People Of The Y2018-08-30T14:48:09+00:00

PEOPLE OF THE Y

When Emma moved to Mattoon she found the Y to be her second home. By getting involved in group activities, such as water volleyball, she has made several friends around the Y. Each visit Emma and her friends make time for some fellowship and coffee in the lobby. -Emma Derrick

Richard enjoys his Y membership and appreciates that the Y offers something for everyone. He visits the water aerobics classes and is motivated to continue his workouts as it improves his health. -Richard Myers

This group loves to get up and get the ‘work’ in early!  Our early morning BodyPump crew is all smiles after their 5:30am class. Their day started with a muscle burn before most of these folks headed out to their jobs!  If you are into early morning workouts join this crew on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Not into mornings?  No worries, this class is also offered on the noon hour, in the evening and on Saturdays!  Please check our current fitness schedule for times.  

The Monday night Z Dance Fit crew took a break from groovin’ to the beat for a selfie!  This group loves to dance, feel the burn and invite new people to join them at class.  No dance experience?  No problem!  We all move differently and look differently.  You are unique and that is ok!  If you would like to join the fun and burn a few calories with this group, check out the current fitness class schedule for class times.  

Evonda Thayer, along with her husband- Nathan and two kids-Morgan and Maxum, joined the Y after moving to central Illinois. In 2016 Evonda and Morgan attended the Y’s Sunday Sampler, where they tried out several classes. They were hooked. Becoming regulars in classes such as ZUMBA(dance fitness) and cardio-kickboxing, Evonda was ready to try out the title of instructor. In late 2016 she became employed at the Y teaching CXWORX. All four members of the Thayer family have found activities at the Y. Sports and fitness have become a part of their lifestyle while visiting the Y several times a week.
-Evonda and Morgan

Amy Kersten, Teresa Metzger, Anne Wagner and Colleen Garner start their day off right with Precision Combat.  As Anne says “Friends that sweat together, stay together.”  These ladies have been part of the Precision Combat program for quite some time.  They will tell you the class is welcoming and the veteran classmates love to help the newbies with technique.  Kicking, punching and drills are all part of this program that mixes martial arts, Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  To learn more about this class, stop by the Y welcome desk.

Several years ago Steve, along with a few other members, showed an interest in bringing Pickleball to the Mattoon YMCA.  Steve is passionate about Pickleball and has even helped to coordinate a few tournaments at our Y, which included members from another facility.  Steve enjoys teaching people the game of Pickleball.  To learn more about Pickleball, join Steve and our other players on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Pickleball paddles are available at the Y welcome desk.

Master Swim participants- Kirsten Pentzien, Alyssa Powers, Sonja Wattles, Sage Rowley, Joe Webb, Greg Voudrie

Our Master Swim Program consists of long-time competitive swimmers, participants who just recently found a passion and  members looking to keep their skills strong.

Many years ago Sonja Wattles, a long time Y member and staff member, showed an interest in a program that would allow adult members to continue to build on their skills while also having the opportunity to compete.  As a former collegiate swimmer, she was thrilled when the Mattoon Y began to offer Master Swim.

Recently several members of our Master Swim program were able to compete in the 2018 Nationwide US Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in Indianapolis.  This was an exciting time for all six.  For Alyssa and Sage, this was their first swim experience at this level.  The group placed in many events and set PRs as individuals.

This group has the opportunity to train together through our Master Swim Program.  Joe Webb leads this group and shares his knowledge and experience of swimming as he has been an avid and competitive swimmer through out his life.  For Greg, this community of swimmers has allowed him to progress in his training and with his many triathlons that he competes in each year.  There is more to their story and each will share their experience with you!  Learn more about Master Swim by contacting our staff.

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