Hi, it’s Bonnie, back from another East coast excursion!
This time I had the opportunity to attend the Mideast Regional AYP (Association of YMCA Professionals) Conference in Philadelphia, PA, where I got to meet violin virtuoso Roddy Chong – the event’s keynote speaker.
Roddy, an inspirational public speaker who has toured with Celine Dion and Shania Twain, spoke about “Finding and Pursuing Your Passion.” His speech, had a profound effect on me.
His passion helped reinvigorate my enthusiasm for serving the YMCA community.
Here at Total Gym, we abide by “The P DIF,” the affectionate acronym we’ve coined to describe our core values: Trustworthiness, Honor, Excellence, Passion, Discipline, Innovation and Fun! Normally I’m focused on the “Fun” aspect of “THE P DIF,” but after spending time surrounded by impassioned Y professionals who exude a sincere enthusiasm for their work and after hearing Roddy not only speak, but perform, I realize that having fun is fine, but having passion is truly powerful.
Roddy reminded everyone to constantly ask themselves, “Am I checked out right now, or plugged in?”
I want to be “plugged in.” I want to help better serve the Y’s in achieving their mission.
We’ve been serving the YMCA community since 2003, when we launched our commercial-grade equipment into the health club market. Our equipment is now in use at more than 30 YMCA facilities across the U.S. and Canada! Most YMCA’s use our Flagship Line of multi-purpose machines for GRAVITY programming, which is small group personal training geared at strength training and Pilates. But since the inception of the Elevate Line this year, we have countless new YMCA customers that are utilizing this series of intuitive single purpose units on the gym floor for members to use in their own workouts.
Every single Y is different, and every single wellness center in the Y is different. Now, with our two lines of equipment, we are able to better serve whatever need that is. Whether that is retaining membership through programming that yields healthy results and brings in additional revenue, drawing a younger demographic with functional training, or providing a platform for cancer survivors to safely exercise using only a portion of their bodyweight to build back their strength.
Some of our greatest moments come through helping others, and here at Total Gym, that is our mission: Helping millions of people get healthier!
I’m happy to say that I am a part of making that mission a reality, so now I ask you, what are you plugged in to?