Alisa's kids singing "YMCA" in the car

The Y has been part of Alisa’s family for as long as she can remember. Her Mom and Dad both went to the Y as kids in the 1960s, took Alisa to the Y when she was a child, and now they continue to enjoy the Y and watch their grandkids do the same.

Photo of Alisa (left) indoor cycling with her mother and father
Aliza (left) and her parents working out together on indoor bikes.

Alisa’s parents still come to the Y and she jokes that her dad sometimes does more visiting with his buddies than he does exercising.

Their family’s love of the Y has lasted generations as Alisa recalls her parents bringing her often. “My parents have always been active and as a family we spent countless hours in the swimming pool and gym. My brother and I have many memories of hanging out in the gallery of the racquet ball courts watching my parents play in tournaments. And as a teenager in high school and college I used to meet my dad on my spares to go lift weights and take step classes with my mom.” says Alisa.

Photo of Alisa's two kids holding hands and playing on the gym floor at the Y
Alisa's kids playing at the Y.

Now a parent herself, like her parents and grandparents before, the Y is a big part of Alisa’s family. “When they were young, I would drop them off at child minding, get a workout in, take them swimming and play in the gym. It was our second home,” Alisa said, even became a yoga instructor at the Y.

She recalls days as a new mom weren’t always easy. “There were times that after a night of not enough sleep, I would still go to the Y, drop off the kids and go to the hot tub or just stretch and have a peaceful shower, knowing my kids were in great hands,” Alisa said. “The Y is so good for the kids to socialize and for the parents to get time for their mental and physical health. One thing I’ve always loved about the Y is the community, lifelong friendships and connection. There is something for every age and interest and it brings families together.”

“I never in my life dreamed I would be driving to the Y at 7am singing the YMCA song, but here we are!”

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