About Marion Family YMCA

Founded in 1892, the Marion Family YMCA strives to enrich kids, adults, families and communities through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports, and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. The YMCA's column on Marion Online is written by a variety of staff members and volunteers. You can learn more by calling 740-725-9622, or visit www.marionymca.org.

YMCA Works in Youth Development

Written by Theresa Lubke, Executive Director What I see each day at our Y often triggers me to reflect on my own Y experience as a child and teen. Back then, I wasn’t aware of the profound influence the Y was having on me. It was only after leaving home and attending college in a […]

Functional Training: Training for Life

This column was written by Derek Wright, Wellness Coordinator at Marion Family YMCA There are dozens of methods of training out there, but what is the best? Ultimately it comes down to every individual’s specific needs and goals. When an individual is looking to build an exercise routine, it is important to examine the goals […]

Intermediate to Elite; Helping Athletes Cross the Bridge from Fitness to Performance

At the Y, one of the primary objectives is to provide the necessary programs to address the physical health of members. We accomplish this by focusing our efforts on developing youth, improving healthy living for all and fostering social responsibility to create positive and lasting personal and social change. Historically, we have concentrated much of […]

Completing Triathlon or Duathlon is an Achievable Goal

It’s an item on many people’s bucket list, an event that most feel they could never accomplish, but completing a triathlon or duathlon is an achievable goal for many of all fitness levels.  A triathlon is an athletic competition that involves three disciplines: swimming, biking and running.  A duathlon is a competition that involves two […]

Making Summer Memories

Some of my favorite memories growing up involved summer activities with my family.  Every summer since I can remember we would go camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, and even working in the garden was great family time spent together.  Now that I have kids of my own, I also enjoy taking the time with them to […]

The Y’s Swim Lessons & Swim Team Build Confidence!

Spring has sprung, which means the weather is getting nicer and school is quickly coming to a close.  Summer will be here before you know it, but are you and your children prepared for a summer of fun in the sun? According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, about 10 people die from […]

Tips for Safe, Effective Strength Training

The holiday season is here and the start of the New Year is looming on the horizon. For many of us, that means the most hectic time of year. At the Marion Family Y we understand how important it is for individuals to feel confident and satisfied with our health. We are here to help […]

YMCA Community Center Opens Doors

The Y Community Center offers community based activities for the west and north side residents of Marion as well as the students of Rushmore Academy.  The Community Center is funded by the Marion Community Foundation. As a new staff member to the Y and new to Marion this program gave me the opportunity to meet […]

The Y Changes Lives

I started coming to the Marion Family YMCA in 2005. Since then, I can say that the Y has definitely had a positive impact on my life. At the time I joined the Y, I was a stay-at-home mom and the Y quickly became my outlet for being more socially involved in the community and […]

Y Youth in Government Attracts Future Leaders

Ridgedale High School student Abbey Larson dons the robe of the Ohio Youth Supreme Court Chief Justice and takes her place on the bench during the 2012 Ohio Youth in Government program. Abbey has participated in the Y’s Youth in Government program for 3 years now and plans on running for the Youth Governor position […]