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September-October 2011, Volume 6 Issue 5

YMCA of Birmingham Officers


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


Winston Churchill

Inspiration is all around us and easy to find, if we’ll only take the time to look for it. At your neighborhood YMCA, inspiration should be easier to find than candy at Christmas. Each day many of our friends and neighbors go about their business in group exercise classes, on tennis courts, in swimming pools and even board rooms with one goal in mind: overcoming adversity. The life challenges YMCA members deal with on a daily basis vary greatly from person to person. From facing mortality—like the loss of a loved one or a serious health condition—to prevailing over individual challenge— such as a deep-seeded fear or a seemingly unattainable personal goal—the people you will read about in this issue can teach us all about overcoming adversity with grace, dignity and vitality.

Learn how Vestavia’s Julie Marmurek (page 5) turned the loss of a child into a call for action; how Downtown’s LaBrandon Terry (page 10) conquered a paralyzing fear and found a new activity to enjoy for a lifetime; and how Mountain Brook’s Jennifer Andress (cover and page 7) beat a cancer diagnosis and ended up on the cover of a national magazine in the process. Trussville’s Manuwai family (page 9) overcame changes in employment, location and fitness level; Shades Valley’s Assane and Moussa Diallo (page 12) handled a move halfway around the world; and Vestavia’s Rayford Praytor (page 23), an octogenarian with a passion for life, makes even the most active among us feel like we’re not doing enough. There is a thread that runs through these stories: the role of their YMCA family in helping overcome adversity. As you go through your day at your neighborhood branch, don’t be afraid to reach out to that person on the spin bike next to you or that opponent on the basketball court. When it’s all said and done, helping people is what the YMCA is all about.

CHAIRMAN Phyllis Hall VICE CHAIRMAN Joseph Mays, Jr. TREASURER Michael Temple SECRETARY David Woodruff

Board Members Tracy Morant Adams Charles Ball Tim Blair Cecil Bostany Milton Bresler Libby Carpenter Denise Dauphin Harold Goings Ann Haas Roderick Hawkins Robert L. Holman Wayne Houston Mallie Ireland Anthony A. Joseph Robert E. Kelly Scott Kenny Tom L. Larkin John Lauriello Alan Lott Harrison Manning Yvonne McBeth Ann D. McMillan Judge John Ott Leigh Davis Perry Henry Ray, Jr. Allen Rice Joey Ritchey Lloyd Shelton Reeves Sims, Jr. Walker Sorrell Judge Andra Sparks Cedric Sparks Michael Suco Jami Wadkins Chip Watts Board of Trustees CHAIRMAN Anne Huckstep VICE CHAIRMAN Bill Clark Joe Bluestein Frank James Allen Rushton James W. Shepherd Judge Scott Vowell President and CEO James L. Lombard YLife Birmingham is published five times a year by the YMCA of Birmingham. Copyright 2006 by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the YMCA of Birmingham. YLife Birmingham welcomes letters and story ideas. Please send them to: YLife Birmingham, 2101 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 or to

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My Mission


YLife Birmingham Staff


Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Vision: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America. United Way Partner.

CheckingIn NEWS FROM AROUND THE BIRMINGHAM YMCA The big dig! THE YMCA IS COMING TO HOOVER It took a big dig to get a swimming pool large enough to serve the new YMCA in Hoover! We took advantage of the pine trees in the background to find the right location, so members will walk from the locker room onto the pool deck. Scheduled to open in November, construction continues on John Hawkins Parkway. Key staff is in place, including Executive Director Julie Broday, longtime associate director at Mountain Brook and interim Director at Vestavia, and Membership Director Cindy Reams, who comes by way of Pelham. Charter memberships have been offered since August. For information on membership or programs, contact Cindy Reams at 682.1399.

Trussville ten-and-under tennis wins state tourney 10 and Under Tennis is played on a 60-foot court (regulation courts at 78 feet long). The Trussville YMCA program was the first to give it a try; tailoring the equipment and the court to a child’s size and age so they have fun right from the beginning. After a second place finish last year in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis State Championships, the team rallied and won the 2011 event! Here are team members Emma Weyhe, Paige Wildt, Anna Virginia Fagan and Grey Howard. Not pictured is Myles Taylor.

Bob Cianchetti named Pro of the Year Bob Cianchetti, Tennis Director at the Mt. Brook YMCA, has been voted USPTA “Pro of the Year” for the State of Alabama. Bob has been very dedicated and loyal to the tennis programs and members for more than ten years! Thanks, and congratulations, Bob.

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Free Will Planning Services at the YMCA


Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Exercise After my son Adam was diagnosed with cancer, going to the YMCA became my stress reliever. After he passed away, it was just ingrained in me. I want to instill in other people the importance of exercise when you’re going through adversity. People don’t think about exercise at a time when things aren’t going well, but I think that’s an extremely important time to exercise.

Count On Your Friends At The YMCA It might sound cliché, but the people at your YMCA really care about you and want to help. That’s what friends are for, especially during difficult times when life isn’t panning out as you had hoped. It’s the time to reach out to friends and to your YMCA family.

When The Time Comes, Give Back When the opportunity to accept the position of board chair came open I decided it was a good opportunity for me and for the branch. I thought I had something that I could bring to the branch. It was another way to give back for all of the help and support people have given me and my family. Now it’s my turn to do something.

Reach out and grab the brass ring Our efforts through the Adam’s Kids Scholarship and the Strong Kids and Communities Campaign to send underserved children to Camp Cosby is an important part of the branch. The letters we get from kids and their counselors let us know that it changes their lives. This is what our scholarship goes for and it’s been very rewarding and comforting to know that Adam’s still reaching out in a lot of ways.

Julie Marmurek is a member of the Vestavia Branch, an inaugural board member, and was recently named Chair of the Vestavia Volunteer Board. In 2007, the branch launched a scholarship to provide a week of Camp Cosby to deserving children in honor of Adam Marmuek, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 13.

The Nguyens The estate tax laws changed again this year and are scheduled to change again in 2012! With all of this uncertainty, it can be difficult to know how to plan, in order to minimize taxes, both for you and for your children! If you would like to learn more about how the possible upcoming changes in the estate tax could affect your estate and your family, the YMCA has a service that it can offer you. We have partnered with Thompson & Associates, a national charitable estate planning company, to assist our members. This planning service is free of charge to you, completely confidential, and comes with absolutely no obligation. We want our families to be informed about how these dramatic changes in the law could affect them. Please take this opportunity to learn about how estate planning issues can affect your family. You may contact Leigh Collins at 801-7053 to arrange a meeting with a representative of Thompson & Associates to learn how the program works. And the meetings are held at your local Y branch! Hear what happy members of the Y have to say about this valuable service: “We were very blessed to find this service. Peter and I needed to take care of getting our Wills put together, and we had prayed about what to do, because we didn’t know where to start. Susann Montgomery-Clark, the Thompson rep, is so knowledgeable and helped us so much. She took time to explain everything, so now we feel very prepared to take our plan to our attorney. I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t found her. She was an answer to our prayers.”—Tuyet Nguyen, 15 year member, Mountain Brook YMCA. September-October 2011 | YLife Birmingham | 5

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Jennifer Andress Running from Cancer Cover to Cover Birmingham runners know Jennifer Andress. A long-time Mountain Brook YMCA member, Jennifer is such a dedicated runner that she claims the sport is her second job. Her first is being a stay-at-home mom to two boys, both of whom are hearing impaired. What many people may not know about Jennifer is that shortly after the diagnosis of her first child, and while pregnant with her second, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her story was so unusual that it caught the eye of the editors of Runner’s World magazine. Jennifer answered a call on the magazine’s Facebook page for cancer surviving runners to feature on a series of covers. “I thought ‘I have a story,” Jennifer said. Jennifer wrote an essay, gathered together some race photos and sent them on their way earlier in the year and waited for a response. And waited. And then waited some more. “I had forgotten about it because so much time had gone by,” Jennifer said. She finally got the call: she was one of seven people across the United States to be featured on the cover of the June 2011 issue of Runner’s World.

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Mike Temple Choosing to move is a choice to fight Downtown & Metro Board Member Mike Temple is a well-known Downtown YMCA member; he is also a dedicated and long-time volunteer on the Metro Board as Chair of the Financial Committee. He looks to be the picture of health. He thanks the YMCA for that. Mike’s life changed forever three years ago when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. Mike has undergone progressive treatments for the disease and is currently in a clinical trial with an experimental drug. He has received a bone marrow transplant and lost and regained his hair three times during his experience. “Each time it comes back differently, which has been an interesting experience,” he said.

Four years after surgery to remove the cancerous tumors, Jennifer is cancer free and in very good health. Jennifer says having her YMCA family to lean on was a big part of her emotional recovery.

“You really only have one choice. You can move or you can lie down. You can move through something, you can move around it, but ultimately you move forward or you can lie down and let things happen to you, and I chose to move,” Mike said.

“It was the craziest time of my life. I have been a member of this facility since January of 1995, so I have been here for a really long time and I love everybody here,” Jennifer said. “I can distinctly remember sitting on a recumbent bike and talking to Sandra Koulourides, who is one of my best friends, and telling her ‘this is what’s going on.’” Jennifer added. “Coming here was really important, just seeing the same people every day and being a part of the same routine every day.” “There is a whole spectrum of services the YMCA offers. So, if you’re physically not able to do what you would normally, you can find something else you can do. There is a level of support in every part of the YMCA,” said Jennifer. “Every time I have branched out into other areas, I have instantly found a support system.”

“They still joke today in the bone marrow transplant unit because I actually had them move an Aerodyne bicycle into my room,” Mike said. “I rode that for at least 30 minutes every day except for one day when I was actually asleep for 24 hours.” Mike saw first-hand how the YMCA ministers to the mind, body, and spirit. He says the experience has forever changed his outlook on life and has helped him see more clearly how the YMCA impacts lives and the greater community. “From a volunteer standpoint—as morbid as this sounds—but when you’re facing your own mortality, it sort of teaches you how to live and you realize that you want to have something that you leave behind,” Mike said. “It’s the relationships in your life and the impact you’re able to have on your community that really matters. As an organization, that’s what the YMCA is all about.” “Change is part of life and some of those changes are not necessarily positive changes. You need to be prepared to be able to make that choice,” added Mike. “You need to be strong enough to make that choice to move as opposed to lie down. The YMCA can help you prepare for that.”



The treatments for his lymphoma have been arduous and difficult to imagine, and it would be understandable to see anyone in that situation halt their activity during the process. For Mike, doing something, anything, meant the difference between fighting and giving up.

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The Manuwia Family

Embracing change by embracing wellness, together Walk with the Manuwia Family who, collectively, make up the onethousandth YMCA Pathways participant. Todd, Krista and teenage daughter, Sayla, spent almost seven years as missionaries at a youth home in the Arkansas wilderness. Victims of the faltering economy, the Manuwia’s moved to Trussville in January to be near some friends and begin the next chapter of life, but first they had to adjust to their new surroundings. In Arkansas, the nearest fast food restaurant was an hour away and their daughter, Sayla, never knew the convenience of placing a call and having a pizza arrive at the front door. When they moved to the Birmingham area, the Manuwia’s took advantage of the convenient, but not so healthy, food options in their midst. It wasn’t long before they realized they needed to make a change.

be back working out in a YMCA, even if the types of exercise he does now has changed. “I lifted all the weights I need to lift. I did all that and I have nothing to prove anymore,” said Todd. “Focusing on my cardio, heart and lungs, that’s where I am now and that’s going to get me through the next stage of life. This facility offers such a diverse range of activities and it meets everybody’s needs on every level.” Pathways is the goal setting and health coaching, rewardsbased program for members of the YMCA of Birmingham. To learn more about Pathways, ask to speak to the Pathways Guide at your neighborhood branch or go online to

“We were in a funk. Life changes in a heartbeat, and I told Todd we could very easily, as a family, slide into depression if we’re not careful. I said ‘Let’s head it off at the pass and go to the YMCA.’

The Manuwias

“I started to see some of the classic signs: listlessness, not wanting to do anything, and I said ‘nope, this is bad. We have all of the signs: a move, loss of employment, a sudden loss of friends,” Krista said. “The YMCA really has changed everything. It’s helped us meet people and makes us get out every day.” Sayla, who describes herself as “typical” wasn’t too thrilled about being forced to get out and get active, but now admits her parents made the right decision. “l really didn’t want to join the YMCA because I was one of the lazy kids at home playing video games all day,” Sayla said. “Dad and I play racquetball and we also run up on the track I think it’s been a good experience so far.”

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For Todd, the opportunity to do something for himself is a welcome return to his youth. Growing up in Hawaii, Todd spent time surfing, canoeing in open water, playing soccer and lifting weights. Still in great shape despite the layoff, Todd says it’s great to

Let’s head it off at the pass and go to the YMCA.


You just have to be willing and you have to keep yourself motivated to learn.


LaBrandon Terry Facing fear head first and full speed Downtown The Downtown YMCA’s LaBrandon Terry has a story to tell, and a lesson to be learned. You see, the 23-yearold has a deep-seated fear of water. But a few months ago, he decided to turn back the trauma that led to that anxiety, and finally learn how to swim. The story begins when LaBrandon was three years old. He and two cousins went to a water theme park in North Alabama. LaBrandon and one cousin were swept under water, the older cousin pulled them out of harm’s way. “We were under there for a good bit, maybe 30 seconds to a minute,” LaBrandon said. “Since then, I’ve been terrified of getting in the water.”

Even though the incident happened 20 years ago, LaBrandon never truly recovered from the experience. His fear of water has made doing normal, everyday activities difficult at best. “It’s so bad for me that when I’m in the shower I don’t even like to splash water on my face,” he said. “It is tough because a lot of people don’t understand. They say ‘you were three years old.’ A lot of people don’t understand when you’re that young, things set in you a lot deeper than when you’re older,” LaBrandon adds. Determined to conquer his fear, Labrandon and a co-worker signed up for swim lessons in July. After

somewhat of a slow start, LaBrandon is getting more comfortable in the water each day, not only overcoming his fear, but learning how great the water is for maintaining a healthy body. LaBrandon is a positive example to anyone who doesn’t know how to swim and proof that anyone can overcome anxiety around the water. “There shouldn’t be any reason, like your race, your size, or your fitness level, to not learn how to swim,” LaBrandon said. “Once you get comfortable in the water, it’s relatively simple to learn. You just have to be willing and you have to keep yourself motivated to learn.”

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Western Area YMCA Youth Track Club Running fast and changing attitudes How do you make inroads in the childhood obesity epidemic among children in urban neighborhoods? Start a track and field team, of course. This is exactly what Keesha Nelson, Community Wellness Director for the Western Area Family YMCA, did for the children on the western side of Birmingham. Looking to help children who were uninterested in the normal team sports, Keesha, who ran track in high school, put word out to parents in the area about the possibility of starting a track team. “We normally have plenty of children interested in football, basketball, and baseball, but what about the others? We decided to try a youth running group,” said Keesha. Beginning with 20 second graders from schools across the western area, they trained after school twice a week. Training for the Kids Mercedes Marathon, The Rumpshakers, The Women’s Health Fun Run, The NObesity Fun Run, and The Mother Daughter Fun Run started in November.



All obstacles can be overcome.

The Western Area YMCA Youth Track Club

The team raised enough money to enter three track meets during the summer, including the Alabama Sports Festival in June. Over the course of its competitive season, the Western Area YMCA Track and Field team won 32 medals, mostly in running events, but also in a few field events, such as javelin and shot put.

The program was so successful that the parents and children asked to continue the program into the summer.

The team will resume in September, with plans to participate in fun runs around the city through May, before beginning its sophomore competitive season in late spring and early summer. Keesha said that without the support of the community this new track team would never have gotten off the ground, much less been this successful.

“When we participated in our last race in May, the kids didn’t want to stop. They asked if we could keep going! So I looked into how we could start our own track team,” said Keesha. “There were a few options but we were the new kids on the block so we had a few obstacles, but all obstacles can be overcome.”

“We have the most supportive group of parents that I have ever seen. It has been a joy to work with the kids on the team and I look forward to our next season,” Keesha said. “We have four volunteer coaches who have dedicated their time and energy to making our season a success.”

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Tracy Crutchfield From motherhood to team captain Trussville Trussville YMCA member Tracy Crutchfield’s story is familiar to many women. After having three children, including a set of twins, Tracy found herself at an unhealthy 175 pounds. Combined with a family history of heart disease and cancer, Tracy realized she needed to do something in order to reclaim her health and her life. About a decade ago Tracy took up tennis and, while she loved the game, she remained at a beginner level and her weight stayed the same for almost six years. However, after she began to work with Trussville tennis pro, Pam Wildt, Tracy’s weight dropped, her fitness-level improved and her game developed dramatically. Pam is a former women’s tennis coach; she proved to be demanding, providing Tracy with a new approach and level of accountability that produced results. “Pam is just so positive,” Tracy said. “She’s always had that coach mentality, but encouraging. She’s one of those people who if you get a compliment out of her, it makes you feel really good.” In a span of nine months, Tracy trimmed down 45 pounds and has become one of the better women’s tennis players around. She competes at a 4.5 Level in softcourt and 3.5 in USTA play, is a team captain, and currently plays on three different teams year-round. “Once I saw those results, saw that I was getting faster and that I could move better on the court, I was amazed,” said Tracy. “As I started out and with her encouragement, my game just came on. It just got better and better, and I slowly, but surely, moved up.” Tracy is proof that success can be found even if it takes a little longer than you anticipated. She says the key is discovering that activity that best suits you and then finding someone to encourage you through difficult times.


Find something you really like to do and find someone who can mentor you and be a coach to you. If you can get to that point where you enjoy doing something and get a little bit of success, it just makes you want to do it more. Crutchfield

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Moussa Diallo

Assane and Moussa: Finding help halfway around the world

Moussa first came to the attention of Assane Diallo almost six years ago in Dakar, Senegal. Assane was working as a French instructor in the capital of the West African nation when a former student turned airline pilot told him about a young man he had seen begging at a busy city intersection. “I said ‘okay, I have no idea what I can do, but if you can send me a picture I can maybe go there and try to find the boy,’” Assane said. “I found him and he was begging there. His grandfather was an old blind man and the boy was just holding the can. It was very crazy conditions.” Assane began helping Moussa whenever and however he could, providing him with food and clothing. This arrangement carried on for some time until, “he hadn’t come for two days and I went to the grandfather and he said he was sick. I said ‘bring me the boy and I will take him to the hospital,’” Assane said. “That’s when I learned that he did not start walking as a normal boy until he was four years old, which means he was really sick.”

Moussa was diagnosed with a condition called dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that affects the muscles, causing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Advanced treatment in Dakar was unavailable and, after adopting Moussa into his own family, which included his wife and five children, Assane realized the only way to get proper help for his new son was to come to the United States. Assane’s pilot friend, a single man living in Pennsylvania, arranged for him and Moussa to stay with family in Homewood while he sought treatment at UAB. Assane and Moussa arrived in Birmingham in December 2010 and, thanks to their friend who is a YMCA member in Pennsylvania, came by the Shades Valley branch to swim one Saturday. It was an event that would change their lives. “I met the people here and I talked to Dawn and she asked me about his condition and I talked to Cham and they decided to help. It was very spontaneous,” Assane said. “We are using the YMCA all the time.” “If you believe in God, then you find God will help you along the way. The whole staff is very helpful and they love the boy,” added Assane. “He has been playing a lot. If I did not have him here, it would be very hard for me because I didn’t know what to do with him during the summer. I am so grateful.”



At the Shades Valley YMCA, nine-year-old Moussa Diallo plays with a group of friends, munches on healthy snacks, and swims in the pool several days a week. A happy young man with an infectious smile, Moussa’s story, which begins half a world away, represents all that is good about the YMCA.

We are using the YMCA all the time.

Left, Diallo with friends. Above, Assane and Moussa Diallo.

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Swimming MULTIPLE BRANCHES Fall Group Swim Lessons

Cost: $56 Y Member $92 Non-Member Contact your local branch for times and class offerings) September 5-29 | October 3-27 | October 31-November 23 Pelham Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays Preschool classes times 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. Youth class times 6 p.m. 6:45 p.m. These times are for Pelham Branch only Trussville Tuesdays & Thursdays Preschool Pike - 10:15 a.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Eel – 11 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Youth Polliwog, Guppy, Minnow & Fish – 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Downtown Tuesdays & Thursdays Parent/Child 4:30 p.m. Preschool & Youth 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday before classes begin

Saturday Swim Lessons (4 – 30 minute lessons) Session – September 3-10-17-24 Cost $28 YMCA Members | $46 Non-Members

Semi Private Cost Per Child $72 YMCA | $98 Non-Members For semi private swim lessons you have to bring 2 swimmers and they have to be between the ages of 3-5 or 6-12. There must be at least two participants in a class to be a semi-private lesson. We will call you the Friday before the session starts to set up your days and times for your lessons. Contact your local YMCA for specific information about private lessons.

Fall Sessions (Contact your local branch for times) September 5-22 | October 3-20 Classes are either M/W or T/TH (for some branches) Online CPR/AED Adult, Child, Infant and First Aid This “blended” program is for lay responders only: group exercise, child watch, afterschool, front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, and day camp staff. All aquatics staff, including Water Aerobics Instructors, need to take “CPR for the Professional Rescuer.” That course is not available in this “blended” format. (This “blended” approach does not replace traditional classes that are conducted across the association. If you learn better in person, by attending a live class, there are still many classes from which to choose.) The traditional class “Time Saver,” is four-five hours. “Blended” learning is self-paced, to remove the pressure of learning or relearning the information in a short period of time. You control how long it will take you to go through

Pelham Blowfish 10-10:30 a.m. Pike I 10:30-11 a.m. Polliwog I 11-11:30 a.m. Trussville Polliwog 10-10:30 a.m. Pike 10:30-11 a.m. Parent-Child 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown October 1– 22 Adult 8:30-9 a.m. Adult 9-9:30 a.m. Preschool 9:30-10 a.m. Preschool 10-10:30 a.m. Youth 10:30am-11 a.m. Youth 11am-11:30 a.m.


Private Swimming Lessons Ages 3 and up The Birmingham YMCA offers private lessons for children age 3 and up to adults’ skill levels. These 30 minute lessons are customized to meet individual needs of every swimmer. Anyone wanting to further advance their or their child’s swimming will benefit from private lessons. Cost $92 YMCA Members | $120 Non-Members

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CIRCUIT the information. After you complete the online portion, you will then come into a skill session class and perform your learnedskills. Depending on class size, this is about one hour. How do you register for this great class? Step 1: Contact the Aquatics Director at your local YMCA by the registration deadline. They will need your contact information that includes your physical address and your email address. Step 2: The Aquatics Director will send in your information if there are 4 or more people who have registered for the class. Step 3: You will receive an email from the American Red Cross that will have your login and password information. Take the class at your own pace; go through the review questions, and then take the test. Step 4: Once you have passed the class you will be able to print a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION (This certificate is your entry into the onsite skills session class; it does not mean that you are certified.) Bring it to the skills session. You have two weeks after you pass the online test to attend a skills session. Step 5: Go to skill session class and perform your learned-skills. Make sure to take your certificate of completion to the skills session or you will not be able to take the skills test. Step 6: YOU ARE CERTIFIED. Cost $35 for CPR/AED | $60 for CPR/AED & First Aid | $50 for Professional Rescuer CPR/AED Branches that offer Blended Learning classes: Downtown | Pelham Family | Trussville

Branch Skill Session Dates:

Pelham September 24, 9-11 a.m. October 22, 9-11 a.m. Trussville September 17 & October 8, 9 a.m.-Noon Downtown October 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration Deadline is October 6 Greystone Thursday evenings at 5:30p.m. September 29th October 27th

Fall Lifeguarding Classes Being a lifeguard can be a very challenging and rewarding job. This class will certify participants in the new American Red Cross Lifeguard Course, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, as well as AED. Participants must attend all classes as well as pass a final written and water test. Class prerequisites - all participants must be 15 years old or older before the final exam, be able to swim 300 yards continuously (using freestyle and breast stroke) and recover a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool. Contact your branch for class times Greystone September 16-19 | October 21-24 | Vestavia September 14-18 | October 19-23

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(Shelby County, Greystone, Trussville, Shades Valley, and Vestavia) Swim Birmingham YMCA is a year round swim team offering training for beginners to senior levels. SBY’s certified coaches will dramatically improve your child’s swimming ability, while maintaining the YMCA’s focus on positive character values; caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. SBY is also the most convenient and economical swim team in town. To participate with SBY your child must be evaluated by a Swim Birmingham YMCA Coach. Please note that Group placement will be done by a Swim Birmingham YMCA Coach. Year round swim team will kick off August 15, 2011 with each branch having practices at various times and days. Please make sure to contact the Aquatic Director at the branch where you wish to participate. Fall Session runs Aug 15 to Dec 16 at branches. Not all levels are offered at all branches. $95 Required for all groups at all branches. Financial Assistance is always available. Monthly payments only available by bank draft only.


Year Round (8 month session) Aug-May Super Squad $350/$454 $44/$57 monthly Bronze $400/520 $50/$65 monthly Silver $500/$650 $63/$82 monthly Gold $560/$680 $70/$85 monthly

Fall Sessions August 15-December 16 Super Squad $175/$227 $44/$57 monthly Bronze $200/$260 $50/$65 monthly Silver $250/$325 $63/$82 monthly Gold $280/$340 $70/$85 monthly Junior Varsity $340/$430 monthly Varsity $405/$580 monthly

Branch Specific Information Pelham Family Branch Practice Times: Practice Starts Monday, Aug 15, 2011. SuperSquad Tuesday & Thursday 3:45-4:30 p.m. Bronze Group Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:45-4:30 p.m. Silver Group Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 4:30-5:45 p.m. Gold Group Monday-Friday 4:15-6 p.m. All practice times subject to change.

Greystone practice times and days: Greystone evaluation dates for new swimmers: Fall - August 8 at 4:00p.m. Homeschool M/W/F 7:30 – 9 a.m. Supersquad T/Th 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Bronze M/W/F 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Silver M-Th 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Gold 1 M-F 4:00 – 5:45 p.m. Gold 2 M-F 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Senior M-F 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Junior Varsity M-F 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. SAT 9:30 – 11 a.m. Varsity M-F 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. M/W/F 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. SAT 9:30 – 11 a.m. JV and Varsity will swim through December 22nd. Trussville practice times and days: Gold Level Monday – Friday 4-5:30 p.m. Silver Level Monday – Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bronze Level Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. SuperSquad Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:15 p.m. Swim Team Prep Classes (Pelham Only) This is for ages 7-12 that want to be on the swim team and don’t quite have the endurance and technique down to be able to participate. This class focuses on endurance exercises and intense stroke technique work. Schedule is flexible based on your schedule. You can pick from 2 or 3 days a week for an hour on Tuesdays/Thursdays at from 7-8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10-11a.m. for a month.

Twice per week $75 YMCA Members | $120 Non-Members Three times per week $100 YMCA Members | $160 Non-Members Monthly payments only available by bank draft only. Financial Assistance is always available. Greystone Masters- For swimmers looking to improve technique, learn new skills, get faster and meet people who are like minded. Certified coaches will be on deck with workouts based on swimming level to help you accomplish your swimming goals. Sessions are monthly: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5-6:30a.m. Members cost is $25.00. Trussville Masters Swim Program Members $25 month / Non-Members $38 month Please call the branch for practice days & times Mountain Brook Master Swim Is for anyone who wants to improve their swimming abilities. Our goal is to have fun, improve your swimming technique, learn new skills, get faster, and meet people who are like minded. Master swim is made up of all types of swimmers, from former college athletes, to rising and experienced triathletes, to recreational swimmers, to folks just wanting to stay in shape and do something that will not pound their body. You must be 19 years or older to participate. M/W/F 5:30-6:30 a.m. Contact the Aquatics Directors at your local YMCA for more information and how to join our swim teams.

Pool Birthday Parties (All Branches) Looking for an easy and fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Half of the YMCA pool during regular business hours or after hours and a lifeguard and/or Building Supervisor will be provided for water games and recreational time. A picnic area or a room will be provided for opening gifts, playing games and enjoying cake and snacks. (Please no glass containers) Partiers get one hour of recreational swimming (swimming is done first) and one hour at the picnic area or in the room. An agreement must be signed and a deposit collected when making a reservation. Please call your local YMCA for more information and to reserve a date. Parties are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

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Tennis Mountain Brook

Adult Leagues Women’s Softcourt League begins Tuesday, September 6. Play days 2.5 Friday | 3.0 Monday | 3.5 Tuesday | 4.0 Thursday | 4.5 Tuesday | 5.0 Wednesday | 5.3 Thursday. All matches begin at 9 a.m.

Women’s Fall USTA Prep League League play begins in early September. Play levels are 2.5-4.5. Monday-Thursday nights starting at 6:30 p.m.

Men’s/Women’s USTA Fall Senior League League play begins September 12. Women’s divisions will be weekday and weeknight. Men’s divisions will play on Saturday. Any member age 50 plus is eligible for senior play.

USTA Fall Mixed Doubles League play begins September 11. All matches will be played on Sunday afternoons. Both adult and senior divisions are available.

Fall Men’s Interclub League play begins in September. B division plays on Monday nights. C division plays on Thursday nights. All matches start at 6 p.m. Check with Mountain Brook tennis desk at 870-3930 for team availability.

Adult Clinics Men’s Drop-In Clinic August 9 through October XX. | 6-7 p.m. Open to any Y member 2.5 or higher. Cost $10

Women’s Beginner 2.5 clinic Sessions September 6-27 & October 4-25. Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. Cost $10

Women’s 3.0-3.5 Clinic Sessions September 7-28 & October 5-26. Wednesday 10-11 a.m. Cost $10

Women’s 4.0-5.0 Clinic Sessions run September 9-30 & October 7-28. Fridays 10:30 a.m. – Noon Cost $15

Women’s 3.0 & Up Clinic Sessions September 11-25 & October 2-30. Sundays from 3-4 p.m. Cost $10. All adult clinics are held on a drop-in basis.

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Directory Juniors Quickstart 8 & under | Mondays & Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m. Quickstart 6 & under | Mondays | 4:30-5:30 p.m. Quickstart 10 & under | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m. Performance 101 | Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays| 4:30-530 p.m. Performance Tournament | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays | 4:30-6 p.m.

Junior clinic sessions August 15-Sept 1 | September 6-29 | October 3 – 27 For more information, contact the tennis desk at 870-3930. Trussville Future Stars and Quick Start Mondays 3-4 p.m., Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12 Juniors with the basic strokes and fundamentals will start rallying over the big net with low compression balls and those in the group will transition into full court tennis learning spins and placement with real tennis balls. They will learn balance on the court and start playing points and matches. Space is limited to the first 18 paid kids. High School and Tournament Players Mondays 4-5:30 p.m. & Wednesdays 4:30-6 p.m. Juniors who are serious about improving their game, many live ball drills and situations and must be able to rally using different spins. Must be approved by Pam for this group. Space limited to first 18 paid kids. Mini Tennis Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 5-8 Juniors will learn the basic strokes, fundamentals, footwork and court position. Fun games, drills and learning over the smaller nets with low compression tennis balls. Space is limited to the first 10 paid kids. Young Guns Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6 p.m. Aspirations of trying out for middle school and high school tennis. Juniors who are wanting to improve their fundamentals, match skills, movement and balance on the court. Serious minded kids who want to play USTA tournaments. Must be approved by Pam for this group. Space is limited to the first 18 paid kids. CONTACT Pam Wildt at 655-2224 or

Spirit Mountain Brook

Heart & Spirit Services Beginning in September 30 minute wholeness service for members and non-members First floor group exercise room Join volunteer Chaplain Peggy McClure for a Wellness (Heart and Spirit) service every third Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. CONTACT Ashley Snow at 870-0144 or

Alabaster Family Branch 117 Plaza Circle Alabaster, AL 35007 205.663.7240 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m.- 10 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Carol Hamilton

Alabaster Childcare Branch 1303 7th Street SW Alabaster, AL 35007 205.663.6504 Branch Hours Monday-Friday: 1 - 6 p.m. September-May 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. June-August EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gwen Hatcher

YMCA Camp Cosby 2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road Alpine, AL 35014 256.268.2007 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kevin Casey

Downtown Branch 2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.4563 Branch Hours Monday-Friday: 5 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: Closed EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Shelly Mitchell

Greystone Family Branch 5414 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242 205.981.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday: 2-6 p.m. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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Group Exercise Pelham

New Class - Spinning 20/20/20 Wednesdays at 5:30 a.m. | Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. Come try this one hour indoor cycling class combining the endurance, strength, and interval energy zones for a challenging cardio workout! Trussville

New Cycle 45 Class Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

Zumba Monday & Wednesday nights XX p.m., Tuesdays Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m., Saturdays 12:15 p.m. CONTACT Robin Burns at 655-2224 at Mountain Brook

New Yoga Class Wednesdays at 6:40 p.m. This class is designed for the newer Yoga participant. The Monday 6:40 p.m. Yoga class will change from basic to a regular format. CONTACT Mary Casciaro at 870-0144 or Greystone


Several new Pilates Reformer groups have been added to the existing group schedule; including SUNDAYS at 4 p.m. Check out more classes at

TurboKick The Saturday TurboKick class will change to “Saturday Sampler”, including class formats like TurboKick, YCross, Step, Zumba, Cardio Circuit or more! Find the weekly schedule to see what each Saturday will be. Watch the FALL schedule for MORE class changes! CONTACT Renae McCullough at 981-0144 or Vestavia

Kickboxing Bootcamp Have you tried the new “Kickboxing Bootcamp” at Vestavia? Come try it on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Enjoy the brand new schedule, new instructors & new classes. Come check us out CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

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Youth Sports Western Area

Monday Night Teen Basketball Every Monday 6-7:30 p.m. Boys and Girls Ages 15-21. Includes skill building drills and pick-up games. Cost $Free YMCA Members | $2 Non-Members CONTACT: Shayla Crawford or Sylvester Mencer at 923-1195 or or

Winter Youth Basketball Begins December 2011 Registration begins October 3 Coaches Interest Meeting: October 20, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. First Practice: November 7, 2011 Cost: $75 YMCA Members | $100 Non-Members CONTACT Shayla Crawford or Sylvester Mencer at 923-1195 or

Directory Hargis Retreat 928 Hargis Drive Chelsea. AL 35043 205.678.6512 Branch Hours Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. PROGRAM EXECUTIVE

Kim Sharp

Mountain Brook Branch Greystone, Pelham, Alabaster

Youth Basketball

Registration October 10-November 5 Ages 3-14. The leagues are divided by grade-level. We play other area YMCA teams. No evaluations. Everyone plays equal minutes. Practices are one time each week and begin week of Nov 14 for 10 weeks. Games are on Saturday beginning Sept 8 for 8 weeks. (No games during the holidays). Team rosters are kept small and fill up fast. Coaches are volunteer parents and all games are YMCA officiated. Cost Ages 3-6 $75 YMCA Members | $115 Non-members (ages 3-6) Ages 7 & Up $85 YMCA Members | $125 Non-Members. Uniforms and player medallions are included. CONTACT Alabaster: Trenae Leonard at 663-7240 or Greystone: George Becker at 566-6025 or Pelham: Tamara Harrelson at 664-9622 or

Childcare Vestavia

Parent’s Night Out September 9 & 23 | October 14 & 28 | November 11 & 18 6:00-9:30 p.m. Cost $15 First Child | $10 Each Additional Child Reservations required CONTACT Amber Crosby at 823-0144 or

Kids in Motion Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. An exercise and nutrition program for children ages 5-13 Free to Members; $5.00 per class for Non-Members CONTACT Beth Wyss at 823-0144 or

2401 20th Place South Birmingham, AL 35223 256.870.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:15 a.m.- Noon Sunday: 2-6 p.m. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Kristi Nix

Northeast Family Branch 628 Red Lane Road Birmingham, AL 35216 205.833.7616 Branch Hours Monday & Tuesday: 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 5 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m.- Noon Sunday: Closed EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Terri A. Harvill

Pelham Family Branch 2610 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205.664.9622 Branch Hours Monday-Friday: 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 a.m.- 6 p.m. Childwatch Hours (School Year) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3:30 -7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- Noon (Summer) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- Noon

Drop N Go


Babysitting service in our playroom for Members Leave your child up to 4 hours in the morning or 3 and a half hours in the afternoon. Cost $5 per hour First Child | $4 per hour Additional Children Reservations required Call 823-0144


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September 1 – October 31 | Western Area YMCA

Member Challenge – GET INVOLVED This membership challenge will help the member get involved in a healthy lifestyle by committing to attend the YMCA and participate in the classes and programs a certain amount of times per week. Cost: Free to YMCA Members CONTACT Keesha Nelson at 923-1195 or Sept 9–11 | Multiple Branches TRAININGS and CERTIFICATIONS

AFAA APEX Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Friday, September 9 – 1–9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 10 – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, September 11 – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Indoor Cycling Saturday, September 10 – 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification Sunday, September 11 – 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Register at or call 800-446-2322. September 11 – November 12 | Western Area YMCA

Fall Men’s Basketball League

Seven weeks of games and playoffs with trophies. Cost $300 per team YMCA Members & Non-Members ( $30 referee fee per game, per team) CONTACT Sylvester Mencer 923-1195, 903-7403 or September 26 | Downtown

Fall Co-Ed Volleyball League Season begins September 26 | Games begin on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Season includes 10 regular season games plus playoffs. Awards will be given for League Season Champion All Sets are played best of 3 games Cost $300 a team $50 for individual Members & $60 for individual Non-Members, 18 and up only CONTACT Adam West at 205.801.7235 or September 27 | Downtown

Fall Men’s Basketball League Season begins September 27 Coaches Meeting September 20 at 7 p.m. (Mandatory - All Teams Must Attend) Games are played Tuesdays beginning 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. Season includes 8 regular season games plus playoffs. Awards will be given for League Season Champion, Playoff Champion and Runner Up as well as Scoring, Rebound & Steals Leader. (All Teams MUST Have Matching Numbered Jerseys to Compete) Cost $350 a team (plus ref fees), 18 and up only CONTACT Adam West at 801-7235 or

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OCTOBER October 6 | Downtown

Free depression screening Alabama Psychological Association 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Chaplain and health coaches available during that time. The cost of untreated mental illness is felt by individuals, families and in the workplace. Many chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, are significantly affected by inadequate treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Early diagnosis is essential in cutting the costs to society of these problems. The Mental Health Goal Group has voted to sponsor some activities on October 6 related to Depression, Stress and Mental Health Education for adults in the Jefferson County area. The MHGG requests that we be allowed to have some of our activities at the Downtown YMCA. For several hours on that afternoon, we would like to have two tables in the lobby, staffed by mental health professionals who have volunteered to do the following: 1) provide handouts/information on depression, anxiety and stress. Literature can be obtained from the American Psychological Association, at no cost. 2) offer a very brief screening (self-administered questionnaire) for depression, using the PHQ-9, a well-validated instrument developed for assessing and monitoring depression severity in primary care (www. < ) 3) provide limited feedback as to the results of the screening instrument, with possible referral to mental health resources in the area. For this, we are requesting the use of an office or conference room, with a little more privacy. October 10 | Pelham

Fun Club Day

7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. While school’s out, spend your day at the YMCA! Campers will participate in games, sports, crafts, swimming and more. Open to children in grades K-8. Limited Space Available! Register online at Cost $25 YMCA Members | $38 Non-Members CONTACT Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510 or

October 24-31 | Multiple Branches

Fall Extravaganza

Fun Halloween music and specialty classes! Costumes are optional. Wear your funky hat, headband, or costume! Check out your branch class offerings at groupexercise. October 28 | Pelham

Halloween at the Y 6-8 p.m. Spend Halloween at the Y! Open to all YMCA members, this annual event gets bigger each year. Activities will include carnival games, art projects, hay rides, lots of candy, and more! Cost: Free to Members CONTACT Kristy Trammell at or Rhonda Elmore at 664-9622

October 15-16 | Multiple Branches AEA Water Fitness Professional Certification Registration: October 27 | Western Area YMCA

Annual Silver Sneakers “Magic City” Classic Cookout Cost $5 Donation from all attendees CONTACT Keesha Nelson at 923-1195 or

October 10-November 5 | Pelham

Adult Basketball Registration Recreational basketball league for ages 16+. We play other area YMCA teams. Practices can be reserved one day a week and begin week of Nov 14 for 10 weeks. Games are on weekday evenings beginning Sept 6 for 8 weeks. (No games during the holidays). All games are YMCA officiated. Cost $50 YMCA Members | $60 Non-Members (Individuals) | $250 (Team). Jerseys are included with individual registrations. Teams must provide their own numbered shirts for games or can purchase them through the YMCA for an additional $15 per shirt. CONTACT Tamara Harrelson at 664-9622 or October 15 | Western Area YMCA

Annual Community Health Fair Cost: Free to Members and the community CONTACT Keesha Nelson at 923-1195 or

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Health & Wellness Vestavia

Nutrition Coaching Available now!

Personal Training

Make an appointment to get nutritional coaching by an experienced coach, Sharon Lamberth. She will give you meal ideas, shopping lists, behavioral modification tools (discussing emotional eating, late night snacking, and helping cope with getting up in the night and eating), special diets for IBS, diabetes, hypertension/low salt diet, diuretics, potassium rich foods, Koumadin, and planning for eating out and entertaining. Cost $33 per session (same as personal training). Buy a personal training package and mix and match session with personal training and nutrition. CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or igold@ymcabaham. org

The Y has many trainers who have all types of specialties who are available all hours we are open. Special workouts include: lower back pain improvement, stop diabetes in its tracks, 28 days weight loss program, and managing your cholesterol. We can fit you with the best trainer to meet your fitness goals. Try one session on us! CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

FitClub Strength and Conditioning class for kids 11-13 yrs old Sessions begin week of September 5 and October 3 Mondays & Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. & Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. Cost $45 for 5 sessions CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

Bride to Be Bootcamp Sessions Begin August 7, September 4 and, October 2 Sundays at 3 p.m. Month long bootcamp to give you that extra push and attention. Do not have to be a bride to participate. Cost $100 YMCA Members | $130 Non-Members CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

Zumba birthday party for kids (added 1st) Available times Fridays 6-7:30 p.m. | Saturdays Noon-5:30 p.m. | Sundays 2-5:30 p.m. Party is one hour. Includes use of party room, soft play room (if age appropriate), your own party helper to set up and clean up after party, and Zumba led by an instructor. Cost $150 YMCA Members | $200 Non-members Contact India Gold for reservations or 823-0144. She will reserve your party for a $75 deposit, meet you to show you the space and decide on party plans. CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

Karate Classes meet Monday evenings | 30 and 45 minute classes Juniors ages 5-7, 5:15-5:45 p.m. | Seniors ages 8-13, 5:50-6:35 p.m.

Shingo-ha Yoshukai Karate by Sensei Becky Givens Shingo means to unite heart, mind, and spirit. The goals of the class are to provide students with good exercise, to have fun, build self confidence, self discipline and teach self defense. Cost (per month) $30 YMCA Members| $50 Non-Members Try out a FREE class One time $30 uniform fee CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

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Active Weight Loss Program Mondays at 6PM Includes good, common sense nutritional information thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to fit into your day, exercise and diet journaling, group meetings with people with people with similar goals as you, and group personal training. Cost $45 YMCA Members| $100 Non-Members CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or

Group Training Ever confused about using the equipment in the gym? FREE group training on the equipment with a personal trainer during the mornings, evenings, and weekends. Call for an appointment now. CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 or GREYSTONE

Fitness Punch Card Purchase a 10 session punch card and have access to over 13 small group classes. With a maximum of 6 people in each class, small groups offer more individual attention than large group classes and are more affordable than one-on-one training. For $150 get 10 sessions you can use over 12 weeks. Classes include Fitness 101, Fitness 102, Athletic Conditioning, Women on Weights, Walking group and Pilates Reformer 101. The schedule gives you the flexibility to try new classes, new instructors and a variety of class times depending on your schedule. Classes as early as 5:30am and as late as 6:30pm. New and exciting classes are being added monthly to give you the variety you need to keep your body changing. August promotion: ½ priced 30 minute massage with completed punch card. CONTACT Kelly Kidd at 981-0144 or

Directory Shades Valley Family Branch


3551 Montgomery Highway Birmingham, AL 35209 205.870.9622 Branch Hours Monday-Friday: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: 1- 6 p.m.

Rayford Prater


“I’ve been walking for a long, long time. I had open heart surgery in 1985. When I got out and got to where I could walk a little bit, I started walking every day and I haven’t missed many days since. My doctor said, “Well, that’s better than any pill I can give you.”


Dawn Pilliteri

Trussville Family Branch

“I grew up during the depression on a farm. My daddy was a sharecropper and when I was 12 years old he had me following him and when you’re doing that you ain’t doing nothing but walking. “

5920 Valley Road Trussville, AL 35173 256.655.2224 Branch Hours Monday-Friday: 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon -7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

“The first piece of advice I would give to anyone in my situation is get a good doctor and listen to him. Secondly, I believe exercise is a wonderful thing. If you don’t exercise your body you’ll lose it.”

Rayford Prater turned 85 in August and walks every day on a treadmill at the Vestavia branch. At the age of 83, Mr. Prater suffered a heart attack. He was back in the branch two days later walking on that treadmill.


Could someone 30 years younger than me come do what I did? No, I don’t think so.



Wendy Newland

Vestavia Branch


“Could someone 30 years younger than me come do what I did? No, I don’t think so. People 30 years younger than I am are too lazy to do it.”

Rayford Prater

2086 Columbiana Road Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205.823.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5:15 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday: 5:15 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Clay Coleman

Western Area Family Branch 1195 Bessemer Road Birmingham, AL 35228 205.923.1195 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m.- 8 p.m. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Terri A. Harvill

Birmingham YMCA Youth Center 2400 7th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.1643 Branch Hours 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. PROGRAM EXECUTIVE

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