The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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January 9, 2010

‘Best-kept secret’

Generations of families benefit from health center

DANVILLE — By 5:30 a.m. Monday, people were waiting for the doors to open at the Tone & Tan Fitness Center, located in the basement of Your Family Resource Connection.

Some were longtime members, fueled by the knowledge that regular exercise leads to good health. Others were newcomers, acting on their vow to get in shape this year.

Across Danville, gyms and health centers were bustling last week as people embarked on a regimen of fitness to offset the holiday excesses.

While people have a variety of exercise sites to choose from, the health center at YFRC is the oldest, according to employee Marianne Herboth. It has offered some aspect of exercise since 1923, when the building was known as the YWCA.

“Lots of people still don’t know there’s a health club here,” said Herboth, health center attendant and instructor.

“It’s the best-kept secret in town,” instructor Becky Woodrum quoted a member as saying.

People prefer the family-like atmosphere, the flexible fees, noon-time classes and state-of-the-art machines, as well as tanning and water massage. And, people of any fitness level can feel comfortable, they said.

POOL PRIDE

The Tone & Tan has one of two pools in Danville designed for water fitness (the other is at the Danville Family YMCA). Herboth proudly pointed out that the pool is the original, from 1923, and features tile work put in by Germans.

The pool water is kept clean and at a good temperature for doing laps and exercising.

Loretta Cox, 71, of Tilton and Marina Foster of Danville were enjoying the warm water during an open swim last week — a sharp contrast from the single-digit temperatures outdoors.

Foster has been coming to the health center for years, and comes often. It’s like a second home, especially in the winter, she said.

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