RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph YMCA has opened its renovated lower level fitness area, which features an indoor track, new weight machines, free weights, a boxing room, an indoor cycling studio and enhanced lighting and air circulation.

The renovations are a result of donations to the “Building What Matters Campaign,” the Y’s first ever capital campaign.

“Our generous donors made our dreams of improving our lower level fitness area a reality,” said Bill Lamia, CEO of the Randolph YMCA, adding, “The improvements and natural light make this area much more inviting.”

Jordan DiEgidio, Development Director at the Y, said that the non-profit organization is inspired by the many donors who are committed to improving the facility.

“Our benefactors, especially Wahling and Sylvia Ng for whom the Indoor Track is named, as well as Wayne and Marlene Reisner for whom the renovated Cardio Room is named, realize the value of the Y as a community asset and are supporting the ‘Building What Matters Campaign’ with generous donations,” she commented.

The 2-lane Wahling and Sylvia Ng Indoor Track is wider and features a state-of-the-art surface for improved traction and comfort; 16 laps equals 1 mile. In addition, there is a “fitness lane” for a variety of functional and balance bodyweight training.

The weight machine area includes 74 new pieces of Cybex, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, many with Selectorized features. Premium Selectorized equipment have QR codes to scan that link to a video tutorial on that specific piece of equipment.

Fitness Attendants are available to explain and help members set up machines for correct form and safety. The free weight and functional training areas feature weight, resistance and balance equipment for added choices in workout routines.

The dedicated boxing room includes heavy and speed bags and a double-end bag. The indoor cycling room has 25 new bikes with a raised platform for the instructor and a new sound system.

Ismael Gonzalez, who has been Fitness Director at the Y for 18 years, explained that the Y’s fitness philosophy is designed for whole person health.

“We encourage members to embrace a balanced approach to fitness that considers body, mind and spirit,” he said. Adding, “Our certified Personal Trainers are also available for individual and small group training based on fitness goals.”

 “Our facilities represent a place where regardless of income, background or physical abilities, everyone is welcome here, which is the unique spirit of the Y,” commented Ms. DiEgidio. Adding, “Members of all fitness levels are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy our Fitness Area, Cardio Room and pools.”

The Y is continuing to seek donations to the “Building What Matters Campaign” to fund the addition of an ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible locker room. Providing barrier-free access for hundreds of people preparing for physical activity and aquatic rehabilitation, the locker room will also serve families with individual changing stalls and private showers

The Randolph Y is holding a special event to raise money for the ADA locker room on Saturday, October 14 beginning at 2:00pm. The 1st Annual “Swim for Sally” is a swim/water walk in memory of Sally Schenkman, a long-time Y member who passed away in May. Together with the Schenkman family, the Randolph YMCA is raising money to build the ADA Accessible Family Locker Room in her name. Following the swim, a dinner will be held at 6:00 for all participants. Randolph native Brendan Fletcher from The Voice is donating his talent to perform at 7:00pm. Tickets for the Brendan Fletcher concert cost $20 and are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brendan-fletcher-gives-back-tickets-38116193561?aff=efbeventtix The event is Open to the public. If you would like to be a swimmer for this event please reach contact Jordan DiEgidio at Jordan@randolphymca.org

Over its 125-year history, the Randolph YMCA has strengthened the fabric of the community by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and prides itself on being a cornerstone of many lives.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 08:03