Courtney: 100 Pounds Lighter & I Love my Y

Courtney at Gym

I’m Courtney, I’m 34 years old and I’m a mother of three. I’ve been a member since February 2012. Back at the end of September 2016, I went on a weight loss journey. Between then and the summer of 2017 I had naturally lost over 100 pounds after working out and making healthier food choices.

I come to the Y five days a week and enjoy coming here because of the welcoming atmosphere and great fitness set up. I have made a lot of friends and learned a lot about lifting weights as well as cardio.

Y staff are always friendly and give great advice and pointers on what I could do to make my workouts better. Anytime I have a question about how to use something or if my stance is proper they are always there to help.

I come to the Y, and not another gym, because of the great people and helpfulness of everyone (not just staff but also members). Everyone is always friendly and no one is ever out to put anyone down.

Fun fact, I’m currently trying for a half marathon in Niagara Falls in June. In 2022, I ran the 10km in Niagara and got first place female! When I started at the Y I couldn’t even jog slowly for 30 second without being completely winded…

The Y is like a second home to me, I couldn’t imagine being more comfortable and having such a special experience anywhere else!

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