Tony Reynolds, 43, was recently hired as the new director of programs at the Forest City YMCA.
Reynolds came from Wadesville, Indiana and, after obtaining a master’s degree in human biomechanics at Indiana State Univeristy, worked for Farm and City Services for five years as a commercial insurance provider before working at Waldorf University for seven years as the director of strength and conditioning.
Reynolds said he earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science and his master’s degree in human biomechanics because he liked sports and strength training.
“I wanted to go into personal training as an undergrad,” he said. “However, I volunteered with the ISU strength and conditioning program and loved it, which fostered my desire to get my Master of Science in biomechanics.”
Reynolds also has enough credit hours for a music minor because he originally went to college for music business/performance but switched to exercise science his senior year.
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He said he loves everything about the YMCA program, from coaching, leading staff and interacting with the community to designing program flyers and creating new flyers.
“This is the perfect position for me,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds said he applied for the position because he missed the fitness industry and the impact he could make on people’s wellness and athletes’ success in sports as well as coaching.
He looks forward to growing the YMCA’s programs and membership and creating “the best youth and adult programs available at any Y,” Reynolds said.
“The Y is a wonderful place and I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing team in an amazing community,” Reynolds said.