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YMCA Motivates Members to Stay Active

“You can set your watch by Andy Potter’s daily workouts,” said Adam Key, associate wellness director of the Innovation Quarter YMCA, the branch of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina located in the 525@vine building. “He’s like clockwork, and just one of many dedicated Innovation Quarter employees who are here during the work week.”

“Obviously, the number one thing that drew me to the Y was the location,” said Potter, who works at Inmar. “Being located in Innovation Quarter made it extremely convenient and left me with no excuses for not getting to the gym. I’ve gone down two notches on my belt and have no plans of slowing up.”

Key is one of the trained wellness instructors on the Innovation Quarter YMCA staff. He and other instructors help members get and stay fit through a variety of classes and programs, including yoga, Zumba, suspension training, Pilates, uFit and hip hop cycle. The Y also offers one-on-one sessions with personal fitness trainers.

For Kayla Rose, a student in Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies, the benefits of exercise go beyond the obvious. She likes meeting new people and taking a break from the rigorous demands of her program, which is based in 525@vine.

“The Innovation Quarter Y is in the perfect location,” Rose said. “Having it just a few floors away motivates me to work out every day.”

The Y’s mission of “helping people reach their potential in spirit, mind and body” is a perfect fit for Innovation Quarter and its focus on the whole person, from work to home.

“The Y’s goal of healthy living for its members is a part of the life-work balance that people are trying to achieve,” said Carrie Collins, vice president of marketing and communications for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “This location not only contributes in a major way to helping people stay healthy and more productive but it is also allows us to be a part of the ‘play’ component of work, live, learn and play in the Innovation Quarter.”

The Innovation Quarter branch of the YMCA is located on the first floor of 525@vine building. Operating hours are from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information, visit ymcanwnc.org or call +1.336.245.5140.