Friday, January 22, 2016

In-Trinity & Y Weight: NEW At Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas

In-Trinity is a combination of yoga, pilates and martial arts—and it's free with your Campbell County YMCA membership.

While many gyms and fitness centers specialize in a handful of class offerings, Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas is different. The client they seek is YOU, no matter your age, experience or needs. 

"We have something for everyone," says Senior Program Director Todd Hensel. 

This includes swim classes for 6-month-olds and low-impact exercise classes for seniors. And in between are classes and programs fit for a boutique gym—Yoga, Pilates, Cardio and Strength Training, Kickboxing, Barre, Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D., Cycling and Tai Chi. 

New in 2016? In-Trinity and Y Weight. 

In-Trinity is a combination of yoga, pilates and martial arts, using the Johnny G In-Trinity Board by Matrix. This elevated platform allows you to better balance, improve flexibility and build strength in a way you've never been able to before. Popular on the west coast, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is one of the first organizations to introduce In-Trinity on the east coast—and our YMCA is one of the first to offer it. 


Gayla Hawks shows how sticks are utilized throughout In-Trinity, both as a nod to martial arts and to help members maintain pace and rhythm. 
Lips on either side of the elevated In-Trinity board help with balance.

Straps allow members to get even deeper into stretches. 

After buying 11 boards, Fitness Coordinator Nick Heiss says YMCA of Greater Cincinnati flew in In-Trinity trainers for a weekend training session. Currently Campbell County YMCA has three trained In-Trinity instructors offering six classes throughout the week—including weekend and evening options. Boards limit class size and right now there's room for 10 members in a class. 

Already, it's popular. Classes are booking up two-plus weeks in advance and Heiss says they're looking to add more.

"In-Trinity includes a plethora of exercises," says Gayla Hawks who has been an instructor at the Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas for 15 years. "It's a little bit of everything." 

The 45-minute classes uses sticks and straps in addition to the boards. The music, which Hawks says mimics sleep brainwaves, was developed in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, who is considered to the forefather of brainwave entertainment.

In-Trinity provides both physical and mental improvement. 

Hawks shows me some poses, stretches and moves on the In-Trinity board, and the benefit of the board is quickly clear—for those who have trouble getting into particular, traditional yoga positions, for example, the elevated board serves as a crutch while still allowing you to get deep into the stretch. And for members on the other end of the spectrum, who are looking to push themselves beyond their yoga and pilates workouts, the In-Trinity board serves as a platform that allows you to dig a little deeper. "My members love it," Hawks says. "They love the stretches and they love the workout."

While so much is included with your membership fee (including child care in the newly renamed Kids Club as well as classes such as In-Trinity), Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas also offers additional programming for an added fee. One such program is Y Weight—an eight-week weight loss program that includes everything you need for results:

1. Intake Meeting: During this session fitness trainers will take down your weight, blood pressure, waist circumference and body fat percentage, and take a "before" picture.

2. Group Training: Twice a week you'll meet with YMCA health and wellness professionals for a one-hour training sessions. These sessions will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6am and then again at 7pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am, and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30pm.

3. Nutrition Tracking: With the guidance of YMCA staff you'll record calories, grams of fat and manage your activity log.

4. Small Group Check-Ins: Four 15-minute small group meetings provide the community and support you need to stick with the program.

After eight weeks results include: weight loss, lower blood pressure, waist reduction and a decrease of body fat up to 5 percent. The program starts the first week of February—register by January 28.

Kierra Clark uses one of Campbell County YMCA's two new Matrix ClimbMills.

Also new? Two Matrix ClimbMills in the Core & Cardio Room. Featuring an integrated touchscreen with Virtual Active programming (as well as personal fans!), you can literally watch your progress as you climb the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. 

Beyond the free childcare, boutique-style classes and flexible hours is something not readily mentioned in flyers or online. It's community. Friendliness. It's the non-intimidation factor so often lacking in gyms and fitness centers. It's the fact that you feel welcome, in every new class you try, in every program you sign up for—not only does the staff want you to succeed, fellow members want you to succeed, too.

So if you haven't been in a while, come visit the Campbell County YMCA Fort Thomas. Everything has been repainted. New classes, machines and programs exist. And through the month of January there is no activation fee—saving you $50. 

For the current Group Exercise Schedule, go here

For the 2016 Winter Activity Guide, go here

For the Indoor Pool Schedule, go here.

And for the start of a healthier you, go the Y. Try a new class. Allow a fitness trainer to show you some new machines. Sign up for Y Weight. Succeed. (Finally) succeed while supporting fellow community members, too. For more information call (859) 781-1814.

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