Many people will make a New Years resolution to get in shape or lose weight. The Family Y of Greater Augusta is trying to make it easier to do both this year.
Amy Hane is already months ahead of where many people will be as the new year dawns.
Always one to stay in shape through a variety of activities, from running and walking to yoga and Pilates, a couple of months ago she started pursuing a different goal.
"I wanted to become stronger in my upper body and lower body," said Hane, 48, at the Riverfront YMCA in downtown Augusta. "I have always considered myself in shape, but as I aged I can just tell Im losing strength."
The North Augustan turned to certified personal trainer Chase Day, who carefully watches and scripts her routine to maximize her workout.
"Hes really good about saying you can do more," Hane said as she went up and back on a rowing machine.
Emphasizing personal trainers for members who want to do more is one way the Family Y of Greater Augusta is trying to help those who make a resolution to get healthier actually achieve that goal.
It starts with waving the fee to join the Augusta Y in January, which is normally $50 for an individual or $100 for a family, said Ralph Sapp, the manager of the Riverfront Y. Not that the Y has a problem getting people to show up, he said.
"January is definitely the busiest month," Sapp said, and the Family Y can easily add 400 new members this month.
Some of them will be looking to lose weight through its annual Team Lean competition, which kicks off Jan. 13. Non-members can participate by paying an extra fee and then become members during the competition and take advantage of the Y facilities.
While the Y has always had personal trainers, it wasnt really emphasized as it is now, Sapp said. The personal trainers can help with those who have never really worked out before and dont know what to do and also with those who are rehabbing, he said.
For Hane, Day is extra motivation and a knowledgeable expert on how best to reach her goals. While her husband is also very knowledgeable about working out and had offered to help her, something about hearing it from him just didnt appeal to her. Day grins at that.
"My wife is the same way," he said. "She said, I know you are certified, but Im not listening to you."
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