YMCA Opens ‘All-Abilities’ Wellness Center

Written by on March 2, 2020

YMCA Opens ‘All-Abilities’ Wellness Center

By Chloe Nouvelle

March 2, 2020

Photo | Chloe Nouvelle / WLVR

A Lehigh Valley gym is aiming to be more accessible for people with disabilities. 

WLVR’S Chloe Nouvelle reports the Allentown YMCA has been redesigned to be what it calls “all-abilities inclusive.” 

The newly renovated gym on 15th street is now wheelchair friendly. There’s enough space between most pieces of equipment for someone to independently navigate the space. 

Jodi Perry-Petrozak runs the branch. 

“The open floor concept allows for people to feel a little more comfortable even around those pieces of equipment that are not necessarily wheelchair accessible,” says Petrozak.

It cost about 200-thousand dollars to renovate the gym. And it includes modifications for a variety of gym routines that include weight lifting.

“If it’s for functional fitness, if it’s for rehabilitation, if it’s for individuals that require wheelchair accessibility is an opportunity for us to truly serve that mission of being for all and open our doors to everybody,” he says.

Petrozak says gym staff are trained to teach people how to use the new machines. And the Allentown Y still has traditional equipment like treadmills and ellipticals, so everyone can get a workout. 

Watch Chloe’s full PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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