Fitness fad feeds jumps in members

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Membership numbers have increased in the past five years at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA and the Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center.

Dean Buntley, executive director of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, said they are seeing an increase in family memberships because parents can enroll their children in classes, sports, lessons or camps — while the adults can work out at the same time. He said 104 families or individuals became members in June.

“We are also seeing more baby boomers that are realizing that consistent exercise allows them to enjoy the prime of their lives,” he said.

Since the doors opened for the Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center in 2008, the membership roll has increased from 1,000 (with about 2,000 add-on members, including spouses and children) to about 2,000 (with 5,000 add-on members). Although the majority of the members are from the Spring Lake area, they still have people coming from surrounding areas including Grand Haven and Muskegon.

Jason Epplett, director of the Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center, said they are seeing particular increases in their swim classes, kid swim lessons, group exercise and personal trainers.

Programs attracting members to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA are yoga classes, water aerobics and the new Crossfit Program, Buntley said. He said the Crossfit Program is attracting members who are looking for a more intense, structured workout with a trainer; while yoga classes appeal for a blend of ages and families interested in working out together.

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