PCYMCA launches new services and equipment

COUNTY — Pickens County YMCA officials have announced that they will be adding outdoor adventure programming, new interactive fitness equipment and heavy bag boxing training for 2011.
The outdoor adventure programs will consist of hiking, street and mountain biking, kayaking, rafting and much more.
There will be a mix of organized trips, training for each activity and interest groups. As spring time approaches, details will be available on how the community can be involved. Members and non-members are welcome.
“I am really excited about our upcoming outdoor adventure program,” said Jordan Hudson, YMCA Wellness Coach and certified personal trainer. “It is a great opportunity to utilize our vast resources and beautiful surroundings to get people outside of the YMCA for a different type of workout. Our program will not only benefit our members in physical fitness but offers a chance for social networking and family togetherness while emphasizing proper technique and safety. We will be open to all experience levels from beginner to extreme so come on out and get involved.” 
The Expresso Fitness bikes will be upgraded to the newest technology on the market. Riders interact with captivating graphics, realistic rides and in-ride games on more than 30 virtual courses. Results can automatically be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter accounts and the bikes memorize results for performance training. Details of this new bike can be found at
Finally, heavy bags for boxing have been added to the Easley facility. A 100-lb. Tai bag, a 70-lb. standard bag and a speed bag are available.
“What a great way to get a cardio, agility and a strength training workout,” said Tiffany Martin, Senior Wellness Director. “By learning kicking and punching techniques from personal trainers, you can put a little more fun in your workout.  Vigorous exercise like heavy bag training can also help burn off stress and return your mind and body to a healthier state.”
Training is available on how to gain an effective workout on heavy bags.
“The YMCA is the committed to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility,” said Sid Collins, CEO of the Pickens County YMCA. “The programs and equipment we are adding are just more tools to help the community achieve healthy living. We realize that there is more than one way to exercise and variety is the key to success. If you are bored with one type of routine then the Pickens County YMCA has several ways to keep you motivated.”
For details on joining the YMCA or for a free tour, contact the YMCA at the Easley Branch at (864) 855-9622 or at the Pickens Branch at (864) 878-8380.