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We are happy to announce Laila Kim has accepted the position of Director of Health and Wellness. Laila will be responsible for managing all aspects of our Group Fitness programs at both the Downtown and Kerasotes branch. Laila comes to us from LA Fitness where she served as the Activities Director. She was responsible for the daily operation of the Group Exercise Department for South Illinois Territory which included Springfield, Bloomington, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Naperville, New Lenox, Tinley Park, and Oswego.

She is a certified personal trainer and has experience teaching Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Basic 1 + 2, Aqua Fit, Silver Sneakers, BodyWorks, CardioKick, and Yoga. Laila says, “I look forward to working for an organization that invests in the local community. I would like to make a difference by helping to create healthy habits for the community through fun group fitness classes.” Her immediate goal is to provide online classes that can be viewed and uploaded so our members can feel connected again to their favorite instructors from their own home.

Her true passion is group fitness classes. She says, “I feel extremely fortunate I get to work with group fitness daily.”  When she isn’t working out, she enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She also says, “I have a nerdy side. I love playing video games.”

Please welcome her to the YMCA family!