Exeter Area YMCA

Fitness Class Descriptions

 

All Levels Yoga

All Levels Yoga is just as it sounds. During this class, classic yoga poses are practiced with an emphasis on alignment in a slow paced controlled environment. Modifications will be provided for all ability levels. This class is appropriate for beginners and participants who have been practicing yoga for some time.

All Levels Yoga is a great class to loosen up with after a cardio or resistance based class such as HIITStep, Pilates, SHIFT, BODYPUMP, Cycle or RPM. This class is a great way to build your understanding of yoga and can be paired with Pilates, CORE, Yoga Flow, and Vinyasa Flow on separate days or back to back.

Barre

This ballet inspired exercise class is designed to sculpt and tone your arms, legs and core. Work your entire body with exercises to stretch & lengthen each muscle group. Classes will incorporate exercises at the barre and on the mat.

Barre is a fantastic class to attend before a cardio based class like Cycle, RPM, or HIITStep, as well as yoga classes like BODYFLOW, Gentle Yoga, and others. Barre is perfect to follow a resistance based class like SHIFT, BODYPUMP, or other strength trainings. It is a great addition to any exercise curriculum and should alternate days with strength and cardio based formats.

BODYCOMBAT™

BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness and burn up to 740 calories* in a class. No experience needed. Learn moves from Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu.

BODYCOMBAT is a great class to pair before a Power Yoga or Barre class where you can lengthen your muscles and better develop your balance, as well as a cardio format like Cycle. This class is an important part of your fitness regimen alongside strength based classes like SHIFT, BODYPUMP, and TRX Boot Camp, as well as cardio classes like Cycle, RPM, and HIITStep on alternating days.

BODYFLOW™

BODYFLOW is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance.

Attending Pilates, Yoga, and Barre classes alongside BODYFLOW will improve your overall appreciation of this skill set and your ability to succeed in your other health goals. BODYFLOW is also a great class to use as a recovery day between Cycle, RPM, BODYPUMP, SHIFT, Cardio Sculpt, Senior Strength & Balance, and POUND.

BODYPUMP™

Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout. Instructors will coach you through the scientifically-backed moves and techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music – helping you achieve much more than on your own! You’ll leave the class feeling challenged and motivated, ready to come back for more.

BODYPUMP is an important part of your fitness curriculum and should be paired with cardio classes like Cycle, RPM, HIITStep, and Cardio Sculpt, as well as core and balance classes like CORE, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, POUND, Pilates, and Barre. If you enjoy barbell workouts you should give SHIFT and Y Barbell Club a try.

BODYSTEP™

In a BODYSTEP workout you can expect a mixture of upbeat, rhythmic stepping, with squat and lunge patterns to work the legs. Combine this with movements like burpees, push ups and weight plate exercises, and the result is a fun, uplifting, full-body workout! Modifications are given for all fitness levels.

BODYSTEP is a great cardio and full body workout to pair before a cardio class like Cycle, and RPM, as well as after a resistance based class like Barre, CORE, SHIFT, or TRX Boot Camp. BODYSTEP is an uplifting workout to alternate with Zumba, POUND, and BODYPUMP. If you like BODYSTEP, you may want to give HIITStep a go.

Cardio Sculpt                                                 

Cardio Sculpt is a 55 minute mix of resistance based sculpting and toning exercises alongside cardio bursts to improve your endurance, flexibility, muscle tone and definition.

Cardio Sculpt is great before or after a yoga class like BODYFLOW as well as cardio based classes like Zumba and Cycling. Cardio Sculpt is an important part your weekly exercise curriculum and should be paired with Cycle, Pilates or Barre.

Chair Yoga

Traditional yoga and Pilates class can be challenging when you have to get up and down off of the floor. With the help of a chair anyone can practice yoga and achieve the benefits of increased circulation, balance, flexibility, mobility and strength. Chair Yoga is recommended for those with chronic conditions that may be causing them joint pain and stiffness as well as limited mobility. Be sure to discuss your fitness goals with your doctor before starting a program.

Chair Yoga is a great class to take on alternating days or alongside classes like Senior Strength & Balance and Zumba Gold.

CORE™

CORE is a combination of body weight and resistance exercises that target your shoulders, hips and core to improve everything from everyday life to your favorite sports. It's ideal for tightening, toning, improving functional strength, and assisting in injury prevention. CORE is a 30 minute class.

CORE pairs well before Cycling, RPM, Gentle Yoga, Zumba, or any other cardio workout as well as after Cycling, RPM, BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™, SHIFT, TRX Boot Camp, Zumba or any other strength or cardio workout. It is an important piece of your weekly exercise curriculum alongside BODYPUMP on alternating days.

Cycle

This is YOUR ride! Your instructor will take you through hill climbs, valleys, peaks, flat roads and timed sprints to continuously challenge you. Your instructor will customize your bike and your experience to fit your riding style and ability level. You will also have a display monitor to provide immediate feedback and track ongoing improvement.

Cycle is a crucial part to any exercise curriculum. This low impact cardio interval class is central to your cardio endurance, and your ability to maximize your fitness. Alternate Cycle with resistance based classes like BODYPUMP, Y Barbell Club, SHIFT, and Cardio Sculpt, as well as core and stretching focused classes like CORE, POUND, and Yoga.

FIIT45

FIIT45 is a high energy 45 minute workout with tabata intervals. You will perform total body toning exercises while challenging your endurance and speed.

This class is a great way to kick start your workout routine and can be incorporated in with many other formats. We recommend FIIT45 before a Barre, Pilates, or Yoga class as well as on alternating days with strength classes like Intro to Weights, BODYPUMP, TRX Boot Camp, and SHIFT.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is built for the beginner or anyone seeking a softer, nurturing, slow-paced yoga class. Ease yourself into carefully structured movements and stretches to improve flexibility and serenity. Develop an awareness of the breath and leave class feeling relaxed and ready for a balanced life.

Gentle Yoga is a great way to wind down from a cardio or resistance based class such as Pilates, Cardio Sculpt, Senior Strength & Balance, Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Beginner & Senior Cycle. This class is a great way to build your yoga practice and can be paired with Pilates, CORE, All Levels Yoga, and Yoga Flow, on separate days or back to back.

HIITStep                                                                   

HIITSTEP is a NEW and innovative HIIT exercise class using only bodyweight and a STEP. In this 45 minute class you will go through a warm up, 30 minutes of pure HIIT to burn calories, build endurance and speed, then take it to the cool down.

HIITStep pairs well after a strength workout like BODYPUMP, a core workout like Barre, Pilates, or CORE, as well as before yoga classes like All Levels Yoga, Gentle Yoga, or Yoga Flow, or Zumba and POUND. You can alternate this cardio based class with weight training on other days such as BODYPUMP or TRX Boot Camp.

Intro to Cycle

Intro to Cycle is 1 class of a 3 part Intro Series which also includes Intro to Yoga and Intro to Weights. This Intro Series is an 8 week program to teach you the basics of Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. You can choose which program you are most interested in or attend classes for all three! At the end of the program you will be ready to tackle a wide variety of new classes and workouts. Register on the YMCA website or at the Welcome Center.

Attend at least one of each format; Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. Decide what you would like to work on most, or choose all three. Return to these classes each week to learn more about what the workout takes and grow you confidence in the formats.

Intro to Cycle is for all individuals, first timers, seniors and seasoned pros. Class begins with emphasizing each individual’s proper bike set up, leg speed and comfort level of exercise. From the history of indoor cycling to the concluding goal of having fun, improve your physical well-being to the beat of music everyone loves.

Intro the Weights

Intro to Weights is 1 class of a 3 part Intro Series which also includes Intro to Yoga and Intro to Cycle. This Intro Series is an 8 week program to teach you the basics of Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. You can choose which program you are most interested in or attend classes for all three! At the end of the program you will be ready to tackle a wide variety of new classes and workouts. Register on the YMCA website or at the Welcome Center.

Attend at least one of each format; Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. Decide what you would like to work on most, or choose all three. Return to these classes each week to learn more about what the workout takes and grow you confidence in the formats.

In Intro to Weights, you will learn the foundations of weight training, all of the basic movements, and how to perform them properly. If you are looking to improve your understanding of resistance training and develop your technique of the fundamentals movements, try Intro to Weights.

Intro to Yoga

Intro to Yoga is 1 class of a 3 part Intro Series which also includes Intro to Weights and Intro to Cycle. This Intro Series is an 8 week program to teach you the basics of Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. You can choose which program you are most interested in or attend classes for all three! At the end of the program you will be ready to tackle a wide variety of new classes and workouts. Register on the YMCA website or at the Welcome Center.

Attend at least one of each format; Yoga, Weight Training, and Cycling. Decide what you would like to work on most, or choose all three. Return to these classes each week to learn more about what the workout takes and grow you confidence in the formats.

In Intro to Yoga, you will learn all of the basic poses, how to perform them properly, and how to transition between them smoothly. You will also gain balance, flexibility, and control over your breath and mind.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s®

The Pedaling for Parkinson’s® class mission is to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. This cycling program is evidence based and has been shown to reduce tremors. Members must have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s to participate in this class.

Participants, with their doctor’s approval, may be interested in several low impact classes like Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Zumba Gold.

Pilates

The Essential Mat class incorporates the Five Basic Principles of the STOTT PILATES method. Each class is designed to help you develop leaner, longer-looking muscles, establish core strength and stability and heighten mind-body awareness. This class is great for beginners, seniors, injury rehabilitation and anyone looking to focus on improve overall Pilates technique.

Pilates and overall core strength is central to a healthy body. This class is an important part of any fitness routine and is great before Yoga classes and cardio based classes like Cycle, RMP, Zumba, HIITStep, and BODYCOMBAT. Pilates is also great after a strength based class like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, Y Barbell Club, and Cardio Sculpt. If you are looking to focus more on your core and complementary muscles to help you move better inside and outside of the Y, try CORE and Barre classes as well.

POUND®

POUND is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 400 and 900+ calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music! Through continual upper body motion using our lightly weighted drumsticks, called Ripstix®, you'll turn into a calorie-torching drummer, POUNDing off pounds as each song flies by.

POUND is a great way to mix up your fitness routine. Try incorporating POUND with other strength based classes like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, TRX Boot Camp and Cardio Sculpt, as well as cardio formats like RPM, Cycle, BODYSTEP, HIITStep, and Zumba. Try alternating POUND with similar classes like CORE and Zumba on different days of the week.

Power Cycle

Power Cycle is a unique class designed for all levels of fitness and to help individuals keep their training goals. Learn how to interpret the rate of energy you expend and the overall work you have done and how it translates into results on and off the bike.

Power Cycle is a fantastic class to take after a resistance based class like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, TRX Boot Camp and others. It is also great to take before a yoga class like All Levels Yoga or Power Yoga. Pair Power Cycle on alternating days with CORE™, Barre, POUND or Zumba for a leaner physique or use it as a recovery day from strength workouts like SHIFT, BODYPUMP, and Y Barbell Club.

Power Yoga

Power yoga is a vinyasa based yoga, practiced in a controlled heated environment. This high energy class will build strength, improve flexibility, and increase stamina. Class will be taught in a heated environment of approximately 80-85 degrees.

Try combining Power Yoga after classes like CORE and Pilates and before gentler yoga classes to significantly improve your yoga practice. Cardio based formats like Cycle, RPM, HIITStep, BODYCOMBAT and BODYSTEP as well as strength based classes like SHIFT, BODYPUMP, Cardio Sculpt, and TRX Boot Camp should be attended on separate days from Power Yoga. Drink plenty of water!

Prescribe the Y Active Aging

Prescribe the Y is a program geared towards improving health markers in overweight individuals and the aging population. Seniors enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in this class to improve their balance, core stability, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular capacity. Here they will meet other also enrolled in the program and work with a certified personal trainer to improve their own health markers and feel better overall. 

**You must be enrolled in Prescribe the Y and be over 65 to attend this class. Contact the Health and Wellness Director at (603) 319 5930 for more information.

Prescribe the Y Family Fitness

Prescribe the Y is a program geared towards improving health markers in overweight individuals and the aging population. Youth enrolled in the program are encouraged to participate in this class to improve their balance, core stability, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular capacity as well as learn good exercise habits. Here they will meet others also enrolled in the program and work with an instructor to improve their own health markers, feel better, and experience exercise in an enjoyable and energizing way. Family members of the youth (6-17 years old) are encouraged to join in the class as well. 

**You must be enrolled in Prescribe the Y and be 6-17 years old, or be a family members attending with the child to participate in this class. Contact the Health and Wellness Director at (603) 319 5930 for more information.

P90X

Get ready for a rich variety of intense routines from cardio to resistance training, plyometrics, ab work, and more. Using the science of Muscle Confusion™, P90X constantly switches things up to help bust through plateaus. Plus, there are modifications so you can partake at any level. 

P90X is a great option along with FIIT45, BODYCOMBAT, SHIFT, TRX Boot Camp, or BODYPUMP or alternating days as well as before a Yoga, POUND or Zumba class. 

RPM™ Cycle                                                                

RPM is a group indoor cycling workout where you control the resistance. Find your rhythm as your instructor takes you through hill climbs, sprints and flat riding. Accelerate your personal performance and boost your cardio fitness.

RPM is a 50 minute ride that pairs well before CORE™, BODYPUMP™, SHIFT and Yoga classes as well as after similar strength training classes. RPM pairs great with SHIFT, BODYPUMP, or other strength training workouts on alternating days.

Senior Strength & Balance

This low impact class is designed for seniors looking to incorporate basic exercise strategies into their activities of daily living. This class is for beginners focusing on basic strength, balance & stability exercises to prevent injury and increase their quality of life. Using a variety of equipment like stability balls, hand weights, resistance bands, and body weight your instructor will teach you how to move well and increase your skills.

Senior Strength & Balance is an important part of your exercise curriculum and can be integrated along with Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Beginner & Senior Cycle, Cardio Sculpt, Zumba Gold, Barre, BODYSTEP, and many other classes depending on your preferences. 

SHIFT

Specialized High Intensity Functional Training is what you need to take your fitness to the next level. SHIFT incorporates a variety of complex movement patterns to get your heart rate souring and your skill level climbing. Build strength and power while you learn how to push yourself to new levels and achieve incredible things.

SHIFT is a great class to alternate with cardio based classes like Cycle, RPM, HIITStep, BODYSTEP, and BODYCOMBAT as well as core development focused classes like CORE, Barre, Pilates, and Power Yoga. If you like SHIFT you should check out Y Barbell Club, BODYPUMP, and TRX Boot Camp.

TRX Boot Camp

TRX Boot Camp is a combination of cardio, strength, core and functional movement patterns to increase muscle strength and endurance. You will use a variety of equipment, including the multi-functional TRX to make the workout fun and challenging each week.

TRX Boot Camp is a great strength based staple in your workout regimen. Alternating this class with cardio based formats like HIITStep, Cycle, RPM, BODYCOMBAT, BODYSTEP, POUND, and Zumba as well as skills based classes like CORE, Power Yoga and Barre form a great total body fitness routine. If you like TRX Boot Camp, give SHIFT and Y Barbell Club a try.

Vinyasa Flow

Breath and dynamic movement are the foundations of this challenging and fun practice, emphasizing strength, core work, and flexibility while encouraging the whole body to become more balanced. Previous yoga experience is recommended, but not required. This class is not heated.

Vinyasa Flow is a great class to help you build variety and balance in your yoga practice. It is a great addition before a cardio based class like Zumba or a more calm yoga class like Gentle Yoga or BODYFLOW. Vinyasa Flow is also a perfect cool down from classes like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, BODYSTEP, HIITStep, CORE, Cycle, and Barre. To improve your practice even further, try strength and core classes like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, CORE, Pilates, and Barre.

Walk & Talk Meet Up

Enjoy light exercise and conversation on the track in a non- competitive atmosphere. Meet new friends and get moving together!

This walking group pairs well with several of our structured classes such as Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Beginner & Senior Cycle, Cardio Sculpt, Senior Strength & Balance, Barre, BODYSTEP, and many other classes depending on your preferences.

Yoga Flow

This class will progress through faster-paced, fluid movements building core strength and stability with controlled breath. Designed to develop body awareness, improve muscle tone and flexibility.

Yoga Flow is a great class to help you build variety and balance in your yoga practice. It is a great addition before a cardio based class like Zumba or a more calm yoga class like Gentle Yoga or BODYFLOW. Vinyasa Flow is also a perfect cool down from classes like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, BODYSTEP, HIITStep, CORE, Cycle, RPM, and Barre. To improve your practice even further, try strength and core classes like BODYPUMP, SHIFT, CORE, Pilates, and Barre.

Youth Fitness                                      

11-17 year olds. Encourage young exercisers to try new types of exercise that they can continue throughout their lifetime. This class is designed to teach young athletes the foundation and principles to develop and maintain optimal performance in their sport of choice and to maintain healthy habits. 

Youth Yoga

The class is designed to build confidence and self-awareness through positive messaging and relaxation. We will practice poses, breaths, relaxation and meditation. The poses will include techniques to relax and calm as well as energize; all key elements to keeping your child healthy, fit and confident. For ages 7-12.

Zumba®

Zumba is an aerobic workout based around Latin dance moves and music. Each class incorporates a variety of dance moves from merengue, salsa to reggaeton. It is a great way to burn calories, build relationships and have fun!

Zumba is a great way to shake out the stress of your day and can be combined with several different class formats to build a well-rounded fitness routine. It is recommended to combine Zumba with strength based classes like BODYPUMP, Cardio Sculpt, SHIFT, and TRX Boot Camp as well as skill based classes like POUND, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, CORE, BODYCOMBAT, and BODYFLOW.

Zumba Gold®

Beginners and active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity and lower-impact environment should try Zumba Gold®. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.

Zumba Gold® is a fantastic part of any well-rounded fitness regimen alongside classes like Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Beginner & Senior Cycle, Cardio Sculpt, Senior Strength & Balance, Barre, BODYSTEP, and many other classes depending on your preferences.

Zumba Stars

This adaptive version of Zumba is great for beginners and new fitness enthusiasts. This class incorporates a lot of general movement and music from Latin dances like salsa, merengue and the cha cha. If you want to incorporate movement in a fun and energetic environment, this could be the class for you!

Try Zumba Stars alongside classes like Cycle and POUND for a fun, well-rounded fitness routine.

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