AUBURN – A free strength training basics workshop will be featured on Wednesday, June 29, as another installment in the YMCA’s Wellness 101 series. The series is designed to introduce the principles of wellness issues that face society today.

The YMCA’s goal is to help individuals in the L/A community make informed and educated decisions on healthy lifestyles.

Prior classes included workshops and seminars on nutrition basics, pilates and yoga. A new topic is covered every month.

This workshop will offer tips on making workouts effective and efficient while helping build confidence in the strength-training program.

YMCA Health and Fitness Director Doug McFarland, who will lead the workshop, said, “We’ll discuss why strength training is important for men and women of all ages. We’ll review the proper components of an exercise program, specific guidelines to follow to deliver results, how to start a program, ways to modify or add spice to an existing program and review proper strength training form and technique.”

McFarland has been at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA since 1997. He was the exercise specialist at the Greater Portland YMCA prior to coming to Auburn. He has various certifications, including YMCA personal trainer instructor, exercise instructor and healthy back instructor.

McFarland graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a BS in community health education. In 2004 he earned an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29, at two different times. Participants can attend the first workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or the second session from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The class is free and open to anyone over the age of 14. Register at the YMCA front desk by June 28, as class size is limited. Participants should be dressed in comfortable clothes.

For more information on the workshop or to register, call the YMCA at 795-4095, stop by 62 Turner St., Auburn, or visit the Web at

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