When the editors of Family Circle magazine recently named Edwardsville, Illinois as one of the nation's 10 Best Towns for Families, one of the many reasons cited was the 116,000-square-foot Meyer Center YMCA. The magazine even illustrated Edwardsville's page with a picture of the rock-climbing tower in the Y's lobby.
If you're thinking of relocating to Edwardsville, you'll want to know that there actually are two Y's. The Esic Center, first built in the 1960s and expanded several times, and the new Meyer Center. The facilities flank either side of town about five miles apart, so no matter where you choose to live in Edwardsville, there is a YMCA close to you.
A new website debuted this week for the Edwardsville YMCA, allowing online registration for members. It's a great way to get signed up for classes, lessons, and everything the facilities offer.
Here's a quick rundown of the special features of each Edwardsville YMCA:
MEYER CENTER -- roller skating rink, gymnastics center, five indoor tennis courts, fitness center, climbing tower, summer camps and day camps, child care, two-lane indoor track, party and rental rooms, court-and-a-half gym, outdoor pools and a wide variety of classes.
ESIC CENTER -- two indoor pools, full-court gym, fitness center, racquetball courts, child care, pre-school classses, multi-purpose rooms, playground, youth and adult programs and classes.
Programs and classes cover just about anything fitness related -- from fencing and zumba (an aerobic workout set to Latin music) to mixed martial arts conditioning and sculpt 'n spin workouts. There are even stroller power walks for parents with little ones.
The Meyer Center's fitness area offers 12 treadmills, 12 elliptical machines, 5 bikes, 5 steppers, one stepmill, two low-impact steppers one rowing machine one versaclimber, a 15-piece Nautilus Nitro line, a 9-piece Cybex line, assorted specialty machines and a cardio theater entertainment system. Plus there is a 1,600-square-foot area devoted to free weights (that's the size of a decent house, folks, so it's big). The Esic Center has similar equipment plus spinning classes. (That's a workout on stationary bikes.)
Drop-in fitness classes are scheduled throughout the week and include the aforementioned Zumba with classes for adults or parents along with their kids, cardio blast, cardio kickboxing, awesome abs, fitness over 50, Nia Fusion (described as body-mind movement) and many others. Pilates classes, kettlebells, beginning and intermediate yoga are on the list too -- and the choices go on.
The Y's are open from 5:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday the facilities open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Learn more at the new Edwardsville YMCA website or call 618-655-1460.