New Year, New Starters
We have all seen those photos and videos posted to Facebook of other gym goers mocking how they use a machine or carry out an exercise differently. Their primary purpose is to make people laugh, however these posts have the potential to embarrass the individual and discourage them from attending a gym in the future. It’s unkind and it’s a violation of people’s privacy.
It’s easy to spot things in the gym that can amuse or worry us. An individual might not know what they’re doing; they may be new to the gym or trying a different piece of equipment. Instead of using our eyes to judge, why don’t we use our mouths to offer help to people in these situations? We all lead stress-filled lives, but let’s not allow the gym to become another stress trigger. Let’s enjoy the journey of fitness together, whatever that may look like for you!
We have a great team of instructors here at YMCA with a range of skills to help give you all the advice you need for a safe and effective workout. The Gym team offers one-to-one training free as part of your membership and can work with you on your goals, whatever they may be. If the instructors feel like you’re doing something dangerous, they are there to help you. We will never tolerate fitness bullies or making them feel inferior. We are all in this together to support and cheer for each other on this rewarding path to fitness!
Remember, all it takes is a smile and a hello to make or break a new member’s experience. You were once a beginner, everybody has to start somewhere.
How Do I Get Involved?
Gym at home is available to anyone looking to improve their health and wellbeing. All you need to access the workouts is a device such as a computer, phone or tablet connected to the internet and you can sign up at any time. If you don’t have access to the internet for any reason, we can find an alternative way to get our home workouts to you.
Existing gym members can sign up to Gym at Home for just £2.95 in addition to their current monthly gym membership fee with the option to cancel at any time. If you don’t plan on using the gym facilities and just want to access classes digitally, you can sign up for Gym At Home for just £7.95 a month, also with the flexibility of cancelling at any time.
Each Gym At Home membership contributes to YMCA’s charitable outcomes, so as well as getting your regular exercise fix from local, experienced instructors, you’re also helping transform the lives of vulnerable young people in North Tyneside.
It may still be cold and windy outside but the warmer weather is just around the corner and there’ll be no better time to exercise outdoors. There are many reasons why working up a sweat in the great outdoors makes us feel good. Gorgeous views, sun on our faces and getting away from the hustle and bustle of a packed gym, to name a few.
At YMCA North Tyneside we pride ourselves on being a community who support each other, no matter a person’s background or situation.
Encouraging people to be themselves often leads to remarkable things. This story of one of our members proves that to be very true indeed.
YMCA is now offering a new membership for those who like the flexibility of sweating it out at home.
As of 29th March 2021, outdoor exercise is permitted as part of the Governments Road map out of lockdown. With this in mind, YMCA Gym has launched a number of fun and engaging outdoor classes in North Shields.
During the pandemic we’ve all been advised to stay indoors and this has had a huge impact on our mental and physical health. With the support of the YMCA Gym team, we’re encouraging people to get involved with Workout to Help Out and get motivated again to help fight the risks of Covid-19.
Great North Run 2020 may have been cancelled, but if you’re still keen to grab your running gear and take on that 13.l mile dash… Great run have now made it possible to get involved and raise vital funds YMCA North Tyneside.