Here at the Y, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions. A well-rounded fitness plan includes both aerobic activities like spinning or walking and muscle strengthening activities.

In our new class “Introduction to Free Weights” a certified personal trainer will teach you proper form and how to incorporate strength training into your routine. Several training theories will be covered. You’ll learn about the equipment and weights in the free weight area, and by the end of the class you’ll have a personalized strength training workout that you can complete with confidence.
 
Equipment you’ll learn to use:
Nautilus
Hammer Strength®? free weight equipment
Life Fitness Crossover Cables
Matrix and Pro Maxima plate loaded equipment
Squat Rack
Leg Press
Flat/Decline/Incline Benches
Movable benches
Dumbbell selection up to 100 lbs.
 
Why add strength training?
 
Lose weight - Strength training will increase lean muscle mass and help burn more body fat. We all naturally loose lean muscle as we age so it is important to counteract this by strength training. Increased muscle mass can also help you manage or lose weight by increasing your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
 
Reduce your risk of osteoporosis - Strength training will strengthen muscles as well as increase bone density, which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones. It can also increase spinal bone density to create a strong and healthy spine.