YWCA to host fitness open house

PIQUA — Find out how to get fit for the new year at the YWCA Fitness Open House on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will feature demonstrations of the seven different cardiovascular machines as well as the strength and stretching areas in the fitness center.

Emily Brookhart, health committee chairperson, will be available throughout the evening to demonstrate use of the equipment. “To use exercise equipment for maximum effectiveness, it is best to know exactly what it does and use it correctly during workouts,” said Brookhart. “The YWCA also offers YW Wild Women Walking, Zumba, Tai Chi for balance practice and two Yoga classes including a Cardio Yoga class.”

The Zumba class, led by Sarah Jane Magoteaux, is class with calorie-burning, body-energizing movements that will help you achieve long-term benefits. Classes take place at the YWCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Yoga, taught by Katie Nardecchia, meets on Mondays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Classes involve “centering,” asanas (positions), and end with relaxation techniques. A new five-week session begins Jan. 18.

Cardio Yoga, also taught by Nardecchia, is a vigorous exercise with cardio, strength-building, core work, asanas and meditation all wrapped into one. “It’s a great mental workout with more calories burnt,” said Nardecchia. Cardio Yoga is taught Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 p.m. with a new class session beginning Jan. 20.

The YW Wild Walking Women meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-10 a.m. and walk for fitness. During inclement weather, they walk at the Miami Valley Centre Mall; otherwise, you can find them on the bike path and other walking paths in the area. Join Joan Beck and Nancy Hirby as they lead the ladies on their walks each week. The next session begins Jan. 19.

A sampling of Zumba, Yoga and Tai Chi for balance classes will be demonstrated. Hand and chair massages will also be available at the open house, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes awarded. In case of inclement weather, the open house will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“You won’t want to miss this opportunity to treat yourself to a fun night and learn how you can improve your personal health and begin an exercise program at the same time!” said Brookhart.