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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 

Here’s Y…

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

The Y – Where you really are Family

DeVos-Blum Y… Where You Really ARE Family

For the past few years our son Kasey has attended spring, winter and summer camp at the YMCA located in Boynton Beach.

Our son is very unique in many ways, sometimes new environments, as well as transitions (fitting in don’t come so easy to him!) Kasey was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at a very young age. This is not something that many people know about and even more challenging for friends his age to understand. Environments that are too loud, too dark, too crowded-can really overwhelm him. Sometimes friends don’t understand why he has a hard time in a particular situation, but the entire team at the YMCA camp do their best to make him feel included. The camp counselors assist in helping him to feel happy and safe and loved in his environment. The director and all of her team ensure that the staff is up-to-date with techniques, and have systems in place to help our boy should he need some supports. We love that they encourage the children to understand why our son might be having a difficult time and we are so grateful that they help to work on building friendships that truly are based on loving and caring for each other just as we are!

The YMCA has helped to mold our son into a more enthusiastic and outgoing camper. The team at the YMCA helps him to feel confident about the wonderful young man that he is and helps to cheer him on as he still making progress in so many areas! That means the world to us as parents!

Whenever camp season is among us our little guy gets excited about going to see his friends and his other family at the YMCA where he truly feels like he belongs! This is priceless to us as a family and we look forward to many more years to come at the YMCA and I’m sure that he will probably want to be a camp counselor there himself when he’s old enough.

We are forever grateful to the YMCA for their love and continued support!

Jackie Brooks

written 5/27/2017