What's your YMCA Story?
“My journey with the YMCA began a year and a half ago. I originally joined, like most women to lose weight. I am a mother of two, and work full time so finding time to work out was difficult. I was unhappy with my body. I wanted to change. I wanted to feel good about myself. When I found out that the YMCA offered noon hour classes I knew this would be a perfect fit for me. Little did I know, that joining the gym would transform the way I viewed my body and would teach me more about myself then about losing weight. I’ve learned that rather then yearning for the perfect body, I need to embrace the body I have and take care of it. I need to celebrate MY body. After all it is home to my heart, my soul, it housed my children, it gives me life.
I will never forget my first class; as I was nervous and unsure if I would “fit in”. It was Zumba. For years, I had wanted to try Zumba. It was amazing. Jen & Gabrielle were fun, energetic and encouraging. I remember my eyes filling with tears at the end of class. My heart was full. I was finally doing something for myself. Making time for self care. Making myself a priority. I continue to go to their class each week. They were the spark that lit my soul on fire. This class makes me feel beautiful. I was then introduced to “Bench & Bars” with Toni. Toni’s class has taught me that I am a strong women. This class empowers me. Yoga has taught me to be still with myself. I tell Erin, her class works out my mind. This class has taught me to be in the present moment. It has taught me that gratitude brings you joy. Lastly, I have just started spin class with Jamie. I have been terrified to take this class but took a leap of faith and began a few weeks ago. I love it. I feel this class will teach me to push myself beyond my limits. It has taught me already, that your fears stand in the way of your achievements. I have also tried HIT & Tabata, which are both challenging and rewarding.
It is truly the people; both instructors and classmates that make the YMCA so wonderful. Everyone supports, encourages and celebrates your success. It has become like family. I am so grateful for this community. It has made me a more patient mother, a healthier wife, and a more loving self. I thank all of you, for walking with me on this journey. I hope to see you at noon!”
“I love that in the midst of a stressful day, I can come workout in a safe, welcoming environment. Whether it’s reaching one of my goals, or giving my mind a break, the atmosphere at the Lethbridge YMCA and welcoming staff make me feel at ease. The wide variety of class options and times accommodate my busy life and the enthusiasm that the instructors bring allow me to feel comfortable trying new classes. The YMCA feels like my second home.
I am also grateful that my two daughters (ages 5 & 8) love the Lethbridge YMCA as much as I do, thanks hugely to the warm atmosphere and family environment. It makes it easy for our family to stay active, be enthusiastic about healthy living and have fun too. The after school drop in’s and child minding options make it easy for me to find time to work out, and it comforts me to know that they are enjoying their time at the YMCA too. The YMCA is affordable, inclusive and convenient. To our Lethbridge YMCA family from ours, thank you!"
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