Meet Alexx Fuino, a young mother who found a second home at the YMCA. Alexx first moved to the area a few years ago with her husband Justin. The two met while serving in the military and relocated to Bethlehem back in 2010. Since then, the couple has frequented the YMCA as both employees and active members, now bringing their children to enjoy what the Y has to offer.

Alexx was kind enough to meet with us and share her #ThisIsMyY story. Check out what she had to say:

Why did you first start working out at the YMCA?

My husband, Justin, and I moved here in 2010 and I was without a job. My husband, who was a former personal trainer at the Y, said I should apply to meet new people and build a resume here in NY. I was hired as a Tumbling Tykes coach given my background in Gymnastics. Later, I moved to the front desk, with a brief period was spent in childcare. As an employee, I was offered a discounted membership so my husband and I started to go frequently after my daughter was born in 2011.

What is your workout routine and how did you settle on that?

I prefer classes I find them more motivating rather than using the free weights. Monday evening is Core Conditioning class. Tuesday and Thursday is Urban Fit with Akeem and that class is intense, but my favorite class in HIIT (high intensity interval training) on Friday mornings. HIIT involves weights, cardio and body-weight training but it hits every part of your body in one workout. And last, but not least, is Saturday class with Connor called Power Sculpt.

Do you work out alone or with others?

I work out in groups mostly. It’s a good way to get through a workout. You’re able to share the struggle, sweat and, laughs that are necessary to get through a tough workout.

What do you do outside of the Y?

Well I am a mom of three (2 girls and 1 boy) so I am always running around with them to parks, the pool, walks and playdates.

What relationships have you formed at the Y?

Great ones! Many people I worked with are still there, and some have recently returned, but I have made friendships here that also go outside of the YMCA. The childcare staff have taken care of my children since they could be in Kids Corner. My husband knew Mark Thurman before I did, but after we met, he treated me like he had known me for just as long. Plus, my kids love him. The relationships are comfortable and that makes it feel like family there. It’s nice to go to the gym and have a trusting environment.

What’s your favorite Y memory?

Being a part of an organization that does a lot for the community. I am proud to say I worked there. It’s an amazing facility, but making the friends I have, has to be the best memory.

What should other Millennials choose the Y?

The Y has something for everyone ages 1-100, so just try it! Take that step to being a better you and make new friends. Remember, friends who sweat together, stay together.