Lana Gibbons joined the Y in 2016 as a SilverSneakers member when the Whitaker Family YMCA in Hamburg first opened to the community. “We lived in the Tuscany subdivision when the Y was built – it was super convenient. We have since moved from Tuscany but still live close by. I love the classes, staff, and instructors,” Gibbons told us.
Since March, Lana has been utilizing our live classes through our Virtual YMCA. She is taking classes five days a week from home and shared with us that group classes are what she enjoys most about her experience at the Y.
“There is something for every level. I've made so many friends and acquaintances here. There is a feeling of community and family,” she commented.
We asked Lana what excites her most about the Y and her community and she said, “The people - the sense of caring and the ability to adapt. COVID-19 really changed everything. The Y stepped up and offered child care for first responders when they had to close their doors. Zoom classes were setup quickly and the Y has done a great job communicating with members - keeping us in the loop. I have only gone back a few times to in-person classes – but you have done a great job making it safe. The Y staff and instructors have done a tremendous job.”
“The Y allows me to stay active year-round. It helps keep me healthy - both physically and mentally,” she added. Lana’s favorite group exercise classes are cardio drumming, HIGH Fitness, and LIFT.
If you aren’t comfortable coming back just yet for in-person classes, try out our live classes through Virtual YMCA. They are free and included with a YMCA membership.
Don’t be afraid to try out a few classes to find what is right for you.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Lana. We’ll see you in class!