For most people running the 26.2 mile distance (42.2k) of a marathon is a big undertaking. Pushing someone that entire distance would require you to expand your range --- of physical ability, determination and your own personal motives. Now do 9 marathons and a lot of other racing events and you’ll start to get an idea of how Gene Carter has learned to stretch further. This is a story to get you inspired then get you pushing yourself to believe for something more. Use the PUSH YOURSELF tool to set your own goals and create your own story.
By Molly Thompson

We all know that a YMCA is a great place for good exercise. But how does a YMCA help families deal with pink slips, crime, family issues, poor health and an uncertain financial future? They bring their entire community together and pray.
By Lindsey Castleman
Since 2000 one event has helped define how the Christian faith shapes the mission and many other aspects of the YMCA. The conference is a time of fellowship, growth, and renewal in the context of the Christian Purpose of the YMCA. Learn more about the 2009 conference.
By Philip F. Newman, VP-Communications, YMCA of Middle Tennessee

What do you do when the best workout and the best nutrition plan just don’t work? Scott Reall, founder of the YMCA Restore Ministries program says that the problems you face can’t be solved simply through a fitness regimen.
By Jodi Knepper

Sweating and doing all those exercises in the gym can make you extremely self-conscious. Performer and trainer Lauren Lucille Garner shares her personal fitness experience and offers encouraging support to help you make positive choices and move forward with confidence.

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