Whether you’re looking for the challenge of BOOT CAMP & RELENTLESS classes, the fun and vigor of ZUMBA or the serenity of YOGA, the YMCA of Central Ohio has a group fitness class that suits your goals. Best of all, most Group classes are included in your membership!
Active Older Adults
The Y is a place for people of all abilities and skill levels, which is why we offer programming designed specifically for older adults. The benefits of staying active are wide-ranging: group fitness helps seniors stay socially connected, improve mental capacity, increase strength and mobility, and bounce back faster after illness or injury. We will help you stay safe and overcome any anxiety you may have about exercising as an older adult. Take a look at some of our senior-oriented fitness programs below, which accommodate a wide variety of interests and functional abilities.
Barre class is a non-impact class designed to strengthen, tone and balance the entire body utilizing the ballet barre and light props. This workout combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates with functional strength exercises and cardio to sculpt lean muscle. The beauty of barre classes is that everyone works with small movements, providing the option to limit or expand their range of motion to suit their specific needs. Exercises can always be amplified if you’re advanced and looking for more of a challenge, or modified if you have an injury or are working up to your full potential.
Cardio and Combo
Want to get your heart pumping? The American Heart Association recommends either a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. We offer a variety of Cardio and Combination fitness classes that help strengthen your heart and lungs, build muscle and endurance while burning calories at a high rate. With so many classes to choose from, you’ll never run out of ways to keep your body moving.
Each Dance/Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Dance/Zumba classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check.
Across the country, a growing number of Y associations offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.
Indoor cycling utilizes stationary bikes to focus on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery. Instructors simulate hill-climbing, sprints, and races for a fantastic cardiovascular workout. Get prepared for the workout of your life. Water and towels are a must!
Les Mills classes mix great music and cutting-edge science to help people fall in love with fitness. New choreography, music, and instructor education are part of the LES MILLS™ commitment to ensure that classes are fresh, up to date, and in line with the latest research. Taking a Les Mills class at your local Y is an experience you don't want to miss!
Maybe you're new to exercise. Or perhaps you're recovering from an injury or surgery or simply want a gentler approach to fitness. That's where these classes enter the picture. Our Group Fitness Instructors will customize each class according to its participants' needs. Your Y membership includes unlimited access to hundreds of these beginner-friendly group fitness classes each week.
Women on Weights
The 8-week Women on Weights program is designed to assist you in the use of free weights and selected strength training equipment. Weight training offers incredible benefits for a woman's muscular and skeletal development. This is an introductory group weight training session led by our personal trainers. Learn proper technique, safety, etiquette and three levels of weight training and resistance exercises.
The practice of martial arts promotes cardiovascular development, strength training, flexibility improvement and mobility enhancement. In the course of a single martial arts training session of 30 to 45 minutes, a person can engage in exercises that incorporate cardiovascular capacity improvement and strength development, along with better flexibility and joint mobility.
Pilates is a mat-based, full-body experience focused on the principles of core muscular strength, increased flexibility, breath control and proper body alignment to improve posture. Each class is different to ensure that the body is challenged in new ways, but simple choreography and clear instruction makes this class accessible to both beginners or those who exercise regularly.
The Silver Sneakers® Fitness Program is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. It is a unique blend of physical activity and socially-oriented programming that enables members to take greater control of their health. Silver Sneakers® reduces the barriers to exercise, promotes social interaction and encourages healthy lifestyle activities.
Our strength training sessions combine the workout benefits of the weight floor with the motivation and positive atmosphere of a group fitness class. . Research shows that not only can weightlifting improve your body composition and give you a toned appearance, it can also help you burn fat, reduce your risk of diabetes, prevent back pain, and boost your mood. Regardless of your experience level and personal schedule, we offer a session that fits your needs
The pool is great for exercise because the water offers resistance while reducing the impact of land-based exercises. Water fitness classes are a fun way to exercise, and the low-impact workout builds strength and flexibility for people of all ages. Our Y's water fitness classes use a variety of exercises and equipment and may take place in shallow water, deep water or a combination of the two.
Yoga classes are FREE for Y members! Millions of people do yoga because they love what it does for the mind, body, and spirit. An exercise discipline that dates back to ancient India, yoga involves moving the body through a series of positions and stretches, while focusing on breathing or specific thoughts. The practice delivers unique and vital benefits, which include increased energy levels, lower blood pressure, improved memory, better balance and sense of calm.