YMCA of Bucks County announced that it has joined an online partnership with BurnAlong, a leading health, wellness and social motivation platform, that will reach more than 17,500 YMCA members in eight states with live and on-demand content from local instructors.
“This partnership is keeping people connected to the fitness instructors that motivate them to stay healthy,” said Trish Feinthel, chief operations officer of YMCA of Bucks County, who leads the collaboration with BurnAlong and the 50 Ys. “We’re getting tremendous testimonials from people who are using this platform to manage stress, fight chronic disease and stay connected to loved ones.”
With more than 1.5 million minutes of programming viewed, to date, 150 live classes each week and more than 3,500 Y-specific, on-demand classes and 150+ local instructors, this partnership unites YMCA members, instructors and locations to provide extended access to wellness content through the BurnAlong platform. For the first time, Y members can now connect with Y instructors and classes from across the nation, previously only available to local, in-person Y members. This fall, the Y is increasing the breadth of content offered on BurnAlong with more youth and family-friendly classes, plus personal trainer-led workouts.
“While I miss my friends at the gym, the virtual program keeps me in touch,” said Rita A., a senior citizen in Bucks County using online Y classes for stress relief. “It keeps me motivated, starts my day off in a positive light, helps me deal with everyday things.”
The live and on-demand access to the Y classes on the BurnAlong platform, accessed via Y Wellness 24/7, have allowed caregivers to maintain connections built through the Y during the pandemic, working moms to continue their fitness routines from the safety of their homes, and those battling chronic disease to manage pain and build community.
“Y Wellness 24/7 has been an absolute blessing this past year,” said Laura J., a young mother working from home in Bucks County. “My family is not yet ready to return to in-person (and definitely not indoor) workouts, so it’s wonderful to have this high-quality alternative. I love that variety of classes and that the instructors really take into account what people may or may not have at home.”
The library of more than 13,000 classes across 50 health and wellness categories includes chronic condition support, mental health resources, financial literacy courses and parenting classes.
“BurnAlong firmly believes in the power of social connection to keep people engaged in healthy activities and pursue their wellness goals,” said Daniel Freedman, co-CEO of BurnAlong. “Our growing partnership with the Y extends the reach and impact of local instructors and gyms to the full network of BurnAlong members. We are excited to invest in the existing, and forthcoming, relationships that will be built through BurnAlong.”