We are the Y

Whether it was a goal to get in shape or learn to swim, these are the stories that make our Y strong.

From a one week trial to a love of our Group Ex Fitness classes, meet Tammy!

• Why have you chosen to workout at the Y?

I started with the one week trial because I wanted to see what the group classes were about. I realized right away that the Y is more of a community than a workout facility. The instructors have strong relationships with their classes and everyone is friendly and welcoming. I'm very thankful for the friendships I've made through the Y. 

• What is your favorite class?

My favorite classes are Pilates and Les Mills BodyPump. Pilates helped me correct my diastasis recti after having my second baby, and that made a big difference in all areas of my fitness.

• Do you or your family participate in any other Y programs?

My son does swim lessons off and on and my husband sometimes plays in the open gym basketball games. My 2 boys also go to the kid zone while I work out and they love it. They ask to go there every day so I love knowing they're having fun and socializing while I get a good workout in (and get to socialize myself!) 

• Have you experienced positive changes or benefits that you would attribute to working out at the Y?

When I started this fitness journey I had no idea where it would take me, but I've noticed so many positive changes. I have grown to love group fitness classes. I am much healthier than I've been in probably a decade. I have more energy to keep up with my boys, and working out has been a great stress reliever for me.



"Lincoln always came to class with a big smile on his face. He was either dressed in his favorite superhero clothing and was excited to see his friends. Lincoln was eager to participate and share during our Morning Circle. He liked to make his friends laugh and had a great sense of humor. During the school year, he worked really hard on writing his name. By the end of the year, he could write his first and last name fluently!"  –Mrs. Poss, Lincoln's Preschool teacher.



"I've made new friends outside of school and enjoy hanging out with fellow swimmers. My favorite event is the 50M Back Stroke." said Ben. With just 2 seasons under his cap, Ben is already excelling as a member of the Aqua Force Swim Team and in more than just his favorite event. This past weekend, Ben took 2nd place in his age group in the 200M Freestyle at the YMCA Swimming Championships. "Ben showed potential and I was excited to work with him at practice. Now his hard work has paid off at big meets. I can see his enthusiasm, especially when he's on that podium holding a medal!" says Swim Coach, Kevin Satler.

While Ben practices with the swim team, his 2 younger sisters, Lily and Maddy, take swim lessons.  Their mother Katie says, "The kids love the water – they beg to be signed-up. Swim lessons have prepared the girls to swim in the lake. Lily is now comfortable putting her face in the water and Maddy swims on her own instead of holding onto me. AND when the girls and Ben swim, I get to work out! I enjoy Les Mills BODYSTEP and BODYPUMP as well as Spin."




Dean, member since 2009, deliveries beautiful, home-grown roses to our front desk all summer long. Not only do Dean's flowers brighten the desk, they also brighten our day! THIS is what it means to be a member at the Y. Because we're more than a gym – we're family.






Meet Joe at West Branch!

Joe Palasiewicz is a Somonauk native who graduated from Somonauk High School in 2013. After a standout senior baseball season, Joe continued his athletic career at NCAA D3 Benedictine University where he continued to play for the next 4 years. Aside from his baseball successes, Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Physics and will be attending Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2017 to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His love for baseball, health, and fitness have always made him an avid gym goer and he is now bringing his talents to the Fox Valley Family YMCA in the form of numerous group classes as well as personal training. Along with his knowledge of baseball, Joe specializes in strength training, functional fitness, and injury prevention.


July 17 – Aug 19 | M$36/NM$54
12+ Year Old Pitching | This class will expect individuals to come in with a basic background in baseball. The primary focus will be pitching mechanics, mindset, and pitch selection/location. This class will also at times hone in on fielding skills as well as overall athleticism and injury prevention (from the aspects of a pitcher).

8-11 Year Old Pitching | The 8-11-year-old class will be more geared toward the development of very basic pitching mechanics. One can expect to develop more knowledge about what being a pitcher means as well as the framework for moving onto more pitcher specific training. This class will have an additional focus on proper fielding mechanics including footwork and body position that will be transferable to any position on the field.

July 18 – Aug 19 | M$36/NM$54
Tuesdays 8:30–9:15am or 5–5:45pm
Speed and Agility is for any skill level athlete looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength, and coordination.  There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

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Voted Best 2017 Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County

We are excited to announce that we were voted "Best Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County" in the Record Newspapers "Best of the Fox” Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you for your continued support of Kendall County's largest charity organization! 

Interested in joining, check out our PERFECT FIT Membership Event for savings now!

My Y is Every Y!


We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, Fox Valley Family YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state of Illinois, at no extra charge.

Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at any participating YMCA statewide and enjoy free access.

• The YMCA’s Reciprocal Membership Program is valid for YMCA Facility Members only. Community Members may upgrade to a Facility Membership at any time to qualify.

• Visitors to other Y’s must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon their first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard membership application form with liability waiver.

• A Facility Member’s home branch designation and subsequent monthly membership rate will be determined by which branch the member uses 50 percent of the time. Program discounts do not apply. Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply.

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Alfred Campanelli YMCA

Ottawa Family YMCA

Belvidere Family YMCA

Paris Community YMCA

Bloomington YMCA


Bob Freesen YMCA

Prairie Valley YMCA


Quincy YMCA 

Champaign County YMCA

Stephens Family YMCA 

Clinton Community YMCA

Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA

Danville Family YMCA

Streator Family YMCA

Decatur Family YMCA

Tri-City Area YMCA

Dixon Family YMCA

Tri-Town YMCA

Edwardsville YMCA

Two Rivers YMCA

Fayette County Family YMCA

University of Illinois YMCA

Fox Valley Family YMCA

West Cook YMCA

Greater Joliet Area YMCA

YMCA of Canton

Greater Peoria Family YMCA

YMCA of Jefferson County

Illinois Valley YMCA

YMCA of Kewanee

Kankakee Area YMCA

YMCA of McDonough County

Kishwaukee Family YMCA

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Knox County YMCA

YMCA of Northwest Illinois

Lincoln Area YMCA

YMCA of Rock River Valley

Matton Area Family YMCA

YMCA of South West Illinois

Mercer County Family YMCA

YMCA of Springfield

North Suburban YMCA

YMCA of Warren County


YMCA Youth & Government

PLEASE NOTE: Non-participating Y's include YMCA of Metro Chicago, Champaign Association and University Y.
Participating Y's that do not have workout facilities include YMCA Youth & Government and Tri-Town YMCA.

Advancing Equity For all

A Deeper Dive Into Equity – EQUALITY VS. EQUITY

Equality is an approach in which all members of a society are afforded opportunities, access and treatment in the same manner.  

Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage from achieving their full potential because of their background or social position. A key principle of equity is the acknowledgment that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations who through systemic inequality, have not had equal access to resources, opportunities or support systems. Equity requires identifying and eliminating the institutional, organizational and societal barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, and developing the solutions and support systems that are relevant to social structures, trends and challenges. 

In the graphic above, the apples represent opportunities people need in order to reach their potential; the size of the individuals represents the impact that systemic inequities has on people and communities; and the boxes represent support systems that help individuals overcome barriers so they can thrive. 


  • What is one opportunity (“apple”) you would like everyone in your community to have access to?
  • What is one barrier may be preventing some individuals/groups from accessing that opportunity?
  • How can individuals and institutions in your community create support systems (“boxes”) to help people overcome this barrier?

Equity & Child Hunger

According to the USDA, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity and child hunger prevent youth from achieving their full potential. When kids are hungry, they cannot learn and they do not have the energy they need to stay active and healthy. That’s why the Y serves nutritious meals and snacks to thousands of children and teens in more than 3,000 communities across the country. In 2016, nearly half a million youth received out-of-school nutrition from their local Y.

Learn more about our food program provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Understanding Privilege

Privilege is defined as an “unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of their identity.” Examples of aspects of identity that can afford privilege include ability, age, citizenship status, economic/social class, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation. It is important to remember that the possession of identity-based privilege is beyond one’s control; it is counterproductive to feel—or cause someone to feel—guilty or insecure about their privilege. However, awareness of privilege is an important first step toward developing a greater sense of empathy towards others and awareness of the barriers that prevent certain groups from obtaining equitable access to opportunities. Watch a video highlighting a “privilege walk” exercise intended to help individuals assess their privileges – across various aspects of their identity – relative to others in a group.

Delivering Preventive Health Care to All

The Y offers an equitable approach to health challenges in all communities.
Hundreds of Ys across the country run evidence-based programs to battle chronic diseases and health issues that particularly affect minorities.


Asian Americans and other minority groups have a higher risk for stroke and hypertension compared to Caucasians.

We offer Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring as a way to help those with high blood pressure reduce their risk.

More than 22 million adults report some degree of activity limitation because of arthritis.

We provide Enhance®Fitness programs to improve the quality of life for older adults and people with arthritis.


source: YMCA Member News Article: February 2017

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