The YMCA of Central New Mexico traces its roots back to 1915, when locals saw the need for a positive gathering place for their community. Today, the nonprofit organization is the largest childcare provider in the state, with an array of programs that aim to incite healthy spirits, minds, and bodies. The four locations offer noncompetitive and competitive youth sports leagues, swimming lessons, day camps, and afterschool tutoring programs. Its efforts to combat childhood obesity caught the eye of reporters from the KRQE 13 Morning Show.
The Y presents strenuous physical exercises for adult patrons with fitness classes such as yoga, dance, and cycling, and stimulates minds and creativity muscles during Spanish classes, guitar workshops, and senior outings. Workout rooms have advanced cardio and weight-training machines to torch calories and tone muscles. During the Y's six-week FitStart program, qualified coaches meet with clients in weekly or bi-weekly exercise sessions to give useful feedback and encouraging motivation, all after gauging health levels with an initial balloon-blowing contest. :m]]