YMCA to launch aquatics firsts

  • Date: 10 October 2017
  • Category: News

Pictured: YMCA will launch its newest innovations, including Aqua Bike group fitness classes, in the City of Casey this October

YMCA Victoria in partnership with the City of Casey, will launch Australia’s first in-pool Aqua Yoga and the state’s first Aqua Cycle programs at Casey recreation and leisure centres in October-November.

The innovative programs will offer members access to new and industry-leading health and fitness options that have been successfully tested and developed at YMCA facilities around the world – including YMCAs in Cincinnati, Wichita, and Huntsville across the USA.

YMCA Health and Wellness Manager, Troy Walker, said being part of a world-wide health and fitness organisation provided the organisation with unique access to research and innovations which can better our own communities here in Victoria.

“The YMCA is an industry leader in aquatics and recreation so we are able to research innovation first-hand and then implement those initiatives proven successful with real evidence. These programs are something new and we are excited to launch them in Australia,” he said.

“We believe in the benefits of physical activity and building community connections. We’re proud to be helping Victorians lead healthier and happier lives by bringing global trends to our local communities.”

The initial program will involve the introduction of Aqua Cycle classes at Casey ARC in late October, followed by Aqua Yoga programming at Casey RACE to be launched in November.

The YMCA and City of Casey have co-invested in the best and safest equipment in the market (Hydrorider Aqua Bikes and Boga Fit mats), and staff training in the new aquatic programs.

Aqua Cycle classes will run for 30-45 minutes and complement the large suite of land-based group fitness classes already on offer at Casey ARC, while Aqua Yoga will start as a four-week pilot program of 45-minute classes at Casey RACE.

“These classes are suitable for most ages and fitness levels and there’s already significant interest as we lead in to the launch. We’re aiming to increase classes as awareness grows and then look to include them as permanent fixtures of group fitness programming,” Troy said.

To find out how you can participate and when, visit the Casey ARC and Casey RACE websites.