Exercise Makes You Smarter

By Margo White We used to think that if you wanted to grow your brain you learned a musical instrument or another language. But, as renowned neuropsychiatrist John Ratey explains, the science now shows conclusively that being fit is as good for your mind as your muscles. What exactly do we

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Where Are Your Deadlifts Going Wrong?

By Emma Hogan The deadlift is a fundamental strength training move that’s hard to beat. But if you want to maximize the benefits you need to know where you could be going wrong – and it all comes down to your elbows. Why we love deadlifts The deadlift is undoubtedly

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Lift Like a Pro- Protect Your Neck!

By Emma Hogan   If you haven’t caught on to the benefits of strength training you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Lifting weights are no longer just the domain of muscle heads; everyone can benefit from the improved muscle tone and calorie burn that comes from strength training –

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Born to Move: Children’s Fitness Classes Come to YWCA

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain is excited to announce new Les Mills Born to Move fitness classes for children ages 4- 12 years. The main goals of these fitness classes are to build confidence, skill, and for children to socialize with others their own age. "We make it our

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Six Reasons to Love Cycling

By Rebecca Lambert Cycling may conjure up images of tight outfits and packs of riders training outdoors, but that’s not the whole picture. Indoor cycling can get you the same impressive results. Those killer legs you’ve noticed pumping at the pedals can be yours. A cycling class combines a range

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YWCA Offers New Group Exercise Class for Expectant and New Moms

by Shaunna Cullen Calling all mamas! YWCA New Britain is offering a new group exercise class called FitMama. FitMama exercise classes incorporate abdominal strength, toning, and low impact cardio for pregnant moms, or for new moms who want to bring their 0-18 month babies to class.  Baby-wearing mamas should bring

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New Perks of YWCA New Britain Fitness Membership

Beyond our friendly front desk staff, energized group fitness instructors, helpful personal trainers, and fabulous fitness center, YWCA New Britain now has some additional benefits to offer our fitness members!    $2 off tickets to any Monday night New Britain Bees baseball game The New Britain Bees are a proud member

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YWCA New Britain to Offer Childcare “Kidz Klub” to Fitness Members

By Shaunna Cullen One of the barriers many women face is affordable and quality childcare, including in times where they may want to work out at the gym. YWCA New Britain recognized this barrier and wanted to give our fitness members more incentive to attend the gym and group exercise

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Workout Buddies for Life! Tag your #WorkoutBuddy

By Valerie Rodino Everyone struggles at some point with motivation to go to the gym.  Your intentions are there, but you just can’t seem to stay consistent.  I have no problem breaking a gym date with myself.  I hold degrees in both Exercise Science and Public Health, and I’ve been

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New Year’s Resolutions for Mind, Body & Spirit

By Heather Labbe The "New Year" is a popular time for self reflection when many people pause to re-evaluate their priorities.  I've been asked to join many "clean eating" plans or "jump start" fitness regimes that are scheduled to begin on January 2nd.  Many of these are quite extreme: Two

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