WUFT News

North Central Florida YMCA Members Get Pumped for New Equipment

By and on February 7th, 2014

Members of the North Central Florida YMCA are psyched about their new gym equipment.

“I will definitely be using the treadmills; they’re much nicer than the ones that were here,” said Lynn Meyer, a North Central Florida YMCA member. “It’s really exciting.”

The new equipment makes a tremendous amount of difference in working out, said John Bonacci, Chief Executive Officer of the North Central Florida YMCA.  More than $50,000 was spent on 20 new pieces of machinery, including treadmills and ellipticals and miscellaneous items such as kettlebells, ropes and bands for the SilverSneakers program.

“This has come from cost savings, so all of the expenses that we have trimmed over the past few months has allowed to be reinvested in these investments,” Bonacci said.

Most of these savings came from cutting back hours during the YMCA’s slow season over the months of November and December. Bonacci says they were able to afford the upgrades after eliminating four positions and reducing staff hours during those two months.

The YMCA is a non-profit organization that has been using outdated workout equipment for the last 10 years. Despite the expensive cost, the equipment upgrade was a necessary step and a significant part of many changes for the North Central Florida YMCA.

“These were equipment that absolutely had to go,” Bonacci said, describing them as “archaic” and not in good condition.

Bonacci says the equipment orders were placed with five different vendors including some local ones.

The purchase of the equipment has not affected any of the YMCA’s summer camp programs or any other events as a result, Bonacci said.

For Meyer, the new equipment means all the pros of a luxury gym in the comfort of a casual environment. However, she said it’s less about the equipment and more about the atmosphere.

“It’s a nice atmosphere,” Meyer said. “I’m not in any big rush, and I always have access to the equipment.”

Bonacci said the new equipment has been met with genuine surprise and has received a positive response since installation.

“The minute it was installed, people were on it,” he said.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

One of the two community bedrooms in the new indoor dorm at Grace Marketplace.

Grace Marketplace To Open Indoor Shelter

Grace Marketplace will open an indoor dorm on Wednesday after submitting a Safety and Security policy to the city commission. The shelter will provide beds for 20 guests who are trying to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. In order to stay [...]


Lester Poole, 94, is one of more than 170 residents at Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center. The center as been steadily losing volunteers over the past year.

Lack of Volunteers Leave Elderly Looking for Conversation

Lester Poole has stories he may never get to tell. The 94-year-old served in the United States Coast Guard from 1939 to 1947, during which he traveled the globe and went wherever the tide took him. “South Africa. Brazil,” he [...]


Participants partake in a “color throw” following the race -  everyone in the audience tossed their color packets into the air at once. The result was a cloud of color that rose above the crowd, growing larger after the next color throw was conducted.

Kaleidoscope Tour’s Color Run Comes To Gainesville

The Kaleidoscope Tour visited Gainesville on Saturday for the 2014 edition of the Color Run. Nicknamed “The Happiest 5K On The Planet,” the run drew hundreds of participants.


Marion County Loses Bid For Veterans Nursing Home

Florida’s seventh nursing home for military veterans will be built in western Port St. Lucie. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $17 million in funding for the 120-bed facility, which will cost an [...]


Twins Jada and Jaelyn Weems spend their birthday holding signs during the vigil. They live close to Ocala Place Apartments, where some of the shootings have occurred.

Ocala Community Members Unite at Prayer Vigil

Ocala religious leaders and the Ocala Police Department organized a community prayer vigil to promote an end to the recent violence in the community. Four drive-by-shootings have left three injured since early September.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments