AUBURN – A free pilates workshop will be featured at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA as part of its Wellness 101 series. The class is open to anyone who has an interest in pilates and those who have experience with it.

Tish Caldwell, certified pilates instructor and YMCA wellness coordinator, will teach the workshop. Four certified group instructors will assist Caldwell. Each instructor will provide the participant with hands-on adjustment and instruction on the modifications required for the different levels of pilates.

The workshop, open to members and nonmembers of the YMCA, will be held on Wednesday Jan. 31. Two classes will be offered. The first will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and attendees are invited to stay after the class and participate in the regular pilates class at noon.

The second class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. While the classes are free, participants must register for one class at the YMCA front desk by Tuesday, Jan. 30, as class size is limited.

Anyone who would like to attend, but is unable to do so, can sign up for a free pilates class by contacting the YMCA. Six classes are held each week.

Pilates is an efficient way of stabilizing and strengthening the core, arms and legs, while increasing flexibility. Participants see and feel the benefits of pilates quickly. Each exercise can be customized, allowing anyone to participate regardless of fitness level.

“This class is for everyone. It’s ideal for the beginner and also allows the experienced pilates student to take their workout to another level,” Caldwell said.

She said, “Pilates is an unbeatable combination that increases strength and flexibility. It is a whole body exercise program that simultaneously strengthens and lengthens your muscles, improves posture and increases your energy. Many people begin doing pilates to get toned abdominals; it will certainly do that.”

Caldwell, who has been at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA since 1986, is a registered nurse, cardiac rehab nurse specialist, exercise specialist and is also certified in pilates, polarity therapy bodywork, integrated yoga and group power. She has also continued to pursue higher levels of training in pilates as she incorporates it into the YMCA’s wellness program.

For more information on pilates and other YMCA programs, stop by the YMCA at 62 Turner St., call 795-4095 or visit

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