Wichita YMCA offers New Year's fitness challenge

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - The Greater Wichita YMCA said it's not too late to sign up for its New You 12 Week Challenge. 

The challenge, focused on creating healthier habits inside and outside the gym, kicked off on January 7.

"If you are somebody coming in that doesn't really know what to do, it starts teaching you the different elements, how you can use your body and become body aware," said Joshua Richards with the Downtown YMCA.

Richards is a personal trainer and fitness instructor. He is leading one of the groups of people taking part in the challenge.

"I have always had a passion to help people," Richards said. "What we are focusing on is weight loss, strength and balance."

The program is group based, however Richards said he is able to customize workouts and nutrition for participants.

The customization is one of the reasons why Kate Brecheisen decided to join the challenge for a second time.

"The workouts and the nutrition components combined really helped to lose a little weight, feel healthier, improve fitness," she said.

Brecheisen, 35, suffered a shoulder injury about a year ago. She said it was difficult to stay on track with her fitness goals.

"It was hard. I had a separated shoulder and for awhile I couldn't even lift my arm up," she said.

Brecheisen said Richards helped her gain strength in her shoulder and helped to boost her confidence.

"I wouldn't go to the weight room before. I would just come get on a cardio machine, maybe go to a class, but once you get a little bit of knowledge and know what you are doing a little bit then it's much less intimidating and you can just fit right in with the guys lifting weights," Brecheisen said.

She hopes others will have the same success with the New Year's challenge. 

"Come try it. Come try a session," she said. 

Richards echoed that message. He said it's not too late to join the challenge. 

"If you want that change you are not going to change just sitting, so go ahead come and try it out," he said.

Richards added his goal is for participants to not only learn healthier habits, but become more confident in themselves.

"Satisfaction of who they are, to really like what they see in themselves," he said.

Sign up for the New You 12 Week Challenge is open until the middle of the week of January 14. Richards said people who are interested can call or visit any Greater Wichita YMCA branch for more information.

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