Rye Y Story Project: Michael B.

Michael-BI first came to the Y when I was in high school. I was a lifeguard, swim instructor and Assistant Aquatics Director and continued working at the Y for a couple of summers beyond that. It was an interesting place to be. My boss would challenge us to swim as far under water as possible, with a goal of three lengths, and to bench press up to 250 pounds in the then tiny weight room. We also would go scuba diving in the pool after hours. This inclination to push harder, to take on new challenges, impacted me the rest of my life.

When I returned to the Y a couple years ago, I found that spirit still here. There’s an environment of pushing oneself, of wanting to do your best. I like taking the more challenging yoga classes, Pilates, kick boxing, cardio, strength training, the Ultimate Challenge and many others as time allows.

I was amazed when I came back to the Y to see the growth—two pools instead of one as well as many other strategic community based innovations! Though it didn’t surprise me completely. The Y was always a place that was continuously improving and all the enhancements over the years proved that.

I’m very impressed with the professionalism and experience of the instructors, especially the ones who teach the more rigorous classes. You have the best of the best here. I’m also impressed by the Y’s holistic approach, what I call the bio-psycho-social-techno-spiritual model. The Y has an array of classes that are broad in scope and support each other. You have classes for everyone, including people who want to take it to the ultimate.