Program and equipment information

The YMCA's goal is to help members become regular exercisers by focusing on the quality of the exercise experience. We believe that encouragement and guidance built into your exercise experience will support you to develop positive behaviours and a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Centre

State-of-the-Art Equipment At each YMCA Branch, our fitness centres feature the latest in strength training and aerobic conditioning equipment including treadmills, bikes, stair climbers, rowing machines and cross trainers.

Expert Staff YMCA fitness centre staff have a university degree in physical education and/or national YMCA certification in strength training. These qualified staff can develop an exercise program tailored to your individual needs and can assist to set goals, identify barriers and strategies and evaluate your progress.

A Shared Experience During peak times, a 30 minute time limit per person is applied to the use of the cardio equipment. This ensures that all members have fair access to equipment. A sign-up board is provided and monitored by YMCA staff.

To maintain a high standard of cleanliness and safety for everyone, members are asked to use towels provided to wipe down equipment after each use. Free Weights should be returned to their stands after each use. When others are waiting to use strength conditioning equipment, consider offering to let them "work in." This means that both you and the waiting member use the equipment, alternating sets. Rather than resting on equipment between sets, sharing equipment in this way allows everyone better access to equipment. For a complete list of equipment and services, visit one of our membership branches. Please note that equipment types and styles may vary from Branch to Branch.

Starting your Fitness Journey

Adopting physical activity into your lifestyle will make you feel better, give you more energy, and greatly reduce your risk for developing many chronic diseases. YMCA programs and staff offer guidance, motivation, and structure to help members start and stick with a fitness routine that suites your lifestyle.

YMCA Fitness Coaches hold national YMCA Fitness Certification in strength training and have a wide variety of experiences and education in the fitness industry. Our qualified staff can develop an exercise program tailored to your individual needs and can assist to set goals, identify barriers and strategies and monitor your progress.

Fitness Coaching

The YMCA Fitness Orientations are what set us apart. Orientations are available to all youth and adult members for no additional fee, and are specially designed to support you in achieving your goals, by providing you with the tools, information and confidence you need to be successful.

Session 1: Cardio (small group); Session 2: Strength (small group); Session 3: Individual; Session 4: 12 –Week Check-in (individual)

Youth Orientations

Members 10 to 15 years of age are required to attend a Youth Fitness Centre Orientation that will provide them with necessary safety and etiquette information before they are permitted to use the Fitness Centre or attend a Group Fitness Class. Tweens 10 to 12 are required to have their parent or guardian who is also a YMCA member that will be attending the YMCA regularly with them also attend the orientation. Upon completion of the orientation, the youth will receive a card sticker. Membership cards must be worn while in the Fitness Centre.

ActivTrax

Available at the Walker Family YMCA, Niagara Centre YMCA, Niagara West YMCA and Niagara Falls YMCAs. Please click HERE to go to the ActivTrax login page.

ActivTrax is a web-based program that creates customized workouts based on your fitness goals, experience, and measures of strength. The program makes exercise routines easier by removing the guesswork in working out. You will be guided at every visit.

We are confident you will enjoy the benefits of ActivTrax including:

  • An easy to read, customized workout plan.
  • Fully customized on-line nutrition option.
  • A simple, six-exercise strength assessment.
  • An automatic progression of your workout allowing you to break plateaus and get the best results.
  • Individualized workouts with any equipment in the branch; not just select machines.
  • Logging of your workouts at home, work, or at the Y.

Get with the program today! Talk to a YMCA Fitness Coach or Membership Staff today about the advantages of using ActivTrax and how it can support you in reaching your health and fitness goals.

Fitness Classes

YMCA Group Fitness classes give you a chance to meet people, improve you fitness level, and have fun! Members are encouraged to work at their own pace. Ask your fitness instructor for assistance or exercise information at any time. Most of our classes include cardiovascular, muscular strength/endurance, and stretching components. YMCA fitness volunteers and staff are trained and certified as YMCA Fitness instructors.

Who Can Participate?
All members 16 years of age and older are invited to join any fitness classes. Members need not register for a class. Youth members 13 - 15 years of age can attend fitness classes after completing a Youth Fitness Orientation and receiving a shoe tag.

Class Types*
Classes may vary at each Centre - please refer to the fitness schedule for specific times.

Click HERE for a listing and description of classes.

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