YMCA welcomes new wellness director

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

June 4, 2014

YADKINVILLE — When Amanda Hurley joined the YMCA and started working out after the birth of her second child, she had no idea that it become a career path.

Hurley, a Yadkin County native and graduate of Forbush High School, is the new wellness director at the Yadkin Family YMCA in Yadkinville. She lives just near the Davie and Yadkin County line and worked at the Davie County YMCA for five years prior to joining the staff of the Yadkin Y in April.

“This is my hometown, I love it here,” Hurley said. “This is where I need to be. God put me here.”

As the wellness director, Hurley has a wide variety of responsibilities at the Y. She oversees the weight room and wellness center, group exercise classes and programs for active older adults. She also teaches several classes herself.

Hurley said that she originally joined the Y in Davie County and began working out after the birth of her second child. She took several group exercise classes and was told by instructors that she had the potential to teach classes. She began as an instructor at the Davie Y and quickly moved on to become the coordinator for the group classes and serve as the assistant to the wellness director.

“I didn’t know this was my dream or that it was what I wanted to do, but after I started working out, I realized that it’s something I absolutely love and that I wanted to pursue a career in this,” Hurley said.

In her role at the Y, Hurley makes sure that those working out are doing it safely and effectively. She teaches a class called Body Pump where participants use barbells to strengthen the entire body in one hour.

Hurley said she loves her job and the people she works with on a daily basis.

“I never thought when I joined the Y that it would be a career for me,” she said. “But I don’t mind getting up everyday. When I wake up, I love coming in to the Y. I love interacting with the members. I love engaging with them, learning about their lives and helping them reach their fitness goals or spiritual goals. The Y is so much more than a gym. We offer so many programs. We have the active older adults programs, live strong for cancer survivors, children’s programs, the pool and some people come in here just for the social aspect. It’s like a second family.”

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter@RippleReporterK.