The Elkins-Randolph County YMCA offers a plethora of classes and programs for health- and fitness-conscious residents in the area.
Lola Spotloe, director of membership services at the YMCA, spoke to The Inter-Mountain about the various exercise groups offered at the facility. She said they take the forms of group, yoga and stretch, water aerobics, martial arts and toddler/preschool classes which can be taken advantage of by members and nonmembers alike.
"(Classes) are all free to members," Spotloe said.
She was quick to mention the popularity of each class and note that participants of all ages can take advantage of heart-healthy exercises.
Group exercise classes, geared toward adults, include Body Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, High Energy Aerobics, Kettlebell Pump, Morning Aerobics, Power Lunch, Spin Class, Circuit Training, Total Body Workout and Zumba.
Among them, Spotloe said Kettlebell and Spin are well attended.
"Spin classes are always filled. They have to turn people away," she said. "Kettlebell sometimes there are as many as 15 in a class."
She also said the various yoga classes are drawing large crowds.
"Yoga seems to be the most popular," Spotloe said.
Yoga classes at the YMCA include Core Strengthening and Awareness, Dynamic Balance, Gentle Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, which is offered three times a week, a YMCA flier said.
Young children can also take part.
The YMCA flier also listed toddler classes as Child Watch - a safe play area - Parent and Child Swim Class, Mom and Me Yoga and Room to Romp, an unstructured play group.
Senior Water Aerobics is also available as a low-impact exercise for older participants who want to improve their body in a way that does not compromise joint integrity.
Spotloe said members have been taking advantage of the classes in greater numbers since the start of 2013. She mentioned New Year's resolutions as a possible impetus for increased participation.
This is being compensated for by increased YMCA hours, Spotloe said. The facility will be open on Sundays through March 30. After that date, Spotloe said, warmer weather draws people to activities outside, such as running and tennis. The YMCA will be closed on Sundays, come spring.
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