YMCA installs handrails for stretches

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg said it recognizes the importance of stretching while exercising in any capacity.

Thanks to a donation from S. H. Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Academy in Parkersburg, two new handrails designed for stretching movements have been installed in the Y’s Aerobic Gym. The handrails were installed by YMCA staff Mark Posten, building and facilities director, and Jeff Snider, building manager.

Each handrail is 12-feet long and constructed with pine wood which makes them sturdy for anyone to use, the YMCA said. The handrails are strategically placed at different heights.

When measuring from the floor, one is 36-inches tall while the other is 48 inches. The different height placements allow Y members and guests to incorporate a variety of stretches that target various areas of the body, the YMCA said.

The handrails are used by participants of the Y’s group fitness classes and sports programs such as Tae Kwon Do and Muay Tai. All Y members and guests have access to these handrails during the Y’s operational hours of Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, from noon-6 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining a fitness class, sports program, or using the handrails at the YMCA of Parkersburg can call 304-485-5585 or visit its Member Service Desk, which is located toward the rear of the building at 1800 30th St.

Additional information can be found at parkersburgymca.org, its Facebook page @ymcaparkersburg or on the Parkersburg YMCA app, which is available for free on the Apple or Google Play stores.