What is Les Mills?

What is Les Mills?

We all know it can be hard to find the motivation to work out some days. But what if you could hop out of bed excited about your daily exercise class? Les Mills hopes to make this dream a reality by offering modern group workout programs that make fitness more enjoyable and accessible.

Les Mills classes fuse science, movement and music with the latest exercise trends and technology to deliver a workout experience that will change your outlook on exercise. Although available in different exercise styles and intensities, all Les Mills classes focus on one goal: bringing people together to harness the power of group fitness and collective determination.

Whether you’re new to the Les Mills trend or need clarification, this article will explain everything from the origin of Les Mills to the different types of programs and their benefits. Keep reading to find out why Les Mills might be your new exercise program of choice.

Where Did Les Mills Start?

The Les Mills story began in 1968 when Les Mills, a four-time Olympian, started his first gym in Auckland, New Zealand, because he wanted to make athletic workouts more accessible to the public. But the Les Mills method didn’t fully evolve into the cutting-edge group exercise classes we now know and love until Mills’ son Philip became fascinated by the power of group fitness and started the first aerobics group workout in 1980. Those early group workout sessions drew lines that stretched down the street, motivating the younger Mills to keep creating group exercise classes revolving around the sounds of trendy music.

Over the next decade, Philip Mills and his wife Jackie built upon the concept of group workout classes before introducing weights and launching the first BODYPUMP™ class in 1990. Since then, the Les Mills brand has grown to include a variety of exercise styles, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and cycling to martial arts and yoga. Each Les Mills class incorporates contemporary music, movement and technology, with a spirited and knowledgable instructor leading the way.

Currently headed by Philip and Jackie’s children, Les Mills continues to produce heart-pumping fitness classes perfect for group settings that lead to mutual perspiration and inspiration. As an international brand, Les Mills now offers 21 fitness programs in more than 100 countries.

What Are the Different Types of Les Mills Workout Classes offered at the Duneland Family YMCA?

The wide variety of Les Mills group workouts allows athletes of all fitness levels to find a workout that suits their ability. Whether you’re up for a high-intensity cardio class or want to dance your way to fitness, Les Mills has a program for you. At the Duneland Y, we currently offer the following classes on our group ex schedule:

Michael Buckland September Member of the Month

AUGUST 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

MICHAEL BUCKLAND

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Michael Buckland who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know him!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I’ve played football and baseball. I grew up as a kid in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and I was a beach-blonde baby.
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • I’d have to say bicep and chest exercises. 
  • Which fitness classes do you participate in?
    • I have not taken any classes here.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • I can come and play basketball and lift with with all my friends who also come to the YMCA. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • This is the closest gym to me and it just feels like my home gym.  
Michael Buckland Member of the Month

Yolanda Ferrari – September Employee of the Month

SEPTEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

YOLANDA FERRARI

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Yolanda Ferrari! Let’s get to know her:

What is your name and current title? My name is Yolanda Ferrari and I currently am a group exercise instructor / Yoga Guide at the Duneland Family YMCA.

How long have you worked at the Y? I have been with the Y since 2016.

Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee? I was introduced to the Y when I was looking for a gym in Chesterton, a place to swim and take some classes.

What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? The people. Both the members and the staff.

What is one program/class that every Y member should try? By all means, try them all!!

What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee? Start with having that feeling that something good is going to happen to you today. Do it!

Wild Card: Is there anything else you’d like to share? “The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; It is gratitude that makes us joyful.”  Brother David Steiner-Rast

Yolanda

New Group Exercise Classes Starting in September!

Group Exercise Schedule - New Classes & Changes in September

With so many types of GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you. Try cardio classes, strength, cycle, Les Mills, Zumba and more. Drop in to check out different classes to find what you like. Unsure or need modifications? Just ask! Our friendly certified instructors will help you along the way.

New Classes and Changes Beginning September 6th:

  • Zumba
    • Mondays at 9:00-9:50am with Romi in the South Gym
    • Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30pm with Anacel in Fitness Studio 2
    • Thursdays at 6:30-7:30pm with Jenny in Fitness Studio 2
  • Les Mills CORE
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays  at 5:45-6:15pm with Aimee in Fitness Studio 2
  • Bodypump
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm with Dana 
  • Spin Express
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45-9:15am with Donna in Fitness Studio 1
  • Strength 101
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:10am with Donna 
  • Functional Stretch
    •  Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:15-10:45AM with Donna

New Classes and Changes Beginning September 12th:

  • Pound (NEW DAY AND TIME)
    • Pound – M/F – 9:15-9:45AM. South Gym
    • Pound – Weds. – 8:45-9:15AM. Studio 1
  • Bodycombat
    • Mondays and Fridays  at 10-10:45am with Katie in Studio 1
    • Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30-6:15pm with Jessica in the Fitness Room

New Class Beginning September 19th:

  • Engaging Brains
    • Mondays 1:00-2:00pm with Carlota in the Community Room

Class Descriptions:

  • Bodycombat: A science-backed combo of some of the most empowering and effective martial arts moves. This high-intensity, full body workout incorporates aspects of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics. It is a type of cardio peak training, which is a combination of steady and high-intensity exercise all in 30/45 & 55 mins. format options.
  • Core: A scientific core workout that uses athletic training principles to build strength, stability and endurance in the muscles that support your core. Increase core strength, tone your abs, back, glutes and legs, improve posture and balance, assist injury prevention, improve sports performance and become better at everything you do all with the use of resistance bands and weights in this 30 min class.
  • Functional Stretch: A class for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. It combines gentle stretching and basic yoga poses. This class will help guide your awareness to the muscles that may be associated with your aches and pains. Benefits include; improved flexibility, balance, joint mobility, and breath awareness.
  • Strength 101: Strength 101 consists of basic and beginner cardiovascular and strength training exercises. This class is designed to help participants gain stamina, and build lean muscle mass, while increasing balance and flexibility. Perfect for anyone new to exercise and looking for a low-impact group class.

    Benefits:

    • Improved muscular strength & conditioning.
    • Improves cardiovascular endurance.
    • Improved muscular balance & function.
    • Improve form and learn modification techniques.
    • Enhanced variety for a more well-rounded workout.
    • Boosts your metabolism.
  • Engaging Brains: If you are 60+ ENGAGING BRAINS is the class to keep you feeling Younger for Longer! We bring together the joy of dancing with fun and engaging exercises to keep your brain healthy and happy! Classes are designed to combine: “Golden Grooves” – smile and sing along as you dance, sitting in chairs, sharpening your coordination and rhythm; and “Brain Workouts” – stimulating and fun activities to boost your memory, sharpen your attention, visual perception, reasoning, and focus. We will improve your brain connections, increasing the ease to perform daily activities, enhancing your mood, and maintaining your autonomy for a happier, healthier you! 

Duneland YMCA and Duneland School Corporation announce partnership to develop Chesterton Middle School property

Duneland YMCA and Duneland School Corporation announce partnership to develop Chesterton Middle School

August 9th, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHESTERT0N, IN, AUGUST 9, 2022 – The Duneland School Corporation (DSC) and the Duneland YMCA (YMCA) will begin talks to transform the current Chesterton Middle School (CMS) into an education, health, and wellness hub. Responding to DSC’s request for a community partner, the YMCA is working to be a catalyst for change and collaboration in Chesterton and the Duneland communities through the development of a healthy living campus on the current middle school site.

The YMCA and DSC have a long and successful history of program, service, and facility-based partnership. The development of the CMS site as the new home of the YMCA would be a continuation and expansion of the relationship between the two organizations. The Y is currently engaged in collaborative discussions with a wide variety of non-profit agencies and major employers in the region. Included in this group of potential, collocated partners are: Town of Chesterton, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Franciscan Health, Northshore Health Centers, Jacob’s Ladder, Porter Starke Services, and Visiting Nurses Association.

“To better address the expectations of the Y’s members, and meet the needs of the community, the Y was looking to renovate or replace our current facility,” said YMCA Board Chair Elizabeth Adcock. “The opportunity presented by the Duneland School Corporation, and the middle school site will allow the Y to exceed member expectations as well as meet current and emerging needs in collaboration with providers and employers whose work compliments, supplements and supports our own.”

Chesterton Middle School, located between West Morgan Avenue and Porter Avenue in Chesterton, was previously the site of Chesterton High School from 1922-2000. As part of its long-term capital improvement plan to reduce operational costs, DSC is moving from nine school buildings to eight. Plans call for DSC to continue housing district administrative offices, student programs in early childhood, virtual, and alternative education, a wellness clinic for corporation employees, and a 25-meter competition pool for competitive club and school programs on the east side of the current CMS site. Parts of the building west of the pool are not part of future plans and set to close when construction at the Liberty and Westchester campuses is completed. Due to construction delays, the Liberty and Westchester campuses will not be ready for students in grades 7th & 8th until August 2024. As a result, CMS will continue to host 7th & 8th grade students through May 2024. The facility, in need of extensive renovation and site work, will be reimagined and repurposed by the YMCA and its partners.

“Long-term sustainability, evolving relevance, and transformational impact are strategic priorities for the YMCA,” said YMCA CEO Dave Kasarda. “The opportunity presented to the YMCA and our potential partners allows us to address these mandates as well as collaboratively multiply resources, significantly expand our reach and increase access to needed programs and services across a broader cross-section of the Duneland communities.”

The YMCA has moved through a comprehensive planning and investigative process seeking input and direction from its membership and community leaders, as well as current and potential partners.

This insight, along with information provided by nationally recognized consultants and market research has helped the Y envision itself as a catalyst for positive change and collaboration. The YMCA’s volunteer leadership has chosen to engage the school corporation on the redevelopment of the middle school property as a result of its study, the recommendation of its consultants and the endorsement of potential partners.

“The Y has been very deliberate and disciplined in its approach to identifying community needs, seeking collaborative partners and considering locations that will enhance operations,” said Elizabeth Adcock. “We believe that the CMS site and an expanded relationship with DSC affords the Y the best opportunity to change the way we and are partners support each other and serve the community.”

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization, serving over 5,000 people annually via programs, outreach, and events throughout the Duneland Communities. The Duneland YMCA is part of the national YMCA movement, operating in 10,000 communities across the US. The YMCA, which does not deny services due to an inability to pay, serves the community by providing opportunities for individuals of all walks of life focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

“The school corporation is excited about the possibilities this partnership presents for extended and innovative use of the CMS site in service to the entire community,” said Duneland School Corporation Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chip Pettit. “The School Board and I look forward to participating in the development process with the Y and its impressive list of potential partners.”

Mallory Morrison Member of the Month August 2022

AUGUST 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

MALLORY MORRISON

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Mallory Morrison who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know her!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I’m a Criminal Justice student, studying to become a local police officer, I participated in the cross country and track programs at Chesterton High School, and I spend much of my time working with the Duneland Boys & Girls Club. 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most? 
    • I do a mix of cardio and bodybuilding. You can probably find me in the weight room (: 
  • Which fitness classes do you participate in?
    • I participate in spin, BODYPUMP, and yoga.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • My favorite parts are the friendly staff and members, the cleanliness, and the upbeat environment.
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • The Duneland Family YMCA has been my second home since I started training several years ago. I love the location and the availability of the equipment. 
Mallory Morrison, Duneland Family YMCA Member of the Month, Smiles at the Camera

Tammy Smith Employee of the Month August 2022

AUGUST 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

TAMMY SMITH

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Tammy Smith! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Tammy Smith and I work as a cook / kitchen coordinator at the Forchetti Family Center for Early Learning.
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have been working here for two years now.
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • No, working here has been my first experience with the Y. 
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • Working as a team to help the Forchetti Community grow and see the kids happy and excelling. I love those smiles!
  • What is one program/class that every Y member should try? 
    • Pickleball and Zumba for those looking to stay active and if you’re a senior, Senior Club. 
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • I would say the Y is a great organization with awesome leadership and fabulous co-workers. 
Tammy Smith_Employee of the Month

Locker Rooms Closed August 1-7

LOCKER ROOMS CLOSED
August 1-7, 2022

The Duneland Family YMCA Locker Rooms will be closed from August 1-7. We are excited to continue our facility-wide improvements with the updating of the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms. Both locker rooms will be closed from August 1-7 for cleaning and improvements. If you rent a locker, please remove your items before August 1.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for this disruption and know you have options! Below are answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding the locker room closure. Please call us at (219)926-4204 if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We are grateful for your support and patience as we continue to improve our facility!

How long will the locker rooms be unavailable?

The Locker Rooms will be unavailable beginning Monday, August 1, through Sunday August 7th.

Why are you closing the locker rooms all at once instead of staggering the closures?

Due to contractors and maintenance needed, the Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms must be closed at the same time.

Where can I change clothes?

While we understand the the option is inconvenient, the restrooms located at the front of the building will be available. 

What’s changing in the locker rooms?

We will add new cosmetic touches such as paint and clean the locker rooms. 

We are grateful for your support and understanding! Please continue to check your inbox and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our leadership team with questions or concerns. 

Alex Ailes Employee of the Month July 2022

JULY 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ALEX AILES

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Alex Ailes! Let’s get to know him:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Alex Ailes or “Meatball”. I am a Camp Counselor for the Y’s Summer Day Camp.
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • This is my 5th summer here at the Y.
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • My first experience at the Y was before I became a staff member, I attended summer camp as a child.
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • My favorite part of being a Y staff member is being able to build relationships with those around me.
  • What is one program/class that every Y member should try? 
    • Summer Camp!
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • Do it! I have yet to see a downside to joining as a member or employee.
  • Wild Card: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
    • Just that I have had a very positive experience at the Y these past 5 years!
July 2022 Employee of the Month

Donna Kristek Member of the Month July 2022

JULY 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

DONNA KRISTEK

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Donna Kristek who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know her!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I like to ride my bike, I love working with kids, and I like to challenge myself by learning new ways to work out.
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most? 
    • I like working with the equipment, I have bought several things that I use at the gym to use at home when I cannot make it in.
  • Which fitness classes do you participate in?
    • BODYPUMP, Turbo Kick, and Zumba. I’m excited to try the new classes!
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • Everyone is so nice and helpful. I also love BODYPUMP with Jessica!
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym?
    • It’s close to home and they treat you like family!
July 2022 Member of the Month