By: Marc & Molly Boutillette
MOVE IT comes to the YMCA
Husband and wife, and long-time Y members, Marc and Molly Boutillette are enthusiastic about the new MOVE IT program at the YMCA. Marc has been participating in the demo sessions and Molly is a MOVE IT instructor. We thought you might enjoy their thoughts on the new program.
MARC: The workout consists of exercises that focus on building core strength, stability, and flexibility while providing a ‘full body’ workout. This is all packaged in a high intensity interval training format that has been pushing me to my cardiovascular limits. I have taken the class consistently for the past two weeks and can already see some of the benefits this type of program offers like being more balanced during the workout, more aware of how my body is moving, and being able to increase workload and intensity.
What I like most about the class, and the instructor, is the concentration on form. The workout you get from performing the exercises is great but a big part of the gain is from performing each move with good form, this is where you really feel your core strengthening and that mind-body connection building. What makes Molly such a great instructor in this program is that she herself has great form and can show very clearly how to perform each move, she is awesome at spotting where others need help, and she understands how the body is supposed to move so can guide people to the right form.
The other main thing I like about the class are the types and variety of exercises. Each class has a mix of exercises that range from classic strength moves like dead lifts or lunges, body weight exercises like standing jumps and sprints, and core building moves like picking up sand bags over your shoulder or swinging a weighted grip bag. Many of the exercises are based on real world moves that require bending, twisting and lifting and engage under used stability and core muscles. I feel like my body as a whole is getting stronger, all the connective tissue, tendons, stability muscles, not just the main big muscles you hit with normal weight lifting.
I really think this program is the whole package, you get all the strength, flexibility, balance, and core benefits from real world strength building moves and all the cardio vascular, endurance, and health benefits from high intensity interval training without spending 3 hours in the gym.
(Editor’s note: Molly felt Marc had done such an eloquent job she really didn’t need to add much, but we wanted to highlight her comments here because she is a valued Y member AND a MOVE IT instructor.)
MOLLY: Every body needs strength. But strength alone is not enough. Combining strength with coordination, balance, flexibility, range of motion and cardiovascular fitness builds a complete picture of health. The high intensity interval training of the MOVE IT program provides all of these in a super-charged, high-energy environment. The workouts are fun, motivating and challenging. Trained instructors ensure you stay on task with correct form. It is a workout suitable for all ages and fitness levels, bringing participants together for the best 45 minutes of their day.
Marc & Molly