Group exercise is one of many ways the YMCA of Greater Westfield supports members in achieving their health and wellness goals. Our Group Exercise Programs improve health, encourage social interaction and with motivating music, are one of the most enjoyable ways to move and feel great. Highly trained staff members lead the programs and often tailor them to the specific needs of the community and individual. 


NEW CLASS!

CHAIR YOGA AND BALANCE AND BETTER BONES WITH HEIDI ZOOM REGISTRATION LINKS

Chair Yoga - Tuesday & Thursday 10:30AM - FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER

 

Now on Zoom! Heidi will be teaching both Chair Yoga and Balance and Better Bones Via Zoom! Please follow the links above to register for the zoom classes and get your link for the class.

 

At this time all GROUP EXERCISE classes will take place in the gymnasium

Class Descriptions

AOA Balance & Better Bones: Active Older Adults- Age 55+  For physically deconditioned individuals, increase muscular stabilization, strength & coordination, balance and range of motion as well as improving everyday living skills.

AOA Going Strong 1: Age 55+ Includes low impact aerobics, strength training, and floor work. 1 hour class

AOA Pool Fitness: Active Older Adults- Age 55+ Endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program. Workout with an instructor in the small pool, guiding you through exercises that will encourage full range of movement and resistance exercises to help build muscle. This is a low intensity water workout.

AOA Going Strong 2: Age 55+ Includes mild/low impact aerobics, and strength training, no floor work 45 min class

Body Shaping: This non-aerobics class will cue you through the right body posture and movement to gain muscular strength for your entire body. The instructor will demonstrate how to use the equipment from hand weights, body bars, bands, exercuffs, stability balls, and steps. Feel strong as you sculpt your body with weights.

Boot Camp: Mix up your routine to keep those muscles guessing. This heart pumping class uses cardio drills: running, jump, roping, stepping, with a challenging free weight routine. It’s to increase muscular endurance and strength. Boot camp uses various pieces equipment such as body bars, stability balls, steps, bands etc.

Cardio/Core & Strength Fused cardio moves with strength training exercises. Floor routines, steps, body bars, bands, weights a total body workout from head to toe with the benefit of a cardiovascular exercise.

Cardio Shape Up: Get stronger and healthier with inspiring music, weight plates, body weight and simple athletic movements. That give a complete cardio, strength and flexibility work out.

Chair Yoga: Enjoy the benefits of yoga without the rigors of getting up and down from the floor.

Fit After 50   Involves functional exercise moves for real life activities and exercises to prevent injuries. 

Group Cycling: Experience your cycle class on a Kesier stationary bike. Instructors go over proper seat adjustments and set up, as they guide you through a warm-up, steady tempo cadence, sprints, climbs, and a cool down. You control the resistance by gears to make the pedaling as easy or as difficult as you choose. By using the Keiser monitor, you’re able to keep track of your distance and speed.  This is an enjoyable group setting with some classes, (weather permitting), held outside.

Jr. Fit I & 2/High School Fit: Youth strength and conditioning class combining cardio, flexibility and full body strength. Ages 8-17

Muscle Max A strength training class designed to use a variety of equipment to strengthen and define the muscles of your body.  Each muscle group will be worked either individually or in conjunction with other muscle groups, using weights, bars, bands, medicine balls and body weight.  Including cardio bursts but the focus of this class is strength training.  Be prepared to feel strong!

Piloxing & Barre: Piloxing is built on an interdisciplinary system of incorporating dance and standing Pilates principles.

Pool Fitness: Classes are designed for people of all ages to utilize the buoyant qualities of the water to enhance their physical fitness. It is an ideal form of exercise to increase physical strength and endurance without overheating and putting stress on the joints. No swimming skills are required in these classes, but participants should feel comfortable in the water. Class can accommodate beginner through advanced. Located in the large Cole Pool.

Poolates & Poolates Deep End: Combines the gentle art of Tai-chi and the benefits of Pilates and puts them into the softness and buoyancy of water. This is a great way to work-out the core while being easy on the joints. All abilities are welcomed from athletes to those with joint issues. Poolates Deep End will utilize both the deep and shallow areas of the small pool.

Stretch & Strengthen: A mindful practice of strengthening and toning your body through varied yoga and balance poses and deep stretching. Though physically challenging, all poses can be adapted to suit the beginner, and still challenge the seasoned veteran.

TRX & Functional Training: Small group personal training classes taught by a personal trainer to engage multiple muscles simultaneously in various planes while always engaging the core. Suspension training straps, kettlebells, battle ropes etc.

Wednesday Wake-Up: Wake up your metabolism with a high intensity workout combining strength and cardio moves, with little rest in between, using body weight, weights, medicine balls and bands. Get more calorie burn with this challenging workout.

Women’s Strength: The goal is to develop a long term enjoyment of fitness and skills that can be apply to any everyday living skills.

Yoga & Gentle Yoga: Certified Yoga instructor to help decrease stress, relax your mind and strengthen your body with yoga. Practice physical postures, stretches and yoga poses as you create a balance between the body, mind, and spirit. These classes are geared for various levels with chair yoga suitable for beginners.

Yoga Stretch: Gentle stretches with basic/beginner yoga movements and relaxation techniques

Zumba: Be part of the Zumba family and enjoy some group fun. This cardio dance workout is more like a party while you move to Latin vibe music fused with cardio dance steps.

 

 


INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT

Paula Simi - "So let's do this!"

My name is Paula Simi. I am a fitness instructor and have been with the YMCA of Greater Westfield since September 2019

I started my fitness role in Bend, OR and moved to Bozeman, MT and continued teaching. After moving to Westfield, I taught at Fitness First, then started with Westfield Health and Fitness. I also had a full time job with United Bank, then retired. I quit teaching for several years and became a member of the YMCA and found I missed being at the head of the class. I now teach classes and enjoy being up there.

You can find me teaching the following classes:

Monday/Wednesday Going Strong I 8:05 AM • Thursday Strength/Cardio 9:20 AM

My Going Strong I class is an intermediate level class working between basic and advanced levels of fitness.

My Strength/Cardio would be more on the advanced side, but every participant in class is able to work at her/his own fitness level.

Both classes takes you through 45 minutes of physical exercises, with floor routines using both low and high impact moves. I use energizing music to push you through movements and motivate you to rise through challenges. My goal is to engage with you and motivate, so you can achieve results and build your cardiovascular fitness level while improving your muscular strength. We use free weights, resistant bands and body bars. We also at times incorporate the step bench in our strength/cardio class.

My classes are energetic, fun and challenging and my goal is to take cardio and muscle endurance to the next level!


Teri Somers - "Fitness is like anything in life, you try and find your nitch. We have a great variety of dedicated instructors and diversity in our classes. Try them all and then come back again!!!"

I returned to the Greater Westfield YMCA as an adult member, after a long hiatus since learning to swim in the small pool and being a proud past member of the swim team under coach Jean C. Cole.

One of the wonderful fitness staff approached me for a substitute instructor position, and from there the passion for health, well being and teaching took over. My formal education includes Group Exercise and LiveStrong Instructor Certification. I also attended a Water Aerobics workshop. What I credit as priceless is the countless hours learning as a class participant under the direction of both Carol Palmer and Cindy Agan. I became a part of the talented and dedicated YMCA staff in September of 2014.

Currently you can find me as an Active Older Adult (A.O.A.)Fitness Instructor. 

You can find me teaching the following classes:

Going Strong 2 10:30am Monday/Wednesday/Friday. 

I will get you moving and grooving to some great music. Low/mild impact aerobics(20min), whole body stretches (10min), and strength/balance building exercises(15min) will assist you to achieve your fitness goals. We utilize the wall for pushups and squats. 50-55min, some equipment used if wanted.

Chair Yoga 12:15pm Tuesday/Thursday.

We use a yoga mat and chair, then guide participants into various yoga asana. We stretch and strengthen. Most folks are surprised how much can be accomplished in/with a chair.  Soft instrumental music helps with flow and relaxation.

Deep Poolates 4:15pm Monday, 10:45am Tuesday/Thursday.

We use pool noodles and hand weights to help you move in the water. If you are curious about exercises like balance beam squats, swing lateral scoops, or rocking horses...these innovative moves build and maintain balance, core strength and endurance. Stop by for a try!

Pool Fitness 9:05am Friday.  

Basics of low/mild impact exercises but done in the water which helps with resistance, but also helps the body with comfort.

I also teach Outreach Chair Yoga at the Westfield Senior Center where I have made lasting friendships and continue to learn from the perspectives of my seasoned clients.

My goal is safe and effective teaching with a blend of some fun and flair!