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      Quincy YMCA says 24-hour access is a go

      The Y announced that starting August 11, the facility will be open 24 hours a day on weekdays.

      The Quincy YMCA's 24-hour access trial week in May proved to work well for its members.

      The Y announced that starting August 11, the facility will be open 24 hours a day on weekdays.

      It will open at 4 a.m. on Mondays and remain open until midnight on Friday nights.

      All facilities and equipment will be available during the new hours except for the swimming pool.

      YMCA Marketing Director Michelle Terwelp said the expanded schedule is available at no extra cost.

      "There is no additional cost to the member. This is free of charge, and just some extra hours for our members that are currently in here," Terwelp said.

      "If they like to come in before work, they can come in a little earlier. If they like to come later, if they work until 10 or 11, they can come in afterwards. If they don't want to go home and go to bed right away, they can come in and get a workout in."

      The YMCA is also offering a new program that allows members to take fitness classes at any time, day or night.

      "We've got a new system called Fitness On-Demand, it is a video group fitness class system. It's kind of self-led, it's from the internet. A screen drops down and an instructor will come on and teach you a class. Those are offered at any time - anytime throughout the day, over the night, whatever," Terwelp said.

      Members using the Y during the overnight hours must be 18 or older.

      Weekend hours are Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      For more information, call the Quincy YMCA at 222-9622 or visit their website here.