The YMCA is offering a free six-week Reset Challenge that starts Feb. 1 and includes free online classes. Photo courtesy YMCA


Add the YMCA of Austin’s six-week Reset Challenge to the list of free fitness opportunities around Central Texas.

The program begins Feb. 1, and anyone can join by texting RESET to 866-943-9622.

Those who register will get three texts a week outlining challenges and workouts and offering motivation, plus access to virtual exercise classes. Even better, they get free access one day each week to any YMCA of Austin facility, where they can swim, work out or take an in-person classes.

Masks and social distancing are required at all YMCA of Austin gyms, which are operating at limited capacity.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down,” YMCA of Austin President and CEO James Finck said in a press release. “It’s isolated us in so many ways. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself, with neighbors or as a family.”

Virtual offerings include YMCA Live and On-Demand classes such as Zumba, yoga and HIIT. Children’s programming will also be available. The Reset Challenge will also include outdoor activities like pop-up classes, bike rides and nature walks.

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