YMCA launches “Virtual Platform” to extend full suite of fitness offerings to member at home

Press Release
April 19, 2021

The virtual Y will give members access to their favorite workouts and instructors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The First Coast YMCA has initiated its first-ever member exclusive virtual fitness offering, designed to keep members engaged in their wellness journey while working out at home. The new platform, offered through FORTË, will give members access to real-time and immersive fitness experiences to make home workouts with their favorite Y fitness instructors a viable and exciting alternative to in-person individual and group training. Members will have the option to engage with each other through live-stream or choose to experience their favorite classes via access to the Y’s virtual workout library in the coming weeks.

“At the Y, we pride ourselves on working with our members as they navigate their personal wellness journeys,” said Eric K. Mann, president and CEO of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. “While we’ve upgraded each of our 15 facilities to follow the most stringent health and safety protocols amidst the coronavirus, we recognize some members may prefer to continue their fitness routine from home. We are proud to offer our members access to the most innovative and unparalleled virtual fitness experience through this virtual offering.”

The platform will provide Y members with an upgraded virtual experience, featuring daily exclusive classes like Yoga, Total Body Conditioning, BodyCombat, SoulBody BARRE and active adult workouts with seamless streaming. Members also have the option to “favorite” classes, engage with other participants through two-way video functionality, group chat and private message with other participants, compete with friends on the leaderboard in a live class and earn Sweat Points during workouts.

Y members will receive automatic access to the virtual platform at no additional cost. Non-members may still access select live-streamed workouts on the First Coast YMCA Facebook page, Facebook.com/FirstCoastYMCA. To learn more about the Y’s virtual offering, or to become a member, visit FCYMCA.org/new-virtual-services.

About the First Coast Y

For 110 years, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has been providing men, women and children of all ages, and from all walks of life, opportunities to build stronger bonds, live healthy and become more engaged with their communities. Learn more: www.FirstCoastYMCA.org.

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