Yoga For Better Posture

UPDATE: This workshop has been canceled!

Our posture represents how we live in our bodies.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to improve our posture by finding a neutral spine and pelvis to stand taller, alleviate back and neck pain, and move through life with greater ease.  ~Leslie McKee

When: Saturday, November 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Where:  Cordata Studio
Cost:  $25 for members, $30 for non-members; sign up and pay at the front desk

New and Exciting Classes!

Our Group Exercise schedule is always updated with the seasons – and our Fall changes went into effect on the first of October. With the change of seasons come some new and exciting classes you might not be aware of.

At the Cordata club, we have added a Tuesday night PiYo class at 5:30 p.m. with Melissa.  The definition of this class is a mix of Pilates, which focuses on muscle and core building, and yoga, which focuses on strength and flexibility.  This is a TOTAL body workout and is designed to strengthen small muscles (triceps, shoulders, biceps, calves) and large muscles (hamstrings, back, and chest).  But don’t let the name fool you!  Here are 4 things you need to know about this class:

You’ll sweat A LOT!  – This class is like going out for a run, without putting too much pressure on your body.  It’s great for people who have struggled with injuries and are looking for a low impact workout – where sweat is included!

You’ll get a good STRETCH! – PiYo is fast-paced, and you will get a perfect total-body stretch while raising your heart rate.

You’ll gain ENDURANCE – This workout focuses on cardio and muscle building including squats, lunges with pulsing and a lot of core sculpting.  You will step out of class feeling strong and sweaty!

It’s FUN! – Most members have said that they enjoy the fast pace and music in this class.

If you are looking for a great workout that gets it all done in under an hour – give it a try!

We’ve also added another Retrofit class on Wednesday mornings in the gym with our new instructor Andrea, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At our DOWNTOWN club, we have added another Strong & Stable class with Lesley on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

And KATE’S BACK! She will be teaching Power Hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 a.m.  After taking the summer months off, the early morning crew is thrilled to have her back to get their days started right!

We have Cindy teaching a Thursday Power Pump class at 12:00 for all of you that want to squeeze in a lunchtime workout.

So mark your calendars and attend some new classes this month.  Most of these classes were added due to high requests from our members.  Please remember: these classes are “Group” exercise so if they aren’t well attended we will look into other options, with the possibility of canceling them from our schedule.

I always love to hear your ideas and feedback – so please don’t hesitate to email me anytime at groupex@bellinghamathleticclub.com. ~Jeri

Wondering where to begin with Group Exercise?

by Jeri Winterburn, Group Ex Director

Have you been wanting to try a Group Fitness class but don’t know where to begin? You’re in luck. All of the class descriptions have been updated this past month, to help you understand what you can expect from each individual class. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at groupex@bellinghamathleticclub.com.

Our Summer schedule will begin on Monday, June 10th. Because a lot of members take their exercise outside – we typically cut back on a few of our classes during this season. We will be adding them back to our Fall schedule – which begins at the end of September.

If you have a friend you would like to invite to try one of your favorite classes with you – contact Carly, in member services to get you a class trial pass. We love seeing new faces in the studios.

Pilates

Pilates class is designed to work your powerhouse muscles – abs, lower back, thighs, and buttocks. The discipline emphasizes correct form to help develop strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, & good posture. Designed for all levels, this class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cordata and Wednesdays at our downtown location.

Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba brings new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. It combines the South American Zumba rhythm and dance steps with a pool party! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. If you like to dance and have fun, come join us! Wednesdays @ 10:30.

Aqua Aerobics

Come experience all the benefits the water can provide in this guided 45-minute music filled balance, cardiovascular, and muscle strength building class. Low impact so it’s easy on the joints but provides resistance to the working muscle for an overall body benefit. Because it’s water, you can work as hard or as easy as you are able so it is appropriate for people of all physical abilities and levels. Check Pool Schedule for days/times.