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Program At Queens Y Encourages Members To Hit The Gym Regularly

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Getting a good work-out routine going is never easy, but a local Queens YMCA is having some success with getting more members to stick to the program. NY1 Health & Fitness Reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following Queens Week report.

From the looks of it, Andrea Repole is giving the elliptical machine a run for its money, but for her continuous work-out discipline hasn't always come that easy.

"I wanted to get in better shape than I could at home," says Repole. "I was working out at home and I felt like I hit a plateau, and I just didn't know where to go or how to take it any further."

But Repole's found her stride through a special program called ReadyFit out of the Cross Island YMCA in Queens. In the 12-week program, members commit to working out at least three times a week for half-hour to an hour at a time, starting off with one-on-one help from a trainer.

"What we're trying to do is build a relationship. When people feel connected to something, they're more apt to stick with it," says Cross Island YMCA Health and Wellness Director Doreen Keyer.

Other than creating a friendly environment, the key component of this exercise program, and actually any exercise program, is making sure you stick to the schedule.

"They're coming in three times a week and making the commitment, so exercise is always on their mind. It's a part of their daily life," says Keyer. "As they feel more comfortable with working out, then they're more apt to come in on other days."

Sticking to a schedule isn't only helping Pansy Crawford get to the gym on a more regular basis. She has MS, and she says the commitment to exercise through the Ready Fit program is also helping her cope.

"Before, I had a lot of pain in my legs and it was hard for me to walk because I get all stiff and my doctor said I need to exercise," she says. "So I started coming to the Y and now my legs are not as stiff as they used to be. If I stop exercising for a week, it's hard for me to walk, so I come here everyday and it helps me. It keeps me going."

- Kafi Drexel
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