Welcome to the Y

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Friendship and Fitness Flourish in YMCA Pool
Linda Erickson and Barb Fink

When Gothenburg friends Linda Erickson and Barb Fink retired, they decided it was time to focus on their health and wellness.

Today, the two friends make their weekday morning water workouts at the YMCA at Gothenburg Health a priority and have noticed the benefits.

“Both of us have health issues related to our age,” the friends said. “We have found exercises that have helped us improve our situations. Our doctors encourage us to continue the exercise.”

Fitness, Fun and Friendship Found in Morning Class
Morning Exercise Class

The 8:15 a.m. exercise class at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA provides a great workout plus social time, accountability and emotional support.

Lexington Veterinarian Makes Exercise Priority After Heart Surgery
Ken Reynolds

Seven years ago, Ken Reynolds of Lexington lay on an operating table with doctors performing open-heart surgery on him.

A surprise heart attack at the age of 66 woke him in the middle of the night, and quadruple by-pass surgery was needed.

After an 11-day stay in the hospital, Ken began cardiac rehab to heal his heart. To maintain his heart health, he has continued exercising five days a week ever since then at the Orthman Community YMCA.

Macho Dads Keeps Gothenburg Men Accountable to Fitness
Colten Venteicher

The morning Macho Dads workout class at the YMCA at Gothenburg Health came about simply as a way to stay accountable to exercise. “When the YMCA first opened, Jason Wagner and I decided we would start going in to exercise during the mornings,” said local attorney Colten Venteicher. “I told him if he held me […]

Allen Finds Motivation to Stay Healthy at YMCA
Barb Allen

“I’m disciplined enough to get up at 4:45 a.m., but I’m not disciplined enough to exercise on my own.”