Y-Change? Y-Not!

Make 2011 the year you follow up on your fitness resolution
You’re about to yet again resolve to make this the year that you finally go to the gym three nights a week and lose 20 pounds. You’re not alone, in two respects. One, millions of Americans cite fitness and weight loss as goals in their New Year’s resolutions. Two, the Waynesboro Family Y isn’t going to let you do it by yourself this time around.

“People don’t make a resolution because they’re looking for something to do. They make a resolution because it matters to them. We want to be there to provide the kind of support and backup they need to be successful with that resolution,” Y fitness director Eric Wilson said, talking about the new Y-Change program, which will provide Y members with a support network as they go about developing a process for changing their lives for the better.

“Where a lot of gyms fail, and where we’ve failed in the past, is in support for members,” Wilson said. “When people make a lifestyle change, they make the decision to try to lose weight, it’s more than just working out. You’ve got to change the way you eat. You’ve got to change the way you schedule your life, how you rest. All of this works together in harmony – weight loss, maintaining a healthy weight, getting stronger, everything.”

Y-Change changes the dynamic by linking program participants with the fitness staff at the Y. Individuals in the Y-Change program will have a baseline fitness assessment done at the outset and a chance to develop one-on-one a fitness routine that will help them meet their specific goals.

“Most gyms get you in the door, teach you how to use the equipment, and then leave you on your own. So it’s no surprise, especially when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, that most people drop out within a month or two of joining a gym,” Wilson said.

“What we want to do is not only teach people how to use the equipment, but also how to challenge themselves. Most people grossly underestimate how hard they need to work and also how easy it can be to get to the level of intensity that they need to be at to make their workouts work. You don’t need to spend three hours a day in the gym. You can spend as little as 20 minutes to half an hour in strength training to get what you need to improve. Most people don’t know how to do that. Most people don’t know how to push themselves to that level,” Wilson said.

The key to Y-Change: support.

“There are days when it’s going to be harder. We’re there to be the support system for people to be able to succeed,” Wilson said.


Ongoing Registration Beginning Jan. 3.

Members Only $40

Details: waynesborofamilyymca@gmail.com

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