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Exercising After Your Pregnancy. Some Helpful Tips…….

Many new mums are desperate to get back into shape following the arrival of their bundle of joy and for others it is the furthest thing from their mind!

However the real reason behind the importance of beginning to exercise after pregnancy is not widely known and often overlooked.

Claire Nutton is one of YMCA’s qualified pre and post natal fitness instructors and is based at YMCA Thornton.

Claire explains: “There seems to be a real taboo around the pelvic floor and ladies awareness about the importance of this muscle group is low. It seems to have […]

These Girls Do… YMCA Members on Overcoming their Fears

Members at YMCA Poulton

Sport England recently launched their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign to celebrate those who already lead active lifestyles and to empower other women to join them.

The campaign is backed up by Sport England research which found 75% of women aged 14 – 40 years old want to be more active but that there are common reasons why women are stopping themselves from exercising.

Reasons included not wanting to look sweaty in front of others, believing they’re not fit enough or good enough at an activity or that they don’t have the right equipment. Some women also said […]

The Wraps are Off, the Moustaches are On!

17.11.2014
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James and team on upright bikes

St Annes newest state-of-the-art fitness experience is opening this week following £15,000 investment and install of new generation Life Fitness equipment in the gym inside the St Annes Swimming Pool operated by YMCA.

The cash boost, made possible by YMCA and YMCA members and supporters, has enabled major improvements to the centre’s fitness experience. The gym now boasts 40 stations of a new generation of Life Fitness cardio entertainment and resistance kit which enables users to personalise their workouts in the gym, at home and on their mobile. A new dedicated free weights […]

Poulton’s Newest Gym Opens for Business

27.10.2014
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Mike Vernon with members at YMCA Poulton launch

The wraps have come off the new state-of-the-art gym at Poulton health and fitness centre.

From today (Monday) members will be introduced to the latest innovations in fitness technology.

As part of a major redevelopment, Wyre Council and the YMCA have invested heavily in cardio and resistance equipment that personalise workouts, track results and even integrate with individual programmes away from the gym courtesy of a rather nifty mobile app.

The centre now boasts 49 fitness stations powered by market leader Life Fitness. Integrated TV and internet features are also built into the kit so […]

Coming Soon to YOUR YMCA St Annes Pool & Gym

6.10.2014
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YMCA St Annes Pool & Gym

Nearly twelve months on and even more improvements are coming!

Almost a year on from the centre re-opening its doors following major redevelopment work even more improvements are on the way. The gym inside YMCA St Annes Pool & Gym is set to be refitted, refurbished and refreshed this October.

The team are getting really excited about what’s coming and want to share that excitement with everyone. So, coming soon to YOUR YMCA: a new generation of state-of-the-art Life Fitness gym equipment which includes:

Treadmills, Cross-Trainers and Upright Bikes all […]

Fiona’s a Winner in More Ways than 1

Fiona's Daughter Brogan

Fiona’s daughter Brogan collecting the iPad Mini on her behalf.

Fiona Fraser – won’t let Fibromyalgia beat her.

A YMCA member of 4 years, Fiona Fraser of Thornton Cleveleys was over the moon when she found out she was the winner of our iPad Mini!

Fiona was picked at random having entered our competition during the summer as part of the pre-launch campaign for YMCA’s new App and digital class bookings facilities.

Unfortunately Fiona could not attend to pick up her prize herself and daughter Brogan gladly accepted on her behalf.

Fiona suffers […]

Join us this National #Fitnessday

22.09.2014
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Body Combat National Fitness Day

It’s National Fitness Day on Friday 26th September and your YMCA’s have joined forces with ukactive to celebrate physical activity in the UK.

So we’ve compiled a programme of free classes and activities to give you, your friends and family the chance to get moving and try something new this Autumn.

And according to ukactive research if you exercise in company you are more likely to stick at it due to the social atmosphere and camaraderie which creates a positive atmosphere and importantly helps us to have fun.

So what’s the FREE #Fitnessday Programme?

Feeling good… it’s what we’re great at

18.09.2014
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Spinning at YMCA St Annes

It is officially the season of change. The teams at your local YMCAs are making it even easier for you to improve your health and make lifestyle changes for good with brand new additions for members and non-members too.

Now an official Spinning Centre, YMCA St Annes on St Albans Rd have launched a brand new Spinning programme to complement the already extensive timetable of fitness and relaxation classes.

Led by certified YMCA Spinning instructors Lisa, Sean and Sue (pictured), the new classes are proving to be a massive ‘calorie burning’ hit among keen cyclists and fitness […]

NEW YMCA App.. Download it Now!

4.09.2014
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Spinning at YMCA Garstang

We’re excited to announce the launch of our first YMCA mobile app

Welcome to our new website too! The brand new YMCA Y:Active Lifestyles App is available to download now to your Apple mobile or Android mobile devices. BIG thank you to all of our real life YMCA members from right here on the Fylde Coast who feature across the App and this new website. You really are an inspiration to us all.

New to YMCA? Check out our latest Membership deals.

Introducing YMCA Y:Active Lifestyles…

With this App you can […]

Get Going Kirkham – Facilities Unveiled!

3.09.2014
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YMCA Kirkham Baths Re-opening

Following a £59,308 funding boost to transform the changing and shower facilities at YMCA Rural Splash Kirkham, the centre’s pool has re-opened this week with the 4 week re-development project unveiled for the first time.

Kirkham Baths, originally built in 1914 at the bequest of local JP William Segar Hodgson to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers, received the early 100th birthday present after a successful bid to Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund for £48,308 of National Lottery funding along with additional investment from YMCA of £11,000.

And to mark the official unveiling of the […]

Joy’s Momenta Journey

Joy Peters

“I have tried Weight Watchers and Slimming World but Momenta is the only thing that has worked for me”

Joy Peters

Age: Doesn’t matter 😉
Membership: YMCA Member

Over the years Joy Peters had fallen into the yo-yo diet trap, losing weight for a couple of months and then putting it all back on.

Following her recovery from a serious back injury, Joy took up full membership of YMCA and she’s been attending Aqua Aerobics at YMCA Fleetwood three times a week. During one of her visits to the centre […]

Louise’s Story

Louise YMCA Y:Active Member

“I became healthier, fitter and 7 stone lighter”

Louise Darbyshire

Age: 40
Membership: Y:Active Gold Member

My journey began in January 2012. I was approaching my 40th birthday, a smoker and “medically obese” at nearly 18 stone. I could say I had a reality check. I don’t know what caused me to look at myself, but myself and my partner realised that we could not sustain our existing lifestyle.

We decided without much drama to give up smoking and embark on a fitness programme with the YMCA.

During 2012, we […]

Michelle’s Story

Michelle YMCA Y:Active Member

“The YMCA enables me to keep healthy and exercise regularly due to the fantastic facilities provided for my children”

Michelle Butler

Age: 34
Membership: Y:Active Family Member

Michelle joined YMCA in 2010, leaving another gym because of the crèche services and range of activities her children can participate in with YMCA. Both children started off in the crèche and moved up to the Little Stars football and multi-sports sessions at Thornton YMCA, getting their active time while Michelle gets hers.

Michelle Said:

“The YMCA enables me to keep […]

Tony’s Story

Tony YMCA Y:Active Member

“The staff are highly qualified and go the extra mile to make sure your training stays on track. Nothing is ever too much trouble”

Tony Eardley

Age: 60
Membership: Y:Active Gold Member

I have spent most of my life working behind a desk and not leading the healthiest of lifestyles. I’ve tried numerous different gyms in the past but never really stuck to a routine. A year ago I decided to change my lifestyle by stopping smoking and starting to run. To help improve my fitness and assist my running […]

Jean’s Story

Jean YMCA Y:Active Member

“I found like minded people who were also encouraged to do more exercise”

Jean Muir

Age: 67
Membership: Y:Active Silver Member

I have had my membership with YMCA for about 3 years and had not used it fully until Autumn 2012 when I joined the first Momenta Weight Management Programme. I found like minded people who were also encouraged to do more exercise. We tried body pump and Zumba, but then I started Swimfit and also Aqua Aerobics which I now do 3 times a week and enjoy very much. I […]

Les Mills Virtual Launch Event at YMCA Thornton! Saturday 13th May!

28.04.2017
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Come and join YMCA Thornton in launching Les Mills Virtual on Saturday 13th May 2017! The big launch will see a whole host of Les Mills Virtual Classes being introduced to YMCA Thornton’s class timetable, including favourites such as BodyPumpBodyCombatBodyBalanceCXWorx and introducing RPM and Sh’bam.

To give you a truly motivational journey, we have transformed two of our studios into areas specifically designed for Les Mills Virtual classes. The new studios have been fitted with big screens along with state of […]

Les Mills Born To Move – Coming to YMCA Thornton 11 May 2017

Les Mills Born to Move exercise classes are coming soon to YMCA Thornton after a successful trial period. Classes have been specially designed by Les Mills for children aged between 2 – 16 years. Activities are split into certain age-ranges to capture the imagination and inspire children to get them moving and begin to participate in learning basic fitness skills. Born to Move classes will be running each week starting from Thursday 11th May 2017.

Cost: YMCA Member: £3.50, Non-member: £4.00

2-3 Years (30 minutes) Friday 12th May 10:00 – 10 […]

Lisa’s Story

Turning 40, feeling unfit and overweight, Lisa decided it was time to do something for herself.

“Finding the time to commit to exercise has always been a problem.  I’m a busy full time mum, work part time as a Nurse and my husband works away so sorting out child care can be a problem.  When I saw the couch to 5k programme ran on Wednesday mornings, on my day off, I had no excuse – it was perfect for me” Lisa explains.  “Initially I was nervous about going, so I convinced a couple of friends to join up too.  I […]

Daphne’s Move to Becoming Healthier

Daphne Stockton’s story began with a routine visit to her GP for her hypertension test to check her blood pressure. This trip to the doctor resulted in her being told that her Blood Pressure was too high and she weighed 19 stone and diagnosed as being obese.

Her nurse suggested that she be referred onto the Your Move Weight Management programme operated by the YMCA. However, she was apprehensive and had little faith in the programme as she had already tried slimming world and the Cambridge Weight loss plan with no results. But meeting with her Physical Activity Officer […]

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