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Greenfield YMCA offers free week of classes

  • Greenfield YMCA  Recorder file photo



Recorder Staff
Monday, January 01, 2018

GREENFIELD — On the fence about this year’s fitness resolution? Try group exercises at Greenfield’s nonprofit YMCA for free.

From Jan. 8 through 14, Franklin County adults older than 19 can attend all group exercise classes and a selection of water fitness classes for free.

Each week, the Y puts on 70 group exercise classes including stretching, cardio step, barre and Zumba. The Main Street facility’s pool offers 36 classes each week, with two levels of water therapy classes and three levels of water fitness classes.

During free week, 20 water fitness classes will be free of charge.

“Group fitness classes, both land and water, are a great way for people to exercise. The classes use fun upbeat music, all instructors provide motivation and attending classes helps new exercisers develop an exercise habit,” said Jayne Trosin, fitness and social responsibility director.

Trosin noted that group settings encourage continued participation, and class members often motivate each other to keep attending.

“Water fitness classes are for people of all fitness levels; from those with pain or limited mobility to fit individuals who want a no-impact workout,” said YMCA Aquatics Director Pam Mickiewicz. “The buoyancy factor of water takes the weight off sore joints and the resistance of water, along with pool equipment, creates strength improvement.”

Following the free week, for those who might be hesitant to join because of costs, Executive Director Bob Sunderland highlighted sliding fee options based on household income.

Qualifying residents can get between 20 and 70 percent off yearly memberships and program fees. Financial aid is made possible by the Y’s Annual Sustaining Campaign, Kids-To-Camp Golf Tournament and the United Way of Franklin County.

Yearly, Sunderland said, “Our Y provides $450,000 in aid to help Franklin County youth, families and seniors attend.”

For more information, visit ymcaingreenfield.org.

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