The YMCA of Snohomish County serves a vibrant, diverse community of over 28,500 Snohomish County adults who enjoy pursuing health and wellness in different ways.
“We offer options at our facilities because we recognize everyone has unique interests, comfort levels and goals,” says Gael Gebow, Association Director of Healthy Living and Membership Advancement, YMCA of Snohomish County. “There is no one right way to approach exercise, so we want to meet people where they are at and give them the tools, whether it’s a class or fitness equipment, for them to feel successful achieving their health and wellness goals.”
Across the county, the YMCA of Snohomish County offers more than 300 group exercise classes each week. From cycling to yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT) to water fitness, there is something for everyone. If a Y member prefers to work out independently, there are a wide variety of options too. Y Wellness Centers feature an extensive selection of high-quality cardio and strength training equipment, including eGym at the Mukilteo Family YMCA.
Longtime Y member Gia McKinzie discovered eGym a few months ago and it has revolutionized the way she works out. The Mukilteo Y is the only gym in Washington state that features the eGym system, strength equipment that provides a personalized, interactive, and motivating workout, that accommodates all fitness levels. Access to eGym is a free member benefit, available to all YMCA of Snohomish County members.
“I’ve always worked out, but I just recently learned about eGym,” says McKinzie. “I love it. It’s so easy to use and I don’t have to think about it because everything is set up for me.”
eGym is a 14-machine strength circuit that provides a full-body workout. Every user has an initial onboarding orientation with Y staff to get set up on the machines and complete a strength test so the workout is customized to a user’s fitness level. All information is stored on a band or fob that users scan at each machine, which then calibrates to their personalized program.
“Our eGym equipment is so personalized that it has benefits for everyone,” says Stephanie Corbelli, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Mukilteo Family YMCA. “It’s a great way for a new member to build confidence, a high school athlete to get ready for their upcoming season, or someone rehabbing from an injury to increase strength.”
Each eGym fitness machine guides users through the exercise. The digital display is set up like a game, making it fun and challenging to work through the exercise.
“I know I’ll get a full-body workout since each machine targets a different muscle group,” says McKinzie. “I’ve noticed an increase in my strength and fitness. I like the consistency and efficiency of eGym.”
Since eGym builds a personalized program, it’s easier to track progress and achieve health and wellness goals. eGym also syncs with the YMCA of Snohomish County app, providing information.
“By syncing with the app, users receive information that they won’t get by training on their own,” says Corbelli. “Having access to data helps motivate and inspire eGym users to continue pushing towards their goals of getting stronger.”
To learn more about health and wellness options and Y membership, please visit ymca-snoco.org. During the month of April, there is a $0 Join Fee for new members.
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