Everybody is different. Every BODY is different.
But, we know that physical exercise is important for human health. In adults, physical activity does everything from improving lowering risk of chronic diseases to improving mental health (CDC). But we also know that most americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of physical activity to earn these health benefits.
The recommended dose of physical activity for adults is either 150 minutes (two and ahalf hours) of moderate intensity activity or and hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous activity. (CDC) One way to judge the intensity is how well you can talk. Someone performing moderate intensity exercise would be able to talk, but not sing, during the activity. Someone performing vigorous activity would only be able to say a few words before needing to pause to breathe.
It’s never too late to get started with physical activity (though, before beginning an exercise routine, you should probably talk with your doctor, especially if it has been a long time since you’ve exercised). But it can be daunting to begin a new program.
Maybe you don’t know where to begin. Maybe you’re just nervous. Maybe you just don’t have the network to help keep you accountable.
That’s where the Y’s Flex Fit program comes in.
What Is Flex Fit?
Flex Fit is the YMCA of Greenville’s signature health and wellness program. It is designed by a team of highly certified fitness experts to be flexible enough to work for everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned athletes.
It’s not a one-program fits all approach, either.
In Flex Fit, there are three levels. We call them Emerge, Elevate, and Excel. And within those levels, there are Flex Fit tracks designed around different health and wellness outcomes.
So whether you’re brand new to exercise and made a promise to yourself or a loved one to get healthier or an athlete with a goal you want to reach, the Flex Fit program can help you.
Flex Fit is a health and wellness program developed by the YMCA of Greenville’s Wellness team. These highly credentialed experts have backgrounds in strength and conditioning, endurance sports, sport-specific training, body building, healthy weight loss, chronic disease management, as well as working with special populations such as people living with Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions.
They put their minds and expertise together to build a program that meets people where they are on their health journey and leads them forward with attainable goals, reasonable programming, and encouragement. But Flex Fit is more than a exercise program. It is a healthy lifestyle activator.
The program is called Flex Fit for a number of reasons. First, because every member of the Y is unique, we needed a program for our members that is flexible enough for everyone to benefit from. Second, we know that time is a scarce resource for busy people today, so the program had to make getting in a good workout efficiently possible, so it had to be flexible so people can fit it into their daily routine.
Everything about Flex Fit is designed with our members in mind. We know that for many of our members, weight loss is a top priority. But we also know that many of our members are looking to get stronger or put on muscle mass.
The Y is full of runners, swimmers, triathletes, and people who compete in fitness competitions like The Beast Mode Games.
And we have members who have diverse abilities or are living with conditions like Parkinson’s Disease but who still want to remain active. When we were designing the program, we knew it needed to be flexible to meet the needs of all of those constituencies.
The intensity of Flex Fit programs can be scaled to any ability to ensure a good, safe workout for all. And because the workouts can be done either in a group setting with a Flex Fit Flight at your YMCA of Greenville branch or by yourself when you visit the Y, you can do the Flex Fit program any time you visit the Y.
The Three Levels of Flex Fit
As the team designed the Flex Fit program, we landed on the fact that the members who come to the Y generally fall into three categories.
The first, and possibly largest group of these members are new to exercise or they haven’t exercised regularly in a long time. They are health seekers, looking to establish a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it’s a personal choice. Sometimes, family members encourage them to join the Y. And sometimes, it takes a medical professional’s advice to get people to begin thinking about making a lifestyle change.
No matter the motivation, this group usually needs the most guidance and assistance from the Y’s wellness team. And in the Flex Fit program, we are proud and excited to provide that assistance in the Emerge level.
The second largest group is made up of people who do have an active lifestyle. Many of them are health seekers who fell in love with getting stronger. Some of them are former athletes who still like to hit the gym. Others are busy professionals who visit the Y before work or on their lunch break or maybe parents who love that the Y provides childcare so they can exercise worry free.
These members typically have a plan for when they arrive at the Y and don’t necessarily need coaching on different movements. But they still could use help developing a plan to set and reach goals. The wellness coaches at the Y are happy to do that for members who fall into the Elevate level.
Finally, the last cohort of members we see are the fire breathers. They’re the early risers. The grinders. They come into the Y and know exactly what they need to do to meet their goal. They may be preparing for an Ironman or practicing Olympic weightlifting for an upcoming fitness competition. These elite athletes don’t need a lot of hand holding, but they may benefit from some expert advice or a refresh of their routine by one of our coaches. For these stalwart few, we have developed the Excel level.
Flex Fit Tracks
Flex Fit levels define how much intensity you should be aiming at during your workouts. Flex Fit Tracks define the path you’re going to take to get to your goal. Each track can be performed at any level. Each Track follows a common health goal.
So first you’ll choose your level, then you’ll choose your track, and then you execute and work to meet your goal. If you need help choosing the right level or track, just check in with a YMCA of Greenville Wellness Coach.
Flex Fit Tracks are the unique workout programs within Flex Fit. Each track has its own goal. Many members know exactly which track they want to take when they begin Flex Fit. But it’s OK if you’re unsure. Talk with any Wellness Coach about your goals and he or she will be able to guide you to the right track. And once you’ve done one track, you can try another! Or you can begin another 12 week cycle adding intensity or volume. That’s the flexible nature of Flex Fit. Find out more about the tracks and how to choose the one that's right for you.
Flex Fit Workouts
Flex Fit workouts within each track are delivered to your phone through the Flex Fit App. For example, if you're doing the Endurance Track, you would come to the Y, log into the Flex Fit App, Choose the Endurance Track in the app and log your workout for the day. As you log your workouts, you'll be rewarded with achievements along the way!
The Workout of the Day is posted to both the Flex Fit App and the YMCA of Greenville website each morning.
Download the Flex Fit app!
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