiatives and Healthy Living Joe Fuhrman, the Hamilton Area YMCA is a non-profit, charitable organization that’s doing great things in and for the community. Its programming is available to everyone regardless of race, age, gender, or income level.

“We have programs for kids as young as three,” Fuhrman said. “Even some of the classes popular with adults have a kid-friendly version, like Zumba Kids, Bokwa for Tots, and Bokwa for Kids.”

Bokwa is a new addition that combines exercise, movement, and dance. Tots and kids “sweat the alphabet and dance the digits, learning to write letters and numbers with their feet while moving to the music.”

Most classes are included with facility and facility-plus membership, from Muscle Mix to Spin, Water Fitness to Kick-boxing, Yoga to Step, Pilates, and much more. Facility memberships encompass the whole facility and access to the wellness center, track, group exercise classes, and the pool. Facility plus members also have special locker rooms with sauna and steam rooms, plus exclusive programming available for school-aged children. Members of the community may register for group exercise classes, for a fee, as program members.

“We cater to all ages including special classes for our AOA — Active Older Adults, who are 62-plus,” Fuhrman added. “AOA offers versions of many of our group exercise classes but designed at a gentler pace, like Aqua Yoga, Chair Zumba, and Chair Yoga. We also have classes for those with special needs.”

A new program this year is small group training, progressive, results-driven, multi-week sessions guided by a certified trainer. These pay-for programs are limited to three to five participants, and groups meet one to three times per week.

“We have 10 certified personal trainers on staff,” Fuhrman noted. “Some members feel more comfortable in a small group, where they can get some individual attention. They enjoy building a relationship with one trainer, which yields great results: the members trust the trainer to help them meet their goals.”

Other new pay-for programs include Insanity, which adds calisthenic-type exercises like pushups, leg thrusts, and progressive abs to the step routines; I Am Woman, a strength training, muscle conditioning, cardio, and weight control/loss group; TRX, a total body fitness program using gravity and body weight for strength, balance, and flexibility; Swim and Trim, offering low-impact exercise in the pool; and Mission of Nutrition for anyone looking to improve general health, achieve weight loss, or get specific nutrition advice for athletes and health-related issues.

The full range of Hamilton YMCA programs, schedules, childcare/education, membership categories, locations, and more are available online at www.hamiltonymca.org.

Hamilton Area YMCA, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road and 185 Sawmill Road, Hamilton. 609-581-9622, info@hamiltonymca.org, or www.hamiltonymca.org.

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