YMCA Upper Hutt in its current form opened in 2006. Located on the former CIT (Central Institute of Technology) grounds our rec centre/ gym offers a plethora of programmes for the local community from group fitness, youth nights to Jumpstart our diabetes and healthy living management programme. Debbie has managed the gym since 2008, Upper Hutt born and bred Debbie has worked hard over the past eleven years to build a strong, genuine community rarely seen within the industry. It is for this reason that Debbie’s attrition rate sits at 1% whilst the industry standard is 9%.
This year we start to celebrate a number of members achieving 10 continual years membership. Bryan first joined The YMCA on Willis Street in 1945 as a 12-year-old. This early incarnation of a YMCA rec centre was very basic focusing on general fitness, basketball and forming a community based upon Christian values. Bryan re-joined the YMCA in 2007. Between his YMCA stints, he had refereed rugby and had a long career in the New Zealand police. Bryan said he has always maintained a high level of fitness as it was required for his job. He joined the YMCA to maintain his fitness after he retired. Training five days a week with a strict routine of 30 minutes cardio followed by 30 minutes weights Bryan says the gym is not just about keeping fit, but it’s also social, he has made many friends over the years at YMCA upper Hutt whom he still trains with today.
Ray is another member with a long relationship with The YMCA. First joining Buckfastleigh YMCA located in Devon, England back in 1950 aged 13 Ray says this YMCA was a male-only based community where young men would come together, play Billiards and socialise. Ray joined YMCA Upper Hutt 10 years ago with his wife Liz. Although he has had no YMCA affiliation between the two memberships he says the community values remain the same. Ray and Liz always train together and have made a number of friends over their time at YMCA Upper Hutt. Liz stated ‘Everyone here is almost like family’ they both attend to maintain their fitness, wellbeing and are constantly motivated by everyone else around them and the strong sense of community they get from YMCA.
If you are interested in joining YMCA Upper Hutt we have a number of membership options available including our great value family membership, off-peak membership and casual passes for those not wanting to fully commit.