“I have been coming to the Y for over 10 years. I like to be social and work out. I love my friends here.” -Elsa

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“I like coming to the Y because I can do whatever workout I want and I can take different classes and exercises.” -Andrew

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“I have a family here and everyone is so nice.”-Carolyn

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People of the Y- Bob“I love everything here. Shout out to my personal trainer, Esteban, who has helped me immensely.” -Bob

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People of the Y- Ernie “If it wasn’t for racquetball I wouldn’t exercise.” -Ernie

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IMG_6021Scott has been a member for 11 years. You can find him assisting members with the operation of machines and training others to be healthy. Scott has gone through the youth program and received a certificate, “I’ve always enjoyed working out and I wanted to get into something that helps people.”

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“One less doctor appointment, one less pill, and less money to spend. I’m legally blind, and if I let it take over, it will take over.”
– Zach

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“To get energized. Working out helps me feel motivated.”
– Xail

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“To keep my health.”
– Erika

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“I like coming here because it’s nice and peaceful. You don’t feel like you’re in a competition. It feels like home.”
– Jodie

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“To keep my strength up for golf!”
– Sharon

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“The Y is a vital community resource for building healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. The sort of thing everyone who considers
themself a community leader should support.”
– Gary

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“I joined for the convenience and hours. I stay because it’s important to get some exercise in during the work week.”
– Lynette

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“It’s a family thing. I personally enjoy the work out I get here. I bring my grandkids so they can participate in the programs and I get to spend time with them.”
– Bob

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“It’s a fun way to get exercise and I exercise better when I’m having fun!”
– Joanne

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“We come here and it’s just like family.”
– Ray
“All the people who work here are wonderful. You wouldn’t find more
caring and loving people.”
– Jo

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“We need the Y!”
– Leesha and Breann

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“I want to take better care of myself. I’ve always been athletic, so this has been nice, especially while my husband’s deployed.”
– Breann

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“It’s a mental break. A time to take care of me while my kids are in a safe place, having fun with people they like.”
– Leesha

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“I have a lot of good support here. It’s been a wonderful thing for me, it’s almost like a little family.”
– Vanessa

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“I have chronic lung disease and this is one of the things I can do to help maintain my life.”
– Doug

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“I feel better after I work out and I like the people. They motivate me.”
– Mike

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“You come here and people don’t judge you for who you are or how you look. If anything, they encourage you!”
– Nedra

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“I’ve always been an active person. This was close to home and an awesome deal, specially the family package. My daughter loves all the activities for kids.”
– Gabe

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“It gets my day started. I feel tons better in a holistic way, my mind and body. It invigorates me.”
– Patty

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“It’s all about well-being for me. I’ve met some really great people here.”
– Joyce

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“The most important things in life are peace, love, and health and I achieve peace and health at the Y.”
– Rich

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You can find Charles at the Lighthouse YMCA attending the Diabetes Prevention Program. “My wife has been a member for 25 years and I began attending the Y in 2007.” Charles had suffered a heart-attack and then after was diagnosed as a diabetic. “Since I was at risk I was eligible for the Diabetes Prevention Program. My class is mainly my peers ranging from 73-93 years of age. There’s no competition in our group we have a cup of coffee, start, and talk about life. This class fits where I’m at in life.”

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In the basketball gym is where you may find Robert helping at the rock wall.
He has been apart of the Y staff for 4 years helping kids during summer camp.
He says, “it’s the people and the environment that makes it enjoyable.”

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“The Y means just coming in and having fun everyday.” Christian is new to the Y staff but is no stranger as he decided to become apart of the Y family after his brother joined the Y.

Janet Krug (Northwest YMCA) can be found at the Y often where she is taking classes, volunteering, catching up with friends and asking around about new ways to help out other members and this bustling location. Her kind heart and active spirit keep her going and it shows. She plans the annual Trunk or Treat, works the blood drive and serves on the committee that keeps the Silver Sneakers active with great opportunities, great food and great friends-the works! Thank you Janet for all you do!

Esther Bennett is an exciting example of how membership to the YMCA often turns in to so much more. She has been a member/volunteer at the YMCA for 10+ years. In that time, she has become an integral part of the community here. Specifically in the Silver Sneaker crowd, she helps to organize the events that keep this vibrant community of friends going. These events include BBQ’s, Ice Cream Socials, Potlucks, Bingo and many more. Esther even started coordinating with members to gather donations for veterans and get them where they need to go. She says “If I just wanted to take a Silver Sneakers exercise class, I could find that cheaper somewhere else. This is a family, though, and keeping up with my family is just as important to me as getting the exercise in.”

 

“If you find someone you can travel with, never let them go!” Janet and Esther started out as volunteers for the Northwest Y, became friends and then a mighty vacationing duo (3 cruises, the Carribean, Cabo San Lucas and even a 21 day road trip!). Remarkably true to their statements about never letting go, Janet even stopped by a garage sale at Esther’s one day and ended up buying a house in the neighborhood! They are an inspiring team that could teach us all a little something about friendship and taking care of one another.

 

We found these busy bee’s after they finished a work out as they waited for their daughter to finish hers. While they love this YMCA facility (the gym and pool especially), they keep very busy outside of our walls as well. Both Mr. and Mrs. Domingo are brimming with creative talent and often put that talent to work for their children and grandchildren. Cradles, blankets, family videos, dining room tables…you name it! Thank you Silvia and Domingo for sharing your lovely family with ours!

 

Alexandria Soto started out at YMCA as a UofA Public Health student studying obesity. That project turned into an internship at the Mulchay YMCA and then a job after she graduated in December. She loves it here! The YMCA mission appeals to and inspires her own interests and goals. She says “It’s a perfect fit!”. We couldn’t agree more Alex; Keep up the good work!

 

We found Ahmad at the playground outside @Lighthouse/City YMCA with his 3 children. He says “I love nature, birds, lakes and my children!” He is also a photography enthusiast, which we imagine comes in very handy capturing all of the things he loves most.

Arron (pictured on the right) works for Intermountain Centers for Human Development and the YMCA gives him an opportunity to spend time with members of that organization outside of their facility and inspire healthy living. Keep up the good work!

Paula is a strength MACHINE! Longtime resident of Tucson and member of the YMCA, Paula is clearly dedicated to keeping a sound and healthy body!

Sally is a vibrant member of the Lighthouse YMCA Silver Sneaker class. She is 75 years young and has raised 2 boys and 2 girls. She says “Raising kids is different today…harder I think.” If her bright attitude and energy today is any indication, we have a feeling Sally just made it LOOK easier!

“My wife and I come here 3 times a week, as do a lot of our friends. We come to socialize as much as we do to stay fit. OTT Family YMCA is a very friendly, social branch.”

Maritza, on her first visit to our Mulcahy YMCA as a member. “The Y was the best choice for me to get back into shape because of the convenient location and it’s so affordable!” She plans to take advantage of the many classes the center offers including fitness and pottery classes. “This summer I want to start swimming because it is a great way to work your whole body while having fun.”

Nancy is enjoying the beautiful Tucson day before the water aerobics class she teaches gets started. She says that she loves teaching here; “The pool is just beautiful…the facility is fabulous.”

“The Y centers own two things. First the people: whenever anyone comes here, they’re always so nice and they get to know you; they know your name. Second: it’s great to have a place that’s the hub of the community, a place where everyone can meet up–and a good ‘first’ place to come when people are new to the community like I was.”

“In 2007 I moved to the U.S. from Canada–decided to stay. My first job here in Tucson was at the Y over on Prudence as a coach. And, I just became a U.S. citizen on April 10th this year!”

“I’m a biker and a racer. I’ve biked my whole life, and it’s a darned good way to stay in shape. I now coach bikers and work with all ages. But what I like most is being a para-Olympic biking coach–so many young people want to compete.”

Whitney and Will are waiting outside sister Sophia’s Tumble Tots class. They joined the Y recently and have already been able to join a few classes and check out Child Watch! Welcome!

“I moved to Arizona from Minnesota 49 years ago to work at the University of Arizona. With a PhD in Forest Economics, it turned out the Southwest was a good place to live as well as work. Focusing on our natural resources economic policy, it certainly kept me busy. Then, once I retired, I needed a place to go to sustain my good health, so I joined the Y. Let me think, that was about eighteen years ago!”

Angie and her three children were having a blast over the weekend at the Mulcahy YMCA swimming pool. Angie explained that “the Y has a great swimming pool, it’s clean, and a safe place to enjoy time with my kids on the weekend.” The walk-in pool makes it easy for her youngest daughter Juliana to learn how to swim and according to Maribel “the slides are awesome, they are the best part!”

“I’ve been a member of the Y since I was 6 years old when I lived in Canada. I remember that old red brick building in Peterborough. I was told it was one of the oldest Y buildings still in use in North America.”

“I need the exercise now more than ever. I’m 82! It just makes sense. I use many of the machines and spend a lot of my time in weight training. You know, there are a lot of places you can work out around town, but they aren’t all the same even though they often have similar equipment. One thing that probably strikes me more than any other is the exercise rooms–they don’t smell like locker rooms!”