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It’s Never Too Late to Achieve a New Goal

Judy Burden feels healthier now at 78 than she did 20 years ago. Judy has been a member of the YMCA for ten years and for the past three years she has worked with a personal trainer three days a week. In that time Judy has lost 115 pounds. This lifestyle change not only boosted her confidence as her clothes size began to shrink but it has also eliminated her knee pain and provides her with the opportunity to babysit for her great granddaughter. She attributes her ability to lift and care for the 35lb toddler to her exercise regimen at the YMCA.

Judy currently trains with Ryan Howe at the Dunigan Family YMCA. Ryan is an Indiana native and traveled the world through professional wrestling, modeling, and music. He’s been an Ohio Valley Wrestling and International Superstar, 2x World Heavyweight Champion, reality TV personality, former WWE “Tough Enough” and final TNA “Gut Check” contestant. He is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACE) with broad experience in strength, endurance, toning, weight loss, and nutrition. “The biggest reward is using the knowledge I’ve gained through these unique life experiences and hard work to help others. There is no comparable feeling to seeing an individual make progress and achieve the success they deserve in the gym, and life.”

If you would like more information about personal training at Dunigan please contact Renee Smith rsmith@ymcaswin.org

Healthy Kids Day Is This Sunday, April 28th

The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Healthy Kids Day includes fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning all summer long. The first 300 kids will receive a backpack with summer activity gear like a t-shirt, water bottle, beach ball, coloring books, and more.




Johnathan Pope named new President and CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

Following a four-month national search, Johnathan D. Pope has been named President and CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. His first day will be Monday, May 20th, 2019. Pope succeeds Derrick Stewart, now CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

Pope will lead a seasoned management team as the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana continues to grow and serve its members and communities. This includes taking the lead on the Y’s strategic plan, nurturing a mission-driven culture while expanding programs and services, and leading a great team of associates committed to building healthy spirit, mind and body.

“We were blessed to field a diverse group of candidates, and we are confident that both Johnathan’s commitment to our YMCA mission and his leadership experience with a much larger organization will benefit our members, associates, volunteers and community,” said Sara Miller, Chairman of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana. “His experience in building collaborative partnerships will provide innovative leadership as we continue to expand our programs and services throughout our Southwestern Indiana footprint.”

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead an organization where the mission resonates with me so deeply,” said Pope.  “I am looking forward to working with the members, volunteers and staff of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana in advancing our mission as we take on critical issues that affect our community.”

Pope previously served as District Executive Director/Chief Crisis Officer of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role, he led multiple branches and childcare sites generating in excess of $16 million in revenue.  Over the past 14 years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within both the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA and the YMCA of Saginaw, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Business Management from Saginaw Valley State University.

Other leadership roles: Past President, Association of YMCA Professional Directors, Michigan Chapter; Board of Directors, First United Credit Union, member; Secretary – Local First of Greater Grand Rapids, member; Rotary Club of Greater Grand Rapids; Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Grand Rapids” 2015; Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Saginaw” 2003.

Johnathan is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. He and his wife of 15 years have two daughters.

The Y Has a SNOW DAY 2/1/19

The Y will run on its SNOW DAY policy on Friday, 2/1/19. All water fitness classes and youth programs are cancelled and a modified group exercise schedule will be used.

Group Exercise Schedule for Friday will include:
Dunigan Y

  • 12:15pm RPM (30)
  • 12:15pm BODYPUMP
  • 5:30pm Zumba

Downtown Y

  • 11:30am GRIT
  • 12:00pm Christ-Centered Warm Yoga (45)
  • 12:10pm Yoga (40)

All other land/water classes are cancelled.

Stay warm and be safe on the roads!