YMCA expands youth programs

Published 9:45 am Monday, March 12, 2007

By By Lydia Grimes – features writer
How many times have you heard that there is just nothing for the youth to do in Brewton? Well, the YMCA has plenty for them to do. Janet Peterman, the fitness coordinator, and YMCA staff members have come up with several programs for the youth.
There is a youth fitness class for ages 13 to 15. This class has been designed to challenge cardio and muscular fitness. Classes include a weight room, circuit workout, teamwork drills, &#8220Around the World” stations, total body workout, TKO (boxing and agility training) and more.
The first class will begin March 13, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the aerobics room/weight room. Class leaders will be Shea McShea and Jessica Nelson. Peterman, who is a certified personal trainer will also be on hand.
Another program, Kids of Steel, is for youngsters from age 8 to 12. They will learn how to build strength and increase muscle flexibility using some new equipment sized especially for their smaller sizes. The class will be held in the new &#8220Muscle Room” that has been added to the game room. They will meet each Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. This program will also begin on March 13. The class leaders will be Crystal Barton and Daniel McNamara. The coordinator will be Janet Peterman.
Even though there are new classes coming for the youngsters, there are plenty of things for the adults. Shea McShea works with a coed group of boxers.
The boxing is from 5:15 to 6 p.m. The class is free to YMCA members and McShea wants everyone to know they use real boxing gloves and mitts.

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