YMCA of Greater Birmingham Blog - May 2017


Power & Performance Foods

Power & Performance Foods By Jean Bowick Widely trending in the health circuit these days is the topic of inflammation. More specifically, how it hurts us and what foods will help us fight it. Inflammation that accompanies injury may be localized to the wounded area. But a poor diet, among other factors like stress, can contribute to chronic inflammation throughout the body, presenting a host of potential problems to anyone trying to lose weight, become more active, or maintain... Read More
at Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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My Y Experience: Ed McGurk

My Y Experience: Ed McGurk By Jennifer Neil Ed McGurk, Certified Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Vestavia Branch, is a passionate force for helping senior citizens reach their physical goals. And there’s a reason aside from his impressive fitness resume - Ed will be 80 years old this November! “The Vestavia Y is my second family,” says McGurk. “I am motivated by meeting our Vestavia Branch... Read More
at Friday, May 26, 2017
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Y? Because Your Summer at The Pool Starts Now!

At The YMCA of Greater Birmingham, our swimming pools are open! And not just a few pools either. YMCA of Greater Birmingham has  17  swimming pools among our 13 decked-out facilities including Camp Cosby and Hargis Retreat. Join us for water fun in competitive swimming; water safety training; lifeguard and CPR training; water aerobics; and swimming lessons for adults, youth, and children as young as six months. We have indoor pools, outdoor pools, and indoor/outdoor pools... Read More
at Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Benefits of Reformer Pilates

Health Benefits of Reformer Pilates It's day two of the May Fitness Challenge. If you're looking for something different and challenging, consider Reformer Pilates. Available at Greystone and Mountain Brook, there is a host of benefits from Reformer Pilates, including helping to ease back pain and taking it easy on your joints while still giving you a great workout. The good folks at Fitness Magazine have compiled eight great reasons to give Reformer Pilates a try.... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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The Benefits of Group Exercise

The Benefits of Group Exercise By Jean Bowick Want to make the most of your YMCA exercise experience? Sometimes the key is adding more people! Participating in group classes is a great way to make exercise more fun, build friendships, and learn creative new methods for building strength, improving your health, and getting in better shape. The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s 10 membership branches offers more than 30 different group exercises classes for young and old alike,... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Monday, May 1, 2017
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