Four years ago, Jeff realized he wasn’t happy with the way he looked or felt. He wanted to improve his physical fitness and overall health, so he decided to join the Brighton YMCA.
Living with OCD, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome, keeping physically active is really important for Jeff and helps him to release energy and stay focused. He has developed many long-lasting friendships with staff and other members and enjoys going to the YMCA every day knowing he will be surrounded by people who will motivate him to do his best. Along with his daily strength and cardio workout routines, Jeff has a few favourite group fitness classes including, Spartan, CycleFit, Hardcore and Arriba.
Joining the Brighton YMCA helped Jeff find the confidence he was lacking in order to live a happy, healthy life. He enjoys being involved in the community, sharing advice and impacting the lives of others, so giving back to the YMCA community was an easy decision. He looks forward to the annual YMCA Strong Kids events including, Cyclemania, Megathon and the Brighton Dinner and Auction, while also, representing the YMCA in numerous community events such as the local Polar Bear Dip, Santa Claus parade and Dragon Boat competition.
“Jeff is an active participant in group fitness classes, workouts with friends and is always a willing participant to help with our fundraising activities or promotion,” says Anne Gear, General Manager at the Brighton YMCA. “Through Jeff’s actions, he has shown the impact the Y has had on him and will vocalize his appreciation of the Brighton Y within his community.”
Jeff is a true supporter of the YMCA and often volunteers whenever he can. Whether it’s fixing equipment, helping new members or creating new music playlists, Jeff is always willing to help. The Brighton YMCA is a small community of familiar faces, new friends and welcoming staff and members, who are dedicated to motivating others to achieve their personal best. Jeff is currently training with other members for the Spartan 5K and 10K race this summer at Brimacombe, after completing the 5K race last year.
“If you want to improve your health and fitness, my one piece of advice is don’t ever give up,” says Jeff. “If there is a point when you look at yourself and still not be happy with the way you look and feel, you have to just keep going. In the end, it will be worth it.”