Putting the FUN in Functional Fitness at The Workshop

News | Mary Anne Swanstrom | December 31, 2019

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What comes to mind when you think of the YMCA? As a community organization, the Y is many things to many people, from providing a place to work out to providing life-changing programs for youth, for better health and for affordable child care to name a few. In January, the Y is stretching its bandwidth even more with the opening of The Workshop at the Hogan Family YMCA.

“Because the Hogan Y is so comprehensive in its offerings, it might feel a little overwhelming to a new member when they begin their wellness journey with us,” said Daniel Kasambira, Hogan Y Executive Director. “With the opening of The Workshop, we can now provide personalized functional fitness training in a more intimate space than in our large fitness center.”

Functional fitness training encompasses workouts designed specifically for individuals to strengthen muscles for everyday activities as well as prevent injuries and improve athletic performance. All fitness levels from beginners to advanced athletes can benefit from functional fitness training.

The Workshop provides a boutique/small gym experience within the larger Hogan facility, and the equipment with which it is furnished might make it the most versatile space in the building.

The centerpiece of The Workshop is the multi-station Queenax by well-known fitness equipment purveyor, Precor. An array of "apps" allow the structure to support suspension workouts akin to TRX, strength training using a variety of superfunctional accessories including battle ropes, parallel bars, elastic bands, a heavy bag, torso trainer, UFO, weights and more. The unit features built-in monkey bars and ladders reminiscent of American Ninja Warrior obstacles.

Sharing The Workshop space are Assault Fitness brand air rowing machines and curved running treadmill, and Marpo rope and tire trainers. A 400-square foot turf lane has been incorporated to facilitate agility exercises and pushing the Torque Fitness Tank sled.

Free demonstration classes are available by reserving online at ymcahuntsville.org/theworkshop. Small group training and personal packages are currently available for purchase starting at $20 per month! No one is ever turned away from Y membership because of lack of resources. The Y offers financial assistance for those who qualify.

For more info, call the Hogan Family YMCA at 256.319.9622 or visit ymcahuntsville.org.

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