Build your Strength & Endurance on the Y’s New Fitness Equipment

by Blake Herzog

If you haven’t been to the James Family Prescott YMCA in a while, you ought to take a look.

Over the summer, $200,000 worth of new machines, weights and other equipment was installed, replacing 20- to 30-year-old forerunners.

About 40 new strength-training machines and 23 cardio platforms have been added to provide smoother, quieter sailing for everyone coming in to fire up their core, spike their heart rate and shred their muscles at this affordable fitness haven with about 7,300 members.

Fitness Director Aimee Blackwood says much of the equipment is easy to use but tells anyone looking for a little guidance that “you’re not on your own. We have a fitness orientation for new members, and you can work one-on-one with a trainer to learn about the equipment and to get started.”

Blackwood highlights some of the expanded choices users now have, including the Go Matrix circuit training system intended for those new to using a gym, kids, seniors or anyone who prefers machines that are easy to understand and adjust.

QR codes are available to help pull up videos on your phone. These videos demonstrate using the equipment and are even color-coded according to upper or lower body work.

The rest of the weight-training equipment has been moved into a large room to give it more separation from the cardio equipment.

The circuit machines here are a little harder to adjust but can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of specific training programs. There are (almost literally) tons of new weights and expanded weight racks, which make it easier to store and retrieve heavier weights.

Member Jerome Celoni left town for a couple of months and was impressed when he came back to the Y. He says he appreciated the new equipment and “just the energy and different vibe. And I like coming here, it’s almost a family-type facility where everyone knows everyone.”

Visit the James Family Prescott YMCA at 750 Whipple St. in Prescott. For more information see or call 928.445.7221.