About McGaw YMCA

August 11, 2014 | By

The McGaw YMCA has been bringing value and values to Evanston since 1885. Here, the mirrors on the wall are not our most important reflecting tool. The kind of fitness we are all about is the fitness of relationships, the fitness of purpose, as well as the fitness called good health. That is values.

But if our values are old-fashioned, our facilities are state-of-the-art. Fitlinxx electronic training machines, video screens galore, the Sebring-Lewis Center-for NCAA-sanctioned basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and more-the pools, the group exercise studio, the Hammer Strength free weight room, over 75 class offerings – everything you could want, when you want it, the way you want it. That is value.

Established in 1885 as a private, non-profit organization, our YMCA is now over 9,700 members strong. As the premier community service organization, the McGaw Y serves residents of Evanston, Rogers Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Skokie and Kenilworth with programs and services that build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. We hope you enjoy our website and find it to be a valuable resource.

As part of our Y family, you’ll find opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, self-confidence, improved mental abilities and cognition – not to mention the obvious benefits of healthy heart, lungs, bones and muscles.
You will also enjoy these amazing facility features:
o10,000 Sq. Foot Fitness Center and Hammer Strength Free Weight Room
o Indoor Running Track
o NCAA Regulation Basketball Court
o Group Exercise Studio
o 2 Pools
o Whirlpool o Sauna o Steam
o Free Aerobics, Spinning and Cardio Kickboxing Classes
o Yoga o Pilates o Tai Chi o Taekwon-do o Hapkido
o Raquetball/Handball/Squash Courts
o Massage Therapy
o Personal Training
o Adult Basketball and Volleyball
o Babysitting Services
o Free Towel Service


Jaden’s Quilt

September 3, 2014 | By

This weekend Grandma Morris finished the quilt for Jaden. It turned out great. It is a “100 wishes” quilt. If you aren’t familiar with what that is it is pretty simple. We collected fabric squares from friends, family and other adopting parents. Each square also has a wish for our daughter from the person who gave it. We put each wish along with a small piece of the fabric that goes along with into a scrap book. When she is older she will be able to read the wishes and find the square in the quilt that matches that wish.

We are real happy with how it all turned out. The quilt is great, the wishes are all very thoughtful and touching. Now all we need is baby Jaden!

How To Train To Jump Higher

August 11, 2014 | By

A lot of questions have been raised regarding how to train to jump higher. You can actually be able to jump higher and develop the right way of doing it. This depends on an individual’s ability to move about since the physical aspect of a person will command the way he jumps and the how high he might be able to reach. What you just need to do is stick to a program that suits you and make sure that you dedicate yourself to it.

Learning how to train to jump higher is somewhat easy to do, however, a person should be able to stay consistent to the program. This will actually last for months in order for an individual to see the desired results, so one has to be persistent and patient enough to witness their own development.
For you to see an improvement in your jumps, you start with a vertical jump program that you feel you are suited to and concentrate on it. It is not advisable to transfer from one program to the next or try to do a mixture of everything. There is no consistency in the way you build up you muscles and you will definitely not see much improvement. So learn how to train to jump higher the proper way in order to gain a little height in your jumps.

The legs should be the focus at the start of the work out. Strengthening the muscles on these areas are a must to be able to jump higher, especially the thigh muscles. If you have weak thigh muscles, this may hinder you from being capable to jump higher or even just going through training.

Squats are the best exercises that are used when learning how to train to jump higher. This would definitely strengthen the thighs. Dead lifts would follow. These types of exercises allow your body to have a full work out, not just your thighs. Couple these exercises off with a few other leg exercises and you are good to go.

After all those exercises for strength, you may begin to have plyometric workouts. These are for the development of explosive strength for your legs. Try not to overdo this type of exercise since they can be a bit stressful to the body and may be counter productive. It is advised to practice them twice or thrice a week.

These are probably all you need to know about how to train to jump higher. They will play a big part in your training and you are guaranteed progress if you practice it right.