If getting in better shape is on your to-do list in 2019, the Daviess County Family YMCA may be able to help.

“It’s time to get people energized about exercise again,” said Tom Danehy, the Y’s CEO.

In addition to offering the pool and fitness center, Danehy said the Y offers a variety of classes ranging from aerobics and spinning to yoga and its latest offering, Strength Train Together.

“Everyone makes that New Year’s resolution to exercise more but often times, by Valentine’s Day, it’s kaput. Group classes are a lot more fun. We’re laughing, we’re having a good time,” said Paula Van Tyle-Smith, the Y’s aquatics coordinator and one of the Strength Train Together coaches.

Van Tyle-Smith said working out with someone else not only makes exercising more fun but also helps keep people accountable.

“We get distracted by other things going on in our lives or we don’t see the results as fast as we’d like but group classes can help. You become like a family. You have people there to keep you accountable,” Van Tyle-Smith said. “If you miss a class, there’s a good chance someone is going to ask you where you were last class.”

With Strength Train Together, Van Tyle-Smith said participates will work on getting stronger while improving movement by combining exercises with strength training.

“It’s 10 steps,” she said, adding the class is open to participants of all ages and ability levels. “It’s something anyone of any age can do. We are there to help you even if you don’t have previous experience.”

Participants, Van Tyle-Smith said, get a mix of strength training and cardio and the program stays the same each week.

“We do the same thing for three months,” she said adding that classes also follow the same pattern; warm-up, legs, chest, back and legs, triceps, biceps, more legs shoulders, core and stretch. “When you use the weight room, you probably get into your routine and use the same equipment. In this class, we mix it up. You work on different things and after awhile you start to enjoy it.”

Van Tyle-Smith said participants may also enjoy knowing that typically participants who take the hour-long class two-to-three times a week often see results in about six weeks.

Each class, Van Tyle-Smith said, is limited to 12 people but with nine members of the YMCA staff to teach the program, there are classes offered at several different times to meet participant’s needs.

Strength Train Together classes are currently offered Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Joining the Y now also means enjoying half price classes.

“January through March the fees for all Group X classes will be half off,” said Danehy. “This includes the Strength Train Together, aerobics, yoga and spin classes.”

Classes for members range from $8 for a four week month to $10 for a five week month. Non-members pay $20 for a four week month and $25 for the five weeks.

Those who participate in 16 Strength Train Together classes between Feb. 1 and March 31 will also be entered to win a prize.

For more information on all the programs offered for youth and adults at the Daviess County Family YMCA, visit www.dcymca.org or call 812-254-4481.

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