Olympic Inspiration

Following Canada’s successful run at the 2014 Winter Olympics you may have found that our […]

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Following Canada’s successful run at the 2014 Winter Olympics you may have found that our athletes provided you with some inspiration to become more active. This is certainly the case for myself.

My wife & I just signed up for Health & Fitness Memberships at the Barrie YMCA and we quickly learned it’s a decision that will be a huge benefit….

How can I fit this into my busy work/family schedule?? This was the first thing on my mind… The Y has a massive variety of programs geared towards what you want to accomplish and all at different times throughout the day.

TORONTO, ONT.:NOVEMBER 24, 2009--Laura Pharo (LEFT) and Emily Farrell (RIGHT) take part in the YMCA's Yoga For Peace program at 931 College Street in Toronto, Tuesday November 24, 2009.  (Peter J. Thompson / National Post)     For Story By Matt Coutts/National Post/Toronto //NATIONAL POST Staff Photo //NATIONAL POST STAFF PHOTO

TORONTO, ONT.:NOVEMBER 24, 2009–Laura Pharo (LEFT) and Emily Farrell (RIGHT) take part in the YMCA’s Yoga For Peace program at 931 College Street in Toronto, Tuesday November 24, 2009. (Peter J. Thompson / National Post) For Story By Matt Coutts/National Post/Toronto //NATIONAL POST Staff Photo //NATIONAL POST STAFF PHOTO

A few days/week at the Y and I will be able to increase strength, lose weight, increase energy and the list goes on. As a benefit for members, child minding is available at different times throughout the week so you can get your workout in worry free.

My favorite part is their FitLinxx activity tracking system at The YMCA.

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Whether you’re on the treadmill, rowing machine or the elliptical once I type my pin number into the machine it tracks every detail about my workout. I can even include activities away from the gym like walking or playing hockey. This allows me to monitor how each workout is helping me to maximize the muscles I’m working.

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It seemed like a lot to take in and slightly intimidating at first, but once I connected with a Wellness Coach I realized The Y was there for me. As part of my new membership I received instant personable guidance from an experienced coach. The coach provided guidance on the machines and the programs and classes available best suited to achieve my goals.

YMCA has 8 Health & Fitness locations around Simcoe/Muskoka and 1 membership allows you to use each of them.