Island Health’s Community Corners location is adding a new health club to its gymnasium. | Ithaca

ITHACA, NY – Island Health and Fitness is reopening its Community Corners location, but with a new addition. The new IGNITE Island Health Club focuses on three fundamental pillars: build, burn and breathe.

“The approach is to make sure members get everything they need for a complete fitness plan,” said program director Stephanie Wright.

Wright said IGNITE is a “gym within a gym” model that adds a premier club to the main fitness center.

“IGNITE is its own brand under Island Health, with highly scheduled and specialized courses,” she said. “It’s very focused and very specific.

Classes are led by personal trainers and expert yoga instructors who also work with physiotherapists to create more comprehensive, science-based workouts. The ‘build’ pillar will be anchored in a high intensity interval training (HIIT) course, while ‘burn’ is a cycling based course and ‘breathe’ is a recovery course for the rest days that occur. focuses on flexibility and mobility training through yoga.

“The classes we teach are for everyone,” Wright said. “It’s to make everyone’s life easier and better. It will be great for anyone who needs to build strength or want to manage their weight. “

She said both beginners and experts alike would find classes suitable for their level, and added that they especially wanted beginners who have never been to a gym to feel welcome.

“The courses are not difficult to do, but they are very effective and functional,” Wright said. “As someone who has worked in the fitness industry, I have found from experience that you need to have a more comprehensive approach. If you’re only doing cardio, weight training, or yoga, you’re going to be missing out on something. We want to make sure that we take care of the whole person.

Wright also said they wanted the practice sessions to feel like part of an experience, so each class has its own lighting scheme, atmosphere and “vibe.”

“We want to make sure our members leave feeling good,” she said. “The cycling course will be like a club atmosphere […] What sets us apart is the atmosphere we took the time to create.









In addition to specialized classes, IGNITE members also have access to the main floor of the gymnasium for personal training.

IGNITE is running a “Sneak Peek Week” with free 55 minute lessons this week. All lessons start at 5:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday December 15: Student evening
  • Thursday December 16: Island Member Night
  • Friday December 17: POC (People Of Color) party, sponsored by Stephanie Wright, Ms. Harmony Malone and Cayuga Health Diversity Manager Herb Alexander
  • Monday December 20: Ladies Night, 25 years old and over
  • Tuesday, December 21: Cayuga Medical Center Employee Party, sponsored by Kristen Verrill
  • Wednesday December 22: Open Breathe Night

All Sneak Peek classes except December 22 will include 20 minutes of Burn (bike) and 24 minutes of Build (HIIT). December 22 will be a breathing (yoga) class. Register by calling the front desk at 607-277-3861 or stopping downtown at 310 Taughannock Blvd. The location of Community Corners is at 903 Hanshaw Rd.

The full fitness center will reopen in January after closing in early summer, and Wright said members seemed excited so far.

“They are excited to try new classes,” she said. “Everything has been a positive reaction.

When the gymnasium reopens, there will be IGNITE classes in the early morning, one at noon, two in the evening and on Saturday. Memberships are $ 39 per month for gym access or $ 99 per month for gym access and unlimited IGNITE access.

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