Pay It Forward at the YMCA

Nathan Liewicki
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All classes open to the public at reduced rate until Jan. 12

You’ve heard of paying it forward at local fast food restaurants, but probably not at a fitness facility.

Charity Blacklaws does a few repetitions on a leg press at the Moose JAw YMCA on Monday during the first day of the centre's Pay It Forward campaign.

It’s not exactly the same thing, but the Moose Jaw YMCA kicked off its second annual Pay It Forward campaign on Monday.

Lasting until Jan. 12, Pay It Forward is open to any members of the public who want to swing by to try out a new class.

Anyone coming out to classes offered by the YMCA is asked to pay what they can afford to pay to participate in any class they desire to drop in on. The suggested payment is $2 per class.

All money collected as part of Pay It Forward will go back into programming at the facility.

“We had a great response to Pay It Forward (last year) because it allows our members and non-members to try classes that they've always wanted to try, but now they can for a discounted rate,” said Ashley Florent, YMCA’s program manager.

In addition to attending classes at reduced rates, none of the programs offered are age specific.

Some of the classes offered include Fit for Two (a class for moms who can bring their young child and work out), cycling classes, seniors’ functional fitness, group power and the kettlebell boot camp.

“We also have a metabolic effect class, which is a 30-minute high intensity class,” said Florent. “And then we have our Y play group and our little tots play group.”

Florent also noted there’s no pressure for people to register for any of the classes.

“Just come in. Try it and meet the instructor,” she said.

Although the YMCA hopes a great many people come out and participate in Pay It Forward, Florent said it’s not all about the numbers.

“It's about introducing people to new classes, so they can start their New Year in a healthy way,” Florent said.

She also advised people looking to begin 2014 anew by becoming increasingly healthier not be too hard on themselves if the results being sought after aren’t attained early on.

“It's hard starting out a new year not to get discouraged,” said Florent. “If you're not seeing results right away maybe seek the aid of a personal trainer and you can have some added support.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: YMCA

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