Top 5 fitness programs and why they work

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Lack of motivation is one of the primary reasons that people quit their exercise programs, so here are five fitness programs to get you revved up!

You have committed to getting into shape, and this time you mean it. You need to find the activity that best works for you so you stick to your vow to improve your health and fitness goals. There are many exercise options available today – beyond the sets and reps in your garage or at your local gym. Here are some popular fitness activities you might want to try this year. (And remember, that if your local Y doesn’t offer the below, you can use your 10-pass card to access other YMCA-Victoria-managed centres.)

Small Group Training

The work out will vary every day and variety is great for keeping up interest and motivation. Sessions are normally focussed on cardiovascular, strength, drills and flexibility. The benefits of small group training is you will have a trainer and fellow participants that will encourage you to continue pushing yourself. These sessions are often held outdoors, and will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.

Indoor Cycling

This class is a great alternative group-fitness program to burn off calories quickly. On a stationary bike the instructor will lead you through variety of exercises, increasing and decreasing speed adding tension and position throughout the class. The routines keep the class interesting.

Functional Fitness

This involves strength training to improve balance, coordination, power and endurance to perform everyday tasks. Rather than training for movements that the body doesn’t naturally use, functional fitness aims to develop muscle and coordination skills for regular tasks that everyone can benefit from.


Boxing can be enjoyed by all ages and as a fun and exciting way to achieve your health and fitness goals. Boxing involves everything from running, skipping, sit ups, punches, burpees and hooks to high kicks. This will make you physically stronger aerobically and anaerobically fitter.

Get a Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is a great way to achieve your fitness goals. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle tone or improve your general fitness, having a personal trainer will keep you motivated – they will listen to what you want to achieve and will give you a personalised training schedule. This usually involves setting small goals so that you can feel progress while working towards your main goal. Personal Training is for all ages!

Any of these fitness programs will help you achieve you fitness goals and most classes are widely available. But before you try these programs:

  • Get some advice from your doctor before starting a new exercise program, particularly if you are over 40, overweight or haven’t exercised in a long time.
  • Speak to your local YMCA health and wellness professionals.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Rehydrate before, during and after exercise.
  • Seek nutritional advice from a professional.
  • Have fun!

If you’re serious about your fitness goals, try something new.

If you would like to participate in any of these programs, please visit your local YMCA for availability, times and bookings. Or see a full list of YMCA-managed centres here.