August 06, 2013
I'm quite an athletic person.  I've played competitive sports all my life and I'm an intense cardio bunny.  I take great pride in my physical fitness, but still when I hear the word "bootcamp", I always cringe in fear because it just sounds so military-like.  However, I recently learned that bootcamp isn't just for macho men, superwoman, etc., but for everyone!  Bootcamp is challenging, but it provides an amazing whole-body workout that builds strength and endurance.  Really, think about it as a 60-minute one-stop-shop workout where time commitment is minimal in comparison to all the physical benefits that you will obtain. 
July 26, 2013
We would all like to believe that we have the capability to make dramatic changes in our lifestyles just as long as we muster up enough determination.  However, we’re only human and we’re going to have our bad days, caused by many possibilities ranging from a bad day at work to lack of sleep the previous night.  That’s why at all 13 branches of the YMCA of Greater Boston, we have many amazing personal trainers on deck, ready to give you that extra boost of motivation that you might need on a day when you’re not feeling 100%.
July 24, 2013
Summer is here and students are finally all on vacation.  As the temperatures climb, everyone’s looking for some place to cool off and hang out.  The YMCA of Greater Boston is the perfect solution for everyone this summer, especially for teens!  Have you heard about our free Get Summer Program? 
July 16, 2013
Elaine from Oak Square YMCA After over 55 years of no exercise, I joined the YMCA of Greater Boston as a last resort to finally improve my health and fight my arthritis.  At the time, I had started making many lifestyle changes: 1) eating a healthy diet, 2) taking mindfulness classes, 3) receiving regular massage and 4) increasing my sleep schedule from 5 hours to 7 hours a night.  However, without exercise, my condition wasn’t improving at the rate that I needed and want it to.  I finally bit the bullet and returned to the YMCA, where I had once been a member for an entire year and attended only once.
July 05, 2013
The YMCA of Greater Boston is more than a place that promotes healthy lifestyles.  Through our Infant, Toddler & Preschool Programs and After School Programs, we help to nurture children’s development by providing a safe place to learn skills and develop relationships that lead to positive behavior, better health and higher academic achievement.  At the YMCA, we focus on teaching the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility with the end goal of inspiring kids to Dream Big! 
June 25, 2013
The YMCA of Greater Boston recently held an association wide essay contest, asking teens to tell us about their dreams, aspirations and how the Y is helping them reach their dreams.  We wanted to share the winning essay, a moving story by Kasandra Babtista, and let you know how you can contribute today to making dreams like Kasandra’s come true.
June 07, 2013
As a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at the Burbank YMCA, I spend my time helping people keep their bodies strong and healthy through physical exercise and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits.  However, as summer rolls around and we increase our outdoor activities with the sun's rays becoming stronger, a new focus and concern arises - proper skincare.  I want to remind everyone that an important part of keeping fit and healthy this summer is including proper skincare initiatives. 
June 03, 2013
After 100 years of successfully serving our vibrant community, the YMCA of Greater Boston is proud to announce the renovation of our historic Huntington Avenue Y. Our investment in change extends beyond the bricks and mortar and into the lives of Bostonians. The Y is a place for people of all ages, cultures and interests, and once completed, our new home will include exciting features guaranteed to make a difference in our community. We broke ground on the renovations last fall, and are looking forward to bringing you updates on progress.  View our construction photos below to find out what's happening behind the scenes!
May 09, 2013
When I was a child, my dad signed my family up for the local YMCA, swim lessons, skiing lessons and encouraged us to run road races.  Thanks to these experiences, I became very passionate about exercise, which led me to study physical fitness during college.  I have had the privilege of spending most of my adult life doing what I love; being a fitness instructor.  Today, I would like to talk about Pilates – the exercise I’ve come to love most.
May 01, 2013
As summer approaches, many people think of aquatic recreational activities.  Over the past years, we have witnessed an increase in swimming facilities and waterparks in the Greater Boston area.  However, even with this increase in accessibility, many children still do not know how to swim, putting their safety at risk.  It is important for us to remember that swimming is not just a fun summer activity, but an essential life skill.