December Members of the Month Gilbert & Martha Sanchez

DECEMBER 2022
MEMBERS OF THE MONTH

GILBERT & MARTHA SANCHEZ

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Gilbert & Martha Sanchez, who have continually been a loyal Y members. Let’s get to know them!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • We both love exercising early. Gilbert is retired from AT&T and Martha is a Bank Manager at Woodforest Bank in Portage. We attend St. Patrick’s Community Church in Chesterton, and we have 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • We like weightlifting- we enjoy the weight room and machine area.
  • What fitness classes do you participate in?
    • We are looking at several different classes, but we haven’t decided which ones to try as of yet. There are so many to choose from.
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • Both the staff and the fitness crowd here are all friendly! 🙂  
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • We live in Chesterton- it’s close to us and very accommodating, and they provide many services. 

December Employee of the Month Annamarie Stokum

DECEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ANNAMARIE STOKUM

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Annamarie Stokum! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Annamarie Stokum, and I work as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Forchetti Center for Early Learning.
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have worked at the Y for 1 year and 6 months.  
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • I was a student at the preschool prior to working here.
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • They are helping me to achieve my goals and have also helped me gain great friends.
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • Do it!
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • The Y has given me the chance to be successful in school, and I will be forever grateful

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS – Nov. 25-28

Take advantage of our Black Friday- Cyber Monday deals – our best deals all year! Whether you plan to become a member or commit to personal or small group training, take advantage of these BIG savings starting Friday, Nov. 25, and running until Monday, Nov. 28!

THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO JOIN!

NO JOIN FEE & NO PAYMENT until Dec. 15th

Enjoy no payment to join the Y on Black Friday – up to $130 savings!

This deal is available Friday, Nov. 25th through Monday, Nov. 28th. The regular draft begins on Dec. 15th. Must sign up in person or online. Use code “blackfriday” to purchase online.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Personal Training Packages

For existing and new training clients, enjoy a a buy one get one 50% off savings on personal packages.

Training Package deal begins Friday, Nov. 25th and ends Monday, Nov. 28th. Training packages must be purchased in person or over the phone. Call 219) 926-4204 or visit the Duneland YMCA front desk.

Thanksgiving Group Exercise Schedule

Thanksgiving Modified Group Exercise Schedule

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all know that the holidays are not only a time for feasting and seeing family and friends, but can also be stressful and tiring for a plethora of reasons, regardless of whether or not you’re the host! Get in a quick and effective workout at the Y to help mentally prepare for the holiday ahead, in mind, body, and spirit, or to get more energy after a big meal! A great workout calms nerves, focuses the mind, relaxes tension, and helps keep you healthy and fit!

MODIFIED GROUP EXERCISE SCHEDULE

The Duneland Family YMCA will be running a modified schedule for the Thanksgiving Weekend:

Thursday, November 24
  • The Duneland Family YMCA, Forchetti Center, and all program sites are closed on Thanksgiving Day.
     
    Check out YMCA360 for on demand classes while the Y is closed!
Friday, November 25

The Y is open 5:00am-9:00pm

  • Low Impact Cardio at 8:15am
  • BodyPump at 8:30am
  • Les Mills CORE at 9:30am

FUN ZONE WILL BE CLOSED

Saturday, November 26
  • Yoga w/ Mo at 7am

Dancing Like the Stars 2022

DANCING LIKE THE STARS 2022

The 2022 Dancing Like the Stars, Duneland Family YMCA’s signature fundraising event, was held at Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center on Saturday, November 5. Over 600 guests attended to cheer for nine local celebrities who performed a variety of dances to raise to provide critical funding that enables the Y to make an impact in the Duneland community and ensure that ALL are welcome and can participate in programs, classes, and activities that build a health spirit, mind and body for all. This year’s theme was “Party Like It’s 199.” Guests were encouraged to add to the fun by breaking out their fanny packs, windbreakers, and best 90’s themed attire. 

The impressive 2022 Stars lineup included Jim Anton, Shepherd Insurance, Jim Crawford, Lakeshore Mechanical; Corey Hecht, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Aimee Monik, Duneland Family YYMCA: Cami Osborn, Precision Dental; Jenny Soffin, The IN Coast; Traci Urban, Duneland School District; Dan Marchetti, Urschel Laboratories, Bri Nguyen, Trinity Displays. These community leaders sought sponsorships and popularity votes, and invited countless guests to be part of their “cheering sections” all in an effort to entertain the crowd, help others, and, of course, win the competition! Each dancer was provided a series of dance lessons at local studios including DanceBizz Dance Center. The performances were dazzling and the entertainment was phenomenal.

At the conclusion of the program, prizes were awarded in appreciation of the contestants’ efforts.  Judges for the evening were Calla Baily, Jessica Amling, and Raeann Trakas. Traci Urban won the Judge’s Choice Award honoring the best performance of the evening. Jenny Soffin was awarded the People’s Choice Award, which was determined by the number of popular votes received by each Star (votes were purchased for $5 each by supporters). Dan Marchetti won the Big Bucks Award by raising the most money for the event, bringing in over $17,000 in sponsorships and donations. Cami Osborn had the loudest cheering section and was awarded the Team Spirit award. New this year, Jim Anton was awarded the “All About the Benjamins Award” raising the most money that evening through donations.

Sponsors for the evening included Platinum Sponsors; Precision Dental, Trinity Displays Northshore Health Centers, Trout Family (Jim and Lindsay), American Licorice, Urschel Laboratories, Bozovich Wellness, Merill Lynch, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Lakeshore Mechanical, Gariup Construction, Paul Boyter McColly Real Estate, Berglund Construction, 1st Source Bank, Kroft Family, Royko Concrete, Cleveland Cliffs, NiSource, Tonn, And Blank Construction, Edmonds & Evans, Monosol, The INCoast, Adelman Trucking, Biggby Coffee, RV Sutton, Ennis Builders, Benjamin F Edwards, Metropolitan Steel, SEI Solutions, CAPTRUST, Tim and Kathy Harris, Shepherd Insurance. Northwest Health, Discovery Charter School, Waxi Taxi, Fit Body Bootcamp, Dig the Dunes, Ronald ‘Red’ Stone, NITCO, Smith Legal Group, Shinn Builders, Chris Frain, Chesterton Feed and Garden.

The Duneland Family YMCA has been serving the Duneland Communities for over 50 years focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y is open 7 days a week. For more information on Y programs, services and membership, visit us online at www.dunelandymca.org, call (219) 926-4204, or visit the & at 215 Roosevelt St. in Chesterton. The Y. Always Here for Our Communities

November Employee of the Month Andrea Brophy

NOVEMBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ANDREA BROPHY

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Andrea Brophy! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • I am Andrea Brophy and I work in Membership Services 
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have worked at the Y for 3 and a half years now.
  • Have you worked in any other positions/ departments here at the Y?
    • I teach art class to the seniors.   
  • Was your first experience with the Y as a staff member, or had you been introduced to the Y before becoming an employee?
    • My daughter started precool at the Y and we became members on a scholarship, then I was offered a job!
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • My favorite aspect of working at the Y is having the opportunity to make people smile and laugh.
  • What’s one program/class every Y member should try?
    • There are so many, My daughter loves Kida Zumba,  the sports, everything is good here. 
  • What would you say to anyone wanting to join the Y as a member or employee?
    • I would tell them that we are “the friendly Y” and we are here for everyone.
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • I love my Duneland YMCA family! 

November Member of the Month Ana Scott

NOVEMBER 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

ANA SCOTT

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Ana Scott, who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know her!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I am always cheery and friendly! 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • I like to get moving and participate in Silver Sneakers and Building Fit Friends
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • Everyone here is friendly and helpful, also it is so close to home. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • Because!!! 🙂 

October Member of the Month – Trevin Fowler

OCTOBER 2022
MEMBER OF THE MONTH

TREVIN FOWLER

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Member of the Month is designed to help you get to know the members that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re introducing Trevin Fowler, who has continually been a loyal Y member. Let’s get to know him!

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself: what are some fun facts about you?
    • I am a father of 7 very active children, I served a Christian Mission to Ecuador for 2 years, I love mountain biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and hiking in the mountains (mostly in Utah). I am a native Oregonian, went to school in Utah and have lived in Indiana for 17 years now. 
  • What types of fitness/ training/ exercise do you enjoy the most?
    • Cross training; incorporating weight training and cardio (to keep up with the kids and as training to run obstacle races, like the Spartan Race.) 
  • What is your favorite part of the Duneland Family YMCA?
    • The people are super friendly and kind, it’s super close to my home, and my kids love it too. 
  • Why is the Duneland Family YMCA your preferred gym in Chesterton, IN?
    • Same answers as the question above! 
Trevin Fowler

October Employee of the Month – Amani Corral

OCTOBER 2022
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

AMANI CORRAL

The Duneland Family YMCA’s Employee of the Month is designed to help you get to know the employees that help make our Y community great. This month, we’re celebrating Amani Corral! Let’s get to know her:

  • What is your name and current title?
    • My name is Amani Corral and I work as a Lead Instructor for Out of School Learning. 
  • How long have you worked at the Y?
    • I have been working here for a little over a year and a half!
  • Have you worked in any other positions/ departments here at the Y?
    • I have also worked as a summer camp counselor!   
  • What’s your favorite aspect of being a Y staff member? 
    • My favorite aspect of working at the Y is being able to inspire kids to grow and learn in an exciting way!
  • Wild card: Is there anything else you would like to share? 
    • I also go by “Shoe” 
Amani Corral

What is Les Mills?

What is Les Mills?

We all know it can be hard to find the motivation to work out some days. But what if you could hop out of bed excited about your daily exercise class? Les Mills hopes to make this dream a reality by offering modern group workout programs that make fitness more enjoyable and accessible.

Les Mills classes fuse science, movement and music with the latest exercise trends and technology to deliver a workout experience that will change your outlook on exercise. Although available in different exercise styles and intensities, all Les Mills classes focus on one goal: bringing people together to harness the power of group fitness and collective determination.

Whether you’re new to the Les Mills trend or need clarification, this article will explain everything from the origin of Les Mills to the different types of programs and their benefits. Keep reading to find out why Les Mills might be your new exercise program of choice.

Where Did Les Mills Start?

The Les Mills story began in 1968 when Les Mills, a four-time Olympian, started his first gym in Auckland, New Zealand, because he wanted to make athletic workouts more accessible to the public. But the Les Mills method didn’t fully evolve into the cutting-edge group exercise classes we now know and love until Mills’ son Philip became fascinated by the power of group fitness and started the first aerobics group workout in 1980. Those early group workout sessions drew lines that stretched down the street, motivating the younger Mills to keep creating group exercise classes revolving around the sounds of trendy music.

Over the next decade, Philip Mills and his wife Jackie built upon the concept of group workout classes before introducing weights and launching the first BODYPUMP™ class in 1990. Since then, the Les Mills brand has grown to include a variety of exercise styles, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and cycling to martial arts and yoga. Each Les Mills class incorporates contemporary music, movement and technology, with a spirited and knowledgable instructor leading the way.

Currently headed by Philip and Jackie’s children, Les Mills continues to produce heart-pumping fitness classes perfect for group settings that lead to mutual perspiration and inspiration. As an international brand, Les Mills now offers 21 fitness programs in more than 100 countries.

What Are the Different Types of Les Mills Workout Classes offered at the Duneland Family YMCA?

The wide variety of Les Mills group workouts allows athletes of all fitness levels to find a workout that suits their ability. Whether you’re up for a high-intensity cardio class or want to dance your way to fitness, Les Mills has a program for you. At the Duneland Y, we currently offer the following classes on our group ex schedule: