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WEDDING RESALE EVENT – "I DO & I DID"
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 | 10AM-2:00PM
This event is perfect for the budget conscious bride – an opportunity to shop gently used wedding items and meet with local wedding day vendors including venues, photographers and more! From shabby chic to totally glam, find decorations that fit your wedding theme and maybe even find “the dress” for your big day.

Resellers & Vendors: setup begins at 8am on Sunday. Deadline for wedding dress drop-off is 4pm Friday - sellers must fill out resell form.

PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIALS!

SWEATING FOR THE WEDDING
Don’t know where to begin? Let our Personal Trainers provide the tools to get you on the right track!  We will design a program personalized for you and get you ready for your big day!

Benefits of Personal Training:
Personalized program, Improve your overall fitness, Reach or maintain a healthy weight, Maximize workout, minimize time, Focus on your unique health concerns, Consistent, nonjudgmental support, Proper technique and form

ADDED BENEFIT for PT Packages of 45+ minutes: meet with our in-house Dietician & Healthy Living Director, Michelle LeMaistre! Discuss obstacles, a nutrition-based lifestyle and meal planning.

INDIVIDUAL PACKAGES
                        30 Minute                  45 Minutes                60 Minutes
4 Pack             $80M/120NM             $120M/$240               $160M/$320NM


GROUP PACKAGES
                                         2 Participants            3 Participants
4 Pack      45 Minute           $92M/$184NM           $62M/$124NM
               60 Minute           $122M/$244NM         $82M/$164NM 


SMALL GROUP TRAINING (4-8 PARTICIPANTS)
4 Pack            45 Minutes
                    $40M/$80NM

 

Now, more than ever, we must continue to bring people together, find common ground and bridge divides in service of a better us. And here at the Y, we know that can start with something as simple as striking up a conversation with someone you've just met.

This October, the Y encourages members, volunteers, staff and the community to meet someone new and discover what you have in common. Then, sap a selfie with someone new, post it on your social media profile, and please remember to include the hashtag #SelfieWithSomeoneNew and tag the Fox Valley Family YMCA! Together, we can inspire others – in our community and across the country – to come together for a better us.

The world’s most powerful workout – get super fit with the hottest high-intensity interval training workout on the planet.

Join us the week of Sept. 25th at Central & West Branch for our Les Mills Launch, featuring brand new music and routines for your favorite classes such as BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyCombat, and CX Worx! We will also have full class demonstrations for Zumba, WERQ, Boot Camp, Yoga and more.

View full fitness schedules here.

>>NEW MEMBERS: sign-up at Launch Week and receive your first month of membership FREE!

>>CURRENT MEMBERS: bring a friend that joins will receive a $25 voucher for Y wear!

 

 

 

 

 

CREATE HEALTHY SUSTAINABLE HABITS WITH SMALL CHANGES

Exercising in water has so many benefits. Buoyancy allows you to perform exercises you may find a lot more difficult to do on land and the resistance it provides makes it easier to tone your muscles. Water also keeps you cool while exercising so you don't get all sweaty. Water aerobics has the advantage of providing the cardiovascular workout you'd get in the gym while also improving muscle tone.

Check it out – We’ve added 2 new classes to accommodate the popularity of our Aqua Fitness Program!

AQUA TUFF
Tuesdays & Thursdays  | 8:30-9:15 am
(TUFF) Total Ultimate Fitness Force is a high energy, low impact aqua interval workout for all fitness levels.  This class will use your entire body to challenge your muscular endurance, balance and cardiovascular capacity. All while having fun in the pool! You’ll leave feeling refreshed and empowered!

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FREE SAMPLE!  Friday, Sept. 22 & October 20 @ 10:15-10:45am
AQUA BARRE
Fridays | 10:15-11am | $58M/$87NM
Begins Oct. 30 - Dec. 23
Ballet Barre exercises are translated into a pool setting in our new Aqua Barre class. Participants will use pool noodles and the pool wall for assistance. Practicing in deeper water can bring an additional challenge to participants, although no swimming skills are necessary. These new aqua exercises challenge stability and core strength.

 

AQUA FITNESS SCHEDULE
View Full Fitness and Pool Schedule here

CLASS

DAY

TIME

Aqua Fit

M/W/F

9-10:00 AM

Aqua Tuff

T/TH

8:30-9:15 AM

Aqua Zumba

T/TH

9:30-10:30 AM

Aqua Zumba

W

4:30-5:15 PM

*Aqua Barre

F

10:15-11 AM

*Aqua Barre is a specialty group class which begins Oct. 30. Registration is required. Class fee is $58M/$87NM. Class days and times subject to change.


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.

JOE WILL TEACH:

BASEBALL & PITCHING
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.

SPEED AND AGILITY
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.

Sign-up now!

Delete Blood Cancer logo

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!

 

EVAN'S STORY:

 

"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

 

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The YMCA's fitness, gymnastics, aquatics, and arts programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.  View our full program guide for class schedules and descriptions.  Plus, find information on special events, room/space rentals and more.

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AQUATICS

FITNESS

GYMNASTICS

SPORTS

MUSIC

DANCE

Aug. 10
Aqua Force
Swim Placement

April 24
Simply Well

Sept. 5
Fall Session I

Aug. 28
Youth Soccer

Sept. 5
Session I

August 26
Auditions

Sept. 8-10
Lifeguard Training

Sept. 5
Fall Session I

Oct. 30
Fall Session

Aug. 28
Flag Football

Oct. 2
Session II

Sept. 5
Fall Session I

Sept. 9
Fall Session I

Oct. 30
Fall Session II

 

Aug. 28
Skills & Drills

Oct. 30
Session III
Oct. 30
Fall Session II

Sept. 18
Aqua Lap
Swimming

   

Sept. 28
Co-Ed Volleyball

Nov. 28
Session IV

Sept. 23-24
Aqua Track

   

Oct. 1
Men's Basketball

   

Nov. 4
Fall Session II

   

Oct. 23
Youth Basketball

   

Dec. 15-17
Lifeguard Training

 

 

 Oct. 23
Youth Dodgeball

   

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!

 

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

 

MEET LANDA

"I have been on the Fox Valley Flyers Gymnastics Team since 2nd grade. During those six years, I have learned a lot, made new friends and have become a better gymnast. Going to gymnastics at the Y was always the highlight of my day, especially during the school year. The coaches are super nice but also know when to push us to make us stronger.  The team girls are just like family – the whole team is supportive, encouraging, understanding and fun! Gymnastics has been an amazing experience for me and I'm excited for what the next four years has in store for me!"

 

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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.

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MEET LINCOLN

"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.

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MEET BEN

"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."

  

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MEET DEAN

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.

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MEET Eric

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." 

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MEET EMMETT

“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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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.