Swimming is an excellent exercise at any age or fitness level. It’s a low impact exercise that works your entire body, helping to increase your muscle tone, strength, stamina, and flexibility. At ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club, we offer numerous swim programs for members and nonmembers. Here are a few programs taking place this spring:
Water Babies: This introductory class is for children six months to two years old and their parents. It covers breath control, floatation, arm movement, and water entry. The program is six weeks long and costs $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Our next session of Water Babies takes place Saturdays, April 5 – May 10 from 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Swim Team: This fun, interactive workout for kids emphasizes stroke technique, fitness and leadership skills. While all experience levels are welcome, children must be able to swim freestyle one length of the pool in order to participate. The cost of the program is $99 for members and $125 for non-members. Our next Swim Team session takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1 – May 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Water Safety Clinics: This clinic includes two unique classes to help parents and children prepare for the summer swim season. Led by a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, this clinic will go over the rules and safety precautions for pools, lakes, rivers and even the ocean. Our next Water Safety Clinic will take place in May. Please contact the club for specific dates and times.
Scout Water Safety Clinics: Similar to our other Water Safety Clinics, this program is taught by a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, and reviews the rules and safety precautions for pools and open water. It is also specifically designed to help Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earn their water scouting badges. Our next Scout Safety Clinic will take place in May. Please contact the club for specific dates and times.
Adult Swim Clinic: Whether you’re a beginner or a competitive swimmer, this workshop will help you increase your confidence and comfort in the water. It is designed specifically for adults and taught by certified swim instructor. The next Adult Swim Clinic will take place in May. Please contact the club for specific dates and times.
Individual Lessons: Wildwood Athletic Club offers individual swim lessons for all ages and experience levels. Please contact the club to set-up a lesson or to learn more.
To register for any of these swim programs or to learn more, please call 419-539-0235 or see a member advocate.
In addition to our swim programs, Wildwood Athletic Club also offers several fun water-based exercise classes, including aqua-aerobics, aqua yoga, aqua circuit, and coming this spring, Aqua Zumba. These classes are free and open to all members. For class days and times, check out our group exercise schedule.
Did you know you can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stress by simply walking? This April, ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club is celebrating two national events that promote the benefits of walking and staying fit. One of these events is National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 2. Created by American Heart Association, this initiative encourages people to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. At noon on April 2, Wildwood Athletic Club will be leading a 30-minute walk across the campus. All members and non-members are encouraged to join, or start their own walk at their home or place of work.
In addition, Wildwood Athletic Club is celebrating the Medical Fitness Association’s tenth annual Medical Fitness Week on April 28 – May 4. This week long initiative encourages people around the world to increase their physical activity levels to help improve their health. As part of the initiative, the MFA is sponsoring the Worldwide Walking Challenge: 70,000 Steps in Seven Days. For this challenge, we’re encouraging everyone to walk a minimum of 70,000 steps in one week.
For more information about these events, please contact the club at 419-578-7061.
Need helping getting into shape? ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club is offering two, fun 5-Week Programs this April to help you get the results you’re looking for.
Barre Basics: Barre Basics is a unique, core-based exercise that uses a chair and / or a small body bar to give you a sense of center and balance, allowing you to isolate specific muscle groups. Focusing on your glutes, thighs, arms, and torso, it incorporates many of the same elements of Pilates, yoga and ballet with light cardio to create an excellent total body workout. Barre Basics classes take place on Mondays from 10 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays from 7 – 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. The program is free for members and $99 for nonmembers.
5 Weeks to Total Body Toning: Back by popular demand, the 5 Weeks to Total Body Toning Program helps you burn calories, tone muscles, build strength, and improve your balance and flexibility. The program includes small group training sessions that utilize state-of-the-art equipment like the TRX Suspension System, Concept 2 Rower, Technogym Kinesis One, Cybex Bravo, and PowerPlate Vibration Platform. Sessions takes place Mondays and Wednesdays, April 7 – May 11 from 5:30 – 6 p.m. The program is $50 for members and $99 for nonmembers.
All 5 Week Programs include unlimited access to the club, including our more than 80 group exercise classes. To register for one of these programs or to learn more, please call 419-578-7061 or see a member advocate.
The gym can be a great resource for getting in shape. But, no matter which gym you belong to, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure that you’re staying safe while getting fit. Heath Woodward, a certified personal trainer with ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club, offers these six safety tips.
- Know your gym. Getting to know your gym means discovering all of the details that may impact your safety. Is your gym in a safe area of town? Does it have security on the premises? Is there safe, adequate parking, or is a valet service offered? What are the other patrons like? Is the crowd different at different times of the day or week? These are all good questions to ask before you joina gym so you are familiar with the place where you will be spending your time.
- Plan your trips to the gym. If you know you are heading to the gym, plan ahead and only take with you what you need, such as your workout clothes, towel, water, and club ID. Leave all of your valuables at home. If you must bring a valuable item with you, plan a safe spot for storage, whether it is completely hidden in your car (hide it before you arrive at the gym’s parking lot) or in a locker. If you use a locker, choose one that is highly visible or in a busy area of the locker room.
- Stay clean. Germs are everywhere in the gym. Protect yourself by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before, during and after your workout. Wipe down the handrails or seats of equipment with a disinfecting wipe before and after using it. Put a towel down where your face may go while using strength equipment. Avoid touching your face while exercising to avoid spreading or catching germs.
To read the rest of the tips, visit ProMedicaHealthConnect.org.
They’re touted as a safe way to light up, but don’t believe all the hype. There are potential risks to using electronic cigarettes. ProMedica tobacco treatment specialist, Linda Morris, RRT, CTTS-M, explains how this product can still be harmful to your health.