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Regional Family YMCA unveils fitness center

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 2:05 p.m.
For The Independent-Observer
The Regional Family YMCA's newly expanded fitness center is now open and welcoming to all. Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
For The Independent-Observer
YMCA staffer Sheri Bradish demonstrates to Haley Miller how to work on a new machine. Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer

Just in time to help local residents with New Year's resolutions, the Regional Family YMCA has opened the doors to its newly completed fitness center, a much larger and airier facility that covers more than 4,000 square feet.

“The members have been very excited about this,” YMCA Executive Director Steve Simon said of the East Huntingdon facility. “They like the new equipment, and there is now more space to move around.”

The facility was finished in mid-December and was financed by donations.

“This turned out much better than I expected,” Simon said.

The YMCA has stayed busy with its move toward improvements, adding new playground areas last year that are more child friendly and safer.

“We added more equipment to the playgrounds and moved it to a safer location,” Simon said.

The fitness center is the next step is keeping the facility state of the art and up to date and its new look is more open and inviting.

“All I can say is ‘Wow,'” YMCA Director of Fitness Bea Jarbeck-Burk said. “It turned out nicer then I expected, and I love the looks of it and the aesthetics.”

In addition to the fitness room, the new addition include new offices and new storage space.

“The storage space was very, very much needed, and the new offices will now put the staff much closer to the members,” Simon said.

Additional equipment brought to the facility includes leg presses, assisted pull-up machines, prone leg presses, plate loaded lat pull down, chest presses, ARC trainers and a dual tower functional trainer.

The facility is now open and welcoming to new members and old members alike who want to exercise, tone up or get in shape in a bright, cheery and clean atmosphere.

“I love it,” Haley Miller of Connellsville said of the new facility. “It's very clean and it's very nice. I really enjoy coming here.”

There will be a ribbon-cutting, grand opening ceremony Jan. 25, but visitors are welcome at any time to tour the facility.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.