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CLARKSBURG -

If you made a New Year's resolution to get in shape and are already getting tired of the same old workout routine, the YMCA in Harrison County has something for you.

With more than 20 classes offered between the two branches of the Harrison County YMCA, there are many choices to help keep your workout routine different.

Tai chi is offered five times a week with instructor Mark Coffindaffer.

"Tai chi is a Chinese martial art. For the most part today it's practiced for wellness and fitness and isn't practiced for martial arts as much as it used to be," explained Coffindaffer.

Coffindaffer said the basics of tai chi are taught in the first class and then it's all about following the motions.

"You apply them to each of those movements and then each movement is different so you have to learn the movements. When we put those movements together we may repeat some of those forms. There's a little bit of learning and it's a mind body exercise," Coffindaffer said.

Coffindaffer said tai chi isn't just for exercising your body but also your mind.

"It has a meditative aspect. When you're doing tai chi you can only do tai chi. I can't have my mind on my grocery list or problems at home. Your mind has to be on tai chi to do it," said Coffindaffer.

Tai chi has many different benefits which is what has kept Robert Helfer coming back to it for almost three years.

"I know that my balance is better. It wasn't bad before but it has definitely improved. The exercise is not strenuous and not a lot of work but it definitely strengthens and improves conditioning," said Helfer, from Clarksburg.

Coffindaffer will modify his class to any skill level, even for people who need to sit during the class.

Tai chi is offered at the Lowndes Hill branch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Mondays and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here for more information on the classes the YMCA has to offer.