Rome YMCA welcomes new teen wellness, conditioning coach

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Autumn Swavely, a certified strength and conditioning coach certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), has joined the Rome YMCA staff as the facility’s new teen wellness strength and conditioning coach.

The appointment was announced by Bruce Hairston, multi-team leader of the Rome YMCA.  

Swavely comes to the Rome Family Y, 301 W. Bloomfield St., with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a minor in coaching from the SUNY College at Brockport, Hairston said, adding that she is experienced in developing strength training programming and helping young athletes train while teaching fundamentals, how to prevent injuries and safe rehabilitation following an injury. 

Swavely will offer individual programming including setting goals, evaluations and testing for young athletes, ages 10–18, including general training, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

A two-sport collegiate athlete, Swavely was a member of Brockport’s field hockey and track and field teams. She continues to fulfill her competitive drive by competing in powerlifting, the Rome YMCA announcement added.  

“I am eager to help our youth learn the value of strength training for both athletics and personal empowerment,” Swavely said.

“I strive to not only coach through exercise, but to teach concepts and methods that athletes will use as they develop in their health goals and careers,” she said.

“I believe physical and mental health go hand-in-hand and hope to instill some great life skills and positive habits in this young crowd,” she continued. 

“To help our young members become familiar with the teen wellness center and staff, we provide them with an orientation,” explained Hairston. “This orientation covers fitness safety, building safety and facility usage rules to promote safe and respectful usage of our facility.”

For more information about the teen orientation, membership or to meet Swavely, call the Rome YMCA at 315-336-3500. 

More information is available online at www.ymcatrivalley.org.

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