YMCA stays involved with online classes, devotionals

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

The Tri-County YMCA staff is missing the people they work out with.

“We’ve been trying to contact members, just making sure everybody is OK and staying sane,” Director Mike Steffe said, “and to see if there’s anything we can do for them.”

On May 24 the YMCA’s wellness center is scheduled to reopen. But as for now, Steffe is the only person in the Ferdinand building.

“I’ve been here working,” he said. “There’s lot of planning to do and lots of different scenarios that we have to try to play out, so we’re ready when we do reopen.”

In this closed time, the YMCA has been connecting with members through social media, television and phone.

“We’re doing a lot on our Facebook feed,” Steffe said.

That includes filming different exercise classes and posting those on the Facebook page. The Morning Energizers class is also done live on the page, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Recorded Energizer classes are also airing in the mornings on Jasper’s Channel 18 at 9:30 a.m., Steffe said.

“Those classes are geared to those who are 55 and older, but anyone can join in,” he said.

Different staff members are also doing morning devotionals. “With the devotionals, we do those as a live feed every morning,” Steffe said. “But then, you can go back any time and scroll through our Facebook page to see them and watch them any time.”

The majority of those are being done from the instructor or devotional leaders’ homes. Some classes, like the Morning Energizer class, are done from the YMCA.

“They’ve been pretty popular,” Steffe said.

Members also have access to online classes at YMCA 360. Les Mills, the company that provides the choreography for exercise classes, also has a website that members can access.

The staff and board of directors have been working together to stay connected to the members and the community.

“It’s been a group effort,” Steffe said. “One thing I challenged our staff with was how do we stay engaged with our members while they’re away.”

And while it’s not the ideal situation, the efforts are being noticed. Members tune in daily for the devotional and classes on the Facebook page. And they utilize the other online and televised classes.

Steffe thinks they also like the familiarity.

“Our members appreciate seeing a familiar face, more so than just some anonymous person doing a class,” he said. “I think they’re grateful for whatever we can do.”




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