YMCA staff and members all agree that when Chuck Wood enters the building, it gives any day an instant boost. His passion for life and ability to find the fun in any situation are contagious. A lifelong athlete, Chuck grew up in the Y, but his membership lapsed as life got busy. He recently decided to rejoin when he realized he needed to regain control of his weight.
When he stepped back into the facility, it felt like he was home. He hasn't looked back. In the past year, Chuck has lost more than 30 pounds, "17 in the past two months," he explains, "The staff and the people just keep me coming back in." This is no exaggeration. Amazingly, Chuck has visited the Y seven days a week for the past two months straight! He finds accountability and connection with the staff with whom he regularly shares updates on his FitBit statistics and his 100,000 steps per week.
Two months ago, Chuck discovered a new hobby that's earned him some attention here at the Y- he learned to play pool for the first time when staff invited him to give it a try. "I love it," he says. "It's a great break in the day and a huge deal of fun." He's even purchased his own pool stick for the activity. On special days, Chuck can be seen shooting pool while wearing his custom Santa suit, an item he keeps for his recurring role as Santa Claus for Pearl Jam's annual band Christmas party and for his volunteer work at Kitsap County Christmas events.
Always ready to lend a hand, Chuck has connected to more than just fitness and friends at the Y- he's also become a faithful Y volunteer, assisting with special events like our Harvest Festival and more, When he says he's lucky to have found the Y, we obviously agree. But we wonder if we might be luckier to have found him!