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North Georgia YMCA launching new fitness classes

Just in time for the new year, the North Georgia YMCA has new fitness class instructors to help meet the needs and goals of families in the branch’s service area of Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties.

“We want to expand our community services at the Y in 2013,” said branch Executive Director John Donahoo. “We’ve had a lot of interest in fitness.”

Zumba for both males and females ages 10-plus is starting this month. Class instructor Sheila von Mayer, a certified Zumba Fitness instructor, is bringing Basic Zumba, Zumba Gold and Sentao forms to the Y for the first time.

“It’s really upbeat and fun to interact with everyone,” von Mayer said of Zumba, essentially a series of upbeat dance-style aerobic exercises. “We are all close-knit and support each other in class. Zumba incorporates Latin dance moves like the salsa, tango and flamingo.”

She noted that Zumba Gold is not just for seniors; anyone who can shake, rattle and roll can participate.

Zumba classes are taught Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church,1733 Battlefield Parkway. Von Mayer said the goal is to provide a full-body workout.

“I’ve lost 30 pounds in six months through Zumba. It works,” she said, adding that anyone can lose weight by taking Zumba.

Enrollment for the branch’s mixture of land and water aerobics classes, offered Monday-Friday, runs throughout early 2013.

“We have a new class called Piloxing,” said Donahoo. “It’s a mix between kickboxing and Pilates. It targets muscle sculpting, exercises for the core and an overall full-body workout. A lot of the moves are upbeat kickboxing.”

He said he strives to offer Y classes this year that help families. Family Fitness Karate will continue to be offered in 2013, and home-school physical education classes are offered in the afternoons.

For the elders in the family, the Y continues to offer water aerobics for all at North Georgia Healthcare Center, 6120 Old Alabama Road in Ringgold. Silver Sneakers land classes incorporate handheld weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball to offer resistance training appropriate for seniors.

New year, new you

To learn more about North Georgia YMCA fitness classes, contact the Y at 706-935-2226 or visit www.ymcachattanooga.org. Classes are free to Y members. Non-members pay $3.50 per class or $28 per month.

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