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.

2018 Summer Sessions
Summer Session I: June 4 - June 30
Summer Session II: July 9 - August 4
Summer Session III: August 6 - September 1

 

 

A competitive Youth Swim program for Y members ages 5-21 building strength and endurance while refining technique. Swimmers are grouped according to ability and age from beginner to advanced. The team competes against other area Y’s as well as in District/State meets. Children are empowered by the confidence they develop as they work to swim a mile and beyond while enjoying the water environment so many seem born for.

Aqua Force will offer different competitive swim clinics based on the ability of the swimmer. All are designed to improve stroke technique and increase endurance. These clinics will assist in the development of your technique and endurance. They are also a great way for new and returning swimmers to preview our summer and fall swim team practices.


AQUA FORCE DATES TO REMEMBER
Wed. & Thurs., May 2 & 3
5:30pm - New Swimmer Placement
6pm - MANDATORY Registration and Parent Orientation for ALL Swimmers

*YMCA State and USA Championship qualifiers will practice beyond July 14th. Participation in Summer Swim Season guarantees a spot for the Fall Swim Season. All participants must be FVFYMCA members to join Aqua Force. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards on front and back confidently. Swimmers must pay $30 deposit and have meet fees set up on a monthly draft. All fees must be paid before swimmers can participate. Meet fee deposit may be rolled over from Fall/Winter season if eligible.  White, Purple, Black, Pre-Senior, and Senior swimmers new to the Aqua Force team can pay an optional $75 USA Swimming registration. Swimmers not USA swimming registered will not be able to participate in any USA swimming sanctioned swim meets.  Swim meet schedule can be found online at www.foxvalleyymca.org/aquaforce. Black and Senior will have select morning, dryland and Saturday practices posted online.

 

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    swim team benefits

    Not sure if a swim team is right for your child? Here is a list of the benefits of swimming from USA Swimming:6.13.15 swimmer01 web

    • Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages.
    • Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.
    • Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport.
    • Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
    • Swimming is a healthy "lifetime" activity. Participants may be 1 or 101 years old.
    • Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports.
    • Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.
    • Swimming can prevent drowning.

    Visit the Aqua Force website for more information or contact Aquatic Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 630-552-4100 x237.

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    La Premiere Dance Company provides students the opportunity to develop technique and skill at a higher level of professionalism. This competitive and performance dance company for Y Members ages 5-18 gives dancers the chance to perform and compete at several venues throughout the year (including parades, competitions, special holiday events, and conventions). La Premiere consists of three companies; Mini, Petite, and Junior, companies are based on age and ability. All companies will compete at a local, national competition.

    We provide a fun and affordable dance company so all children have an opportunity to dance. As part of our dance company, your children will grow into talented dancers and learn valuable lifelong lessons.

    La Premiere will hold auditions the beginning of July.

    Attachments:
    File
    Download this file (8.14.17_FallDance_laPremiere.pdf)Fall Dance Auditions

    Not every child loves sports, but when kids find physical activities they enjoy, staying healthy and active becomes easy. At the Y, we’ve created options to help kids of all ages stay fit, healthy, and active. REGISTER ONLINE!

    2018 Summer Sessions
    Summer Session I: June 4 - June 30
    Summer Session II: July 9 - August 4
    Summer Session III: August 6 - September 1

    CENTRAL youth fitness

    ROCKET RUNNERS
    Ages 6-8 | Tues., 8:30-9am | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 9-12 | Tues., 9-9:45am | $30M/$44NM
    Our goal is to encourage children in the community to lead a healthy lifestyle – by being active, setting goals and encouraging one another. Children will run their way into fitness through traditional running drills as well as games, special activities and challenges. We will meet at the YMCA track. All running abilities are welcome.

    KIDS YOGA

    Ages 6-12 | Mon., 11:30am-12:00pm | $20M/$30NM

    Yoga for kids can help build confidence, body awareness and focus on the breath as a tool for centering. Class will feature stories, partner dynamics, animal sounds and laughter.

    KIDS F.I.T./TEEN F.I.T.
    Ages 8-12 | Mon., 11:15-11:45am | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 13-15 | Wed., 11-11:45am | $30M/$44NM

    Functional Interval Training that uses boot camp, HIIT intervals, cardio and strength training to give you a great workout.

    SPEED & AGILITY

    Ages 8-12 | Thurs., 4-4:30pm | $20M/$30NM
    Ages 13-15 | Thurs., 4:45-5:30pm | $30M/$40NM
    Speed and Agility is for any skill level looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength and coordination. There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

    MINI WERQ
    Ages 5-12 | Wed., 9:30-10am or Sat., 8:30-9am | $20M/$30NM
    Kids will have a blast with Kids' WERQ®, the fiercely fun dance fitness workout class based on kid-friendly versions of pop, rock, and hip-hop music taught by Certified WERQ instructors and designed just for kids.


    WEST youth fitness

    STRONG KIDS - HEALTHY KIDS
    Ages 3-6 | Mon., 11-11:30am | $20M/$30NM
    This class is a way for your child to learn to socialize through games, crafts, music, exercise and interactive play. You will end the session with a field trip to E & A Adams Farm.

    SPEED & AGILITY
    Ages 8-17 | Tues. or Thurs., 5-5:45pm | $30M/$40NM
    Speed and Agility is for any skill level looking to improve their current athletic performance. Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength and coordination. There will be a concentration on footwork, legs and core strength.

    KIDS F.I.T.
    Ages 8-12 | Tues., 10-10:45am | $30M/$40NM
    Functional Interval Training that uses boot camp, HIIT intervals, cardio and strength training to give you a great workout.

    REGISTER ONLINE!

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    All branches of Gymnastics and Tumbling help develop motor skills through activities that increase strength, balance and body control.

    FVFYMCA Instructional Gymnastics

    • Preschool Gymnastics Classes
      (ages 2-5 years)
    • Girls Instructional Classes*
      • Beginner (ages 6+)
      • Progressions A & B (ages 6+)
      • Teen Basic Gymnastics (ages 12+)

    For class times and descriptions download our program guide.

    *Advancement from each level may take anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the individual gymnast. The Y reserves the right to move gymnasts to the appropriate levels, combine classes, cancel classes, and change times during the course of all sessions.

    Attachments:
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    Download this file (FVFYMCA_Summer_Gymnastics.pdf)FVFYMCA Gymnastics Summer 2018

    In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.


    SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
    Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

    Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.  


     

    SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
    The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

    Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

    The Flyers are coached by Karen Oelker, Chloé Oelker, Tiffany Haag, and Kathleen Lavery. Our goal as coaches is to not only make this a strong, winning 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.

    Screen-Shot-2017-11-20-at-1.26.09-PMThe Flyers Team consists of levels 3 through 8 and has approximately 40 gymnasts competing. Team try-outs are held each year in June as a part of our annual Summer Gymnastics Camp. All gymnasts that would like to be considered for the competition team must attend camp to be evaluated by the entire team coaching staff. View meet photos here.

    Masters Swimming is our swim group for people who are 18 and older. You will receive coached swimming workouts that help improve your swimming technique and fitness level. This group welcomes adult swimmers from lap swimmers, to adults interested in competitive swimming, as well as triathletes.

    SESSION DATES
    May 7 - August 3
    *no practice Memorial Day

    PRACTICES
    Mon/Wed/Fri 5-6:00am

    Begin mid-session with the punch card purchase option – see below. Punch cards must be purchased at our front desk.

    TWO PRICING OPTIONS!
    PUNCH CARD PRICING:
    Member  |  $30 per 5 punch card
    Non-Member  |  $45 per 5 punch card

    FULL SESSION PRICING:
    $75 Member/$120 Non-member

    Call 630-552-4100 to register or contact our Aquatics Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    "Enhance Fitness is a great combination of balance and strength training focused on getting your heart rate up and your body moving." -Dian Nielsen, Enhance Fitness Instructor


    DISCOVER ENHANCE FITNESS 16-WEEK PROGRAM
    Free for members/*$96 non-member 16-week membership

    March 12 - June 25
    Central Branch | Monday & Friday 10:15-11:15am
    West Branch | Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:25am

    Instructors will be conducting fitness checks at the 1st and last week of class for all participants.
    NO JOIN FEE for participants interested in membership after 16 weeks

    What is a fitness check? A 3 step assessment consisting of a sit-and-stand, bicep curl and timed up-and-go test.

    *Non-member membership includes 16-week adult membership with full-access to Central & West branch. Take advantage of the Y's full group-ex schedule, both wellness rooms and the pool including our free aqua fitness schedule!

    To register, stop by the front desk at either branch or call Central at 630-552-4100, West at 815-786-9998. Program participants are required to attend a minimum of 10 Enhance Fitness classes.


    Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

    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.

    Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

    • More energy
    • Better balance
    • Increases in upper body and lower body strength
    • More flexibility and range of motion
    • Better sleep
    • More feelings of happiness
    • Sense of independence

    In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000. Download our fact sheet for more information.

    AMERICAN SAFETY & HEALTH INSTITUTES (ASHI) CPR CLASSES
    Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes: sign up today to get certified in CPR, First Aid and AED. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes are offered at the Y on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Classes are for those ages 16 and over and are $33 for members and $45 for non-members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 630-552-4100 x237

    WEDNESDAYS 11:00am-2:00pm
    May 9 | June 6 | July 11 | August 15

    SATURDAYS 9:00am-12:00pm
    May 19 | June 16 | July 21 | August 25

    Your time is valuable...
    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!

    Learn more about our PERSONAL TRAINING options and pricing

    CENTRAL BRANCH 

     

    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 to personal training.

    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 3 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.

    Education
    Bachelors of Psychology
    Certified Nursing Assistant

    Certifications
    YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
    Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
    Certified Les Mills Body Pump Instructor
    Werq Dance Fitness Certified Instructor


    Machele Hill

    Machele has been in the fitness field for 5 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.

    Certifications
    YMCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
    AFAA Primary Group Fitness
    Werq Dance Fitness Certified Instructor
    Ballet BARRE Certified Instructor


    April Booras

    April Booras has a bachelors degree in Education and continuing education in exercise and fitness.  She holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, Piyo, Kickboxing, Geriatrics, Water Aerobics, Bosu, TRX, Balletone, Spinning, Kettlebell, and Barre. She is a certified group fitness instructor through ACE, and holds two personal training certificates.  April enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals focusing on form and motivation.

    Education
    Bachelors of Education in Exercise and Fitness

    Certifications
    ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer


     

    Maegan 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.

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

     

    WEST BRANCH

     

    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."

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


    Rhonda Johnson

    With a BA in Exercise Science from the University of Kentucky and an ACE certification, Rhonda has been in the fitness field for over 28 years. Her specialty is Personal Training, to work with each individual to achieve the desired results. She will motivate you and make the workouts fun, yet effective. Rhonda has worked with seniors to improve functional movements and mobility, improved posture and strength, and better cardiac function and stamina.  Overcoming her own back issues and impaired nerve function, she has a passion to work with people that suffer from chronic conditions and life-impairing diagnosis that may need special consideration. Rhonda also teaches Pilates, Small Group Training, and TRX classes.

    Education
    Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science

    Certifications
    ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer


    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