Sewickley Valley YMCA expands offerings for coming year
Participants in Sewickley Valley YMCA programs will have more options in 2014, and can look forward to a renovated child care facility to be completed in the spring.
Adriane Stoner, Y senior director for health and wellness and a dietitian, will run the new Healthy Lifestyles program to be held from Jan. 11 through March 22.
Stoner said the program, open to members and non-members, combines exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to help participants improve long-term wellness.
“Participants will keep a food journal that is used to teach them self-awareness of their specific habits,” Stoner said. “Weight loss has to be something that becomes lifestyle habits, not a quick fix that everyone wants. You do need to invest the time to make it happen and allow yourself to make lifelong changes that can be sustained.”
The Y will offer other new fitness classes with a variety of formats to accommodate all levels of fitness.
The Body in Balance class is designed to improve balance, posture and muscle conditioning. Participants will use use BOSU balls (a half ball with a flat bottom), rollers, stability balls and weights. Ski Fit is designed to get the body ready for the ski season and will combine aerobic, core and interval training. Advanced Yoga, a 75-minute class, is designed to challenge the seasoned yoga participant.
Certified personal trainers will instruct one-hour Saturday Wellness Workshops, held once a month, January through May, focusing on the use of alternative exercise equipment, including kettlebells, stability balls, rollers and medicine balls.
Cardio Blast will have a new format consisting of 100 percent cardiovascular exercise — steps, double step and floor exercises.
Also to be added are classes designed for those new to exercising or returning to working out.
They include Fit to Start, a 30-minute gentle aerobic class; Chair Zumba, a Latin dance class done in a chair; Beginner Barre, 30-minute class using dance movements to improve posture, balance and core conditioning; Weight Training for Beginners, a class with a maximum of five participants, led by a certified personal trainer; Soft Flex, a 30-minute gentle stretching class that is done in a chair;
Beginner Cycle, a 45-minute group cycle class; and Simply Splash, a cardio workout with resistance in the pool for those who want to spare their joints the impact of regular walking or jogging.
Also new in 2014 is Books Alive, reading, crafts and physical activities for children, ages 2-3, and parents: Family YMCA Triathlon at the Y and War Memorial Park to consist of swimming, biking and running; Fit 4 Life, a monthly exercise activity for teens through the Y's OASIS after-school program for middle and high-school students; the senior prom, Feb. 15, for ages 55 and older; and adaptive private swim lessons for youth.
The Y is in the midst of renovating its child care facilities.
The $2.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in the spring, said CEO Trish Hooper. The Y serves about 325 children a day in preschool and school-aged child care programs in the Quaker Valley, Cornell, Moon Area and Ambridge Area school districts, and provides financial assistance for those in need of affordable child care.
“The crews are almost finished with the interior demolition work and have already begun placing the new windows on the third floor and working on the elevator shaft,” Hooper said.
“We can't wait to get our kids back into the Y and into a new space that's built specifically for them and their learning experience.”
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Water Works Road in Sewickley could be straightened
- Richard Zana Music Festival continues in Harmony all weekend
- Sewickley fire horn usage to be reduced
- Sewickley council delays vote on office building