Contagious Motivation at the Y



The Y is a way of life for Ellen Shulman. She’s been a member for more than 25 years, with her kids involved in everything from summer camp to afterschool and youth sports. Meanwhile, Ellen likes to stay active at the Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA. “I like the endorphins and feeling stronger,” shares Ellen. “They have the equipment I want. I love the TVs so I can watch my tennis, football and hockey. The Y has replaced a ton of equipment in the past three months so it’s amazing.”


But what sticks out to Ellen more than the fitness equipment and technology is the people. “It’s the staff; and I have come to know so many of them,” says Ellen. “They’re kind, they ask how I’m doing and we have conversations. Even the members are that way. It’s not snooty. There’s no salty attitudes. Everyone’s pretty chill. Nobody judges.”


Exercise helped Ellen drop 45 pounds but, recently, she gave her usual workout routine a shot in the arm. “Working out has always made me stronger. It gives me definition and makes me tone but that boot camp killed it,” recalls Ellen, who had to face her fears first. “I was afraid to do that boot camp. I’m 54. I’m not 25, running marathons. I told the instructor that I can’t do it and he said, ‘yes you can and you’re going to love the results,’ and he was right. I was flipping tires in 100-degree weather on a dirty field, but it was really neat.”


Gaining the confidence to try something new and ask questions made a world of difference for Ellen. “It was phenomenal; the support of others just trying to get through it. I actually didn’t miss one. I never quit one session even if I was slow. I did every single thing so that was really inspiring,” testifies Ellen. “When I changed my nutrition, combined with boot camp and the elliptical, it made me feel great. I saw great results.”


Whether it’s trying boot camp for the first time, like Ellen, or joining a gym for your first time, the Y is here to help. We’re committed to not only being your home for fitness but also a place of community and belonging. “There’s support at the Y at every level,” says Ellen. “The staff is motivating. It’s contagious motivation.”


The Y’s goal is to provide you the opportunity to develop relationships, achieve your goals, and belong to something bigger than yourself. This New Year, join a cause that benefits yourself, your family and your community. Click here to learn more and let us help you take the best care of yourself in 2018!

Pictured above: Working out at the Northwest Y helps Ellen Shulman (right) build muscle while gaining self-confidence and friends, like Amy Winarsky (left).

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