News from your YMCA!

GIVING THANKS FOR THE GIVING TREE

Each year our Giving Tree is a clear reminder of what our Y is all about…community.  Thank you to everyone who took a tag (or two!) to help children and families in our Y community. All our tags are gone! We would not be able to support our families in need during this holiday season without your generous support. Thank you for joining us in spreading some holiday cheer.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!


HOLIDAY HOURS

Friday, December 24th – CLOSING at 12:00 noon
Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day) – CLOSED
Sunday, December 26th – 9:00 am – 2:00pm
Friday, December 31st – CLOSING at 12:00 noon
Saturday, January 1 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Remember,
 if you want to get a workout in on one of the days our facilities are closed you have unlimited access to Y Wellness 24/7, our virtual platform where there are hundreds of classes to choose from!

DECEMBER VACATION FUN!

Spend vacation at the Y with Open Gym, Special Events, Family Swim and more! 
Click here for all the details!


AQUATICS NEWS

Liquid Gyms are here! Our pools are not just for swimming. Our Ys are some of the only facilities in the area to offer specialty submerged equipment including Water Treadmills, Water Bikes, Aqua Poles (think TRX in the water), Water Trampolines and Glide Fit floating fitness mats. In fact, our YMCA is the only Y in the country that hosts the Aqua Pole equipment and fitness experience.

We also offer new group exercise classes in the pool including S’WET (Structured Water Exercise Training), Deep Water Boot Camp, Dual Depth Circuit and Aqua Strength.

More Parent/Child Swim We heard you! Many of our families have asked us to explore an 8 week session for parent/child swim. Registration will open soon and the 8 week session will start on Jan 3, 2022. Same great experience with the staff you know and trust. As always, it’s FREE to family members.

Schedules 


Get lifeguard certified and Train to Save
Lifeguard shortages continue to cause pool closings. The Y is running a series of lifeguard classes to help combat the problem and make our community safer.  Give back to your community this holiday season, get certified as a lifeguard!  Learn more


JOIN OUR FIND YOUR FIT CHALLENGE

Check out our NEW fitness challenge: Find Your Fit  is running now to January 31st! Join in the fun and complete 15 group exercise classes and you’ll be entered to win a $300 gift card! PLUS, all challenge participants will receive a fun YMCA swag item.

Join the Challenge!


KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR NEW VIRTUAL Y PLATFORM – YMCA360

YMCA360 will revolutionize your virtual workouts from home or on the go. Enjoy our exclusive collection of on-demand and livestream classes, on all your devices in cinematic 4K. Experience YMCA360, wherever you are and whenever you want, and experience healthy living for all. Stay tuned for more details as we launch this incredible virtual health and wellness platform.


PICKLEBALL

This sports craze is sweeping the nation and we are dedicating more than 70 weekly hours of gym time for all the Pickleball fun! Visit our Schedules Page and click Pickleball for dates and times! Pickleball is great for all ages from beginners to seasoned pickleball players, this game is fun for everyone! Be on the lookout for information on private and beginner lessons, rating clinics and local leagues and ladder play.

YOUR SUPPORT, OUR MISSION

The Y is more than our people and places, we are a purpose. Your membership this year has been so meaningful to us. Thanks to you, we were able to stay open, and provide critical programs and services to front-line workers, and all families in our communities. You fuel our purpose.


Browse Our Programs
Virtual Workouts – Y Wellness 24/7
Manage Your Membership

Free Streaming Nia, Restorative Yoga and Moving to Heal Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of Dec. 13th

Current Nia Routine: The Holidays!

Join us as we celebrate all the holidays of the season with this routine.  Lots for everyone including some fun numbers from Straight No Chaser and the Klezmatics, Oy!

Moving to Heal

Moving to Heal Nia is a slower, less intensive class with less standing and more done in the chair. Great for people with injuries or conditions that make it hard to participate in a classic Nia class. Also good for people getting back into exercise. For more info on Moving to Heal, see the info and videos on my web site or click here

Restorative Yoga

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Not sure what this pose is but it looks fairly restorative!

I hope she took the sticky stuff off before placing on eyes, ouch!  

In this crazy season, treat yourself to an hour of peace, relaxation and restoration.  Lovely passive practice aimed at quieting the nervous system, mind and body.  

Find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes

No rate increase in January, Liquid Gyms, New Virtual Y, Pickleball and more!

Great news! For the second year in a row, there will be NO rate increase in January for your YMCA membership. We are thrilled to be able to keep our current rates while still adding more great programs and amenities at each of our local YMCA facilities. Remember, we now have Senior Membership and 3-Adult Membership options so if your family structure changes, there is the right membership type for you!

As a member of your local YMCA, you are part of so much more than a place to work out. You share in a mission to strengthen the community, every single day! CLICK HERE to see what members are saying about safety at our Y.

We remain committed to helping you reach your health and wellness goals in the New Year so join us for liquid gyms, a newly enhanced virtual Y, pickleball and more!  

Check out what’s new below and view this video about what you can expect in 2022!

LIQUID GYMS

Our pools are not just for swimming! Our Ys are some of the only facilities in the whole country to offer specialty submerged equipment including Water Treadmills, Water Bikes, Aqua Poles (think TRX in the water), Water Trampolines and Glide Fit floating fitness mats. In fact, our YMCA is the only Y in the country that hosts the Aqua Pole equipment and fitness experience.

We also offer new group exercise classes in the pool including S’WET (Structured Water Exercise Training), Deep Water Boot Camp, Dual Depth Circuit and Aqua Strength.
Learn more about Aqua Fitness/Liquid Gyms
PICKLEBALL

This sports craze is sweeping the nation and we are dedicating more than 70 weekly hours of gym time for all the Pickleball fun! Visit our Schedules Page and click Pickleball for dates and times! Pickleball is great for all ages from beginners to seasoned pickleball players, this game is fun for everyone! Be on the lookout for information on private and beginner lessons, rating clinics and local leagues and ladder play.
FIND YOUR FIT

We know that everyone’s fitness goals are different and we are here to support you in your health and wellness journey. Join our new challenge to Find Your Fit at the Y this holiday season and into the new year!  We will give you the extra motivation you need to get or stay fit.

Learn more
COMING SOON! NEW VIRTUAL Y PLATFORM – YMCA360

YMCA360 will revolutionize your virtual workouts from home or on the go.  YMCA360 allows you to stream you favorite program, classes and instructors. Anywhere, Anytime!  Our new platform is in partnership with over 70 Y’s from across the nation, offers a Smart TV App, better ease of use and connects you with the best Y fitness instructors.  Stay tuned for more details as we launch this incredible virtual health and wellness platform.

WORKING OUT IS ALWAYS MORE FUN WITH A FRIEND!

Share this 1 week pass with a friend! They can show this pass on their phone to the Welcome Center staff and enjoy a complimentary week at the Y. Take advantage of our member referral, if they join, you get a free month of membership and they pay no joiner fee!

MAC’S 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS!

LET’S START OFF DECEMBER THE RIGHT WAY! GO CHECK OUT OUR GIVEAWAYS, WE HAVE SOME AMAZING PRIZES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES COMING YOUR WAY!

FOLLOW OUR INSTAGRAM’S Manchester: @macfitnessclubs Gloucester: @macfitnessglo Rowley: @macfitnessrow

Free Streaming Nia, Restorative Yoga and Moving to Heal Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of Nov. 27th Come work off Thanksgiving calories

Nia Routine: Trio: The Music of George Gershwin

So many standards from the American Songbook were written by George Gershwin.  Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay and more.  So many contemporary artists are revisiting and recording new versions of the old standards like Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, Linda Ronstadt.  Why?  Because this music is so timeless.  And it’s great to dance to.  We will be dancing to new versions of the Gershwin standards.  Come join us at the Zoom Stardust Ballroom.  Well at least join me in my basement studio and we will have fun dancing to the Tunes of George Gershwin.

Moving to Heal

Moving to Heal Nia is a slower, less intensive class with less standing and more done in the chair. Great for people with injuries or conditions that make it hard to participate in a classic Nia class. Also good for people getting back into exercise. For more info on Moving to Heal, see the info and videos on my web site or click here

Restorative Yoga

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes

Help us decide what the Y should offer next

HELP YOUR LOCAL Y DECIDE WHAT NEW OPTIONS TO OFFER!

It’s important to our Y that we continue to meet the needs of our members and the members of our community! With that in mind, we are starting to plan for our winter and spring activities and programs and would like to get your feedback.

Please take this short survey and to thank you for your participation we will enter your name into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Thank you for your participation!

Your Y:  A Place and a Purpose

Free Streaming Nia, Restorative Yoga and Moving to Heal Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of Nov. 22nd

No Classes on Thursday November 25th for Thanksgiving

Nia Routine: Trio: The Music of George Gershwin

So many standards from the American Songbook were written by George Gershwin.  Embraceable You, Our Love is Here to Stay and more.  So many contemporary artists are revisiting and recording new versions of the old standards like Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, Linda Ronstadt.  Why?  Because this music is so timeless.  And it’s great to dance to.  We will be dancing to new versions of the Gershwin standards.  Come join us at the Zoom Stardust Ballroom.  Well at least join me in my basement studio and we will have fun dancing to the Tunes of George Gershwin.

Moving to Heal

Moving to Heal Nia is a slower, less intensive class with less standing and more done in the chair. Great for people with injuries or conditions that make it hard to participate in a classic Nia class. Also good for people getting back into exercise. For more info on Moving to Heal, see the info and videos on my web site or click here

Restorative Yoga

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks.  We make it work.  For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, niawithlinda.com.  It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

So here is how it works.  It will be easier for you if you download the Zoom client for meetings for a desktop or laptop, or the app for phones and tablets.

Click here for the link to download the zoom client or the app

Then click on this link to bring to my website and the list of streaming classes

At my website, niawithlinda.com, you will want to click on the link for the class and time you are trying to join.  Otherwise you will be all alone!

If you have downloaded the client/app, the meeting will open automatically in that interface.

If you have not downloaded the app/client, it should open in a web browser.

You can join early and sit in the waiting room. No magazines but no doctors either.

I’ll leave the audio open till the class starts.  If I leave the audio on, it interferes with my audio and we can’t have that!  I’ll open it back up at the end.  If you need to get my attention, you can raise your hand.  It is an icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

If you need any techie help, call me  617-851-2738  or email me at contact@niawithlinda.com

Find a little space in your home and be prepared to move and have fun.

Feel free to share these invitations to classes with anyone who needs it.

Love to all and stay healthy,

Linda Wilkes