Spin classes now offered at YMCA

Published 1:47 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The YMCA of Chilton County has started a new fitness class, which could help many Chilton County residents meet their New Year’s resolutions for health goals.

Stationary bike spin classes have been added to the list of exercise opportunities at the YMCA of Chilton County, with three classes a day being offered Monday through Thursday.

The classes began on Jan. 2.

Hannah Moore was a part of the inaugural class.

“I love fitness and anything cardio,” Moore said.

She described the class as “awesome.”

“I highly recommend it to anybody,” Moore said.

She said the YMCA class was the first spin class she had taken.

The class is 45 minutes long and led by an instructor. Because of the limited number of stationary bikes, participants are encouraged to register and reserve a spot in a spin class on the YMCA of Chilton County’s website (ymcaofchiltoncounty.com). Each class has room for 10 participants.

YMCA director Lori Patterson said spin is a good workout because it can be adjusted to the individual’s needs.

“You can increase your resistance based on what you need to do, but anybody can get a good work out,”Patterson said. “And, it’s fun.”

Lead spin instructor Kelly Handley led the first class.

“I love spin,” Handley said. “It’s such a great workout. You get your calorie burn and we have fun music.”

While no physical preparation is required for the class, Handley recommended participants wear athletic wear and workout shoes, as well as bringing a towel for sweat and bottled water.

“When they get here, we fit them to the bike,” Handley said. “We go over form safety, bike safety. So really, even if you have never taken a class before, you can come, and we are going to make sure you are comfortable and know what’s going on.”

Three different styles of classes are offered: Lower and Slower, Hills and Thrills and Need for Speed.

The class is free for Y members. Nonmembers can take the class for $5.

Patterson said there would be a fee charged to members if they reserved a bike but did not show up for class.