Brandon Gagnon

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Seeing people every day in the gym pushing themselves, or just wanting to make improvements, helped motivate me to keep going.

Brandon Gagnon

I enjoy working out at the Y and was excited to exercise in the new building, once it opened. Most people have a hard time keeping the weight off, but I have a very hard time putting size on. Over the years, the Y has helped me reach my goals and a year and a half ago, I competed in my first natural bodybuilding competition. I ended up getting first place in my category and first place overall in my division. I can't express how much sweat and tears were shed during my prep. During this process, I gained a new perspective and respect for competitors and what one has to endure - both mental and physical battles. Preparation for a competition is exhausting and you feel drained every day, regardless of how much you rest, and you have to simply keep pushing. Seeing people every day in the gym pushing themselves, or just wanting to make improvements, helped motivate me to keep going. I am planning on doing another show in 2016 and am thankful for the new Y with more equipment, everything located together (no more having to go between rooms), and a great track to run on. Also, I have made a lot of new friends and connections through the Y. The employees are very caring and really deserve more recognition than they get. I am always greeted with a smile when I visit.

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The Y has really changed my life. I have made many friends. I became friends with some of the staff who ask about me when I am not there and if everything is alright. The Y is a big part of my life. I feel like family and at home at the YMCA.

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