What to Expect: Spin Edition

January 30, 2017

The spin room may be intimidating—there are a lot of bikes in a small space. Don’t be nervous. Hop on and prepare for a great workout! Here are a few things you need to know before your first spin class: Instructors are high energy Classes are generally set to music. Your instructor works hard to

Get a Good Start on a Healthy Heart

January 25, 2017

Get a Good Start on a Healthy Heart As told by Amanda Carknard, a Personal Trainer at the Southern Saratoga YMCA Maintaining a healthy heart is one of the most important reasons to exercise.  Did you know that according to the Cleveland Clinic, your heart pumps about five quarts of blood through a system of

Meet Aquatics Instructor: Jack Sherry

January 24, 2017

Meet Jack Jack Sherry has been a member of the Troy YMCA since 2012 and quickly progressed from member to instructor. Jack currently teaches both Water Wellness and Forever Fit Cardio aqua classes at the Troy branch and has acquired quite the following. Now, 71, Jack shows no signs of slowing down. Prior to joining

Functional Fitness in 30 Minutes or Less

January 20, 2017

Functional Fitness for Quality of Life in 30 Minutes or Less As told by Stephanie Davis, a Personal Trainer at the Southern Saratoga YMCA Functional fitness takes what you learn in the gym and applies it to your everyday life. Maybe you’re a carpenter who lifts heavy wood all day, or a bartender who squats all night

6 Eating Habits to Maximize Your Workout

January 18, 2017

Exercise and eating go hand in hand. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or kick-starting your New Year’s fitness goals doesn’t mean starting a crash diet, or only eating raw foods. It’s about knowing what to eat when and what types of foods can help you make the most out of your workout! A healthy breakfast

New Year’s Resolutions – Do Them Right

January 16, 2017

This is the time of the year for making New Year’s resolutions and getting  gym memberships. This typically plays out in one of two ways. You either never visit the gym, or your visits begin to dwindle  three months in. There are methods you can easily implement in your life to keep yourself motivated and

Circle of Champs Helps Families Make Memories Outside of the Hospital

January 11, 2017

Circle of Champs offers help to families with a child who has a life-threatening illness. Beyond the sick child, Circle of Champs offers the entire family a break from the stress this illness puts on the whole family. While this program helps a number of families in the area, there is one family who wanted

What is Circle of Champs?

January 10, 2017

Throughout our Annual Campaign, we fundraise for a number of different aspects of our association—from our teen programs, to after-school programs, and even camp. There is one program that we fundraise for that not only helps children, but helps the entire family. That program is called, Circle of Champs. You may have heard about Circle

Join the #HealthyYChallenge

January 4, 2017

Join the #HealthyYChallenge today and compete in a battle of the branches competition. What is the #HealthyYChallenge? When you join, you are automatically a member of your branch’s team. You earn points for different types of workouts, completing different challenges, and working hard to be your best self. You’ll be given weekly workouts and new

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

December 28, 2016

We always start the year with good intentions. We’re going to go to the gym five times a week. We’re going to make a budget and stick to it. We’re going to read one book a week, etc. But how often do we fulfill our goals? Hardly ever. But, I feel like 2017 is your