Open Letter to New & Seasoned Y Members

It's January and the gym is packed: An open letter to our new (and seasoned!) Y members

We all know that some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are related to health and fitness, and we know that this time of year we see an increase of those health-seekers within our YMCA walls. Yes, the fitness floor may be busy, and yes, it may be overwhelming, but we want you to know that we are here to support you in 2018 and beyond.


Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a brand-new YMCA member, our promise remains the same- to help you become your best self.


Dear New Year’s Resolutioners,
We see you. We are excited for you. We are proud of you. We want you to know that you belong here. By choosing to become a member of the YMCA of Central Ohio, you are choosing to become part of a community that is so much more, and we are excited you chose us. Don’t be scared or intimidated to walk into the doors or into the studio room. At the Y, we are a judgement-free zone. The fact of the matter is, we have all started somewhere and everyone was a new member at some point. We applaud you for getting the motivation to start. The hardest part is signing up and stepping into the gym, and making the conscious choice to continue stepping into the gym- to find your groove and what motivates you. You CAN do it! We are here to help you in any way we can. Don’t ever be afraid to ask.


Don’t give up. Our goal is for you to stick around. We want you to feel so great about what you’re doing and where you’re doing it that you are motivated to keep coming. We want to see you here next January, and the following, and the one after that. But promise us this: instead of rolling your eyes at the ‘new’ New Year’s Resolutioners coming in and taking your equipment, think back to where you are now, and say hi to someone that looks intimidated and make them feel welcome. Pay it forward. We at the Y are Welcomers. We believe that one positive interaction may not only change someone's day but their life. You might call us idealists, but we have the good fortune seeing this notion in action every single day. We’re glad you’re here and can’t wait to see you crush your goals- whatever they may be!


Here’s to an amazing 2018,
Your friends at the YMCA of Central Ohio


Dear Long Time Members,
So you may have to wait a little bit longer for that treadmill or to complete your next rep. But as regulars, it is our job to welcome, support, and cheer on this new influx of people. These are your neighbors and this is YOUR community!  Be the Welcomers we just bragged about being above. Be the person that lends a helping hand to someone who looks confused in the weight room, or help someone grab equipment that looks lost in a class. Be encouraging. Be excited for someone who has taken a big step to begin to better themselves.


Say Hi. Smile at someone you don’t recognize. Introduce yourself. Be the person you needed when you were brand new to wellness and had no idea where to start. We know you will be the best representation of everything the Y has to offer, because you are our long time valued members, after all. You get it. Help be the reason why the 2018 Resolutioners one day are in the same club. Help show them we always have been, and always will be: So much more than a gym. And, when in doubt, be kind and spread your knowledge and love of the gym- the world could always use a little more of that!!


Here’s to a great 2018,
Your Friends at the YMCA of Central Ohio