Taunton Old Colony YMCA upgrades fitness machines, childcare classrooms

TAUNTON – Ongoing renovations to the Old Colony YMCA total more than $1.3 million.

Renovations at the facility include updated exercise equipment for members in the main fitness center, we well as new cardio workout machines, weight training machines and new benches. Improvements were also made in the children’s play area, as well as the preschool and toddler classrooms.

Program Membership Director Stephen Perakslis said 80% of the workout machines were replaced with updated devices that inform a member how many times they lifted or pressed it while exercising.

Perakslis said members have eight new treadmills to complete a walking or running exercise, four new elliptical machines, as well as hand weights, ranging from 51 to 100 pounds.

Perakslis said the newly acquired exercise machines were in response to a survey of its members.

“We take surveys of our members about what they are interested in, and we do what we can to make their requests possible,” he said.

YMCA member Tony Dias Dafonseca said the renovations allowed exercise equipment in a basement workout room to be relocated onto the main fitness center.

Old Colony YMCA member Tony Diasdafonseca  conducts a workout on a new shoulder press exercise machine on June 13.

“It’s good to have everything on this floor,” he said while using a shoulder press exercise machine. “The new exercise equipment is refreshing to see.”

Dafonseca said he exercises at the YMCA six times a week.

“I use all the weight machines and (free weights) dumbbells.”

YMCA lobby to have children’s play space, new furniture

Perakslis said the main lobby is undergoing a makeover with a new play space for children to enjoy.

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