The Herald Bulletin

December 9, 2013

Making a change for better health

YMCA upgrades and renovations better suited to seniors and the disabled

By Traci Moyer The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON – Roger Burnett says he was content with the YMCA before it was recently remodeled.

“I don’t like change,” said Burnett, 66, of Frankton. “I didn’t think I would like it, but I do.”

The YMCA, 28 W. 12th St., is completing $100,000 in renovations to create an open concept in the workout area and has invested $200,000 in new workout equipment. The renovations were started in November.

Using the new fitness equipment was Burnett’s biggest concern.

“They got rid of all my old favorites,” he said. “But the new machines aren’t really that scary, I’m just getting used to it. It’s actually similar or even better now.”

YMCA Director Jimmy Byrd said most of the renovations have been completed, but it is still a work in progress and was only made possible through the YMCA’s board, volunteers and the donation of funds.

“This was a massive overtaking of the Y,” Byrd said. “It’s much more user friendly and we can better serve our seniors and those with disabilities. It’s quite a difference.”

Byrd said some of the changes were initiated by plans for adding senior housing in 2015 to the upper floors of the building which required a reorganization of the fitness area.

“We had some equipment on the second floor and everything had to come down and that required us to renovate our wellness center,” he said. “We have added several new instructors and a new trainer – it’s kind of been an overhaul of everything really.”

Byrd said they have double the number of fitness equipment for members to use, walls have been removed to create an open-floor concept and all of the cardiovascular equipment has been equipped with individual televisions.

“It is a significant upgrade to what we had,” he said. “Already the response has been very positive from our existing members and we are very excited.”

Jason Spires, 73, Pendleton, was using some of the equipment last week.

“I think it’s a good move in the right direction,” he said. “All the equipment is on one floor and everyone is now together.”

Spires said he had to adjust to the new equipment, but it did not take him long.

“Basically it’s the same, they are just a little different in how they work,” he said. “The old stuff was kind of a clunker.”

Byrd said there have been multiple orientations on how to use the new equipment and someone is always on hand if someone has a question.

“Anytime you invoke change it takes time to adjust,” he said.

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