Yarrow YMCA Opens 9,000 Square Foot Outdoor Fitness Facility

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The Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village has opened a nearly 9,000 square foot covered outdoor fitness facility in its back parking lot (31105 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.). The facility opened November 2.

The exercise area contains cardio equipment and weights to provide members an opportunity to workout in a COVID-compliant setting until Los Angeles County officially enters the red tier level and gyms can reopen indoors.

In August, the Yarrow YMCA began offering outdoor group exercise classes. “The classes were well received. We know that the community wants something more, particularly access to cardio and weight-lifting equipment,” says Ronnie Stone, President/CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. “Since indoor workouts are still uncertain, we made the decision to move the equipment outdoors so we could comply with all health and safety guidelines.”

To allow for cleaning and disinfecting, hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Reservations are required. For more information or to a make reservation, call 818-707-9622.

The Simi Valley Family YMCA was cleared to open its indoor fitness center in early October. The pool and locker rooms remain closed until Ventura County moves to the orange tier.

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YMCA offers free fitness challenge to Charlotte community

The STRONG challenge asks participants to commit to 20 minutes of activity per day five days a week.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The goal of the STRONG Challenge is to get people moving and active even during the pandemic.

 “I think we have over 130 Y’s across the country that are doing this challenge around the same time,”  YMCA of Greater Charlotte Regional Healthy Living Director, Amy Crane said.

“It’s really about reigniting our energy building community, taking care of ourselves and our family and getting back to developing healthy habits,” Crane said.

All you have you have to do is commit to 20 minutes of activity per day for five days a week for the duration of the six-week challenge.

“We actually have a theme every week, this week we’re in the play week, next week is connect week after that rest then serve and then balance is our final week,” Crane said.

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The challenge is free of charge and open to anyone regardless of a YMCA membership status.

In fact, challenge participants will receive regular encouragement and support messages through text or emails.

 “We do Facebook live group exercise classes that you can participate in,” Crane said.

Participants can also self-track their success through a downloadable calendar or the YMCA of Greater Charlotte mobile app.

It’s a way this pandemic to come together to start feeling good again and to have accountability in a fun way.

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Simi Valley YMCA Fitness Center Reopens

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Simi Valley Family YMCA Fitness Center
Simi Valley Family YMCA Fitness Center

After being closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Simi Valley Family YMCA fitness center is now open.

During the closure, the YMCA underwent significant renovations. The facility has new locker rooms, a new multipurpose room, new flooring, paint and energy-efficient lighting.

To ensure a safe environment, exercise equipment are positioned at least 12 feet apart. Fitness attendants clean equipment and frequently-touched surfaces. They mark freshly cleaned equipment as available for use.

To monitor the number of people in the fitness center (limited to no more than 10 percent capacity), reservations are required. Reservations are available for 55-minute time slots on the hour.

“We’re excited to have the fitness center open again,” says Ronnie Stone, President/CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. “We’re careful to follow all the guidelines set by Ventura County health officials. We’re asking that those who use the facility to be courteous and mindful of others, keep your distance and if you’re not feeling well, please stay home.”

Center hours are currently Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday).

The pool and showers remain closed, but will reopen when Ventura County moves into the Orange Tier category.

The Simi Valley Family YMCA is at 3200 Cochran Street. For more information and to make fitness center reservations, call 805-583-5338 or go to www.sevymca.org/simivalley.

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