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“I’m Too Busy”

“I’m just too busy,” said every Mom.

Cathleen Catapano

April 2017

For most moms, finding the time and motivation to exercise is very challenging. Between caring for the kids, doing household chores, running errands, and dealing with workplace demands, all on a daily basis, moms are often so busy taking care of everyone else that they wind up neglecting themselves. This is especially true when it comes to their own health and fitness. Despite knowing all the benefits gained from exercising, fitting in a workout is something many moms struggle with and make excuses for not doing. However, when it comes to making health and fitness a priority, the Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton believes there are no good excuses.

With a goal of improving the community’s overall health and well-being, the Boca Y offers moms a wide array of fitness programs and services at their state-of-the-art facility. With so many more options than a regular gym, the Y makes it easier to make fitness a priority, and harder to come up with excuses.

The four biggest excuses used by moms:

  1. I don’t have the time: You’re right. You are a mom, and you do not have time. However, this isn’t about having time, when it comes to your health, it’s about making time. The Y is open seven days a week with extended hours starting some days as early as 5:30 am and closing as late as 10:00 pm. A workout doesn’t have to be hours long either to be effective, and that is why the Y offers many classes that are only 45 minutes. Treat yourself to a personal trainer, and get a great workout in for 30 minutes. Carving out 30 minutes a few times a week is not unrealistic no matter how busy you think you are.
  2. I don’t have anybody to watch my kids: Let your kids play while you work out! The Y gives members access to the Child Development Center where children can play and make friends in a fun and safe environment for up to two hours while you workout. No advance reservation is needed and no additional fees apply. Children ages six weeks to 10 years can participate.
  3. It’s too expensive: YMCA fees vary depending on the type of membership you choose. There is no contract so you can stop your membership at any time. The Y also provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford to pay the full cost of a membership.
  4. It’s boring: With 40+ hours of group exercise classes a week, we dare you to be bored. Zumba, Spin, Yoga, Boot Camp, HIIT, Water Aerobics and much more! With so many options, the Y makes it easy for you to find an activity that you love. Each class is so dynamic with seasoned instructors dedicated to keeping things challenging and interesting.

What do you say, mom? It’s time to focus on you, let us take care of the kids. Come in today and see what the Y has to offer you. Do it for your kids, and most of all, do it for you!

Finding “my place” at the Y

Sometimes in life, one finds themselves in an interesting situation. After living in St. Petersburg, FL. for many years, my husband and I moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, Houston, TX and finally Boca Raton, FL all over the course of two years. For most of us, starting over is not an easy process. Locating a new grocery store, a new doctor, new vet – all are not simple tasks to accomplish, but finding new friends to relate to is definitely at the top of that list!

Discovering that the Peter Blum YMCA was just a few minutes from my home, I wandered in one day several months and found myself in a large exercise class of seniors led by a long-time Y veteran, Nancy Trulson. I liked her upbeat style and professional acumen. The people were friendly and energetic – they sang with the music and laughed with each other’s antics.

As the weeks have passed, I’ve made many new acquaintances and feel a part of this congenial group. Without the Y, I would have never had the opportunity to not only better my health, but integrate into the Y’s supportive community. Thank you Peter Blum YMCA!

Beverly Versfelt

Submitted 6/30/17

Diverse Yoga Classes at the Y

Diverse Yoga types at the YMCA in Boca Raton

Yoga is a healthy practice of meditation through movement.  The benefits of learning and practicing Yoga are: 

  • Reduced stress and weight loss
  • More energy and pain relief
  • Improved rest and sleep
  • Improved metabolism and circulation
  • Strengthening of muscles and toning
  • Improved breathing and more confidence

The Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton has a diverse schedule of Yoga practices.  Whether one is a professional practitioner or amateur one the intermediate level Vinyasa class with Elyse is highly enjoyable. “Yoga is for strengthening the spirit and reducing stress” she would say. Vinyasa strengthens the core and relieves pain of tight areas while adjusting to Elyse’s posture. Her intermediate level class feels as a fast Hatha Flow Yoga combined with a Vinyasa. Hatha flow will require stronger and longer lasting postures while the vinyasa flow will accelerate movement and cycles between next position.

Breathing is the most important part of the practice. Prana Yama exercises are performed while sitting on the mat and the improvement of blood circulation is felt instantly. Class is available Tuesdays and Thursdays as a restorative method to achieving relaxation and confidence. Anna’s chair yoga class is also available at the Y for pain relief. Chair Yoga helps neck and should tightness and relieves upper body tension. Arm movement and stretching up high lifting the shoulder bones is also a restorative relieve of accumulated stress. The YMCA offers a generous schedule of classes and caters to different members of the family under one roof at a given time.

YMCA’s Yoga instructors will give great cheering and recommendations for weight loss. A great way to mindfulness is to meditate before engaging in movement. During the start of the practice Elyse will progressively take you to loosen leg muscles and and thighs. The various repetitions of the asanas (yoga poses) make the practitioner sweat as much as any other cardio workout.  The gymnastics studio has wood flooring and makes the practice feel comfortable and cozy. The facilities are very clean, spacious and well equipped. The fitness atmosphere is awesome to develop a weekly routine and plan.  Don’t forget to bring your Yoga mat as many practitioners at the Intermediate class are very devoted and bring both their blocks and straps.  The YMCA in Boca Raton has a great schedule and offers the comfort of ample parking with the benefit of activities for children while focused on one’s Yoga cocoon. The staff always knows to direct and helps to accommodate any request. 

Written by Jorge Eljuri, April 6, 2017

It’s never too late to get fit!

Meet Boca Raton Y member, Ann Bernstein. At age 64, she decided to take control of her health and with willpower and some help from the YMCA, she eventually lost over 100lbs. As Ann explains, it’s never too late to get fit!

“Becoming a Nana gave me the drive to make changes in my health – if I wanted to be a participant in my grandson’s life. My daily fitness routine at the Y had not only rendered me pain-free, but sharpened my mental activity, memory and cognitive processing. The obvious changes in my body are actually just the perks. I continue to be surprised daily by my increased mobility, energy and stamina!”

The YMCA offers numerous ways for members to get (and stay) healthy – from individualized personal training sessions, to group fitness classes such as Zumba®, Indoor cycling, Aqua aerobics, to Boot camp classes and small group trainings held in our Performance Training Area. There is truly something for everyone at the Y!
Ann adds, “I appreciate the Y for giving me an inspiring and positive environment to help me in my journey. The Y staff is motivating, professional and supportive. That is why I have continued to be a Y member since 2013!”

Submitted 5/26/2017

Exercise, Pool and Swim Lessons Near You!

Exercise, Pool and Swim Lessons Near You!

Our aquatic center consists of two heated indoor swimming pools, an exercise pool for water aerobics, and a recreational pool for the whole family. So yes we have a kids’ pool and it’s great for baby swimming! Our water attractions contain a 50-foot water slide, just like at the water park! We also have water buckets, water spray, and a zero entry pool (a zero-depth entry area). Through Water Wise, our facilities provide all the safety you need, please click here: for more information.

People often ask: are there swimming lessons near me? At the YMCA we are proud to say: yes! We provide swimming lessons for kids and swimming lessons for adults. So if you want to learn how to swim, come see us! Keep up with national swimming events:

We offer group, semi-private, and private swimming lessons. We can provide guest towels, however, if you would like to use swimming goggles, kids’ life jacket, or simply youth life jackets, we suggest you buy them prior to your visit. A great page for safety tips:

We have early morning and late swimming sessions. So again, if you ask yourself: are there swimming lesson for adults near me? Then we say yes! Our schedules fit adults, but also swimming classes for kids and swimming lessons for babies. Our swim lanes are well defined to respect everyone’s need in the water. Our pools respect the highest standards of cleanliness. Our heated swimming pools have regulated temperature. We provide a totally safe environment for swimming for toddlers. We provide lessons from 6 months old to adult.

Learning how to swim and swimming throughout your life is a great way to keep in shape and take care of your body. It is great for the development of children and adults alike!

Located in the heart of Boca Raton our amazing staff will welcome you in our beautiful facilities. Beyond aquatics we offer a wide variety of activities. Come and visit us to socialize with the Boca Raton crowd! Whether you are a mom, a dad, or come as a whole family you will feel right at home at the Boca Raton YMCA.

Come and visit us, we will provide you with a free two-day pass. Just bring your ID and you’re good to go! The YMCA is a nonprofit entity with the aim of strengthening communities. So whether you are looking for swimming lessons for your kids or family group activities you will enjoy a great experience. Beyond aquatics we offer karate, fitness, group exercise, personal trainers, and much more!

The Boca Raton YMCA Aquatics Team is waiting for you. Come and swim with us! Call us today and learn more:

Peter Blum YMCA of Boca Raton: 561-395-9622, DeVos-Blum YMCA of Boynton Beach: 561-738-9622

Written by Didier D., 4/20/2017