Navarre YMCA

YMCA seeks input as expansion plans

YMCA seeks input as expansion plans

Inching toward a final plan has taken years, but the Betty J. Pullum YMCA is now less than eight weeks away from putting to paper a finalized expansion layout. YMCA members and employees attended the first of three public input meetings Saturday to give what could be final public comments on the expansion plan. Read […]

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Growing gardens and healthy living skills

Snack time and lunch are always exciting parts of the day for kids at school. Would it be shocking to hear that students at our schools are choosing salad for their lunch? Would it be even crazier to hear they are eating salad made from plants they had planted and harvested themselves? That’s exactly what […]

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Every personal trainer has “magic” moves. These moves are their signature moves that you’ll find their clients doing over and over again. They don’t just use these moves because they work, they use them because they are their favorites! From a trainer’s perspective, these moves work magic for their clients in that they are efficient, […]

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Everyone starts somewhere. It doesn’t matter how fit or strong someone is, they all started somewhere. For those who are just beginning to work out, it can take a while to develop good form along with good conditioning. With that in mind, Navarre’s trainers have brought you their favorite moves for beginners. When at the […]

YMCA sees leadership shake up

YMCA sees leadership shake up

After a high staff turnover summer, the Pullum Family YMCA started this week with a new executive director. Bill Seedes, executive director of the Bear Levin Studer YMCA branch in Pensacola, has taken over as interim executive director for the Navarre branch as of Monday. “Michael Bodenhausen is our CEO and he made the decision […]

Getting fit in the water

Getting fit in the water

Drive by the YMCA anytime this summer, especially in the morning, and you’ll see a plethora of people using the pool to get fit. The YMCA hosts the local swim team, of course, but there’s much more going on beyond that competitive sport. Water aerobics classes are held daily, sometimes twice a day. Lap swimmers […]

Meeting the challenge at 73

Meeting the challenge at 73

Glenn Marr is 73 and works out two hours a day, five days a week. That’s intense, even for those who hit the gym frequently. “As long as I can do it, I’m going to do it,” Marr said of his routine. “We don’t last forever. Whatever I want to do, I am able to […]

Sun’s out, guns out

Sun’s out, guns out

The sun is officially shining down on us. And if the sun is out, the guns are out! When we talk about guns—also known as our arms — we are primarily looking at those biceps. The biceps are made up of a short head and long head, thus the prefix “bi.” When you see someone […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and with that Navarre’s personal trainers have weighed in on their favorite moves to give you a great workout to do with your significant other. Partner workouts are a great alternative to your typical workout. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Best moves to tone triceps

Best moves to tone triceps

As you get working on your health and fitness goals for 2017, I know you might have trouble spots you want to work on. I also know you might not quite know how to do so. The good news for you is Navarre has many knowledgeable personal trainers, several of which are willing to help […]

‘Extreme’ trainer in Navarre

‘Extreme’ trainer in Navarre

There’s a new celebrity fitness trainer in town. If Autumn Navarro’s not a celebrity trainer, she’s only one degree of separation away. Navarro, the newest personal trainer at the Pullum Family YMCA, spent nine months training Georgeanna Johnson last year for ABC’s hit show Extreme Weight Loss with Chris and Heidi Powell. Johnson was chosen […]

We run Navarre

We run Navarre

As temperatures drop, Navarre runners come out of their air-conditioned fortresses and start building miles on the pavement again. Locally, there are several opportunities to join in with a group if you’re looking to get your running game going. Michael Bares Sr. runs one of those groups, Navarre Runners, which can be found on Facebook. […]

YMCA celebrates 10 years

YMCA celebrates 10 years

Bart Pullum remembers a time in the late 1990s when the YMCA in Navarre didn’t have a place to call home, save for a storefront location used only for office space. Swim lessons took place in a pool in someone’s backyard, basketball games were played in school gyms and the parking lot at Navarre Park […]

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Ledger takes on new role as YMCA director

Michael Ledger, known to most of Navarre as the owner of The Vine Wine Bar & Restaurant, has taken on a new role as the executive director of the Pullum Family YMCA.  Bringing with him more than 30 years of business experience, Ledger expects his expertise to help bring the YMCA to the forefront of […]

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and family friendly activities will be going on in Navarre and surrounding areas this weekend and next weekend. Listed below are some of the events taking place.   Mar. 19 YMCA Easter Egg Hunt The Betty Pullum Family YMCA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. The Easter Egg […]

Young adult membership continues to grow at YMCA

Young adult membership continues to grow at YMCA

Nearly three years later, the young adult membership at the Navarre YMCA is a success. Available to those ages 13-24, the growth has been impressive. Only two took advantage of it when it started in December of 2012. The total is now up to 100, which is actually five more than the number of people […]

Navarre YMCA director resigns

Navarre YMCA director resigns

Longtime Navarre Pullum YMCA Branch Director, Dottie Thomas, resigned last week much to the surprise of her board of directors. Thomas has been at the Navarre YMCA for eight years and has been the branch director for five years. During that time the Navarre YMCA has grown to the point that it has outgrown its […]