YMCA's 24-hour access to begin Aug. 11.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2014 1:24 pm Updated: Aug. 22, 2014 2:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Quincy Family YMCA members will have 24-hour access to the facility five days a week starting Monday.

New hours will find the facility open 4 a.m. Monday through midnight Friday. Weekend hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Members using YMCA services during the overnight hours must be at least 18. The new schedule follows a trial run of the 24-hour concept in May.

YMCA marketing director Michelle Terwelp said those working different shifts will now be able to use the Y facilities when their schedule permits.

"With the 24-hour access, we are giving individuals in the community more flexibility to stay fit," she said. "This is perfect for the people who may get off work at 10 or 11 at night and do not want to go right home. It is also good for people who go to work at 5 or 6 in the morning and may want to get in a workout before that."

Terwelp said YMCA officials believe this kind of schedule will also become popular with college-age students "who like to stay up late and may want to come to the Y late at night and play basketball."

Members will have full access to the Wellness Center, cardio and strength equipment, indoor track, weight room, open gym, racquetball courts and saunas. Also available will be the newest addition to the YMCA, an on-demand video system for individual or group fitness classes.

"With the 24-hour access, individuals or groups can have a lot more (freedom) in scheduling their workouts with this new system," said Johanna Voss, wellness director at the YMCA.

Voss said the new video system will be offering 120 different classes, ranging in length from 12 minutes to almost an hour.

Of the major venues at the YMCA, only the pool and aerobics studio will not be available overnight.

Terwelp said extending the YMCA hours and adding fitness on-demand classes are about more than just satisfying current members.

"It's about attracting new (members)," she said. "We're trying to serve as many people in our community as possible."