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By CHRISTINE DEMERS Staff Writer Want to stay in shape over the summer? The YMCA of Niagara and the Niagara College gym can help you get there. Students have access to many different methods of working out and staying in shape. Niagara College Athletics and Recreation Co-ordinator Ray Sarkis says the gym at Niagara College is open to all full-time students all year round, including summer.
“The YMCA offers a three-time guest pass to students and non-members as a way to introduce the facility,” says YMCA manager Sally Southern-Grice. The three times guest pass is available to anyone in the community, including Niagara College students. The YMCA has two pools, a fitness facility that includes cardio machines, weights and resistance machines, and a gymnasium. The Niagara College gym has cardio machines, weights and resistance machines and a gym for a variety of activities. Every guest has access to all the facilities, including the sauna and fitness classes, during their three guest pass days. The YMCA offers memberships monthly, so students can have access to the facilities all year round. Many students use the school gym because it doesn’t cost them extra. Mackenzie Dubniczky, a student in the Pre-Health program, has used her three guest pass days, and she says the YMCA has many activities to take part in. Because she is a student, Dubniczky says, “the Niagara College gym is the more feasible option.” For the summer, the YMCA offers a young adult membership for students ages 18-23 that lasts up to four months. The YMCA also offers financial assistance to anyone who needs help paying for a membership. Many students have tried the facilities at the YMCA to compare them to the gym at the college. Carina Ribeiro, a Personal Support Worker student, got a membership at the YMCA because she says she had heard good things and wanted to try it. Ribeiro says it is worth the money. “It is much bigger and has better equipment.”