Jennifer and Cici Thomas are a mother-daughter duo who has been coming to the YW together for as long as Cici, now in her early twenties, can remember. In fact – her first memory of the YW is hiding under a table during her third birthday party.
Cici, a UNCA graduate, has applied to programs to become a physical therapist and is now working towards her personal trainer certification. Jennifer is benefiting by having her very own live-in personal trainer. “She holds me accountable,” Jennifer laughs.
Jennifer and Cici can be found several days a week working out together in the Club W weight room, but they also enjoy Tabata and pump class, and occasionally swimming in the pool.
“I love that the YW is all-inclusive, and it’s community-based,” says Jennifer. “It’s everybody – young and old, all colors and persuasions. I feel comfortable. I love working out here and seeing the kids walk down the hallway – it’s like kid TV!”
Jennifer owns Montford Walk-In Bakery, and Cici candidly notes that they both rely on regular exercise to counteract all of the delicious baked goods that come through their home.
More than this, though, both mom and daughter value having each other as a workout buddy. “It’s our time to be together,” says Cici. Jennifer adds: “It’s something nice to do together that makes us feel good. It’s our mother-daughter time that’s productive in many ways.”
In celebration of Mother’s Day on May 11, Club W Health & Fitness Center will waive the registration fee for new members from April 30, 2014 through May 15, 2015!
This year, A-B Tech will hold one of the largest Stand events on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the A-B Tech campus in Asheville. A-B Tech and its partner, the YWCA, and sponsors (City of Asheville, MAHEC, and UNCA) will offer a community progress report, panel discussion, as well as networking and professional development opportunities. View a full schedule here.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required: http://www.abtech.edu.
Public Housing residents will receive community service hours for participating. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Pfluger at 828.398.7114 or email@example.com.
At the YWCA of Asheville we are honored to have an amazing and committed group of community members who form our Stand Against Racism Committee.
The Committee has been meeting since January to help plan this April’s events – and today 4 of the members shared with us why they are so passionate about their involvement with the Stand.
Let us know in the comments section – why do you take a Stand Against Racism?
Our School-Age program received a visit from Ringling Circus and had an amazing time – check out the smiles on those faces! We can’t wait until the full circus comes through town in May. View more fun & joyful photos here.
Steve Wright is co-partner of Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville, and works out at Club W on a regular basis. Steve says a catalyst for becoming a member was when “I saw myself on TV one day and I said – ‘Holy cow, I need to lose weight!’”
Steve comes to Club W every day to lift weights, run, and use the elliptical machines. Between his new exercise regimen and changes he’s made to his diet, he’s lost 50 pounds! “I feel so much better,” Steve says.
Steve has tried out other local gyms and he insists that Club W stands out from the rest. “It starts at the front desk. Everyone always knows my name and is friendly. Other gyms have things this one doesn’t have, but the people and environment at the YWCA more than make up for it.”
Steve is proud that his membership helps support the YWCA’s mission. “I think what the YWCA stands for is a big deal in the community. I wish more people knew about it – although then I might have to sign up for the equipment!”
Meanwhile, Steve’s personal health transformation is having a broader reach; he has made changes to the menu at Pack’s Tavern so that there are healthier options for diners.
Steve’s story will be highlighted in the YWCA’s FY12-13 annual report - which will be released in March.
Save the date for April 10, when Pack’s Tavern will donate 20% of the restaurant’s food sales from lunch & dinner to the YWCA!