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North Suburban YMCA Attracts Health Seekers

Northbrook's community center gains members in wake of Fitness 19 closure.

Following a summer of extensive renovations and improvements, the North Suburban YMCA is welcoming a surge of new members from throughout its 12-city region. Recent closures of other nearby fitness centers, including the Fitness 19 club in Northbrook, plus the completion of the Techny Road construction, have increased traffic to the Y and generated new interest in the community center’s programs, equipment and facilities.

“I was really pleasantly surprised,” said Aliza Sperling, a Fitness 19 member who now has moved her workouts to the Y. “The cardio equipment is great, and I’m impressed with the locker rooms. It’s hard to make an adjustment to a new place, but I like what I see so far.”

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In October, the Y completed a $1.7M improvement project that reached almost every corner of its building, located at 2705 Techny Road in Northbrook. Most significant to the fitness programs were the complete remodeling of locker rooms, the addition of new cardio equipment, and the enhancement of lighting in the weight/track area and swimming pool. The renovations supported the Y’s expanded offerings of cardio, mind/body, and family fitness classes, as well as personal training.

Only halfway through November, membership has already climbed 11% over the last 12 months, with individual adult membership growing at a phenomenal 27% rate and family membership continuing to jump because of the great value, representing 44% of the Y’s overall membership.

“It’s been a busy and exciting time to have guests rediscover the Y,” said NSYMCA Membership Director Sari Glazebrook. “We’ve met people who haven’t come through our doors in years, andthey’re always happy to see how the Y has improved. We’re also able to offer a much wider range of fitness classes and activities than the smaller clubs, so our new members are able to explore different opportunities.” The Y also hosts a gamut of programs for all ages, including aquatics, dance, sports and visual arts.

The North Suburban Y offers a number of incentive packages for prospective members. Members receive free fitness classes, discounted program rates, early registration preference and many other benefits. To learn more, contact Sari Glazebrook, sglazebrook@nsymca.org, 847 272 7250, or visit www.nsymca.org.

Mike Green November 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Until the YMCA has a towel service with its membership programs it's not worth joining
Mike Green November 22, 2012 at 07:18 PM
see above comment
Howard Schultz November 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Towel service is now included with annual locker rentals in the Y's beautifully renovated lockermrooms for as little as $15 -$20 extra per month, depending on the size of the locker being rented. With the Y's already competitive fees being the best value in town, there is now really no excuse for not checking it out since our renovations, especially if you haven't been to the Y in a long time.

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