How to Become a Lifeguard

December 2, 2016

Lifeguarding is a fun and extremely rewarding job. As a guard, you’re an important and admired member of your community. You have the power to save a life and educate our youth on the importance of water safety. Why become a lifeguard? Lifeguards are an integral part of the aquatics community. As a guard, you’ll

Member Spotlight: Meghan VanSleet

December 1, 2016

Meet Meghan VanSleet Being a young, single mother isn’t easy, but Meghan VanSleet, a thirty-one-year-old mother of two, found solace in the YMCA. “After I had my second child, I didn’t bounce back like I wanted to,” Meghan said. “I decided enough was enough.” Meghan returned to the YMCA five months ago, and checked-in to

What is #GivingTuesday?

November 29, 2016

‘Tis the season of giving. After a weekend of rushing to finish your Christmas shopping, today marks the first day of the charitable season. Here’s what it’s all about: What is #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is a national movement that began in 2012 to focus on end of the year giving. It’s a day to give to

How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

November 28, 2016

Exercise can be a difficult routine to maintain, but it’s twice as hard when there are sugar plums and eggnog clouding your vision. You don’t need to feel bad about having a second slice a pie, or about skipping one day at the gym. In the end, it will all work out if you maintain

What to Expect: Zumba Edition

November 21, 2016

Whether you’re new to the gym or you just want to try a new class, Zumba is a great way to exercise. We know it can be intimidating to walk into a new class. The following guidelines will help you understand what to expect: Dress appropriately First and foremost, this is a fitness class—not a dance

How to Relax after a Workout

November 16, 2016

We all know that working out is good for you in a number of ways, but the after math can be difficult to deal with. Sore muscles are often the standard of a job well done, but they’re also a nuisance. There are a few things you can do after every workout to help ease

What Can You Recycle?

November 15, 2016

Did you know that almost 90% of what we throw away could probably be recycled or composted? Landfills are the largest source of human-caused greenhouse gas that’s far more powerful than carbon dioxide. In honor of America Recycles Day, here is a complete list of what you can and cannot recycle: Paper This includes all

Gym Etiquette for the Wellness Center

November 14, 2016

There is a lot of effort and planning that goes into a gym session. You need to work around your kids and your job, have enough time before your nightly television show and enough time to shower before work, and you want to be able to enjoy your time on the treadmill and you should

How to Honor Veterans Day with Your Kids

November 11, 2016

This is a great opportunity to teach your children about our history and the sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. There are simple, creative, and fun ways to celebrate and education your children: Write ‘Thank You’ Cards Whether they’re for someone you know, or for veterans worldwide, have them say thank you. Hand-written cards go

8 Reasons You Should Be Working Out with a Personal Trainer

November 9, 2016

There are a lot of benefits to working out with a personal trainer. Whether you’re training for a specific event, struggle with injury, or just need a little extra push, we have personal trainers at each of our branches who would love to help you reach your full potential. They teach you new things Personal