Last week I caught up with Russell from YMCA Hobart at their Fitness Centre in Glenorchy.
It was very busy as I got there with around 30 seniors arriving for a class along with many youngsters excited to get in the door to play in the Y-Kids Party and Play.
The kids centre was huge with large play equipment to run, jump and climb through along with a fenced off area for smaller children, a jumping castle and electronic dance fitness system ‘Y-Dance’
In the same large room was a cafe with seating for parents to enjoy a coffee while they watched their children.
I asked Russell some questions to find out more about what they offer the community.
Tell us about YMCA Hobart…
The YMCA was established in Hobart in 1882 and has a long history in providing health and wellness programs for the Hobart community. We now have five centres in Hobart: Y-Fitness Centre Glenorchy, Clarence Aquatic Centre, Glenorchy Aquatic Centre, Y-Kids Party and Play and Rosny Golf. Our diversity gives us a unique opportunity to offer specific services to the community that are not available at other health clubs, and at rates that are affordable for everyone. The Y is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide a service to the community that assists people in living healthy, happy and connected lives – a place where people can feel relaxed and comfortable without the need to worry about a lack of suntan or designer gym clothes. It’s more friendly than trendy!
What kind of activities do you run for people?
The great thing about the YMCA is that we have activities, classes, and events that cater for almost everyone in our community. We have fitness classes, golf activities, aquatics events, even fun kids dance sessions and just about everything in between. We run about 2,900 health and wellbeing classes every year with well over 28,000 aquatic lessons per year.
Do you cater for a specific fitness level or age group?
Something we love doing at the Y is providing services to groups of people whose needs can be quite specific. We have programs for; sports minded teenagers, people getting in to fitness for the first time, programs for people with a disability, programs for seniors with limited abilities, and plenty of programs for people who want to get fit, lose weight, bulk up, or enhance sports performance. We also have a number of very experienced Personal Trainers who really know how to get results fast.
Your new membership levels are great value for money can you tell me more about them?
At the Y, we believe that health and wellbeing programs should be accessible to everyone in our community. For this reason, we recently reviewed the structure and pricing of our memberships to make them much more affordable. Our new membership structure gives singles, families, seniors and students a way to save up to 55% off the membership price by joining multiple centres. For example, a Gym member can now add an aquatics membership for only $3.75 extra per month on top of their Gym fees (some conditions apply). We have received great feedback from our members – they are really loving the new membership structure.
What’s your number one health & fitness tip?
Staying fit and healthy has everything to do with finding what activity you most enjoy and setting a plan. Write down what you will personally stand to gain from doing regular exercise, e.g. lose weight, bulk up, live longer…etc Set your first fitness goal with ‘mini milestones’ along the way, then reward yourself when you reach each milestone.
The YMCA Hobart will be exhibiting at the Expo and putting on a Les Mills class for you to try.