Fitness-conscious residents across Ohio can now keep up with their workouts even while traveling.
YMCAs across Ohio have joined together to offer reciprocal membership through the “My Y is Every Y” program that launched in October.
Now Ohio YMCA members can access over 50 YMCA locations in Ohio, at no charge when they present a valid YMCA membership ID card.
“We know today’s families are more mobile than ever,” said Woody Fitton, CEO for the Great Miami Valley YMCA. “Whether for work or play, we’re committed to providing a YMCA opportunity to people as they travel the state.”
The Great Miami Valley YMCA includes six locations across Butler County. Visit www.ohioymcas.org/reciprocity to find a list of all the participating Ohio YMCA locations.
Members should bring their YMCA ID card and a photo ID card to access a partner Y. Some restrictions may apply depending on the YMCA, so members are encouraged to check with the Y they plan to visit ahead of time.
“We’re very excited to be able to bring this added benefit to members,” said Beth Tsvetkoff, executive director for the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs. “Our members count on their local Ys for their health and wellness needs. Now they’ll be able to take advantage of what Ys across Ohio have to offer.”
The Lakota Family YMCA, which serves 1,700 families, has already had several members from the Cincinnati YMCA opt to workout at the Liberty Twp. facility when work has brought them to the area, said John Schaller, CEO of Lakota Family YMCA.
“From the reaction, it’s a success,” Schaller said.
YMCA leaders across Ohio have been working on this new partnership for the past year to make the facilities “more user friendly and open to everyone,” Schaller said.
“The YMCA has such great things to offer … with a focus on family and healthy living,” Schaller said, including arts and crafts, aerobics, swimming, specialized fitness and childcare.
The “My Y is Every Y” program began in 2010 in New England and has expanded to other states.