At the YMCA, we want to ensure our wellness floor is a welcoming space where all members can get stronger and healthier. Here are 5 simple things you can continue to do to help us make exercising at the Y a positive experience!
1. Keep It Short
If you’re on a cardio machine during a peak time of day, please limit your use to 30 minutes. If there are plenty of open machines, don’t worry about it!
2. Keep It Organized
Adding weights to your workout routine is a great way to build strength and endurance…when you don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the dumbbells. Be sure to re-rack when you’re done. And don't drop the weights unless you're in a functional training class or using bumper plates. Even then, be mindful of others in your area.
3. Keep It Clean
No one wants to use a germy machine! When you’re finished with a piece of equipment, please wipe it down. Spray the towel and wipe down the machine; spraying cleaning solution directly onto a machine can get into the equipment’s cracks and crevices.
4. Keep It Off
For the sake of your privacy and your neighbor's, please keep those phone conversations off the floor. We want all members to have a focused, encouraging experience, and phone calls are distracting, so wait until you’re off the floor to make your calls.
5. Keep Them Safe
Be aware of the wellness floor age policies.
Wellness Center Age Requirements
• 10-12 years old: May use the cardio equipment and designated weight machines with the supervision of a parent, guardian, or YMCA Staff member. An orientation with Wellness Staff is required. However, the cardio theater located at the Prisma Health YMCA is reserved for members ages thirteen (13) and older except on Sundays.
• 13-14 years old: Individual does not have to be accompanied by a parent and may use the weight machines excluding free weights. An orientation with Wellness Staff is required.
• 15 years and up: Does not have to be accompanied by a parent and has full access to the Wellness Center including cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights. An orientation with Wellness Staff is recommended.
These small things have a big impact on making the YMCA a great place to exercise. Thanks for doing your part!
Want to get more out of our wellness floor? We would be glad to help get you acquainted. Contact us about setting up a free Wellness Works appointment.
A version of this post originally appeared on the YMCA of Middle Tennessee Website.