ATTLEBORO - Months of construction came to a fruitful end Thursday as the Pleasant Street branch of the Attleboro YMCA celebrated the grand reopening of its Health and Wellness Center.
The renovated facility features more than a dozen new fitness machines and an added 1,200 square feet of space.
YMCA Health and Wellness coordinator Rachel Cooper said the reconstruction offers several advantages to people, including the ability to focus on functional training with the help of the new fitness machines.
She said that with the new equipment, YMCA members "will be able to develop their workouts, and what makes me so proud is that this is a center that truly is access to all."
"It's going to be nice and new, and I hope it serves the community well," Cooper said. "This is far different from a typical gym."
Construction was made possible with a $225,000 capital gift from Sensata Technologies, which, as Sensata President and CEO Martha Sullivan said, is "a great physical embodiment of our commitment to be a neighbor of choice, as well as the importance we place on health and wellness."
The new machines will enable YMCA members to focus on upper- and lower-body workouts, thanks to the new squat rack, the Synrgy 360 circuit trainer and 10 different circuit trainers for different strength levels, as well as dual cable-motion machines, which Cooper hopes will help people with their day-to-day lives.
Raymond Mandeville, Sensata's senior engineer, said many Sensata employees use the space frequently on their lunch breaks.
"It's an intregal part of the lives of people and engineers that still work here," Mandeville said.