October 22, 2014

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Gettin’ physical at Wadsworth YMCA

The workout room at the new YMCA in Wadsworth has dozens of exercise machines available, and some are handicapped accessible. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — The member base of the newly opened Wadsworth YMCA spiked Wednesday — the first day the facility was open in the new year — and officials said it might have to do with resolutions to get in better shape.

Maureen Mizerak, executive director of the Wadsworth YMCA, said the facility received about 150 memberships after New Year’s Day. Since it opened last month, it’s had about 750 memberships, amounting to about 2,000 individual members.

“We’re doing pretty well,” she said.

The facility, at 623 School Drive next to Wadsworth High School, features three indoor swimming pools, four basketball courts, a running and walking track and a workout room with exercise machines. For children, there’s a youth center for afterschool activities and a child-care center.

Mizerak said the YMCA shares the facility with Wadsworth High School and Summa Health Systems, and soon will provide space to the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults.

“The building is just great,” Mizerak said, “and the people we’re sharing it with are great.”

One pool is for swimming laps, one is recreational with slides and fountains, and the third is for physical therapy, Mizerak said.

At times, some basketball courts and the lap and therapy pools may be in use by the high school or Summa and will be closed to members, she said.

The YMCA also is offering exercise classes, including yoga, kickboxing and Zumba.

Monthly membership fees range from $13.54 for a youth to $62.69 for a family.

New members also will be charged a start-up processing fee, which costs $40 to $90, depending on the type of membership. Through Jan. 31, start-up fees are halved.

Wadsworth YMCA members also have access to five other facilities in the Akron area and seven more in Stark County.

If members are joining to complete New Year’s resolutions, a December study by the University of Scranton found about a quarter of people who regularly make resolutions each year break them every time and only 8 percent report keeping them.

What’s more, the study found that a quarter of them break their resolutions within a week, and fewer than half reach the six-month mark.

According to Forbes magazine, people are more likely to complete their resolutions if they choose a single resolution instead of two or three. They’re also more likely to succeed if they come up with specific, quantifiable goals.

For those who plan to keep their resolutions, the YMCA is open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or to apply for a membership, call the YMCA at (330) 334-9622 or visit www.akronymca.org/wadsworth.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.