YMCA of Central KY member Ben Guerrero

Ben Guerrero's Y story is one of persistence, learning, patience - and ultimately, victories. After a challenging experience with COVID-19 that included complications attributed to his weight, and diagnoses of both hypertension and type 2 diabetes, he decided it was time to take control of his health and well-being. "I initially started by swimming at the Y," Ben shares. "I will never forget my first time in the pool; I was only able to swim one lap at a time without taking a break and I was maxing out at 10 laps. Fast forward two years, and I have regained control of my health. I no longer have diabetes, my hypertension is resolved, and I have lost almost 100 pounds. I even ran in a beginner triathlon late this summer." While these are all remarkable accomplishments, they certainly do not signal the end of anything for Ben. Instead, they're part of the beginning of an active and healthy journey with both physical and mental benefits. "I now swim one mile, several days per week and for the first time in my life I went scuba diving," he explains. "Prior to embarking on the fitness journey, I did not have the confidence to take on a challenge such as scuba diving."

As Ben has been working hard, developing new skills, and transforming his health, he's also been building a community at the YMCA. "I stay at the Y because of the people. They have gotten to know me over the last two years and are the most kind, supportive, caring people that I know. The sense of community and family that comes with being a member is an intangible that is not normally found in other gyms." Though he likes to tease that the Y has caused him to have to buy a whole new wardrobe, he concedes that "all joking aside, the impact that the Y has had in my life is immeasurable. I am a happier, healthier version of myself. I go to the Y first thing in the morning and it sets the stage for the rest of my day."

Outside of his regular workouts and hanging with his family, Ben teaches Jiu Jitsu and travels frequently for work. Even then, with YMCA Nationwide Membership, he stays active on the road visiting other Ys, and has "I've always felt welcome at every Y that I visit."

We are inspired that Ben had the determination and willingness to use his challenges as a catalyst to make a lasting and transformative change. We're rooting for him as he continues his health journey and makes our Y a better place to be.

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YMCA of Central KY member Ben Guerrero
Category: Member Spotlight