Getting to know our Group Fitness Instructors –  Linda Bassel

What do you teach at the Y?

I’ve taught a variety of classes over my 30 years at the Y. In the 90s I taught Step and Hi-Lo aerobics. In the early 2000s I started teaching Cycle classes and Body Design. I now teach Cycle, Circuit training , HIIT/ Metabolic classes, Small Group Training and Strength Conditioning.

What is the best part of being a fitness trainer?

The best part is that I love doing what I do. I get to educate, create, motivate and improve people’s lives daily.

How do you stay motivated?

I am constantly educating myself on new trends, doing research and always finding inspiring programming and equipment to bring into my repertoire. The industry is continuously evolving and progressing. There is always something to learn and grow from.

What have you learned from Covid-19 in terms of teaching and connecting with members?

During Covid I’ve learned that fitness is such a support system. Communicating and connecting via workouts online or outdoors, has not only been vital for the members, but for the trainers as well. It’s been a lifeline for so many. The energy and love I’ve received from the Y family has allowed me to get through this time with a positive spirit.

Do you have a favourite type of workout? If so what is it and why?

I’m a big believer in doing a bit of everything. The body and the mind need variety, stimulation and challenge. Staying fit is not a one size fits all. The most important factor is liking what you are doing and not overusing muscles. For me incorporating strength, cardio, balance, flexibility and mindfulness into my weekly routine is key to my fitness success.

What is your favourite new feature, space and/or equipment at the newly renovated Y? And why?

I love the new Small Group Training area. I feel it offers a great environment and setting. It’s a feel good area. There are endless possibilities for incredible programming, the equipment is state of the art and useful, and the physical space is bright, welcoming and inviting. All the elements needed for fitness success!