Tammy

Trains at Northeast YMCA

My Y Story
I worked many years as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer while also working full time as a restaurant manager and raising three children. When my youngest graduated high school, I quit my secure job and went to college to pursue my passion for health and fitness. During college, I worked for the YMCA of Dodge County for four years as a part-time instructor and had a great experience there. The positive presence in the community was wonderful. Fast forward five years, and an opportunity to work for the YMCA of Dane County as a part-time instructor presented itself. That opportunity morphed into a full-time position. The YMCA reaches more people than I could ever hope to, and I am excited to be part of a great team that helps individuals live healthier lives, exposes kids to healthy activities they may not otherwise have a chance to try and delivers programming that allows one to grow old with the Y. 

Why the Y?
The YMCA is an international organization with a goal of building strong, healthy people and communities. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Philosophy
I often hear people refer to exercise as work. It certainly can be, but I prefer to think of it as a celebration. Every day I see people who would give anything to have good health and be able to move freely. Each movement is a gift, and I do not want to take it for granted. 

Education
I am a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science & Movement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Specialties
Helping individuals find what is right for them at their current point in life. During my lifetime, I have been a child, athlete, employee, wife, mother and grandparent. My goals and interests have changed through the years, and it is my observation that many people have a similar experience. What was important 10 years ago is not my priority today.