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YMCA offers free classes on Thanksgiving

 

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The Marysville YMCA will offer free classes on Thanksgiving morning for those who want to get a workout in with family before celebrating the holiday.

The Marysville YMCA will offer free classes on Thanksgiving morning for those who want to get a workout in with family before celebrating the holiday.

The classes are open to the public, even if you don't have a membership to the YMCA.

"That way friends and family from out of town can come in and see what we are about," said Carrol Bailey, the health and well-being program coordinator for the Marysville YMCA.

Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marysville YMCA at 6420 60th Dr. NE, Marysville.

The classes are free with the donation of a non-perishable food item which will be given to a local food bank.

Local YMCAs have been providing the event for more than a decade now, said Bailey.

Even during the holidays, "people want a way to still get to their workout," she said.

But it's easy to break up your routine because of the erratic scheduling demands of the winter season.

"It can be hard when you get in the holidays to get that workout," she said.

Providing some exercise opportunities during Thanksgiving is a way to help people stay in that routine, and at the same time spend some time with friendly people.

"It's a good way for us to come together to get that workout," said Bailey. "It puts me in a good mood and gets those calories burning before the big meal."

Bailey describes it as a "guilt-free" way to enjoy the holiday morning.

"The atmosphere is very fun," she said.

Bailey added that it not only supports the community with a food drive, but it also provides a way for people to come together and see the YMCA's classes.

Participants can try any of the classes available.

This year's classes include MixxedFit, TRX weight training, Zumba, standard weight training, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and cycling.

The YMCA uses the event to highlight some new options as well.

"It's a great opportunity to try some classes that they haven't tried before," said Bailey.

Classes such as the MixxedFit class which started only a couple of months ago at the local YMCA and has been getting popular, said Bailey.

MixxedFit is a trademarked dance workout done to hip hop music and top 40 hits.

Although the local YMCA is open for classes during Thanksgiving, for those two hours they are not open for other activities like swimming or accessing any of the other equipment normally available.

All YMCAs in the county are participating in the event as well. For more information go to ymca-snoco.org/burnthebird.

 

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