Thursday, October 28, 2021

Greater Naples YMCA targets youth and teen fitness



The Greater Naples YMCA has launched a new series of youth and teen wellness classes targeting young people ages 8 to 18. The classes are designed to help develop healthy exercise and wellness habits so participants will maintain healthier lifestyles as they grow and to help kids get their recommended hour of physical activity each day.

Classes are free for YMCA members and include three age-specific programs. YFit focuses on a series of games and activities that motivate 8- to 11-year-olds to move and get fit. Boot Camp for 11- to 14-year-old “tweens” makes push-ups, squats and other basic exercises fun while promoting cardiovascular health in an upbeat and challenging atmosphere. Teen classes, for those 14 to 18, build fitness and strength through spinning and sports conditioning, accompanied by teens’ favorite music.

“Not everyone is cut out for sports,



but everyone can be fit,” said Robin Harhen, YMCA program director. “These classes encourage health and fitness, build agility and instill self-confidence. They are a terrific option for children whose parents are working out at the Y.”

Greater Naples YMCA is one of Collier County’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

For information and schedules, call the Greater Naples YMCA at 239-597-3148, or visit

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