I Am the Y: Pam Wilson, Life Center Staff

Pam Wilson works in the Life Center, the STRIVE room, and the Olympic Weight Room at the Y. When someone is new to the Y, she goes out of her way to make sure they are welcomed and know how to get started. She also tries every fitness class the Y offers, just so she can let others know what they’re like. Here’s more about Pam:

Q: What is your title, and what do you at the Y?

Pam: I work in the Life Center, STRIVE, and weight rooms. I do laundry and clean equipment, but mostly I help people; that’s what rewards me more than anything.

Q: What are some of the ways you help people ?

Pam: I help people get to know the machines, use them better, and learn the layout of the Y. I give them tips to use the different machines, and learn the programs on them. Almost every machine here is different. It is hard when you are just starting, and you don’t know where to begin. I often recommend the Octane Bike for people just starting out. It uses both arms and legs, and allows people to take the pressure off of their legs when needed.

Q: You also take fitness classes, and serve as a substitute instructor. What fitness classes do you take?

Pam: I take all the classes, especially the new ones, just to let people know what it’s like and what you do in it. All the fitness classes are at different levels. I like to figure out which class is best for someone and recommend it, or tell them how to modify it so it works for them. I love it when someone didn’t think they could do a class, but they do it and end with a big smile on their face.

Q: What is your favorite fitness class?

Pam: Strong by Zumba. It has no dancing, and is a tough class but is very rewarding at the end. I also like Yoga. Yoga is good for everybody of all ages. I definitely am more limber, and have better balance from taking Yoga. You don’t realize what you begin to lose as you get older.

Q: What do you like about working at the Y?

Pam: It’s rewarding. When I leave, I feel like I helped improve someone’s life. Whether they came in with a smile or not, I try to look them in the eye and say hello. I try to go the extra step to get to know someone and talk to them one on one.

Q: Where are you from?

Pam: I am from Cuba, but moved to Canton 18 years ago. I have 3 children and 9 grandchildren, and they are very active. The Y helps me maintain my energy so I can keep up with them!