The Mon Valley YMCA would like to thank Charlie Fritch for his many years of service to the Y. We wish him well on all his future endeavors.
“My employment at the Mon Valley YMCA started 18 years ago as a part time job. I was a lifeguard in the summer through high school and most of college. During my 11 years of part time employment I earned my Masters in exercise science and and Injury Prevention at Cal U and was offered a full time Wellness position at the YMCA. In the last 18 years I have built many relationships and have met the most amazing people. My journey at The Y has taken me from the indoor pool to the outdoor pool; from part time trainer to a certified personal trainer; and from subbing for instructors to teaching both basic training and outdoor Bootcamp classes.
During my time at The Y I have had many roles and worn many hats. As a lifeguard I’ve put bandaids on children, pulled people in trouble out of the water, and kept a vigilant eye on any running on the the pool deck. As a trainer I’ve given countless orientations, helped people get off of medication, get into wedding dresses, shed baby weight, recover from surgery, and just look and feel better. My job has always been more than a paycheck and can truly say that I love what I do. Personal training is more than creating unique workouts designed to meet an individual’s needs. Personal Trainers need to build a trust with the client and get to know them on a personal level. This has been the part of my job that I take the most pride in. You see, as a trainer you have to find what motivates people. Trainers have to walk a fine line, knowing when to push someone beyond what they thought was possible and, at the same time, be mindful of what is best on any given day. It’s sometimes difficult to push someone, to be tough, but not “push” them out the door.
At The Y I have made lifelong friends, met some of the most amazing people, and have had a lot of good times. From the bottom of my heart I can honestly say, I love my job; which makes what comes next so difficult. I have made the decision to change careers and will be leaving The Y. Once I get settled in my new role I hope to continue to get people #Chucktrained at The Y and through this transition you will still see me there as a patron. So, I guess the saying is true, you never really leave The Y.
Thanks to everyone who has wished me well! ”