Bob Adams, a 30-year Los Altos resident, stays fit and healthy with four to five weekly workouts at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View.
And he's kept it up for five years.
"I love it," Adams, 63, said. "I once got out of shape. I regretted it. It hurt so much to get back in shape. I won't let it happen again."
Adams, with his wife Lois, joined the Y because it was close to their home and his work. Location made it "the perfect workout place for us," he said. "Hats off to the personable staff for handling individual, questions or problems that are brought up by clients. They're (the staff) well trained and make you feel welcome.
Now Adams is retired from his business, EISI, which built corporate training rooms and college classrooms. But he continues with his workout program.
"I have made it my main mission in life to stay in reasonable shape. So, going to the Y has become a ritual for me."
When Adams heads to the Y, he spends about an hour working out. He uses the bike or treadmill for cardio-vascular work and the weight room.
Adams played basketball during his undergraduate days at the University of California at Berkeley from which he graduated in 1955.
So "it's easy to understand how staying in shape is such a critical part of Adams' routine," said Rebecca Wang, associate director of member services at the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, El Camino Branch.
In addition to the Y's proximity to home and work for Adams, he also then "learned of other Y benefits."
For Adams, the YMCA is not just a fitness facility.
"The YMCA works for kids and parents. It's important to me to be a part of something that serves the local community."
Wang describes the Y as "a program-based organization that happens to also have a complete fitness facility. Many people don't realize the scope of the programs we offer."
In addition to workout facilities, the Y offers a preschool child care program, swimming lessons, a youth and government program for high school students and many classes, Wang said.
The folks at the Y recognized a booster in their midst and invited Adams to participate on the Y board two years ago. He now serves as one of six members on the executive committee.
He also presides over the Los Altos Rotary Club as its president this year.
The YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, El Camino Branch, is located at 2400 Grant Road in Mountain View. Annual membership rates vary depending on "many factors," Wang said.
For more information, call 969-9622.
Rebecca Wang also contributed to this article.