HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - The YMCA of South Hampton Roads announced the launch of the 'Virtual YMCA', an online platform that offers members a fitness experience to remain connected, active, and healthy during the COVID-19 social distancing period.
The mandate to close all facilities caused the YMCA to temporarily adapt its services and transition to a web-based model designed to ensure safety for members and staff, as well as continuity of operations.
The Virtual YMCA includes access to an online library of instructional fitness videos, which feature a range of workout classes, including yoga, barre, and cardio fitness.
In addition, members have access to a free, 60-day trial of premium online workouts from one of the YMCA’s providers, MOSSA Move. The Virtual YMCA also offers live workouts and social gatherings through Facebook and Zoom, such as Daily Fitness Classes & Nutrition Tips, Storytime & Singalongs, Coffee Chats & Social Events, and Dinners from a Distance.
The platform also includes a Youth Development resource page aimed at keeping children safe, engaged, and active during these unprecedented times. On this page, members will find resources such as music lessons, kid-friendly recipes, exercises classes, and STEM activities that the entire family will enjoy.
The Virtual YMCA is available to all members of the YMCA. People interested in supporting the Y through this service are encouraged to sign-up for a membership at this link.
“In response to this public health crisis, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads worked to quickly pivot from our existing service delivery model to one that allows us to provide the same quality services and programs to our members, while following safety guidelines from government and health officials,” said Anthony Walters, President & CEO, YMCA of South Hampton Roads. “Through the Virtual YMCA, we’ve been able to support our members with their health and wellness goals, and we are asking them to stay with us as we continue to address the most critical needs facing our community at this time.”