NEW MEMBER AMBASSADORS
Whether you participate in Body Pump, Aqua Zumba or work out on the Wellness Floor at the YMCA at Norton Commons, you will probably spot one of our New Member Ambassadors at some point during you visit. New Member Ambassadors are volunteer members who are in the facility to welcome new and existing members that are exploring the Y.
Have you every wanted to try a Group Fitness Class, but you're not quite sure where to start or what to do? New Member Ambassadors are here to accompany you to a class and show you the ropes. Their warm, friendly smiling faces will connect you to the YMCA and all that it has to offer. Sometimes, just knowing someone is looking for you and notices when you are not there, is the little motivation you need to make it to the Y.
New Member Ambassadors care about your success and the success of all of our members. They are dedicated to creating an environment in which new and existing members feel connected to the YMCA's mission, its members and programs. Be on the lookout for these friendly faces throughout the YMCA at Norton Commons the next time you visit!
Hello, my name is Beth. My family and I moved here from Chicago a few years ago and knew no one. A friend introduced me to the YMCA and I instantly became hooked! I started just walking on the treadmill and making new friends and then waddled my way into swimming classes pregnant with my son and small daughter in tow almost every day. Once I was ready, I stepped up my game to get off the baby weight. Now I am 40 pounds lighter and have a goal to keep going! I need to set an example to be healthier for family.
Some of the classes I like to take are Muscle Definition, Core, Water Aerobics, Cycling and Yoga, but my favorite is Body Pump! It's a great total body workout. No matter what you take, the instructors are wonderful and really get you motivated. You'll also find me wandering around the Wellness Center getting my cardio on or lifting weights.
Also, along with working out, I volunteer my time to help run the Mommy Group of Norton Commons. I feel it's important because we moms need a great support system and friends, plus we enjoy getting together and having fun. If you're interested in learning more, let me know! We want you to have a great YMCA experience!
Hi, my name is Bill, and I am a cycling class enthusiast here at the YMCA at Norton Commons. Some view the 45-minute session as a weight reduction method; others use it to train for road cycling, build muscle strength or improve running endurance. General health is improved through increased blood flow and the non-impact nature of cycling.
I personally have benefited from cycling by strengthening my damage heart muscle, caused by afib, to the point of total rehab and release from cardiac care.
The class has helped me build new relationships with fellow cycle training enthusiasts and camaraderie with Y members. These are just some of the many benefits that can be achieved by attending on a regular schedule.
Hi, my name is Loretta, and I am an advocate for the Tai Chi classes. Not knowing what to expect initially from a Tai Chi class, I quickly learned the benefits of movement flow, stretching, relaxation, mental alertness and calmness. The process integrates the body, mind and spirit by focusing on the leader's routine.
Prior experience is not necessary and memory of a sequence for positions is not required. It is not progressive or cumulative.
I would recommend Tai Chi for any age or physical condition. It is definitely worth my time and effort.
Hi! My name is Meredith and I've been a member of the YMCA at Norton Commons since it first opened. I am the mom of 2 awesome kids and work hard to set a good example by keeping my body healthy and active!
Two of my favorite classes are Step and Muscle Definition. You will often see me running laps on the track too! Running is one of my favorite stress relievers.
If you have any questions or want to try out a class, let me know and I can help get you started!
Hello, my name is Jaime. 4 years ago I was overweight and unhappy. I got my membership at the Y and it changed my life forever! I have since lost the extra weight and learned how to be happy. Through the consistency of my workouts, I've not only improved myself but also have made some great lifelong friends.
You can normally find me on the cardio equipment. My current favorite is the Arc Trainer. I also like to lift weights and enjoy taking a cycling class a few days a week.
My name is Lydia Clark and I've been a member of the YMCA for years, and with the YMCA at Norton Commons since they opened. I started getting serious about my workouts a little over 3 years ago after my second child was born. I started out with water aerobics and moved to cardio equipment and weight machines. I started taking a few classes and found them to be really helpful in keeping me motivated!
About a year ago, I was introduced to weight lifting and haven't looked back! It has brought me to a new level of fitness and I love the new changes. Most mornings you can find me in the weight area or on the indoor track. I understand how intimidating it can be for women and new members to "cross the line" into the weight area.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help!
My name is David Blackford, and I have been a member of the Y for 3 years. When I first started at the Y, I would mostly do cardio machines and occasionally meander through the free weights. When my wife recommended we try Body Pump, I figured, why not? After attending several classes, I thought I would try something different, which led me to Cardio Power.
I walked in not knowing anybody, but immediately the instructor introduced herself, and soon I became a regular. I appreciated that this class pushed me to my limits, and was different every class, which is important to me because I tend to get bored easily.
Let me know if you think you're ready for a new challenge.
My name is Christina Riser, and my journey with the YMCA started on March 14th, 2015. I already knew I needed to get back on a healthy track, but taking the vitality test for my insurance really proved to be the wakeup call that got me going. It showed me as 11 years older than my actual age! I realized that I had lost a lot of mobility, was finding it harder to fight off illnesses, and had more bouts of depression and self-isolation the longer I let myself continue to live like I was. I was scared to join a gym, but I had to do something in order to reclaim my life.
The YMCA at Norton Commons was the best place I could have gone! Not only has the place been a lot less intimidating than I imagined, but the staff has been wonderful and supportive as well. Everyone greets me with a smile, and I feel like they are family. Richard, my wellness coach, has worked with me multiple times to setup workout routines. He’s always very patient with me, and he makes sure that I am comfortable doing something while still making sure it’s challenging me.
Without my YMCA family I probably would have gotten bored or discouraged long ago. have been happier than I have been in a long time! You can find me enjoying the weights, working out on the cardio machines, or upstairs walking the track.