LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is expanding its virtual fitness options, now offering On-Demand fitness classes at no additional cost to current members.

Y members can access fitness videos for all levels and abilities, including popular cardio and strength training exercises, yoga and meditation, and more. These easy-to-follow workouts are led by experienced Y instructors.

“When our members can’t make it to the Y, On-Demand fitness gives them the flexibility to connect with the Y at home and squeeze in a workout during the time that’s convenient for them. We are working to make sure all our members have options that fit their lifestyle and comfort level,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges. 

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The introduction of the On-Demand fitness follows the recent launch of Live Virtual Fitness Classes. Members can participate in free live classes like yoga, HIIT, Defend, ZumbaⓇ and Aerobics en Espanol throughout the week.

A Return to Your Routines

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring. 

“As our community continues to recover from business and school closures due to COVID-19, we are encouraging our members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021,” said Gorab. “Whether it’s your morning yoga or your lunchtime run, we are encouraging children and adults alike to focus on returning to routines that get you moving.”

Physical activity is critical for physical health, and research suggests higher levels of physical activity may also help alleviate negative mental health symptoms. The Y can help with getting physical activity routines back into your daily routine through both in-person and virtual classes.

The Y remains open, offering in-person group exercise classes to members throughout the week, personal training packages, lap swimming and aquatics classes. Group and private swim lessons are also available.  

To keep all members and staff safe, the Y is limiting capacity to 25 percent, screening all individuals with temperature readings and health questions before entry, and requires face coverings to be worn while indoors. The Y has also increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, using UV lights and hospital-grade disinfectant.

In addition to virtual programming, the Y is meeting critical needs of the community with food distribution, blood drives, affordable child care for working parents, and more relief initiatives. 

New members pay a $0 joiner fee during the Metro YMCA’s Winter Membership Special through Dec. 31. Visit metroymcas.org/join to learn more.

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ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.