You’ve no doubt seen the Kmart Joe Boxer ad. Male models in tuxes, and boxers, playing a bell choir as if inspired by Elvis Presley. The Waynesboro Family YMCA is riffing off the viral video to promote its Black Friday membership drive.
Not familiar with pickleball? Think tennis with ping pong paddles, or ping pong on a really, really big table.
“It’s an amalgam of tennis and ping pong. Hence the ping pong paddle and the small tennis court. It’s available physically for anyone older, younger. It’s a really rigorous sport, if you want it to be, and it’s a fun and friendly sport if you want it to be. And it’s a great way to get some exercise and meet people,” said Mary Robinson, who helped bring pickleball to the Waynesboro YMCA.
The Y is hosting two upcoming pickleball clinics – on Monday, Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Members can take part at no charge. The fee for non-members to participate is $5.
Quinlyn Dofflemyer, a young 80 now, plays pickleball at the YMCA five days a week, three or four hours a day.
“It keeps me in good shape,” Dofflemyer said. “I used to work out here at the Y. Now I just come down here, and this is all the workout that I need.”
More information on the Waynesboro YMCA is online at www.WaynesboroYMCA.com.
For Mandy Williams, kettlebell class at the Waynesboro YMCA is “mommy me time.”
“I just love it. It’s fun. It’s energetic. I love the teachers. I come with all my friends. We have a good time,” Williams said before a recent class at the Y.
It was a full room for the 9 a.m. class.
Joyce Wright has been coming for years.
“It’s good exercise. It’s well-rounded. They do all muscle groups. It keeps you healthy,” Wright said.
Alison Schultz was there with her husband, Fred.
“This is a terrific class. We come here and get energized,” Alison Schultz said. “We’re a little bit older, and it helps with our strength and our balance and coordination. The people here are really friendly and fun.”
Dolly Dominguez recently moved back to Virginia after living in California for the past 25 years. Now retired, she said her fitness classes at the Y are an important part of her approach to healthy aging.
“I’m 68 years old, but I feel good,” Dominguez said.
Jenn Frye didn’t want to be “that kind of mom” – the kind that sat on the bench at the park while her kids played, stuck there because she was out of shape and unable to keep up with the youngsters.
The key to her turnaround, which has seen her lose nearly 100 pounds: the first step.
“Find out where you want to be, make a plan to get there, and take that first step,” said Frye, a nurse and single mother of three, who has gotten off the bench, literally, to outlift the guys at the Waynesboro YMCA, to climb mountains, to run 5Ks, and to plan her 40th birthday present to herself, four years from now.
“I’m going to walk the Appalachian Trail,” said Frye, whose first steps came with a pedometer that tracked her progress and modestly cuts to her caloric intake.
The first 40 pounds came relatively easy. Actually, for Frye a lot of it has been easy. At least she sells you on how easy it all is.
“I’m on autopilot now. This is every day for me,” said Frye, who balances 12-hour shifts as a nurse with raising her children and a diverse exercise and activity routine.
Her advice to others who think they are doomed to lives on the bench: “Make goals for yourself that are smart goals, that are just outside of where you are. Because that first time that you have a goal, and you get it, that makes the second time so much easier to get it, and then the third time, it’s so much easier to get it.”
It doesn’t take “special willpower,” said Frye, just “baby steps and small successes that add up.”
“Basically all you have to do is eat less and move more,” Frye said.
The key to Frye’s approach: It needs to be fun.
“If you don’t like running, you don’t have to run. If you don’t like jogging, don’t jog. Ride a bike. Dance. I mean, there are 500 bazillion different exercises that you can do. So find something that’s fun,” Frye said.
“Don’t do something that you hate because you think it’s required. Because you can have fun and get fit. And I think that’s the biggest reason that I am successful is because I’ve found things that I love. It doesn’t have to be drudgery. It doesn’t have to be work. It’s supposed to be fun,” Frye said.
More online at www.WaynesboroYMCA.com.
Childcare participant Mason Lawhorne, 9, has an idea on why NV readers voted the Y program the tops in the Valley.
“Well, it’s a lot of reasons. I can only name a few,” Lawhorne said.
The YMCA offers year-round childcare for children ages two years, nine months to middle-school ages. The program includes daily gym/playground time, scheduled homework time, swimming once per week, arts & crafts, games and more.
The gym/fitness center honor is a nice feather in the cap for the YMCA, which has invested heavily in upgrades to its pool and Nautilus and cardio rooms in recent years.
“We’re very excited about the honor and appreciate that the membership and community recognizes us for the great healthy benefits of being involved with the Waynesboro YMCA,” executive director Jeff Fife said.
More online at www.WaynesboroYMCA.com.
The Waynesboro Y Swim Team (SMAC) competed in the Virginia Senior Championships in Richmond, the Virginia Age Group Championships at Virginia Tech, Super Sectionals at Virginia Tech and Junior Nationals in Irvine, Calif. All of the meets were held in long course pools (50 meters in length) and were the final championship meets of the season for the State, Northeast US (Sectionals) and the United States (Junior Nationals). Swimmers had to meet extremely challenging qualifying times to compete in these meets.
Congratulations to the following swimmers who qualified for and swam in these meets: Nick Aldridge (age 10), Jessie Arnold (16), Bobby Carey (15), Braelin Fauber (12), Miles Fitzgerald (10), Alexander Flowers (14), Colleen Higgins (15), Norah Hunt (15), Justin Merritt (15), Jordan Miller (15), Hunter McMillon (16), Elana Marsilli (19), Steven Jenny (18), Cody Niles (18), Ella Pickering (12), Ben Prucha (10), John Prucha (9), Remedy Rule (16), Alex Rayle (18), Maggie Riggan (14), Charlotte Rumsey (13), Tate Snyder (12), Logan Terrell (14), Lizzy Terrell (14), Kristen Wagner (11), Libby Young (12) and Jake Zamalis (16).
SMAC won the small team (under 100 swimmers) at Age Group Championships (14 and under swimmers) for the seventh consecutive year. Highlights of the Age group meet included Rumsey – top 15 finish in 6 races, Fauber – top 15 finish in 3 races, Wagner – top 20 finish in 3 races, Aldridge – 5 second drop in 100 back, Fitzgerald – 12th place finish in 400 free, Ben Prucha – lifetime best times in all three races, John Prucha – 9th place finish in 50fly, Snyder – 14th in 200 fly, L. Terrell – lifetime best time in both races and Lizzy Terrell – 1 minute drop in the mile. The boys 10 and under relay of the Prucha brothers, Fitzgerald and Aldridge and the girls 11/12 relay of Pickering, Young, Fauber and Wagner both placed well in all relays to help SMAC secure the small team victory.
The highlights for the Virginia Senior Champs (open to all swimmers) included the following: Arnold – 5th place in overall points and new SMAC record in girls 15 and over mile, Flowers – set new SMAC record in the boys 13/14 age group in the mile, Hunt – 4th place finish in the mile, Higgins – lifetime best times in all 5 races, McMillon – lifetime best time in all 7 races, Merritt – lifetime best times in all 4 races, Marsilli – 5th place in 800 and mile and Rule – 1st place in 200 fly and new SMAC records in the 100 and 200 free.
Super Sectionals is made up of thefastest swimmers from Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States who haven’t qualified for Junior Nationals. Highlights were more broken records for SMAC. Carey broke the SMAC 15 and older record in the 800 free and Rayle lowered his record in the 200 breast.
Arnold and Rule both qualified for the Junior Nationals (fastest meet for 18 and under swimmers in the Country) and competed in Irvine, CA. Arnold swam the 200, 400, 800 and mile freestyle and the 200 back. She set a new SMAC record in the 800 free. Rule swam the 100 & 200 fly, 50, 200, 400 free and the 200 IM. She set new SMAC records in the both fly events and the 200 free. She also set new state records in the 100 fly and 200 fly. Her 100 fly record was formerly set by Olympian Whitney Hedgepath in 1986 and her 200 fly time was the 14th fastest swum by any American woman this year.
SMAC is gearing up for the start of the 2013/14 season. Their practices are held at the Waynesboro Y, Augusta Health and Ridgeview Park Pool. Anyone interested in joining the Team should contact Coach Norm Wright, Director of Competitive Swimming at the Waynesboro Y at 942-5107 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about SMAC, please visit their website: http://www.smacswimming.org/