ASU Music Professor Emeritus Ralph Lockwood has been a 45-year member of the YMCA. He has been a longtime supporter of and contributor to the VOSYMCA programs that build strong communities.
You can catch Lockwood working out daily at the Lincoln Y, and at Y’s in the regions where he is vacationing.
Q. Why do you choose to work out at the Y?
A. Since I moved back to Phoenix on a permanent basis, retirement has been a full-time job, with a regular schedule of mixed workouts. The Y is close to home; it’s a second home, really, as I am there daily. Comprehensive equipment and the friendly staff are all enticements.
Q. What is your favorite class at the Y and why?
A. Since giving up running due to back and foot problems, I have substituted cycling/spin classes, with super instructors, and have also worked with excellent personal trainers.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not working out at the Y?
A. Hiking, practicing the piano, composing music, attending plays and musical performances, traveling, writing, editing and proofreading, and being a subject in studies at the AZ Biomedical Research Center.
Q. What accomplishment are you the proudest of (outside and inside of the Y)?
A. Maintaining a positive optimism inside and out! The opportunity to play in my dream orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra.
Q. What keeps you motivated?
A. Activity breeds activity!
Q. After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?
A. Pad Thai at one of the many Thai restaurants in Phoenix.
Q. What would be the title of your biography?
A. “The Mortorman’s Son”