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  • YMCA sees spike in classes, members

  • With the new year come resolutions to learn new skills, quit vices and improve one’s health. At the Pittsburg Y, each new year brings hundreds of new members eager to learn how to dance, start swimming and take classes to get in shape.

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  • With the new year come resolutions to learn new skills, quit vices and improve one’s health. At the Pittsburg Y, each new year brings hundreds of new members eager to learn how to dance, start swimming and take classes to get in shape.
    The Y launched its annual membership drive last Friday and has added nearly 250 new members so far, a 35 percent increase from December.
    “At the end of December I had maybe 10 people in my Power Pump class,” said fitness co-ordinator April VanBecelaere. “Now it’s 20 people. The class sizes almost double, if not triple.”
    The Y offers 18 different exercise classes, including swimming workouts. The most popular of those classes are Power Pump, Turbo Kick, cycling Zumba and yoga.
    “Aquasize is more popular with the older folks,” VanBecelaere said. “They can move better, do the same movements and it’s easier on their joints. We just had the pool cleaned and it’s very popular. A lot of people use it.”
    Power Pump is a class the mixes weight lifting with up-tempo music. Zumba has likely been around the longest, and mixes Latin music with dance moves. Turbo Kick blends mixes fast music with martial arts moves from KenPo, jiu jitsu, kick boxing and Brazilian capoeira. Other classes include Y-Power Ball, Slimnastics, Abs, Back and Buns, Sculpt It Up and an early morning Boot Camp.
    The classes, which last for about six weeks each, are almost always full — there’s already a wait list for the next yoga class — and the reasons people take them vary.
    “The results depend on their goals,” VanBecelaere said. “Some of the people have been in my Power Pump class for three years.”
    People also come for the instructors, who build loyal followings.
    “Instructors have to have a certain type of personality,” VanBecelaere said. “If you’re up there and you’re all ‘Blah,’ people won’t want to follow you. You have to give people something where they have a fun, enjoyable time.”
    Pittsburg resident Joan Tweet said she has been taking Zumba class at The Y for 10 years.
    “I’ve danced for years,” Tweet said. “It’s just part of my life. If you like to dance, the class is perfect.”

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