Downtown Knoxville YMCA to upgrade equipment

Downtown Knoxville YMCA to upgrade equipment

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This first installment of new equipment coming this week will bring ten treadmills and three elliptical trainers to the branch's wellness room. This first installment of new equipment coming this week will bring ten treadmills and three elliptical trainers to the branch's wellness room.
"The YMCA has been here in America for over 150 years and here in Knoxville for 130 years and it's just part of our ongoing commitment," said District Director Buster Brasfield. "The YMCA has been here in America for over 150 years and here in Knoxville for 130 years and it's just part of our ongoing commitment," said District Director Buster Brasfield.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been a rough year for the downtown YMCA, since suffering major flood damage last spring. They're hoping a new upgrade coming this week will help get them back on track.    

Built in 1929, the Lindsay Young Downtown YMCA has been keeping the Knoxville community healthy for over 75 years. In order to do that, it means keeping up to date with the latest technology.

"We've had some really good equipment in the past, but they have tallied up thousands of exercisers on there," said District Director Buster Brasfield.

This first installment of new equipment coming this week will bring ten treadmills and three elliptical trainers to the branch's wellness room.

"This is an association-wide event and they're starting at the downtown branch," said Brasfield.

The downtown has been hard at work this past year. They just finished repurposing some upstairs rooms after a major flood caused extensive damage.

The remodel has allowed them to offer new workouts to keep up with new trends and other fitness centers.

"This is the new, cutting edge kind of everything that was old is new again," said Brasfield. "It's the old-style type of exercise that pinpoints certain muscle groups."

These latest upgrades will come out of the Y's capital improvement fund and will not affect any membership dues.

"The YMCA has been here in America for over 150 years and here in Knoxville for 130 years and it's just part of our ongoing commitment," said Brasfield.

The new equipment is expected to be installed Wednesday night and be ready for use Thursday morning. After that, they will turn their attention to their other locations.

The next location on the list for upgrades is the Cansler location.

All five locations are expected to be completed over the next few months.

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