At the heart of the YMCA lies the power to transform?both yourself and the world around you. From our exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs, to our extensive preschool and school-age programs, to our fun family and community events, the Y offers an array of options focused on strengthening bodies, minds and communities.
When you are involved with the Y, you help bring about lasting personal and social change. Whether you want to nurture the potential of children, improve your family?s health, or give back to your neighbors, your involvement with the Y will positively impact your community.
Grab a workout buddy. Tuesdays at the Y are free and open to the community throughout November!"
Whoever said that good things come in pairs must have had a workout partner.
It’s a known fact that people who exercise together have a higher probability of staying motivated, training harder and achieving their personal fitness goals. When you work out at the Y with friends, you’re part a community of passionate people who train, work and play with purpose.
To help you get a jump start on your New Year’s health resolutions, we’re opening the Rauner Family YMCA to the community* on Tuesdays in November. If you decide to join the Y that day, we’ll waive your joiner fee.
Need more convincing to activate your core and your membership? Here are just a few benefits of training in twos:
Committing to working out with a friend means being accountable. You’re more likely to travel a few L stops out of your way to hit the gym when you know that someone is waiting for you to come try a new group fitness class.
Motivating yourself comes naturally when you train with someone else. A study conducted by the University of Michigan in 2012 found that women who exercised with a more fit partner were twice as motivated and able to exercise for twice as long as peers who trained solo.
Saving your back is as simple as having a spotter. A friend can check your form, keep count of your reps and encourage you to power through the end of a set.
Learning new moves keeps your workout fresh. That one-legged squat you’re too wobbly to attempt? Your friend can balance you. That medicine ball toss that backfires into your face? Your friend can throw it instead. That ab circuit you’ve been doing since 2013? You get the idea.
Enjoying the fruits of your labor is more fun with a partner. Trade your post-workout cigarette for a smoothie and a chat, or skip sleeping in to walk to Sunday brunch instead. With a workout buddy, you’ll ditch your unhealthy habits faster and strengthen your friendships in the process.
See you at the Y!
*Each guest is limited to 3 guest pass visits per calendar year and then may purchase a membership. Guests must be 11 years old to be or bring a guest. Guests do not need to be accompanied by a member to visit. All guests must present a valid ID and sign a facility waiver. Facility waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for ages under 18 years old. Visit our website for guest policies.