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Sep 11, 2015 7:41 PM

New YMCA opening in Exeter Saturday


EXETER - YMCA members from around the nation have a new spot to call home.

On Saturday, a 33,000 square foot facility in Exeter is opening.

Local residents toured the building Friday, checking out the track, basketball courts, gym, three group fitness rooms, teen area and day care center.

Marketing Director Jen Pribble explained that there will be staff available to help people with the new equipment until they get the hang of it.

"We offer free equipment orientation, so that when you come in for the first time, or within the first few times, you can meet with one of our staff, and they'll adjust the equipment so you're lifting properly, and so you have the right seat adjustments so you are comfortable," Pribble said.

The three fitness rooms include spaces for zumba and aerobics, spinning and yoga.

In the yoga room, Pribble explained the thought process that went into the creation of the mind-body studio, where a woman was stretching Friday.

"This is really a space they put a lot of energy into making sure we had the right lighting, the right colors, and it has its own climate control, so it is a nice temperature for classes like yoga," Pribble said.

The new YMCA cost $5 million to build, and was made possible by $3.5 million in donations.

Rob McGregor, CEO of Southern New Hampshire YMCA, talked about the joy of building the new facility for members to come for health and wellness.

"It's been exactly a year to build this facility, which is fantastic. It's been a great experience to build a Y based on the best practices of Y's throughout the country," McGregor said Friday.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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