‘Y’ waiv­ing mem­ber fees dur­ing Jan­uary

Jan­uary group class sched­ule un­vieled

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

At the start of ev­ery year, it seems ev­ery­one wants to slim down and hit the gym. The Cov­ing­ton Fam­ily Y is look­ing to help that en­deavor by waiv­ing its new mem­ber­ship fees and mem­ber­ship re­ac­ti­va­tion fees in Jan­uary.

A sin­gle mem­ber­ship nor­mally costs $69, a fam­ily mem­ber­ship $99 and a mem­ber­ship re­ac­ti­va­tion fee $35, but all of those fees are be­ing waived for Jan­uary, said Mem­ber­ship Di­rec­tor Ka­cie Brown.

“A lot of the time, we hear the big ini­tial fee is an is­sue. Peo­ple usu­ally say they can pay the monthly fee, so it’s nice that this one bar­rier is be­ing re­moved,” Brown said.

Monthly rates are less ex­pen­sive if a cur­rent Y mem­ber refers you, cost­ing $44 per month for an adult and $68 for a fam­ily. Stan­dard monthly rates are $54 for a sin­gle adult and $84 for a fam­ily.

How­ever, one of the hall­marks of the Y is its fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pro­gram, and the Cov­ing­ton Y holds an an­nual fundraiser to be able to of­fer re­duced mem­ber­ship fees to those who need them.

“The Y is all in­clu­sive and no one is ever turned away be­cause they can’t af­ford it,” Di­rec­tor Louly Hay-Kapp said pre­vi­ously.

Do­na­tions can be made any­time to the Y, lo­cated at

2104 Newton Drive, Cov­ing­ton.

The Cov­ing­ton Y has ex­er­cise classes for adults and se­niors, as well as a va­ri­ety of recre­ation pro­grams for youth.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit in per­son, call 770-787-3908 or visit the web­site at ym­caat­lanta.org/cvy/.

Jan­uary class sched­ule

The group ex­er­cise classes are some of the most pop­u­lar op­tions at the Y, and the Jan­uary class sched­ule has been switched up, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a new course.

One of the new­est ad­di­tions is a “Core Strength and Bal­ance” class that fo­cuses on strength­en­ing mus­cles from the pelvis through the shoul­ders with the goal of re­duc­ing the chance of back pain and in­jury, im­prov­ing pos­ture and im­prov­ing strength in the en­tire body. The class is at 6:30 p.m. ev­ery Thurs­day, and is taught by cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer Tracey Ashall, a fairly new ad­di­tion to the staff.

Brown said the Y tries to of­fer a va­ri­ety of classes, from low im­pact classes like Pi­lates, Yoga and “Car­dio Line Danc­ing” to high-in­ten­sity classes like the Ta­bata-style (high-in­tes­nity in­ter­val train­ing) “H.I.I.T. Fit,” “BODY­PUMP” and other in­tense train­ing.

Check Cov­News.com for the full sched­ule and de­scrip­tions of all of the classes.

“We of­fer a wider range of classes from be­gin­ner to ad­vanced. And a lot of th­ese classes are go at your own pace, so the in­struc­tors will of­fer ex­tra ad­vice to those who are new and pro­vide ex­tra chal­lenges to more ad- vanced mem­bers,” Brown said.

In ad­di­tion, the Y al­ways of­fers its well­ness coach pro­gram, where an in­di­vid­ual well­ness coach will work with in­di­vid­ual mem­bers to tai­lor work­outs de­signed to meet the mem­bers’ goals.

The well­ness coaches also teach mem­bers how to prop­erly use all of the ex­er­cise ma­chines and free weights.

“2014 is set to be an out­stand­ing year for the Y as re­sult of nu­mer­ous up­grades to our fa­cil­i­ties and staff,” said Reg­gie Wilcox, ref­er­enc­ing staff ad­di­tions and the pur­chase of 20 new ex­er­cise bikes.

“I’m hon­ored to be one of many all-star in­struc­tors, well­ness coaches, train­ers and staff mem­bers that take pride in giv­ing back to our com­mu­nity by as­sist­ing our neigh­bors to im­prove their in­di­vid­ual health & well-be­ing.”

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