Posted on 10/02/2012 at 09:07 AM by YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Two-year YMCA member Alisa Link graduated from Iowa State and moved to Des Moines to start a position at WHO-tv.When she arrived, she shopped around for a gym and found a home at the Y. She’s a regular at the Riverfront YMCA, volunteers through the Y’s 365 Initiative and a self-proclaimed nerd. Here’s more about Alisa:
What was the last piece of equipment you used or the last class you tried?
The last workout song you listened to?
I listen to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, an NPR news quiz show podcast when I workout... Nerd alert!
What’s a word or phrase that you say a lot?
I make a lot of sound effects... like meh, blah, merp....
Your worst enemy?
My google calendar... it always tells me I don't have enough time for everything I want to do.
Favorite Y classes/instructors?
I am a faithful attender of Drew's Tuesday noon Yoga class. He does a great job of challenging me and helping me unwind.
I also never miss Kathy and Marie's KILLER Cardio/Strength Conditioning class. There's a group of us that's there every week, and it's become a little community that I look forward to each week. We know we're gonna get our butts kicked, and we know we're gonna feel awesome afterwards.
How long you’ve been a YMCA member?
Almost two years.
Explain why you joined and what is it about the Y that keeps you coming back?
I looked at quite a few gyms before committing to the Y when I first moved to Des Moines. I had worked in a gym in college, so I was very specific about what I wanted in a gym and how much I wanted to pay for it. I needed a gym with a pool because I was training for a triathlon. I not only found a quiet pool, but I found a group of triathletes, a couple great spin classes and challenging classes to keep my ever-changing fitness interests. Kizzie at the front desk always cheers me on when I come in the door, Drew asks where I've been if I've been gone... I don't think I could ever leave or they would hunt me down.
Favorite or funniest YMCA memory?
I volunteered to help Kathy hand out fruit and drinks for a bike ride that was coming past the downtown Y. We cut TONS of bananas and oranges, made GALLONS of Poweraid and sat outside for HOURS and we probably only had 20 people stop their ride for refreshments. By the end, we were begging people leaving the Y to take a banana, or four.
Who have you made friends with since joining?
I've met so many people at the Y, some that I only see during our classes, and some that I've gotten lunch with a few times. Emily was my spin instructor, and we started to go to the strength and conditioning class together, and found out we had a lot in common. I met Rachel at the Y in yoga class, and she was looking for a job, Emily was looking for an employee... I made the connection and now Rachel has a great job, Emily has a great employee and I have two great friends.
What do you find are the benefits of being a Y member?
The Y is so diverse, there are people from all walks of life and professions, but we're all there to work up a sweat, and once we start doing that, we're all friends. One knowing glance during our 499th and 500th pushups, or a collective groan when Drew has us contorted into a yoga pose that only Madonna can master... We all struggle and we all get it done, and then we shower and get back to our day knowing we did something to better ourselves.
Anything else to add at all?
I love the challenges that the Y has. I participated in a challenge to take 30 classes in two months. I found so many great classes that I kept going to after the two months were up. Now I know that if I have some extra time on a Saturday morning, there is a yoga class and a kickboxing class... If I need a killer workout on a tough Monday, Emily has a fun spin class over the lunch hour. I can tap into my mental Y schedule and find something challenging if I'm just not up to challenging myself.
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