In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to share a story of a mother and son Club W duo – Kathryn and Adrian Winchell.
Kathryn and her husband Roger, who is also a Club W member, moved to Asheville in 1980 from Washington, DC when their son Adrian was 18 months old – looking for a “better place to raise a child.”
Kathryn and Roger joined the YWCA’s Club W Health & Fitness Center when she retired in 2008. Kathryn says: “We looked at a lot of different gyms, but they were more expensive and you had waiting times to use equipment. When we came to the YW my husband was impressed – it was the same machines, but with no waiting list. We also liked that it was a non-intimidating environment.”
Their son, Adrian, had been working as a computer animator on a PBS show in Boston when his studio closed down this past winter. Adrian moved back to Asheville, unhappy with the weight he had gained and looking for a change.
Kathryn took advantage of Club W’s new member campaign to invite her son to join her in the gym for the month of February so that he could “try it out.” Coincidentally, this wasn’t the first time Adrian had been to the YWCA – Kathryn brought him to swim lessons here as a toddler.
Adrian had never been a fan of organized sports or gym class, saying: “Whether it’s in art or in fitness, I don’t find competition good for personal motivation, learning, or development.” But after his first class at the YW Adrian’s response was: “Yeah… this is good!”
Club W felt different for him immediately. There wasn’t a “He-Man” mentality. Instead, he describes an environment where he can take yoga, Tabata class, and work out in the gym and not feel like he’s being pushed past his personal comfort level.
Between a low-carb diet and exercise at Club W, Adrian has lost 20 pounds since February.
Kathryn and Adrian motivate each other to get themselves to the gym – saying: “Is it a gym day today?”
Kathryn has also used her decades of work experience to motivate and support Adrian in launching his own small business, We Animate Things, which provides custom animation to businesses and individuals.
Mother and son are clearly both proud of each other and what they have achieved, both professionally and in terms of their health.
Happy Mother’s Day!