The Marietta Family YMCA is offering community members a free chance to check out what it has to offer.
To wrap up this week’s Beach Week-themed activities for members, the Y plans an open house from 9 am to noon Saturday. The first 50 people to take a tour of the facility at 635-B Ohio 821 in the Broughton Complex will get a free, one-month membership and a personal training session at a later date.
“We’re just trying to get people to come out,” said Miranda Ickler, finance manager / director of the YMCA. “Just trying to let people know the Y keeps growing.”
In addition to its childcare facility on Colegate Drive, the Marietta Family YMCA’s operations now occupy the group exercise studio at the Broughton Complex, where more than 40 classes are offered, and the health and wellness center that opened across the parking lot in September, featuring cardio and strength training equipment, free weights and more.
The open house will include a free group exercise class: HIIT, which stands for high intensity interval training.
“They do multiple things. They’ll do squats, they’ll do weights; they have bands; they have balls, “ Ickler said.
“And people can just work out. They can come and use the health and wellness center, ”he said. she said.
Although the open house is especially aimed at non-members, they have other opportunities to check out the Y before Saturday.
A summer barbecue is planned for 11:30 am to 1 pm Thursday. Those who want to attend are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday.
“We ask that they bring a side dish, and we’ll provide hamburgers and hot dogs,” Ickler said.
From 6-7 pm Friday, instructor Missy Shea will offer a free “Early bird” restorative yoga class. According to the YMCA, restorative yoga encourages physical, mental and emotional relaxation and is practiced “At a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness and deep breathing.”
People can call 740-336-1041 for more information.
After taking a couple years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Y’s Second Street location, the organization’s soccer camps for kids ages 5-12 have returned.
One was completed this month, but sessions are planned for July 11-15 and Aug. 1-5 at the fields at the Broughton Complex, Ickler said.
The Running Club for ages 5-13 recently wrapped a 10-week session that drew 29 kids, 21 of whom ran in the recent Sternwheel 5K Run & Walk at the end of May.
“We had to get a whole bunch of more volunteers,” Ickler said.
A new Running Club will start up shortly after school resumes, she said.
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