Wellness Coaching · Downtown Oakland YMCA
Our Wellness Coaches are trained YMCA consultants who will meet with you to identify your health and fitness goals. During this session your consultant will identify YMCA programs, resources and services to help you meet your identified goals. When you workout in our Wellness Center, you become a part of a community that supports one another with long-term pursuit of healthy and well-being. We provide a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment where you can initiate and sustain regular physical activity and discover healthy habits.
Appointments are free of charge and can be made any day of the week to ensure you are on your way to wellness.
Why should I sign up for a Wellness Coach Session?
We recognize that our facility is big, there are lots of classes & programs running and a ton of equipment you may have never touched before. Our two floors feature an array of cardio, free weight and resistance training equipment, an indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts, fitness studios , the ActivTrax online workout program and more. You may need someone to help identify where and how you should start. Everyone is different. What works for one person could be harmful for another.
Your Wellness Coach will give guidance specific to your:
- Exercise experience
- Nutritional habits
- Personal predispositions
What will I learn from my Wellness Coach?
- The most common mistakes that most exercisers make and the ways to avoid them
- Programs offered at our Y that could help you in reaching your goals
- How to learn more about each machine and the benefits
- Group Exercise Options
- Personal Training Options
Some Common Fitness Mistakes vs. Reality
Mistake: “I don’t want any muscles, I just want to lose weight”
Reality: Muscles burn fat and tone the body. Weight training is the key component of any weight loss program.
Mistake: “I’m doing the same routines every week”
Reality: If you repeat the same routines every week, your body will adapt to them and you may stop seeing results.
Mistake: “I never use free weights because I don’t want to be big and bulky”
Reality: Whether you are a man or a woman, free weights guarantee the best results.
Mistake: “I do abdominal exercises to lose fat from my midsection”
Reality: Body fat is lost all over the body; not just from one spot. Doing only sit-ups will strengthen abdominal muscles, but it will not reduce the size of the waist.