NEW combined Berlin/Babe Schedule begins Monday, September 26 at the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch

14 more group exercise classes will be offered featuring Babe favorites! Also, the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch will be opening at 5am starting Monday, October 10.

 

FAQs for Berlin Schedule Changes

Why is Prime Time start time changing?
To accommodate the additional classes we are bringing to the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch.

Why is Sit & Fit start and end times changing?
We moved the time up to accommodate the additional classes we are bringing to the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch. We also changed the class time from 60 minutes to 45 minutes in accordance with recommendations of the Silver Sneakers programs.

Why did you change the 8am Body Flow classes to Muscle/Stretch?
We added Body Flow to M/W/F@ 11am. With the consolidation of the two branches, we sought to bring in established classes at Babe while still providing our popular programming already at Berlin.

Why is my favorite instructor no longer teaching the class?
We are thrilled to expand our instructor family and know that it will only improve our programming for you, the member.

Why did you remove the Friday evening Zumba?
While we tried to create a schedule to merge two very busy programming schedules, some accommodations had to be sought. We do offer Zumba on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Why did you remove the Wednesday night Zumba class?
In consolidating the two branches some difficult decisions had to be reached. We understand that Zumba has a great following as does Dance Trance. We felt this change offered the best solution. You can still Zumba with David on Monday evenings @ 5:30pm.

Why Dance Trance is now offered at different times?
The morning Dance Trance classes were moved to accommodate additional classes. We are also pleased to be able to offer the additional classes on Wednesday and Saturday as they are favorites with all members.

Why did the 12 noon Body Pump classes on Tuesday/Thursday change?
We pushed the time back to 12:15pm to accommodate those on their lunch hour. We also added a CX option on Tuesday.

Why is Balance Fit at a different time?
In order to accommodate additional classes, some existing classes needed to move.    

Why are there two Body Pumps on Friday afternoon?
To accommodate those who work and cannot make the already very popular 4:15pm Body Pump.

 

Downtown Babe Weiller Branch Consolidating with Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch

As you may be aware, our lease at the Babe Weiller Branch expires on October 31, 2016. Over the last several years, we have worked tirelessly to negotiate favorable rental rates with the landlords, identify funding for the required tenant improvements and locate alternative space. Unfortunately, we have not been successful in these endeavors. The combination of declining membership revenue, high downtown rental rates and the cost of tenant improvements has forced us to make the difficult decision to consolidate the Babe Weiller Branch with the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch effective Friday, October 7. 

The newly renovated Berlin Branch (located just east of downtown at 1075 South Euclid Avenue) is ready to welcome you. Many of your favorite group classes will be incorporated in the Berlin schedule (view schedule), and your Babe Weiller instructors will still be teaching those classes. The Berlin Branch offers additional amenities, including a pool, more studios and classes, larger changing rooms, child watch and larger social areas to congregate with friends. Staff and volunteers are waiting to give you a tour of the facility, connect you to classes and programs and answer any questions you may have. A welcome breakfast will be held Monday, October 10 at 8am and luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 11:30am. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your membership and support which enable the Sarasota YMCA to further our mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. If you have any questions, please visit the Babe Weiller Membership Desk or call (941) 366-6778. 

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch Les Mills Mini Quarterly September 9-10

Friday, September 9

STUDIO A
GRIT MASTER CLASS @ 5:45pm
w/Master Trainer Andy Parrish
(Zumba @ 5:45pm will be in Studio B)

Saturday, September 10

STUDIO A
Zumba 7:30 – 8:30am (this week only)
ALL other classes are cancelled
Mini Quarterly – Must pre-register to attend the workshop

STUDIO B & C
Regular schedule

PORTABLE
GRIT @ 9:30am is cancelled

Kurt Stringfellow, President & CEO of the Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc., announces resignation

Kurt Stringfellow, President & CEO of the Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc., announced his resignation on Thursday, July 21 to pursue an opportunity to return to his “southern roots” that he and his family could not pass up. Kurt would like to express his gratitude for the support he received from the community, leadership and staff over the years. “These relationships and results are embedded deep into my heart and I will be forever thankful,” said Kurt Stringfellow.

Under his leadership since November 2012, the Sarasota YMCA has revitalized the organization’s culture and cause, while financially stabilizing the organization and strengthening branch operations, including returning our CBC to being a leader in child welfare. Kurt championed efforts to raise the Y’s profile, incorporating national Y-USA health initiatives such as LiveStrong at the YMCA and Diabetes Prevention Program.

We are grateful for how well platformed Kurt has positioned the Y for the future. We look forward to continued success and leadership as we transition into our next phase of growth and service to the community. 

 

Austin Katz qualifies for 200 back finals at Olympic Trials

By Jim Brockman , Herald-Tribune

Assuming he was able to sleep Thursday night, Austin Katz went to bed with the dream of a lifetime legitimately within his grasp. The dream of every young American swimmer.

The 17-year-old member of the Sarasota Sharks and winner of multiple state gold medals for the Riverview Rams qualified for Friday night's final in the 200 backstroke after turning in a pair of stunning performances Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

The top two finishers in tonight’s race will earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic swim team.

Katz ripped through the water at Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska, in a time of 1 minute, 57.79 seconds in one of Thursday night’s semifinals, good for 6th place overall in a field of 114 of the nation’s best swimmers.

The Sarasota YMCA Receives Grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation to fund Operation Graduation

The Sarasota Family YMCA is able to support the continuance of an innovative range of educational services that engage youth from early childhood (Pre-K) through high school and as they transition to and progress through postsecondary education paths thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.

Funding will support the Y’s Operation Graduation Educational Continuum, one of the Y’s most distinctive, community-driven series of programming. Each age appropriate component of this three-prong project has been developed to meet specific needs identified by the community. For all components, the needs addressed include helping at-risk, low income, minority and other disadvantaged children, youth and their families overcome the damaging effects of poverty and low academic achievement. These are accomplished by providing comprehensive enrichment programs that support individuals in reaching their highest potential and succeeding both academically and socially.

For more information about the ways in which the Sarasota YMCA is helping our community, please visit our website at www.sarasotaymca.org or call (941) 951-1336.

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch Group Exercise Classes Canceled Monday, May 30-Friday, June 3

Group Exercise Studios A, B, C and Portable will be closed Memorial Day week for our annual deep cleaning!

REGULAR PROGRAMMING WILL RESUME ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4


Outdoor Bootcamp classes will remain in session Wednesday, June 1 & Friday, June 3 at 5:30-6:30pm located at Potter Park.

Pentathlon events will affect facility access at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch May 2-8

Outdoor Pool will be open to members during the Pentathlon:
Friday, May 6 -  CLOSED
Saturday, May 7 - 2pm-5pm

Water Park hours:
Saturday, May 7 - 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 8- 11am-4pm

Only the Gymnasium will be CLOSED due to the Pentathlon:
Monday, May 2 thru Sunday, May 8

ALL REGULAR GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES ARE OPEN AS USUAL

Racquetball courts closed Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 1

Racquetball courts will be closed to YMCA members for a 2016 USA Racquetball Regional Singles tournament. Thank you for your support.

Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch
Closed Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 1

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch
Closed Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30 from 12-6pm

Sharks Swim Team wins 16th YMCA Nationals

The Sharks had a successful week and fought through some adversity. I am very proud of them. 
- Brent Arckey, Sarasota YMCA Sharks head coach

Highlights 

  • Drew Clark won 1000, and 1650 free (three years in a row)
  • Austin Katz won the 200 back, with the YMCA national record 
  • Boys won the 800 free relay with the YMCA national record (Katz, Erlenmeyer, Nutter, Clark)
  • Boys won the 400 medley relay (Garcia, Riley, Katz, Erlenmeyer)

 

Sharks Swim team wins FLAGS

Congratulations to our Sarasota YMCA Sharks and Head Coach Brent Arckey for winning FLAGS (Florida Age Group Champs!) The Sarasota YMCA hosted almost 900 athletes during this four day meet. It was a great success. Thanks for all the support.

The Sharks have not lost a Championship meet this season winning Y-States, Florida Senior Champs and Florida Age Group Champs. Next up is YMCA Nationals. Good luck to our champion swim team!

SCORES

Combined
SYS: 3323.5
Bolles: 1437
Southwest Stars: 1229

Men
SYS: 1774
Logerhead Aquatics: 621
Bolles: 597.5

Women
SYS: 1549.5
Southwest Stars: 1094
Bolles: 839.5

 

Sarasota Family YMCA Receives Grant from Publix Super Markets Charities

The Sarasota YMCA announced that they are the recipient of a grant from Publix Super Markets Charities. Grant funds will be used for education enrichment, career preparation and college readiness activities provided through the Sarasota YMCA’s youth mentoring programs.  

The Y is proud to partner with Publix Super Markets Charities to improve the lives of young people in the communities we serve.

For more information about the Achievers program or the ways in which you can help the Sarasota YMCA, please contact 941-951-1336 x3 or visit www.sarasotaymca.org.

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY WISHES FULFILLED THANKS TO HOLIDAY DONATION

Sarasota, Fla. - The Sarasota Family YMCA is pleased to announce a donation from the Kathleen T. Catlin Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The grant will enable the Sarasota YMCA to fulfill holiday wish lists from hundreds of the neediest children served by the Y.  Every year the Sarasota YMCA seeks support from community partners and individual donors so that every child under its care has a gift to open during the holiday season.

For more information about the ways in which you can help the Sarasota YMCA, please contact (941) 951-1336 x3 or visit www.sarasotaymca.org.

 

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About Sarasota YMCA: 

THE SARASOTA YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. 

For more information about the ways in which the Sarasota YMCA is helping our community, please visit our website at www.sarasotaymca.org.

Holiday Schedule

Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch

OUTDOOR POOL
December 19-23, 12-2pm
Thursday, December 24, 9am-11am
Friday, December 25, CLOSED
Saturday, December 26, 12pm-5pm
Sunday, December 27, 10:30am-3pm
Monday, December 28, 10:30am-3pm
Tuesday, December 29, 10:30am-3pm
Wednesday, December 30, 10:30am-1pm
Thursday, December 31, 10:30am-1pm
Friday, January 1, 10:30am-3pm
Saturday, January 2, 10:30am-1pm/3-5pm
Sunday, January 3, 8:30am-1pm
 

Christmas Eve
OPEN 5:30AM-1PM

STUDIO A
7:45AM ZUMBA – JANET
9:00AM NICE & EASY - MARIANN
10:15AM BODYPUMP – GILLIAN
11:30AM DANCETRANCE – CANDACE (NO BREAKDOWN)

STUDIO B
9:00AM PILATES - JUDY
10:30AM MUSCLE WORKS+ – JANET
11:45AM TAI CHI - LESLIE

STUDIO C
8:00AM CYCLE – JUDY
9:00AM CYCLE – JANET

PORTABLE
9:15AM GRIT CARDIO – ERIC (45 minute class)
 

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 

New Year's Eve
OPEN 5:30AM-1PM

STUDIO A
7:45AM STRETCH - KATHY
9:00AM NICE & EASY - MARIANN
10:15AM BODYPUMP – GILLIAN
11:30AM DANCETRANCE – CANDACE
(NO BREAKDOWN)

STUDIO B
7:45AM ZUMBA – JANET
9:00AM PILATES - JUDY
10:30AM MUSCLE WORKS+ – KELLY

STUDIO C
8:00AM CYCLE – JUDY
9:00AM CYCLE – KATHY

PORTABLE
9:15AM GRIT CARDIO – ERIC (45 MINUTE CLASS)


New Year's Day
REGULAR HOURS

STUDIO A
9:00AM TONE & SCULPT - BARBARA
10:15AM YOGA - KATHY
11:30AM BODYPUMP - GILLIAN

STUDIO B
9:00AM STRETCH - COLLEEN
9:30AM CXWORX- MICHELLE
10:15AM BODYCOMBAT - MICHELLE
11:30AM YOGA - COLLEEN

STUDIO C
9:00AM CYCLE - JUDY
10:00AM RPM+ - DIANE

PORTABLE
10:45AM GRIT - GILLIAN

 

Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch

Christmas Eve
OPEN 5:30AM-1PM


Thursday, December 24
Normally scheduled classes until 12 noon.
No TRX @ 10:15am
No Balletone @ 11:30am
 

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 

New Year’s Eve
OPEN 5:30AM-1PM

Thursday, December 31
Normally scheduled classes until 12 noon. 
No TRX @ 10:15am
No CX Worx @ 10:15am
 

New Year’s Day
REGULAR HOURS

Friday, January 1

STUDIO A
9AM BODY COMBAT - LARA
10:15AM PRIME TIME - JAN BOISEN
11:30AM GRIT - TOM
12PM    BODY PUMP - AMY

STUDIO B
9AM YOGA - JAN BOISEN
10:15AM DANCE TRANCE - COURTNEY
11:30AM TAI CHI - GINA
1PM YOGA - ALENA
    
STUDIO C
9:15AM INDOOR CYCLING - PETER

 

BABE WEILLER BRANCH

Christmas Eve
OPEN 5AM-1PM

6-7AM BOOT CAMP
9:15-10:15AM BODYPUMP™
 

Christmas Day
CLOSED

 

New Year’s Eve
OPEN 5AM-1PM

6-7AM BOOT CAMP
9:15-10:15AM BODYPUMP™
 

New Year’s Day
REGULAR HOURS

5:45-7AM CYCLE
7-7:30AM GRIT™ 
8-9AM MUSCLE/STRETCH
9:15-10:15AM SAFE & STRONG
11AM-12PM YOGA
12:15-1PM SPIN CIRCUIT
5:30-6:30PM BODYPUMP™ 

Sarasota YMCA Selected to Receive LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Implementation Grant

Initiative designed to improve quality of life for cancer survivors and their families to launch early 2016 in Sarasota


The Sarasota YMCA will become a provider of the nationally recognized LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program thanks to an implementation grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the Y’s national resource office, in partnership with the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. The Frank G. Berlin Sr., Branch YMCA will be launching the program in early 2016. The 12-week physical activity and well-being initiative helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. Additionally, programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are part of the Y’s overall commitment to help cancer survivors recover in a safe and supportive environment. The Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch YMCA will launch the program in the spring. 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidence-based program based on best practices for cancer survivor exercise. The goals of the program are to empower adult cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength offered in a supportive, small-group setting. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 14 million people in the U.S. today are cancer survivors – those living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Historically, health care providers instructed cancer patients to rest and avoid activity or exertion, but studies now demonstrate the importance of physical activity for cancer survivors. 

“Research shows exercise is the simplest way for cancer survivors to reduce fatigue, improve their mood and bounce back more quickly from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment,” said Chandini Portteus, President and CEO of the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. “The Y is the perfect collaborator for the program because of its national reach, commitment to meeting the needs of all community members and history of program innovation in support of health and wellness. Through our partnership, we’ve now been able to widely expand the program into more than 450 cities throughout the country to ensure survivors have access.” 

The Sarasota YMCA is one of 21 Ys in the U.S. to receive a 2015 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Implementation Grant from Y-USA in partnership with the LIVESTRONG® Foundation. This grant will help with the initial program training and implementation while the Sarasota YMCA will be responsible for raising the balance of funds required to sustain these efforts and offer the 12-week exercise program free of charge to survivors. 

“We are honored to bring LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to Sarasota and share the passion of the LIVESTRONG® Foundation for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer. We look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families,” said Kurt Stringfellow, President and CEO of the Sarasota YMCA. ”Additionally, as the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation's health, offering programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA also enables us to build organizational capacity and infrastructure to help better serve cancer survivors.” 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is made possible by a cooperative agreement between Y-USA and the LIVESTRONG® Foundation, which seeks to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. Launched in 2008, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country’s growing population of cancer survivors and their families. To date, more than 30,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide. 

The Sarasota Family YMCA Receives Health Literacy Grant from Florida Blue

The Sarasota Family YMCA has been awarded a one-year $5,000 grant for the implementation of a health literacy program to benefit its Adult ESOL and family literacy students. 

This grant, awarded by Florida Blue and the Florida Literacy Coalition, will integrate health and nutrition into the Y’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum. The focus is to help students acquire information and resources that will help them navigate the medical system and make informed health decisions.

There is a growing recognition among health care providers and adult educators around the country that limited English language and literacy skills can have a significant impact on one’s health. Health Literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.  

There is a growing recognition among health care providers and adult educators around the country that limited English language and literacy skills can have a significant impact on one’s health. According to the National Adult Assessment of Literacy, 14% of Americans cannot comprehend basic health information. The study indicates that health illiteracy is especially prevalent among: 1) adults who did not complete high school, with 49% having below basic health literacy, and 2) foreign born adults who have English as their second language.

Adults with low literacy levels often fail to engage in early detection and preventive health care. They also have significant difficulties navigating the health care system and following their doctors’ treatment plans. Florida ranks 33rd out of 50 states in the 2011 study “America’s Health Rankings.”  The state’s greatest health challenges include a high rate of uninsured population, a low high school graduation rate, and high prevalence of diabetes.

The Florida Health Literacy Initiative provides training, resources and funding to assist Florida ESOL and family literacy programs to integrate health education into their instruction. The object is to help students develop basic literacy and English language skills while gaining information to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition.

The award was officially presented during the 31st Annual Florida Literacy Conference in April.

“The support of this initiative reflects Florida Blue’s commitment to helping adult learners, many of whom are new to this country, become informed health advocates for themselves and their families,” said Greg Smith, executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition. “We look forward to working together with the Sarasota YMCA and its HIPPY program to raise awareness about health literacy.

The Sarasota YMCA is one of 17 grant recipients selected for the sixth grant year of this statewide initiative.  

PY Coordinator Valerie Reeves shows off the new garden planted by students in the Health Literacy program.