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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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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finishing 26.2 miles.

Name:

Tricia

Age:

39

YMCA Member Since:

2008

Completing a mini-marathon is a lofty goal for most people. For Tricia, it’s more of a halfway point. Since joining the Y, Tricia has lost six pant sizes in baby weight, raised $1000 for the Y For All Annual Giving Campaign, and, yes, completed two 26.2 marathons. There's no stopping her now.

Group Cycling

Put the pedal to the metal.

Spinning

The true cycling test.

Boot Camp

Get in shape fast. This is not a drill.

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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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unplugging this summer.

Name:

Olivia

Age:

12

YMCA Member Since:

2006

Summer. For some kids it means an uninterrupted smorgasbord of TV, video games and...more TV. For Olivia and her siblings Jacob and Hannah, 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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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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unplugging this summer.

Name:

Jacob

Age:

12

YMCA Member Since:

2006

Summer. For some kids it means an uninterrupted smorgasbord of TV, video games and...more TV. For Jacob and his siblings Olivia and Hannah, 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 one of the guys.

Name:

Patrick

Age:

28

YMCA Member Since:

2006

For Patrick, what began as a simple place to work out has become a true community. Here, he’s formed lasting friendships with his fellow members, including a group he calls “The Y Guys.” Of course, he still hits the gym as hard as ever, which isn’t too surprising when you consider some of his other activities: mini-marathons and mixed martial arts competitions.

Member Experience Committee

Help us be better for you.

Abs Class

Go from zero to six-pack.

Aerobics

A classic for a reason.

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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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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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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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being everyone’s big brother.

Name:

Andre

Age:

18

YMCA Member Since:

1996

Sometime in the fourteen years that Andre (aka "Slim") has been a YMCA member, he realized his main passion in life was helping children. Today, he’s served as a YMCA camp counselor for seven years, works as a lifeguard, volunteers for the Y For All Annual Giving Campaign (to which he donates $26 from his weekly paycheck), and even helps plan birthday parties for the Y’s younger members.

Camp Counselor

The funnest job you’ll ever love.

Y For All Annual Giving Campaign

Help us break down barriers and build up a community.

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