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Kittanning YMCA offering fitness program unique to Pa.

| Friday, March 6, 2015, 3:11 a.m.

A new high-energy fitness program that originated on the West Coast has come to Pennsylvania – and the Richard G. Snyder YMCA campus in Kittanning is one of the only places in the state where it is offered.

MixxedFit is the registered trademark of the dance fitness program that incorporates toning moves like squats and jumping jacks with simple dance steps – all to the beat of club and pop music.

“As far as Pennsylvania goes, we're pretty much it,” said Hillary Brown, YMCA fitness director.

The beauty of the program is the fact that the upbeat, repetitive moves are fun and easy to follow and that no special equipment is needed, Brown said.

Staff at the YMCA heard about the fitness craze that first started in Washington one year ago from a Seattle instructor who used to live in Armstrong County.

“We had the workshop and several of us auditioned to become instructors, Brown said.

Aylish Lynch is the senior coordinator at the YMCA and is one of the instructors who teaches MixxedFit at its main campus and at her dance studio in Tarentum at the Pittsburgh Mills mall. To date, those are the only spots in Pennsylvania where the program is offered, according to a representative from the studio that started MixxedFit.

The website – mixxedfit.com – describes the workout as having a combination of explosive dance moves with boot camp intensity. It differs from other dance programs because it keeps moves simple and allows participants to focus on the workout rather than wasting time trying to follow complicated steps.

Classes are under way at the YMCA and are quickly filling up with participants ranging from teens to seniors, Brown said. The next eight-week session, which costs $20, begins at the end of April. For more information about the program, call the YMCA at 724-545-9622.

“It's high energy and attracts everyone with its fun atmosphere,” Brown said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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