I Always Feel Better: Allison Oliver’s Story

29 Dec

001 (2)Allison Oliver grew up in Miami, Florida and moved to Asheville 16 years ago. A single mom of a 13-year old at Asheville Middle, Allison is an Administrative Assistant with Asheville City Schools and runs her own online jewelry business.

Allison has been a Club W member since 2007. When her daughter was young Allison would take her to the drop-in child care, which she describes as “amazing.” Years ago Allison’s daughter learned to swim here; now they regularly swim together, and her daughter participates in the teen swim club. Clearly a fan of the water, Allison does water aerobics three times per week.

“I always feel better after exercising at the YW,” says Allison. “I like the people here… everybody is kind. I have friends whom I met here years ago. It’s a great place.”

Allison admits that she did, at one point, check out some other gyms to see what they offered. But, “the process made me feel like I was buying a car. I don’t feel that pressure at the YW.” As a single woman she says she also doesn’t feel pressure from other members: “At the YW I don’t feel like I’m on display.”

Allison appreciates that: “Club W has a huge variety of classes, and it’s never over crowded. Any time I’ve had a request, it’s been heard. I feel like the YW is always trying to do better.”

Finally, the cherry on top for Allison is the YW’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. “That’s an amazing message. I think it’s important to have it out there.”

Club W Memberships help support the mission and programs of the YWCA! We’re currently offering a special offer for new members: Now through March 1, 2015 – new Club W members have no enrollment fee, no annual contract, a free health assessment, and a $20 YW gift card that may be applied towards membership, personal training, gear, and more.

For current Club W Members, consider becoming a Club W Role Model. For every new member you refer who joins Club W, we will give you a $15 YWCA gift certificate, which can be applied towards gear, personal training, membership dues, locker rentals, swim lessons, drop-in day care, guest passes, or a donation to a YW program of choice. The referred member can try us out using a free 7-day pass available at Guest Services, and may join up until March 1, 2015 with no enrollment fee, no contract, a $20 YW gift card, and a 30 minute personal training assessment.

Learn more about the YWCA’s Club W Health & Fitness Center at www.ywcaofasheville.org/clubw

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