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SARA'S YMCA AT A GLANCE WHAT Named in memory of Sara Harris Bissell, the late wife of developer Smoky Bissell, the 24,000-square-foot, adult-only workout facility serves more than 1,700 people. WHERE At the heart of Ballantyne Corporate Park, 15940 Brixham Hill Ave., Charlotte, 28277 PROGRAMS AND AMENITIES • Group exercise classes • Mind/body studio with a state-of-the-art fooring and heating system • Outdoor ftness yard featuring turf fooring suitable for activities that include sled pulls and tire fips • Rooftop terrace for exercising and sunrise yoga • Sonic Automotive Wellness Center offering cardio/ strength machines and workout space • Studio with TRX and Pilates reformer equipment for private training and group classes COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE OFFERINGS • Wellness seminars • Boot camps • Outdoor corporate ftness events • Corporate adult sports, such as sand volleyball and softball • Community meeting room • Togetherhood, a member-led volunteer program and the YMCA's signature program for social responsibility found Monday through Friday at Sara's Y, practicing yoga in the heated room or, as Piejak jokes, "solving the world's problems on the elliptical." The new equipment is great, Piejak says, but it's the welcoming environment and friendships she's building that make the space more than a gym. "I describe it as coming home," she says. "It's a place that always raises my spirits." Harnessing Corporate Spirit Located in the heart of Ballantyne Corporate Park, The variety of venues and activities at Sara's YMCA helps keep exercise interesting and social. The rooftop terrace is popular for exercising and sunrise yoga. Due to its convenient location, Sara's YMCA becomes a hot spot during lunchtime. SUMMER 2016 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 57