This will be a weekly blog about a 12 week program being run at the YMCA in the Northwoods. This program is about is becoming healthy and staying Fit for Life!
As the last weeks wrap up, many participants are remaining competitive in the 'Fit for Life' program. Participants pushed themselves during bootcamps, workouts, and weekly challenge. Bootcamps consisted of more resistance training than cardio training this week. This change of pace has allowed some participants to gain some more muscle and lose some body fat. Many of the participants enjoyed the resistance training, and were able to progress because of the change.
With less than three weeks remaining in the ‘Fit for Life’ program, participants are beginning to make plans and set goals for the summer. Usually those who reach week 10 are in the improvement stage. By week 10, people are in a rhythm and are consistent and regular exercisers. Working out and eating healthier has become part of their lives, and it is something many people do not second guess.
‘Fit for Life’ is now ¾ of the way through the program. Many of the participants are surprised at how quickly it has gone. Some participants are not ready for the program to be complete, because they are not where they want to be, or because they are not ready to see people go. In the beginning of the program, the participants were in this program for themselves and were looking for themselves to succeed in losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle. Now the participants have become a team.
Every week ‘Fit for Life’ participants have a different challenge that may require a wide range of skills. This weeks ‘Fit for Life’ challenge included speed, agility, and drive to complete the challenge. Participants were challenged to see how many times they can get around the far cones. This was found to be a challenge that some participants were not willing to take and opted out. Those who did complete it found it different and challenging especially compared to the other challenges.
Spring break in Rhinelander has affected the participants for the ‘Fit for Life’ program. Many participants were out of town for the week, or had other responsibilities that were a priority. It is common to see lower class numbers when the School District of Rhinelander has spring break. This is why all group fitness classes at the YMCA of the Northwoods were cancelled last week, except for ‘Fit for Life’ bootcamps, which had low attendance. This may have caused many participants to struggle with working out.