Fitness

7 Reasons women should lift weights

Some women fear that lifting heavy weights will make them bulky, but this is unlikely because women have 10 to 30 less of the hormones that cause hypertophy. Lifting heavy weights can help women feel...
ymca | 16 June 2021

"Why did I have to be so short? PE was my escape"

At 3’ 5”, 11-year-old Goku from Kennington, was the shortest kid in school. In the face of ridicule, he used sport and Calisthenics to channel his anger. Now 18, the FTA Nike student and...
ymca | 24 January 2021
YMCA member, David Bryan, exercising in the YMCA Club in central London

Meet David Bryan – the YMCA Club’s fastest ‘bleeper’!

David, a 33-year-old award winning Animator from Enfield, has been a YMCA Club member for nine years. He also currently holds the enviable Club title of ‘Fastest Bleeper’ having achieved a result of...
Claire.Gilderson | 25 February 2020
Jack Coghlan leaning over the YMCA Club balcony

Today’s YMCA Club apprentices are tomorrow’s fitness experts

As Central YMCA marks National Apprenticeship Week (3rd – 7th Feb), we celebrate our very own in-house apprentices including 19-year-old Jack Coghlan – the YMCA Club’s Apprentice Recreation Assistant...
Claire.Gilderson | 6 February 2020

YMCAFit PT graduate, Andrew Beech, wins ‘UK Community Coach of the Year’

A few weeks ago, 46 – year – old Andrew Beech from Battersea, shared the stage with British tennis coach, Judy Murray, coaches to Sports Personality of the Year Cricketer, Ben Stokes and coaches to...
Claire.Gilderson | 6 February 2020
Chris O'Donnell in the YMCA Club

New Year - New Personal Trainer! Meet Chris O’Donnell (not the actor!)

Did you pile on the pounds over Christmas or maybe you fancy some new fitness goals for 2020? Whatever your health and wellbeing aspirations this year, why not invest in a Personal Trainer? We meet...
Claire.Gilderson | 10 January 2020
an inBody testing machine

What's your body really made of?

Looking at the scales is not a good indication of how healthy you are, as it doesn’t tell you how much of your weight is fat and how much is lean body mass. The InBody machine will let you know in...
ymca | 9 December 2019
Bob Young on a step box at the YMCA Club

Prostate Cancer - “I was lucky they caught it early”

As thousands of people around the globe sport a moustache this November to raise money for men’s health movement, Movember, we catch up with Club member, Bob Young, who has survived prostate cancer....
Claire.Gilderson | 4 November 2019
Close up of pregnant stomach in a park

Terri Siabi – Staying fit and healthy during pregnancy

Much loved Club Programme and Events Manager, Terri Siabi, is expecting twins in January. Her last day in the Club will be Friday 13th December. Before going on maternity leave, Terri shares her...
Claire.Gilderson | 4 November 2019