putting faith into action.

Name:

Vern

Age:

39

YMCA Member Since:

1998

Vern’s faith is an important part of his life, and it was the YMCA’s values that led him to become a member. Since joining, he has done everything from volunteering as a youth sports referee to summer camp counseling. Vern considers himself a civic-minded person, and the YMCA provides him the perfect place to give back to the community. (The community—and we—thank him.)

Sports Coach

Be a leader of (soon-to-be) men.

Cardio / Weight Room

Build muscle. Build endurance. It all starts here.

Volunteer

Give us an hour. Give us a day. We’re not picky.

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getting back on track.

Name:

Amanda

Age:

33

YMCA Member Since:

2009

After gradually becoming more and more sedentary (and looking the part), Amanda finally decided she’d had enough. She joined the YMCA because of its affordability, support system and family atmosphere (she’s a single mom). The results have been dramatic: she’s lost 80 pounds and become a fixture—and source of inspiration—at her local branch.

Pilates

Increase your core competency.

Zumba

Feel the rhythm. Feel the burn.

Personal Training

Maximum attention. Maximum results.

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closing the generation gap.

Name:

Julie

Age:

42

YMCA Member Since:

2004

Ask virtually any parent, and they’ll tell you that “staying healthy” and “spending time with the kids” are two goals at the top of their list. Fortunately, Julie and her ten year-old son have a way to do both. At the YMCA, they’ve discovered a place they can stay active together—finding not only a healthy, nurturing environment, but also a common ground.

Strength and Endurance Class

The name pretty much says it all.

Y For All Annual Giving Campaign

Help us break down barriers and build up a community.

Spinning Class

Put the pedal to the metal.

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finding balance.

Name:

Marion

Age:

59

YMCA Member Since:

2004

Spirit, mind and body. The Y focuses on all three of these areas, and that’s what initially drew Marion and her husband here. Since joining, Marion has not only achieved benchmark goals in weight and strength training, she’s also found time to volunteer and a supportive second family—making her healthier in every sense of the word.

Water Aerobics

In the water, no one can see you sweat.

Personal Training

Maximum attention. Maximum results.

Y For All Annual Giving Campaign

Help us break down barriers and build up a community.

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never saying never.

Name:

Serita

Age:

52

YMCA Member Since:

2007

Serita, like millions of other adults who never learned how to swim, always wondered if she’d missed her chance. However, since joining the Y, she’s tackled everything from Hip-Hop Aerobics to Zumba, losing ten pounds in the process. And, just as importantly, she’s mustered up the courage to finally take swim lessons—showing it’s never too late to jump in.

Zumba

Feel the rhythm. Feel the burn.

Hip-Hop Aerobics

Sweat to the not-so-oldies.

Water Aerobics

In the water, no one can see you sweat.

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never slowing down.

Name:

Moses

Age:

62

YMCA Member Since:

2006

It would have been easy for Moses to dial back his active lifestyle. A history of running marathons had taken its toll on his knees, and he was now facing a lengthy period of physical therapy. Instead, Moses turned to the Y, building back his strength with the help of our bikes, weight machines—and community. He was soon able to end his therapy, proving you can’t keep a good man (sitting) down.

Cardio / Weight Room

Build muscle. Build endurance. It all starts here.

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finding strength in numbers.

Name:

Brad

Age:

30

YMCA Member Since:

2003

How many lives do you touch every year? For Brad, the answer is at least 700; that’s how many kids he takes to Flat Rock River YMCA Camp for his annual Outdoor Education trip. There, his sixth-graders get the chance to learn about science in an immersive, hands-on way. And, because it’s with the Y, they also learn something valuable about themselves.

Flat Rock River YMCA Camp

Pack your bags for a lifetime of memories.

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unplugging this summer.

Name:

Hannah

Age:

12

YMCA Member Since:

2006

Summer. For some kids it means an uninterrupted smorgasbord of TV, video games and...more TV. For Hannah and her siblings Jacob and Olivia, it means swimming, horseback riding and rock climbing—to name just a few of the things they do every year at camp. They’re having so much fun, we’re tempted not to tell them they’re also learning values and skills that’ll last a lifetime.

Flat Rock River YMCA Summer Camp

Pack your bags for a lifetime of memories.

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being a better mom.

Name:

Erin

Age:

31

YMCA Member Since:

2004

Too many people think of exercising as something you do solely for yourself. In truth, staying healthy also lets you do more for the people around you. Exhibit A: Erin. Her rigorous workout regimen (she’s competed in triathlons and marathons) gives her the energy to keep up with her three (very energetic) children. As she says, knowingly, “If mama isn’t happy, no one is happy.”

Group Exercise

Get in shape fast with one of the many fun-filled classes.

Child Watch

Get yourself some You Time.

Personal Training

Maximum attention. Maximum results.

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not acting your age.

Name:

Lora

Age:

100

YMCA Member Since:

1974

To those who think they’re too old to be active: Sorry to burst your bubble. Lora may be 100 years young, but she still does Yoga and spends the warmer months swimming at her local YMCA (8 laps, in case you were wondering). It’s this kind of activity that she and her doctors credit for her continued good health. Lora is proof positive that age really is just a number.

Swimming

Dive in for a total body workout.

Silver Sneakers Program

Stay young by staying active.

Yoga

Gain strength and flexibility. Inner peace optional.

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building a foundation.

Name:

Malachai

Age:

10

YMCA Member Since:

2004

Malachai has been coming to the YMCA for literally half his life, so you could say he’s almost grown up here. That’s reflected in the way he now feels part of our family; everyone knows him by name. And whether he’s playing team sports (soccer is his current favorite) or just hitting one of the exercise machines, he’s learning a lifetime of healthy habits.

Teen Center

Cool down. Meet up. Hang out.

Basketball

One-on-one? Horse? Half-court or full?

Soccer

One word. GOOOAAALLL!

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striking back at adversity.

Name:

Stephanie

Age:

36

YMCA Member Since:

2004

When Stephanie was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, an inherited disease that affects the muscles and heart, she could’ve easily let her condition keep her down. Instead, she’s fighting it head-on by staying active. Stephanie has found a welcoming, supportive community at the Y, and says she works out not only for herself—but also to inspire others. (Mission accomplished.)

Cardio / Weight Room

Build muscle. Build endurance. It all starts here.

Walk Campaign

Take steps for a good cause.

Marketing Board

Give back by helping us get the word out.

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