April 26, 2017


Meet Ann!"


Name: Ann O’Neill

Birthday: August 11th

Member: since 1991

Favorite Color: Cranberry

Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks and Chicago Cubs

I have been married to my husband for 25 years and have two children, Kelsey 21 and Shawn 19. We have a family membership at the Y and bringing my kids here starting at a young age instilled good exercise habits into them. My job I organizing continuing medical education programs for orthopedic surgeons. I enjoy cooking, sailing, photography and skiing. I am a 3 time cancer survivor.

I Love the YMCA because: The variety of options for exercise and making new friends. Attending classes or working out in the fitness center at the Y is what helped me through three bouts of cancer in 2005, 2009 and 2024. I had the support of so many which kept me on a positive track. I am very grateful for my Y family praying and supporting me during this difficult time. My doctors told me they know what they did for medically, but my overall good health (thank you Leaning Tower YMCA) and positive attitude helped me fight the battle.

I love group fitness classes because: Classes are structured and help me keep a schedule to exercise 4-5 times a week. I also have made friends who are great to visit with and help keep me motivated.

I stay motivated by: Coming the Y on a regular basis because I love to eat!

My favorite exercise to do is: I don’t have just one. I really enjoy the variety of classes offered by my YMCA and my favorites are Tobata, Spin, Step and Body Pump classes. If I miss a class, I go to the fitness center.

Advice or tips for anyone new to the group: Try classes more than once. It takes a few times to sink in and lean what the class is about.