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Inspiration Breakfast

Inspiration is defined as a process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. But what does it truly mean to be inspired or what does it look like?

For some, it may come from a speech they hear, seeing someone excelling despite the circumstances they have been dealt with, or simply a self-realization. This March, the YMCA will be conducting its 16th Annual Inspiration Breakfast.

Year after year, the Y does not disappoint, featuring the most inspirational speakers South Florida has come to know. This year’s keynote speaker is Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Mark Richt. Football coaches, after all, are known for their inspirational pre-game speeches.

The purpose of this breakfast is not just to inspire, but to educate as well. The theme for the sought after breakfast is drowning prevention. Living in a water-rich (no pun intended) environment, drowning prevention is cause the Y feels very strongly about, even having a single department dedicated to this epidemic.

Florida ranks first in the nation for drowning-related deaths for children in the United States. Living in an area surrounded by water, safety is an issue that needs to not be taken lightly. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids ages 5-14 and 88% of kids who drown do so under adult supervision.

With these numbers, the Y was reinforced with a call of action and started bringing on board more programs to lower these statistics.

The Y has created many outlets to help feed this hunger of water safety for the Florida community, from swimming lessons of all ages to volunteer and advocacy opportunities to be able to increase knowledge on safety tips.

For more information on this event, visit

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”- Helen Keller

Family Time in February

It seems as if “family time” is a foreign word these days. The week is spent shuffling between school pickups, drop-offs, running errands and after-school practices. When the weekend finally arrives, there are soccer games to be attended to and dance rehearsals to sit through and suddenly ‘family time’ gets to take the back seat.

Being an organization which pushes for family activities, the Y has taken into account the epidemic that is, setting aside time just for the family. To enjoy the kids and spouse without the hustle and bustle of life and to be electronic free, living the moments through your eyes and not through your camera lenses and social media.

The Boynton Beach YMCA has brought back their “Family Camp Out,” an event that will not only bring you closer to nature, but to each other as well. Featuring s’mores, campfire food and of course, a bonfire, family bonding is a guarantee.

Hitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars at the Y. Make memories that your little ones will remember years from now. Tell scary ghost stories and eat one too many s’mores with the kids. This event will take place on February 10th at 4pm going until the 11th at 8am.

The Peter Blum Y in Boca will be having their annual “Party on the Patio” event. This event is open to all, so bring your friends! Food trucks, music and games will be enjoyed from 4:30-6:30pm.

Enjoy a dinner that you don’t have to cook, leaving you able to spend more quality time with the family. Even better- you don’t even have to do the dishes.

So there you have it, a PSA from the Y telling you to get out and enjoy one of our family activities next month because we know that you not only want to, but you need to.

For more information on these events, contact the branch for info or visit

Start the New Year with Color.

It’s that time of year to set goals and aspirations for the year 2018, so why not add brightness to your goals with the YMCA.

The Y hosts numbers of events for the whole family to enjoy. From parenting seminars, patio parties, or just spending a Saturday at the pool. So how do these programs bring color into your life?

The YMCA flourishes under four core values and colors and is shown through the services, members, and staff.

  • “Red: Caring. Committing to building relationships and demonstrates compassion towards others.
  • Blue: Honesty. Promoting Integrity and Trustworthiness.
  • Yellow: Respect. Treating all persons with dignity and acceptance.
  • Green: Responsibility. Being accountable for your promises and actions.”

By joining the Y, you become a member of the family and we encourage everyone to live by these values to help make the community stronger. The Y is always busy providing a variety of services, events, programs, and activities for all ages.

Many people think to get out and get active with the Y, you need to be a member. While a membership is always encouraged, the Y offers a number of volunteer opportunities as well. It is as simple as filling out a form, sending it in, and quickly, you will be volunteering for an organization that is way more than a gym.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; Respect for others guides our manners.”- Laurence Sterne

Be part of the community, add some color, and join our family!

Check out for more information memberships, programs and how to start volunteering.

You Should Workout with a Partner. Here’s Why:

Working out is a goal for us, moms. Right? Sometimes running after your toddler could be considered your cardio for the day. But how does one really get a great workout in without disrupting our children? Better yet, as working moms, how do we get a workout in between work and picking up the kids?

The first step is choosing a gym or venue to workout at that has a Child Care section. P.S. both the Boca and Boynton Beach YMCA’s have that. They provide electronic free, interactive child care while you exercise for up to two hours. For many families, the YMCA has become their “home away from home” due to all the activities they have for both the kids and adults.

The second step, check out the gym and the programs. The programs are where you can meet your next best friend. Workout partners can help you reach your goals.

In the trainer world, they call it “fitness accountability” because it maximizes your goal. That goal is what you look at most throughout the year. So many moms want to lose that “baby” weight plus a little extra, yet they fail because they try to obtain everything on their own. It has been proven that if you have the “right” workout partner, you can see a difference within a matter of a month. You both will hold each other accountable for your goals because that’s what friends do.  

10 Reasons You Need a Partner:

  • Achieve your goals within a faster time-frame
  • More engagement
  • It’s more fun!
  • Want to try new things, no problem. They will do with you.
  • Am I doing this right? They will help with your form to make sure you don’t hurt yourself.
  • Friendly competition.
  • You’ll push each other to go to the gym, even on the days you’re not feeling it.
  • Need a spotter? There they are.
  • Quality time. Introducing the new (healthier) form of girl time (so long pizza and Netflix!)
  • Get out of your comfort zone by trying things a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder.

You may have set goals for yourself but having a friend can only extend your goals. Those fitness goals can only reduce your stress levels, improve your health, get you out of your normal routine, and gain a new group of friends.

Come on out and find your new fitness friends.

Written by Ally Lamb, April 2017 

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Here’s Y: Working Out Works For You @ the YMCA

The local Boynton Beach YMCA is an amazing place, with amenities ranging from the well-known aquatic area, their full gym, and even full aerobic area. Most gyms are bombarded with people, giving little flexibility to how you want to work out. To be unique, most places focus on one subject, whether that is endurance, strength or flexibility. At the YMCA, they combine all traits into one area that gives individuals the ability to cross-train unlike many local gyms. They even include amenities you may not be aware of such as Personal Training, Partner Training, Group Exercise, Performance Training, and Youth Fitness.

I recently toured the facility for the first time, and was amazed at how modern and updated the facilities were. Currently, I am an LA Fitness member, and in comparison, it is just as good if not better. The ability to train with more availability and variety should intrigue anyone looking to get in shape. Local gyms push their own methods and techniques, while the YMCA encourages individuality. Training isn’t just for a specific age either; with Youth Fitness, your son or daughter can learn the benefits of exercise from an early age. Not only can you work out, but your children can join in on all the fun as well. The motivation to join doesn’t stop there; with a variety of options for you and your family, the hours of operations works for everyone. Opening as early as 5:30am during the week days, it provides an opportunity for people to work out before work or school; then closing at 10pm, gives all families time to go after work or dinner.

Memberships at the YMCA come in a variety of different packages that can include you and your family. For individuals 18 years and older, a membership generally costs $56 / month, while family start at $95 / month. This includes access to all the amenities and activities that anyone would want or need. Financial assistance is available for those who request it, giving families the ability to join even when it may not fit in their budget. Through donations, the YMCA is able to provide access to all who want to join. Other discounts through the 20/20 Member Referral Program give other ways to help with your membership. This is all why: Working out works for you at the YMCA.


Written by Jason Goldfarb, April 2017