Week 1: GOALS | Oct 12–16

Your STRONG Challenge begins with setting fitness goals. Although we’ll be encouraging you in other areas of your life, we want to start by focusing on physical health and wellness. Start by setting goals to achieve during the next six weeks (watch the video for guidance). Whether you are at the “walk around the block” level or at the “run the next marathon” level, start where you are, and we’ll grow from there. Achieving goals will set the foundation for healthier habits for life. You were made for more!

THE STRONG CHALLENGE

Well done! Taking this first step is a declaration against failure and frustration.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Write your goals on the Strong Tracking Sheet (download here) and post them in a prominent place in your home, somewhere that will remind you of your progress and commitment every day. Next, find an accountability buddy or partner who will provide the motivation you’ll need for the next few weeks (this is a critical step). Finally, join the Facebook Community Group (link here) and share your struggles, failures, and success with your new friends!

STRONG ACTIVITIES

Below are some ideas to get you off the couch and onto a new healthier life. This is how we’ll fight, how we’ll get STRONG.

  • Family YouTube Fitness
  • Family Scavenger Hunt
  • Open Climb at the Caldwell and West Boise YMCAs
  • Open Swim at the Caldwell, Downtown Boise, and West Boise YMCAs
  • Virtual Classes
    • Saturday Family Zumba @ 11:30am
  • Group Exercise Class — Reserve a space at your Y
    • Strength Train Together: Mon, Wed @ 8:15am or 5:30pm (South Meridian YMCA)
    • Core Focus Together: Mon @ 4:15pm (Caldwell YMCA)
    • Indoor Cycle: Mon @ 5:30pm (West Boise YMCA)
    • TRX MPulse: Tue @ 5:45pm (South Meridian YMCA)
    • Yoga: Wed @ 5:30pm (Downtown Boise YMCA)
  • Aquatic Center — Reserve your lane or open swim time
    • Shallow Water Fitness: Tue, Thu, 7:15am

Questions? Email communications@ymcatvidaho.org for clarification and help with enrollment.

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STRONG Challenge FAQs

Make a commitment to yourself to get your life back. Six weeks. 10,000 teammates. For 20 minutes a day, five days a week, we’ll experiment with challenges and rhythms designed to open us up to a purpose-driven life that is STRONG. Take the Challenge, have some fun, and discover what it means to be STRONG.

No. Anyone can join and it’s totally free!

The challenge will run for 6 weeks between Monday, October 12th, and Friday, November 20th. During the week of October 5th challenge participants will be able to visit any of our 4 branches to pick up their starter kit which consists of Y swag and tools to help them track the challenge and experience success.

Registration for the challenge is open until October 16 and is done through a simple form on our website.

REGISTER

Between Oct. 5 and 12, stop by the front desk of your Y and pick up your water bottle, and calendar

Non-members can sign up for a free trial membership as part of your Y Strong Community Challenge participation. Your local YMCA staff can help you get signed up.

Please note: Free trial membership is valid for non-members only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. One trial membership per Y Strong Community Challenge participant. See branch for details.

A buddy to help you stay motivated and accountable during the Challenge. Anyone can be an accountabili-buddy, ask your friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker!

You can pick one up when you pick up your starter kit at the Y between Oct. 5-16. Or if you’d like to print it at home, visit this link.

WEEKLY TRACKER

Yes. Each week of the Challenge you will receive 3 motivational texts and one email to keep you going! Visit the Y STRONG Facebook page daily to keep up with your teammate’s wins and share your progress. 

Yes! The Y is offering a free trial membership for Challenge participants. If you’d like to sign up for a trial membership, speak with someone at the front desk for details and restrictions when you come in to pick up your starter kit. 

Please note: Free trial membership is valid for non-members only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. One trial membership per Y Strong Community Challenge participant. See branch for details.

Our mobile text messages are intended for subscribers over the age of 13 and are delivered via USA toll-free number 888-254-1177. You may receive up to 24 message(s) per month for text alerts. Message and data rates may apply. This service is available to persons with text-capable phones. You may stop your mobile subscription at any time by text messaging STOP to toll-free number 888-254-1177. To opt back in, text “UNSTOP” followed by the keyword to toll-free number 888-254-1177.

Once the Challenge is complete, after Nov. 20, bring your filled out Weekly Tracker back to your Y to pick up your t-shirt.

Yes! The health and safety of our members, staff, and community are our top priorities. Please visit our COVID-19 information page to read more about our cleaning and safety protocols.

COVID-19 UPDATES

We recommend that everyone who visits our facilities wear masks. We require masks in our Downtown Boise, South Meridian, and West Boise facilities following the mask order from Central District Health. Learn more here.

We also require masks for anyone checking kids into Kid Zone and during our Vulnerable Populations hour each day. See here for details.

Yes. All staff will have a temperature and wellness check before entering the facility. All staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks.

  • All visitors to the Y will be required to take a wellness self-assessment before entering the facility and we ask that you not enter the facility if symptoms are present.
  • Masks are required at our Downtown Boise, South Meridian, and West Boise facilities, following the mask order from Central District Health. We also recommend that all members wear masks at all facilities.
  • Please maintain a minimum of 6’ x 6’ sq. foot distance in all facility spaces.
  • Additional distancing may be required in the weight room and other movement-based locations.
  • Disinfect weight and cardio equipment before and after use.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after working out either by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using hand sanitizer.