The YMCA is launching a virtual workout program. Photo courtesy YMCA

With a pandemic raging, I’m not comfortable going to a gym right now. I’d rather ride my bike, go for a run or swim outdoors, where scientists say we have less risk of catching the virus that causes Covid-19. I’d rather not spend my time at an indoor gym, sharing exercise equipment and breathing space with other people.
But if you’re a dedicated gym rat, you’ve got options for sticking to a workout program.
The YMCA of Austin is launching a series of virtual fitness programs to help you stay fit from the comfort of your own home.
YMCA members can access more than 20 hours of live exercise classes each week, plus an on-demand library of hundreds of instructional fitness classes, at no extra cost. A stand-alone Virtual YMCA membership is also available for $25 per month.
Classes range from yoga, barre and tai chi to cardio fitness and high impact interval training, and are appropriate for all ages and abilities, according to a press release from the YMCA of Austin. The offerings include senior programs such as balance exercises and low-impact workouts for people with reduced mobility.
“On-demand fitness platforms are everywhere these days, but what sets the Virtual Y apart is the local, personal connection we can provide with our instructors, other participants and the community as a whole,” said James Finck, president and CEO of YMCA of Austin.
More virtual programming is in the works, including virtual personal training as well as youth and family options.
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