Programs

The YMCA's health, fitness and sports programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

BIG ENOUGH TO BE FUN, SMALL ENOUGH TO BE QUALITY

The future of fitness, small group training is an affordable way to take advantage of a trainer expertise, creativity, and motivation at a lower cost. Draw from the energy of your group as you push yourself for real results. Small group training is for 4-8 participants creating smaller, intimate classes with more individualized attention. For more Information visit a front desk or email: Central Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., West Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What can you expect from Small Group Training?

  • No Session Dates! We know fitting a workout into your busy schedule is tough and we don't want that to be the reason you're not able to work out. A great convenience of small group training is that you're able to designate start dates and class times with your trainer so that it fits your schedule!
  • Think of small group training as a hybrid of personal training and group exercise classes. Benefit from one on one time but within a group of participants who are at your similar fitness level, creating a bond through healthy competition.
  • How many participants can I expect? 4-8 participants

*Please note: Small Group Training has replaced Specialty Group Classes such as TRX, F.I.T., Women on Weights, HIIT, Speed & Agility, Senior & Kids Fitness. For more Information visit a front desk or email: Central Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., West Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Small Group Training
(4-8 participants)
30 min 45 min 60 min
5 sessions $26 $40 $53

 

IMPROV WORKSHOP
Ages 7-11  |  October 19  |  2-4pm  |  $27M/$38NM
Think FAST! This workshop will focus on how to think fast and always be on your toes.  Learn to react to anything that happens and spin it into a fun time for all.


MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Ages 7-11  |  November 16  |  2-4pm  |  $27M/$38NM
Lets give them the “Old Razzle Dazzle”.  An exciting and fun workshop that will let children explore the music, stories and movement of classic and modern musicals.


CHRISTMAS ART WORKSHOP
Ages 7-11  |  December 21  |  2-4 pm  |  $27M/$38NM
Santa’s elves are going to be a little busy this year so let’s help them out a bit and make a gift of your own to give.  You will be able to choose an art project(s) to do for yourself or to give as a gift.  Please bring an old shirt to wear so your clothes do not get dirty.

We offer full day or half day licensed programs for children ages three to five years at Central and West Branch. Our preschool program offers quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. In addition, your child will develop skills to build character values, self-esteem, friendships, and kindergarten readiness skills.

FULL DAY or HALF DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (ages 3-5)
The three to five-year-old classrooms focus on the growth and development of the whole child: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Activities and classroom centers are oriented to the child’s interest and developmental levels. Our three to five-year-olds are able to make choices in a variety of areas including art and sensory activities, dramatic play, stories and books, music and movement, fine and large motor development and much more.

Our program builds the foundation and prepares children for those skills needed in Kindergarten. Math, science, language areas, and pre-reading and writing are emphasized. In addition, children learn important classroom skills such as taking turns, sharing and cooperation as well as learning to develop socially acceptable behaviors and positive social relationships through cooperative play.  

YMCA Youth Membership is included in all of our Preschool options.

Our Preschool Curriculum includes the following areas: Language Development, Creative Experience, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, iPad Technology, Music/Movement, Science and Discovery, Dramatic and Sensory Play.

Preschool events include School Pictures, Holiday Parties, Recreational swimming, End-of-Year Pre-K ceremony, Spring Recital, Local Field Trips, and more. Additional YMCA Benefits include Indoor gymnasium, music and dance rooms, after-school enrichment programs, USDA-approved lunches and snacks, 17-acre outdoor pavilion, indoor pool, two secure and safe outdoor play areas, "Let's Move Initiative," and a gymnastics center.In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

Click here for information on our before and after school-based program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk and Newark School Districts.

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CENTRAL BRANCH PRESCHOOL
630-552-4100
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (630-552-4100 x230) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30 am and/or 12:15-2:45 pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:30am-6:00pm


WEST BRANCH PRESCHOOL
815-786-8914
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (815-786-8914) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30am and/or 12:15-2:45pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:00am-6:00pm

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Your time is valuable and the world is full of conflicting information regarding exercise. Exercising with a Personal Trainer can change your life. Our trainers have the knowledge and skills to maximize the use of the latest exercise techniques to help you reach your goals, whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds, compete in a triathlon, or just get healthy.

Make the most of your exercise time. Contact the Healthy Living Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to find out how your goals can be reached with the help of a Y Personal Trainer!

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Michelle LeMaistre

Michelle has been an instructor for the Y since 2013 specializing in Les Mills classes and group cycling. As the Healthy Living Director, Michelle oversees our chronic disease programs and is passionate about health, wellness and weight management. In addition, Michelle is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with experience in both clinical and community environments. Michelle enjoys working with all clients from children to seniors. She has been involved in the healthcare industry since 2005 and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for personal training. Specializes in: Kids & Senior Fitness,  Weight Management & Nutrition.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified LesMills BodyPump and BodyCombat Instructor
  • Certified Cycling Instructor

Jackie Bruns

Jackie's love of fitness began 5 years ago when she successfully lost over 100 pounds herself and maintained that weight loss through diet and exercise.  Motivating and helping others achieve their goals is her #1 priority when working with clients.  She also believes that a good workout is a fun one, and strives to maintain that attitude throughout all her classes and work with clients.  In her free time, Jackie enjoys traveling with her husband and 3 children. Specializes in: TRX, Women on Weights, Circuit & HIIT training.

Education

  • Bachelors of Psychology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant

Certifications

  • NETA Personal Trainer
  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Certified Les Mills Body Pump, Tone & BodyFlow Instructor
  • SCW Yoga I Instructor


Machele Hill

Machele has been in the fitness field for 7 years.   Her training sessions are always designed to help clients work toward their personal fitness goals while being safe and staying within their abilities and range of motion.  Machele lives in Yorkville with her husband and three active children and has a passion for dance. Specializes in: Strength Training, Senior Fitness, TRX, Barre, Balance, Circuit & HIIT training.

Certifications

  • NETA Personal Trainer
  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • AFAA Primary Group Fitness
  • Werq Dance Fitness Certified Instructor
  • Ballet BARRE Certified Instructor

Melissa Wright

Melissa lives, dreams and enjoys fitness every day of her life. She fell in love with fitness and wanted to share this with others who want to become better stronger versions of themselves. She believes that finding time for yourself and your health is very important and a great example for family. She has one adult son, two beautiful grandchildren, and an amazing husband. "I would love to help you get started on your fitness journey." Specializes in:  F.I.T.(Functional Interval Training) and Kid & Senior Fitness.

Certifications

  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified Les Mills Body Pump, Body Step, Body Combat, BodyVive and CXWORX Instructor

Amanda Tuftee

Her love for fitness brought her to the Fox Valley YMCA 2 years ago where she has also been teaching group fitness classes. She believes it is her job to help others feel good about themselves. She would love to transform the way you think and feel about yourself by helping you on your journey to be the best you yet! Amanda loves spending her spare time with her husband and two children and working in her yard.

Certifications

  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Certified Les Mills Bodypump and Bodystep Instructor 

Dina Stupec

Dina is passionate about the importance of exercise. She trains people at all fitness levels incorporating resistance and cardio into each workout. Specializes in:  F.I.T. (Functional Interval Training). Dina is the resident Fitness Instructor at Leland off-site fitness classes.



Jessica Divin

Jessica has always had a passion for fitness. A former rower turned distance runner, she has been an active member of the YMCA for 3 years and an instructor since 2016. Jessica believes that exercise is as beneficial to emotional well being as it is to physical health. She strongly feels that exercise should be an activity that you look forward to and part of your daily life! Residents of Yorkville for over 10 years, Jessica and her husband stay busy with their 3 children.

Certifications

  • NETA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor

Mike Click

You could say that Mike has been a fanatic of fitness most of his life.  He grew up playing sports, from baseball and basketball, to track and field and swimming.  After swimming competitively, he moved into the world of triathlons, where he found a new passion that led to competing in a half Iron Man.  Being a parent, Mike understands the juggle of finding time to take care of yourself and wants to assist others in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  He believes that instead of training for a specific event, that you should approach fitness more as “training for life.” Specializes in: Lifting, Swim Conditioning, Speed & Agility.

Certifications

  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor

Rachel Toftoy 

Rachel is a passionate Certified Personal Trainer, her role is to motivate, enable and make training a fun and rewarding experience.  Rachel’s training philosophy is that everyone is different, but anyone can benefit greatly from training.  Training can vastly improve your health, performance, mood, and overall quality of life.  In her free time, she loves to spend quality time with her husband and 2 boys.

Certifications:

  • NETA Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
  • WERQ Dance Fitness Certified Instructor
  • Barre Fitness Certified Instructor

Nikki Blocker

Nikki began her career as a fitness instructor at the Fox Valley Family YMCA West Branch in June of 2014.   Seeing the benefits of bringing physical health and emotional health together, Nikki decided to enroll in iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.  In March of 2016, Nikki received her designation as a Certified Professional Life Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner.  Nikki’s favorite part of her job is connecting and encouraging our members.  She enjoys the family atmosphere and friendships that have developed with members and staff.  Nikki has been married to her high school sweetheart for 24 years and is the mom of two witty college boys.  She has 4 marathons under her belt and currently hits the pavement to walk with her dog, Sandy. Specializes in: TRX, HIIT and Senior Fitness.

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • SCW Yoga, Foam Rolling and Nutrition, Metabolism and Hormones Training
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • YMCA Group Exercise and Enhance Fitness

Meagan Toto 

Maegan's passion for all things fitness began 2 years when she decided to make a big change. Maegan committed herself to a diet and exercise routine that eventually led to losing 180 pounds! By sharing her story with her clients, she hopes to inspire and motivate people to achieve their own goals no matter how big or small. In her free time, she enjoys quality time with her 5 kids, dancing, and running. Specializes in: Kids Fitness.

Certifications

  • SCW Personal Trainer
  • YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • Licensed Zumba Instructor

George Burns

George discovered fitness when he was diagnosed with a chronic arthritis condition and his doctor recommended he work on losing some weight to feel better. Over the last 6 years, he has been able to quit smoking, lose weight, put on muscle and discover fitness was not only a choice but also a lifestyle that pays more in dividends than he ever imagined. George started running in 2012, starting with a Walk2Run program that led to other races before completing a full marathon. He also joined the YMCA and began taking group fitness classes. He loved the group fitness environment and decided to become an instructor, as well as a Personal Trainer. He is here to help anyone on their fitness journey – from the first day making a choice to live a healthier lifestyle to increasing athletic ability to conquer their next goals. Outside of fitness, George is an Insurance Executive in Oak Brook. In his free time, George enjoys spending time with his husband Tom and daughter Sophia, amongst other hobbies. Specializes in:  F.I.T. (Functional Interval Training), Kids Fitness, Speed & Agility.

Certifications

  • NETA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor

 

 

Jenny Miller

Jenny believes that everyone should find a fitness program they enjoy. Her goal is to create a positive and fun atmosphere for her clients, as well as use her knowledge and experience to equip them with the skills to help them achieve their health and fitness goals. Specializes in: Cardio Conditioning and Weight Training.

 

 

 


FOX VALLEY FLYERS

The Fox Valley Flyers is a competitive gymnastics team that competes in YMCA and USAG meets - USAG routines are used. The Flyers have the opportunity to qualify for YMCA Nationals each year. This summer the Flyers traveled to Toledo, Ohio and competed in the YMCA Gymnastics Nationals. All current team members and gymnasts that would like to be considered for the competition team must attend Summer Camp held in June. For more additional information please contact Gymnast Director Jenny Menz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our goal as coaches is to not only make this a strong, competitive team but to teach our girls the importance of working together and supporting each other. We believe what they learn here will stay with them long after their gymnastics careers.

PRE-TEAM
For anyone who has mastered ALL skills from Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate.  Director approval needed.  This class will prepare you for the competitive gymnastics team. Learning the skills that are needed for Level 3.

Cross the bridge, scale a cliff, jump the pond and slide to the finish on our inflatable obstacle course! The YMCA will have the Aqua Track set up on the following weekends for members use. From 2-5:00pm on Saturdays and 10:30-2:00pm on Sundays.

  • Sept 14 & 15
  • Oct 19 & 20
  • Nov 16 & 17
  • Dec 14 & 15

Welcome Annette Smith to our Arts Department

Annette Smith is excited to start sharing her love and knowledge of theatre and all things dramatic with the Fox Valley Family YMCA community. She started acting at age 5 and found her passion on stage, spending every summer performing at theatre camps. When she reached high school she focused on theatre - beginning to teach at the same summer camp she attended growing up. When she started her time at Illinois State University she focused on acting and theatre education, wanting to help future generations find a home either on stage or backstage like she did. She also began her study of Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Annette moved to the Fox Valley Area from Chicago with her husband and son to be closer to their family.  She brings her passion for theatre in all its forms, especially Shakespeare and musicals, with her to the YMCA and looks forward to helping build a strong arts department for everyone!

View featured THEATRE WORKSHOPS, including Intro to Theatre and Improv, here.

AdltVBall01Thursdays | October 3 - December 13 | $275/team

This league has two divisions: Advanced and Competitive. If you are interested in a fun night of organized co-ed volleyball between novice and intermediate play, the Competitive league is for you. If your skill level is intermediate to advanced play, the Advanced division is what you’re looking for. Teams must consist of at least two females. There is an eight-team max for each division. Want to play but don't have a full team? Contact Sports Coordinator, Dustin Wayne at 630-552-4100 ext. 224

Attachments:
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Download this file (Volleyball League Rules[1].pdf)Co-Ed Volleyball Rules

Art01Our YMCA arts programs promote confidence and creativity through dance, drawing, drama, painting, music and more.

While the YMCA is traditionally known as a place to learn how to swim or practice your favorite sport, YMCAs are quickly becoming the place where kids and adults learn to paint, write, sing or act. The Fox Valley Family YMCA offers a variety of art and theater classes for children to experience a variety of art mediums such as theater, painting, drawing, sculpting and more.

According to a recent article, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University says, “Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” 


Whimsical Lettering
Tuesdays, 5-6:30 pm  |  $40M/$60NM

During this 4-week class, students will be introduced to a variety of supplies and samples to create their own alphabets and lettering.  This is NOT a calligraphy class.  This lettering is to be used in journals, posters and other artwork.

 


Draw and Doodle your Pet
Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm  |  $40M/$60NM

This 4-week class is where you will create a unique drawing of your pet.  You will be using markers and colored pencils for this project.  During the class, students will be introduced to Zentangle and will apply it to their project.  A picture of your pet must be submitted 7 days before the class begins.


Intro to Illustrative Watercolor Journaling
Fridays, 5-6:30pm  |  $40M/$60NM
Students will be introduced to contour drawing and blind contour drawing in this 4-week class. You will learn about observing and then drawing what you see.  You will discover a variety of ways to use watercolor pencils and or paints.  These skills can be used in multiple art creations.

small group training just for kids!

Small-Group Training (4-8 participants) isn't just for adults, kids now have the ability to participate and benefit from group training with a certified fitness instructor. Introducing a fun and exciting way for your children to participate in a non-competitive exercise program built just for their age group and ability level.

SUGGESTED AGE GROUPS:
2-4 years, 5-7 years, 8-12 years
For more Information visit a front desk or email:
Central Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
West Branch contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What to expect from youth small group Training

  • No Session Dates! We know fitting a workout into your busy schedule is tough and we don't want that to be the reason you're not able to work out. A great convenience of small group training is that you're able to designate start dates and class times with your trainer so that it fits your schedule!
  • Think of small group training as a hybrid of personal training and group exercise classes. Benefit from one on one time but within a group of participants who are at your similar fitness level, creating a bond through healthy competition.
  • How many participants can I expect? 4-8 participants 

YOUTH SMALL GROUP TRAINING 30 min 45 min 60 min
5 Sessions $26 $40 $53

 


Can kids use the wellness center? YES!

  • Kids age 10-13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the wellness center.
  • Kids age 10-13 must complete an orientation prior to using the wellness center.  Please make an appointment at the front desk.
  • Kids age 10 and up can participate in personal training and youth-specific small group training.
  • Kids age 10-13 must check in at a front desk to receive a wrist band to use the wellness center.

 

 

 

 

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