West Cook YMCA


Group FITNESS

Group fitness is designed to be a supportive environment and allows you to have a shared experience with your fellow members. You should feel the energy in a group class, and it should make you want to move! The YMCA is the perfect place to showcase those feelings to a make a positive change in your health and wellness today!

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AMRAP-STRENGTH: AMRAP stands for As Many Rounds As Possible. You will complete as many rounds as possible in a given interval with a mix of 3-6 exercise movements. There will be a set time block to complete as many rounds as possible, so you push it at your pace. Repetitions will be set to 8-15 reps per exercise. You will move from one exercise to the next, then starting at the top once you complete all movements. This class will use a mix of equipment. Instructor will give demonstration of exercises before starting workout. (All fitness levels are welcome)

CARDIO CIRCUIT (AOA): A low impact class designed to increase the heart rate by moving through different exercises. We will use your body weight, a chair, bands, medicine balls, light dumbbells, and more for a mix of cardio and strength movements.

CYCLING: Are you looking for a challenge both mentally and physically? Then this class is for you! You will experience a variety of class styles including drills, endurance, power, and strength. Rides will simulate varied terrain as you take on flats, rolling hills, big climbs and fast sprints motivated by great music. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a first timer, you’ll be able to dial in the resistance to get a great workout. If it’s your first time, show up a little early to get a fit on a bike. What to bring: Water bottle and a small towel. Not required but recommended: heart rate monitor to measure intensity during class.

DEEP WATER FITNESS: This is a moderate to high intensity workout that takes place in deep depths of water in the pool. Participants can increase their range of motion using non-impact movements for an overall cardio and strength workout. A flotation device is provided.

GENTLE MOVEMENTS: Gentle movements is designed for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. You can expect to flow through simple sequences and slower paced movements. We will focus on tension release and mobility work that you can easily apply to your day-to-day life. This class is appropriate for anyone of any age and experience level in yoga practice.

INTRODUCTION TO VINYASA YOGA: This class focuses on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. The basic postures that form the Vinyasa yoga sequence will be demonstrated and guided with modifications. Meditation and breath exercises will be offered in each session to quiet the mind and awaken our senses. Introduction to Vinyasa yoga is a great way to build heat, get stronger, more flexible, and meditate through dynamic movements.

LEVEL UP: Take your fitness to the next level! This 45-minute workout is designed to increase your strength, improve your cardiovascular endurance, and push you to reach new goals. Each week will bring a new workout that incorporates resistance bands, challenging cardiovascular exercises, along with body weight movements, all in a high-intensity interval format that will challenge participants of all levels.

POWER VINYASA YOGA: Power Vinyasa offers practice that builds your endurance and strength. This energetic flow will make you move through a creative sequence exploring advanced versions of the yoga postures. You will enjoy moving in rhythmic music, breaking sweat and challenging yourself to advance your practice. This class is for students that have basic an understanding of yoga asanas. For your safety, please take the Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga class before trying Power Vinyasa. 

RISE & SHINE MORNING YOGA: In our Rise & Shine Morning Yoga class, we focus on making smooth transitions between asanas that feels most natural. Class is designed to guide our mind and body to gradually open up through gentle movements that feels good. The focus of this class is to awaken and energize our soul for the day ahead. Dynamic variations of each asana will be introduced in a fun and encouraging environment. Daily morning yoga practice will help you feel energized, strong, and flexible.

SHALLOW WATER FITNESS: Is a low to moderate intensity low-impact total body workout that takes place in the shallow end of the pool. Participants do not need to know how to swim.

STRENGTH & BALANCE (AOA): A full-body workout for active older adults using light weights, resistance bands, and exercise balls in a low impact setting. This class will work on building strength, core, and improving balance.

TABATA: This class focuses on interval training. A mix of cardio and strength exercises that you complete within 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 rounds, 4 mins in total. It is a challenging workout, but you can move at your pace and use appropriate weights. (Intermediate to advanced)  

YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA: Yin is a slow-paced style of yoga where postures are held for longer periods of time. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate and help in stretching connective tissue around the joints like the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine. The long hold times of this practice offer the chance to sit with our emotions and can help us become more resilient to stress. It is a more meditative approach to yoga, and its goals are awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. In this class, we will incorporate various yoga props, such as blocks, straps, bolsters, and blankets to deepen our postures.

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