SUMMIT, NJ - Most people see the New Year as a new beginning. Some make resolutions to improve their lives and well being, with a commitment to healthier living usually at -- or near -- the top of many lists of 'I resolve to's'.

The Summit YMCA will join all of the YMCAs across New Jersey in holding an open house event on January 6, which will include both the Summit and Berkeley Heights YMCAs, both branches of the Summit Area YMCA.

Moving the needle forward towards personal change can be difficult without effort and support. According to research by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people are able to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. To motivate individuals and families to reach their wellness goals, the Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA are also waiving joining fees for those joining the Y on Open House day -- with an added bonus of a chance to win a free three-month membership.

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Members and community members alike can also sign up for an additional 20% savings every month off their monthly rate by signing up for buddy memberships, which includes Family Buddy memberships and Adult Buddy memberships.

Christy Thompson, Summit YMCA member group exercise instructor, attests to how forming connections at the Y has helped her lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

“I moved to New Jersey from Florida and I didn't want to move here. I really liked my life back in Florida, and moving was stressful so I ended up stress eating and putting on a lot of weight.” said Thompson. “I didn't know anybody here and I didn't want to leave the house, to drag myself to the gym. But then I made a friend and that really motivated to go to the Y. I've connected with more people here than I have at my kids' schools -- because here, you're spending an hour or more with these people and you brought yourself to the gym, and you just respect that from each other."

She added, "You can see how hard everyone's working and you respect it. The older you get, the harder it is, so you have to have some place that's going to keep you motivated, and have good people. If you have a gym friend, you will keep coming to the gym. You have to have that. It’s more fun.”

One of the many reasons that New Year resolutions fall flat by February is the lack of specificity and planning, as well as the understanding that change only lasts with time and consistency. At the Summit Area YMCA, individuals can plan their schedules and enjoy unlimited access to over 100 free group exercise classes a week including, Barre, Yoga, Les Mills Grit, Body Pump, Zumba and Body Combat, HIIT, Indoor Cycling, Hot Yoga, TRX, Primal Fitness, Aqua Exercise and more. While Personal Training services and programs are also available to help individuals on their wellness journey, members can also choose a more self-reliant route by using tools like ActiveTrax and Preva, which records individual progress and provides workout routines and suggestions based on personal goals.

“The Y is a place that provides a safe and welcoming environment for individuals and families to belong and to better themselves,” said Paul Kieltyka, CEO & President of the Summit Area YMCA. “Y staff and volunteers are passionate about helping folks in building endurance, losing weight, and strengthening your heart. When you join the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. Kids thrive here—learn and grow their potential through our programs, families spend quality time together, and everyone builds relationships and connections that help form and strengthen our great community.”

For more information or to become a member, visit or contact:

Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street - Pam Halpin
908-273-3330, ext. 1134 /

Berkeley Heights YMCA, 550 Springfield Avenue - Maria Nolting
908-464-8373, ext. 2024 /