Joe Palasiewicz is a Somonauk native who graduated from Somonauk High School in 2013. After a standout senior baseball season, Joe continued his athletic career at NCAA D3 Benedictine University where he continued to play for the next 4 years. Aside from his baseball successes, Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Physics and will be attending Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2017 to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His love for baseball, health, and fitness have always made him an avid gym goer and he is now bringing his talents to the Fox Valley Family YMCA in the form of numerous group classes as well as personal training. Along with his knowledge of baseball, Joe specializes in strength training, functional fitness, and injury prevention.


July 17 – Aug 19 | M$36/NM$54
12+ Year Old Pitching | This class will expect individuals to come in with a basic background in baseball. The primary focus will be pitching mechanics, mindset, and pitch selection/location. This class will also at times hone in on fielding skills as well as overall athleticism and injury prevention (from the aspects of a pitcher).

8-11 Year Old Pitching | The 8-11-year-old class will be more geared toward the development of very basic pitching mechanics. One can expect to develop more knowledge about what being a pitcher means as well as the framework for moving onto more pitcher specific training. This class will have an additional focus on proper fielding mechanics including footwork and body position that will be transferable to any position on the field.

July 18 – Aug 19 | M$36/NM$54
Tuesdays 8:30–9:15am or 5–5:45pm
Speed and Agility is for any skill level athlete looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength, and coordination.  There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

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paint roller blu2Starting Monday, Aug. 14 Central Branch will undergo our yearly Maintenance and Renovation schedule. Kids Zone will have intermittent hours and the Pool will be closed for the duration of the Maintenance and Renovations which will take place from August 14 to September 5. Regular facility hours and class times will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. We thank you for your patience during this time! Download a copy of our renovation schedule here.

West Branch will be undergoing Maintenance from September 4-11th and will resume normal hours on Tuesday the 12th.

Facility hours on Labor Day, September 5, will be 4:30am to 12pm.



  • Pool Closed thru 9/5


  • Facility Closed


  • Facility Closed
  • Kids Zone Closed thru 9/5


  • Gymnasium Closed thru 9/2
  • Locker Rooms Closed


  • Locker Rooms Closed


  • Facility Closed


  • Facility Closed


  • West Branch Closed thru 9/11
  • Facility Hours: 4:30am-12pm
  • Kids Zone Closed


  • Regular Hours Resume













Download this file (2017_MaintSchedule.pdf)2017 Maintenance Schedule

Whether it was a goal to get in shape or learn to swim, these are the stories that make our Y strong.


Hellos in the hallways. Splashes in the pool. Me time in yoga. Feeling at home, even off the field. You know the feeling – being part of something bigger. We are The Y



From a one week trial to a love of our Group Ex Fitness classes, meet Tammy!

• Why have you chosen to workout at the Y?

I started with the one week trial because I wanted to see what the group classes were about. I realized right away that the Y is more of a community than a workout facility. The instructors have strong relationships with their classes and everyone is friendly and welcoming. I'm very thankful for the friendships I've made through the Y. 

• What is your favorite class?

My favorite classes are Pilates and Les Mills BodyPump. Pilates helped me correct my diastasis recti after having my second baby, and that made a big difference in all areas of my fitness.

• Do you or your family participate in any other Y programs?

My son does swim lessons off and on and my husband sometimes plays in the open gym basketball games. My 2 boys also go to the kid zone while I work out and they love it. They ask to go there every day so I love knowing they're having fun and socializing while I get a good workout in (and get to socialize myself!) 

• Have you experienced positive changes or benefits that you would attribute to working out at the Y?

When I started this fitness journey I had no idea where it would take me, but I've noticed so many positive changes. I have grown to love group fitness classes. I am much healthier than I've been in probably a decade. I have more energy to keep up with my boys, and working out has been a great stress reliever for me.



"Lincoln always came to class with a big smile on his face. He was either dressed in his favorite superhero clothing and was excited to see his friends. Lincoln was eager to participate and share during our Morning Circle. He liked to make his friends laugh and had a great sense of humor. During the school year, he worked really hard on writing his name. By the end of the year, he could write his first and last name fluently!"  –Mrs. Poss, Lincoln's Preschool teacher.



"I've made new friends outside of school and enjoy hanging out with fellow swimmers. My favorite event is the 50M Back Stroke." said Ben. With just 2 seasons under his cap, Ben is already excelling as a member of the Aqua Force Swim Team and in more than just his favorite event. This past weekend, Ben took 2nd place in his age group in the 200M Freestyle at the YMCA Swimming Championships. "Ben showed potential and I was excited to work with him at practice. Now his hard work has paid off at big meets. I can see his enthusiasm, especially when he's on that podium holding a medal!" says Swim Coach, Kevin Satler.

While Ben practices with the swim team, his 2 younger sisters, Lily and Maddy, take swim lessons.  Their mother Katie says, "The kids love the water – they beg to be signed-up. Swim lessons have prepared the girls to swim in the lake. Lily is now comfortable putting her face in the water and Maddy swims on her own instead of holding onto me. AND when the girls and Ben swim, I get to work out! I enjoy Les Mills BODYSTEP and BODYPUMP as well as Spin."




Dean, member since 2009, deliveries beautiful, home-grown roses to our front desk all summer long. Not only do Dean's flowers brighten the desk, they also brighten our day! THIS is what it means to be a member at the Y. Because we're more than a gym – we're family.




When we asked Eric if we could take his photo for this feature, he replied, "Get this pose, you can really see my muscles." 

That sense of humor and confidence makes him well-liked by staff and members. But his commitment to a healthy lifestyle is why he chooses the Y. "Fitness leads to a healthy life. A healthy life leads to a happy life. And a happy life leads to a well-lived life." 




“My favorite part of soccer was making goals and being on a team with all of my new and old friends,” says Emmett.  Not only is the commitment to a sport beneficial to a child, it's also a benefit to the family as a whole. "Our family has made lifelong friends at the Y. Our whole family looks forward to sports days,"  said Emmet's mother, Tiffany. "Coach Ed clicked with all the kids and I could tell he truly cared for all of them. It was fun to watch each kid on the team improve their skills and grow their confidence."




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July 10-15, 2017

At the Y, we believe that all people deserve to live to their fullest potential. As one of the nation’s leading charity organizations, improving the nation’s and our community’s health is a top priority. By working with individuals and families, organizations and communities, the Y strives to help people live well, reduce their risk for chronic disease, and reclaim their health. Our Healthy Heroes Week is designed to reach out to not just our Y members, but to everyone in our community. All the events during this week are free to attend. So join us for this week of health, wellness, and prevention at both our Central and West Branch locations.

The schedule of events is as follows:

West Branch – 707 S. Main St., Sandwich

  • • Monday: Blood Pressure checks with YMCA certified Blood Pressure Ambassadors.

    • Tuesday: Blood Drive provided by Heartland Blood Centers, 2-6pm.

    • Wednesday: Hearing Screenings provided by Connect Hearing. 9am-12:45pm & iCash 9am-3pm. Med drop-off 8-12pm provided by the Kendall County Coroner.

    • Thursday: DKMS US Bone Marrow Checks, 5:30am-7:45pm. Diabetic Retinopathy provided by the Sandwich Lion’s Club, 8:30am-1:30pm.

    • Friday: File Of Life & Sandwich Fire Department Touch-a-Truck at 9am.

    Contact Nicole Pearson at 815-786-9998 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

    Schedule subject to change.

Central Branch – 3875 Eldamain Rd., Plano

  • • Monday: DKMS US Bone Marrow Checks, 9am-8pm.

  • • Tuesday: Blood Pressure checks with YMCA certified Blood Pressure Ambassadors 8-10am

  • Wednesday" Med drop-off site, 8am-12pm.

  • • Thursday: iCash from 9-3pm. Diabetic Retinopathy provided by the Sandwich Lion’s Club, 1:30-4:30pm.

    Contact Ashley Brunoehler at 630-552-4100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.
    Schedule subject to change.

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to partner with Delete Blood Cancer to raise awareness about blood cancer and bone marrow donation. The more donors we register, the more lives we can save. Did you know that approximately 70 percent of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family? So far, our Healthy Hero Weeks have produced two matches! So join us and GET SWABBED, you may be the cure!




"Last year at the YMCA “Bone Marrow Drive” I signed up thinking that I would never be a match. Little did I know that less than a month later, I was already a match for a man with leukemia (less than 1 in 100 chance). I got a call saying that I had been matched and immediately the process of donating my bone marrow started. Luckily, the Delete Blood Cancer Foundation was very happy to walk me through everything that was about to happen.

For the first couple of weeks, it was all phone calls and emails, making sure that I was a proper match and signing the necessary paperwork. Next were the blood tests and doctor’s visits to make sure I was healthy enough to proceed. I never once had to set up anything. The bone marrow organization does everything for you. They set up your appointments, pay the fees, and even gave me an estimated time to drive to my appointments from my house. After a thorough physical and more lab work, they determined I was a good candidate to donate bone marrow.

There are two options of donating based on what the doctor thinks will yield the best chance for success.  I met with a doctor who walked me through the two possible procedures and answered all of my questions and concerns. It was determined that I would have the peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation procedure. I had to receive shots once a day for a week leading up to my donation. The organization set up an in-home nurse that came to my house and gave me the shots.The next step was the actual procedure which was in St. Paul, Minnesota. The foundation flew us (my dad went with me) to Minnesota and provided a hotel and driver.The procedure took a total of about 8 hours.  Blood was removed from a vein in one arm, passed through a machine, and then returned through a vein in my other arm. The staff was very friendly and talked me through everything that was happening. Once the procedure started, they had a TV and movies to keep me occupied. The procedure itself was not very painful, the hardest part was just staying occupied. After the procedure, my arms were pretty stiff but that was the worst of it and it only lasted a couple of days.I would definitely donate again as it was an experience of a lifetime knowing that you're helping a very sick person. I would encourage everybody to sign up to be put on the donation list.

One last thought: Early in the process I was informed that my recipient was too sick to receive the stem cells. While I knew it was unlikely I would ever meet this man, there was a tremendous sense of disappointment for me and my folks. We, as a family, had already prepared for this mentally and felt saddened by the prospect that the procedure might never take place. Sitting around the house at a Christmas party with friends, I let them know that things were back in motion and you’ve read that story above. It would be interesting to know how things are for the recipient, but it just can’t work that way. I do know that I received a very nice letter from my Delete Blood Cancer rep. She said they were proud of me and when they heard the stem cells had been harvested successfully, they rang a bell in their office and cheered. I think that was thank you enough."

~Evan Dell




Business Manager, Jo Anne Randa

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Jo Anne Randa as our new Business Manager. Jo Anne is a graduate from NIU (Accounting) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jo Anne has spent the last 17 years running her own accounting practice in Yorkville and she and her family have been very involved here at the Y including special Olympic swimming and gymnastics. Jo Anne enjoys reading, cooking, boating and spending quality time with her family.


Sports Coordinator, Ashley Brunoehler

It’s with great enthusiasm that we introduce our new Sports Coordinator Ashley Brunoehler. Ashley has been a staff member at our Y for over 11 years and most recently was our Member Experience Supervisor.  Her experience getting to know our members is an integral part in her new role as Sports Coordinator teaching, organizing and interacting with kids, coaches and parents.  Ashley hopes to, “Create opportunities for every child to excel and enjoy organized sports.” Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.

We are excited to announce that we were voted "Best Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County" in the Record Newspapers "Best of the Fox” Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you for your continued support of Kendall County's largest charity organization!

Perfect for both college students and teachers on summer break – take advantage of our SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS today! Promotion runs until 9/4/2017. Prices below are a one-time fee and cover membership for the duration of the summer. Read more about membership and all of its benefits here.


(ages 19-24)
(ages 25+)


This 8-week long weight loss program is focused on setting weight loss goals and challenging yourself to meet them. Our Fitness Trainers will give you smart, simple steps to lose weight, feel fit, and regain confidence. This program is a combination of cardio and strength training as well as meal planning.  Weekly workouts will progress in time and intensity focusing on different muscle groups to maximize your weight loss.  Meet with a trainer to plan workouts and learn about meal planning. Trainers will also guide you through your first workout giving you the tools you need to meet your goals.  Weight and measurements will be taken at week 1, 5 & 9 to monitor progress.


Sample Day for Intermediate Participant:
Exercise Plan
: 20-minute circuit training including stability ball squats and walking planks.
Meal Plan: Sample Lunch: 3oz. chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup of salad, 1 tsp. low-fat dressing

Central Branch: contact Healthy Living Director, Michelle LeMaistre: 630-552-4100 x247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Branch: contact Fitness Coordinator, Melissa Wright: 815-786-9998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, April 8th  |  1-3pm  |  All Ages  |  Free Event

YMCA Healthy Kids Day encourages kids and families to stay active, connected and healthy with our annual community-based, FREE family event. We celebrate making fitness fun by introducing kids and families to an array of YMCA programs that teach healthy behaviors and healthy ways to play. Local businesses will also be on hand, offering information on keeping your family healthy and happy.

Check out all the photos from the 2015 Healthy Kids Day event here.