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'Y' not get active this fall
YMCA starting fall programs
Christa Inman teaches water aerobics at the pool at the Liberty County Armed Services Family YMCA. Water aerobics is among many of the programs being offered at the Y this fall. The popular ballroom dance class is also making a nine-week return. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Polish off your dancing shoes and head over to the YMCA for a little ballroom dancing. The popular program is returning for a nine week run starting Sept. 20.
Jaime Walton, senior program director for the Liberty County Armed Services Family YMCA, said the program has generated a lot of interest and is an awesome way to get in shape.
In addition to ballroom dancing, Walton announced an introduction to dance class for children, ages 5 to 9, and a creative movement class for young ones, ages 2-1/2 to 4 years old. These classes are scheduled for every Wednesday afternoon and will begin Sept. 5. Anyone interested will have the opportunity to meet the instructor, dance teacher Heather Lumbattis, from 4:05-4:45 p.m. Aug. 29.
Walton also heads a new spinning program available at the YMCA, and the facility continues to offer programs such as pilates, yoga, boot camp, step and kick boxing. Members can choose to workout on their own or with one of the personal trainers the YMCA has on staff.
Walton is also involved in hosting training for people who wish to become instructors or trainers, and is active in the YMCA’s Activate America health initiatives and America on the Move.
While the hot weather is still here the YMCA offers a variety of swimming programs for children of all ages and water aerobics for those who want to get in shape while keeping cool.
“Water aerobics is a fun way of getting a low impact workout,” Christa Inman, water aerobics instructor, said. She is certified by the American Fitness and Aerobics Association and has taught water aerobics for the past three years.
“It is easier on your joint and provides a workout for the entire body,” she said.
“It’s refreshing and good for folks with knee or back injuries and good for the elderly because it is moderate- to low-impact,” she said.
Water aerobics are offered Monday through Friday from 9-10 a.m., Monday through Thursday from 6-7 p.m. and a new class is offered on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. and childcare is always provided.
The YMCA also offers a program called Youth Education Swimming that aims to reduce the number of drowning incidents by teaching water safety objectives, the concepts of basic first aid and swimming skills, to Liberty County school children.
For more information regarding the swimming programs offered at the YMCA, call Nicole Fairfield at 368-5302.
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