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YMCA members were happy to return to the YMCA and Sunrise Surprise class with Sue Hall. The class was held at 6 a.m. on June 1 to the juices flowing as women of the class gathered together at a social distance outside for the first time in months. The Friday class shown in the photo is the stretching class. The members said they were glad to get back into a routine. Although some had walked during the Pandemic shutdown, they said they missed the exercise class for not only the muscles it reached, but for the camaraderie it brings. Classes have been held outdoors since June 1, weather permitting. Not only have there been exercise classes, there have also been spinning classes. And even some one-on-one Parkinson’s class training.

Classes have now moved inside with a six-foot distance between participants. In addition, the cardio room and weight room are now open to a 50 percent capacity. There is a monitor in the rooms to make sure all equipment in cleaned between use and that the 50 percent capacity is adhered to.

All who entered have their temperatures taken and go through a short health screening. Masks must be worn when walking the halls and not doing a workout.

A few weeks ago, the pool was added for lap swim only and for swim team times. With only 6 lanes, only six people are allowed to swim laps at a time. Seen swimming laps in the morning is Bruce McCoy, retired Illinois College professor, who missed being in the pool and is working back up to his regular lap count. As of July, some Aqua Fit and Senior Water Exercise classes have also been added back into the pool schedule. Swim lessons will also begin on July 13. Members and non-members can sign up now through July 11 for lessons. See the schedule of swim lesson classes available on www.jacksonvilleymca.org and on the Bob Freesen YMCA’s Facebook page.

Outside summer activities are returning also. A Junior Baseball Clinic is beginning July 1 and will run through July 22. In adherence with State guidelines, drills, practices and lessons do not involve contact between individuals and allow for six-feet social distancing to be maintained.

Adult softball teams may also sign up for the Tuesday softball league and the Thursday wood bat league. The deadline for team sign-ups is July 14 for the Tuesday night league and July 16 for the Thursday night league with games starting July 21 and July 23 respectively.

The YMCA is following the Governor’s Phase 4 Guidelines for opening. There are no basketball games, either pick-up or 1-on-1 games. The gym is open for walking or shooting hoops individually.

The YMCA’s ChildWatch will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday for members who are working out.

The YMCA’s operating hours are 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with closure from 1-2 p.m. to allow for cleaning. Saturday hours are 7 a.m.-noon.

Watch the BobFreesenY Facebook page or www.jacksonvilleymca.org to see all the current fitness, spinning and water classes, as well as other activities available. Updates will continue to be posted. For those who still cannot attend classes in person, the Y has classes on their website that can be done at home also.

Thank you to members and the community who continue to support the YMCA. We appreciate all those who have chosen to stay with us.

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