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.

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 at 630-552-4100 x237

Age 14+  |  $33M / $45NM  |  (not health care provider)

WEDNESDAYS 11:00AM-2:00PM
Jan 9  | Feb 6 | Mar 6 | Apr 3

SATURDAYS 9:00AM-12:00PM
Sept 22 | Oct 20 | Nov 17 | Dec 15


"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
Free for members/*$96 non-member

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.

$140M/$200NM/$105 Staff
The Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTP™) successfully trains lifeguards through proven training methods and state-of-the-art lifeguard rescue skills.

We are currently hiring lifeguard positions - in order to qualify for the position, this course is required. Register online or at our Central Branch front desk.

 

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AIKIDO
Ages 6+ | Tuesday/Thursday(Monthly) | 7:30-8pm(6-12 year olds) 8-9pm(13+) | $20M/$40NM | Central

In this modern, Japanese martial art, the student will learn to use his/her opponent’s energy against them rather than using force against force. Safety is stressed and students will be taught to fall safely and to work in a cooperative manner with their training partners. Register online or with our front desk at 630-552-4100.

Y FamilyWhat some of our Early Learning Academy parents are saying…

"I wanted to thank you and all of the teachers Lukas has had over the last four years. We picked the Y based upon meeting you and learning about the program you put together and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. He has come so far from being the shy little boy that didn't want to leave my side and I have everyone there to thank. At kindergarten registration, they complimented the preschool program that prepared him so well and said they were going to have a hard time challenging him in class. Everyone has done a wonderful teaching and taking care of him and I just can't thank you all enough! - Robyn L.

 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for Skye over the past few years. I have been so happy with the level of care that the YMCA staff has provided to Skye. I’ve never had to worry that she would be well cared for and I can definitely tell that the teachers care deeply for Skye and she for them.”  - Miranda K.

 

"We feel so lucky to be part of the Y's Early Learning Academy family! Our boys love their teachers and all the learning and playing that goes on throughout the day. Plus, the added benefit of being able to enroll them in enrichment classes like swim lessons, gymnastics, or sports makes their day at school even more fulfilling." - James M.

 

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of Abby this year. Finding a daycare we could trust to care for our first born was not an easy decision, but you impressed us from the very beginning. It means a lot to us to know that Abby is in good hands." - Jillian S.

 

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of Maddy! Going back to work was hard, but knowing I was leaving Maddy in your caring hands made it so much easier. I really appreciate the love and caring you gave to Maddy this year and all of the fun projects and experiences she had with you! I appreciate the photos and keepsakes from her time in the Infant room.

 

"Odi and I cannot thank you enough to tell you how blessed we have been these past months to have had all your love, guidance, patience, and care. Odi knows all that he does thanks to you ladies."

 

Have something to add? Email Academy Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we'd love to hear from you!

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FOX VALLEY FAMILY YMCA INDOOR TRIATHLON
April 7 | $30M/$45NM (includes t-shirt) | Ages 12+
Participate in a distance measured triathlon where each participant swims, bikes and runs for a total of 1 hour. Great for new and experienced triathletes.


TRAIN WITH US
Feb. 2 - April 6  |  9-11:00am  |  $120M/$180NM  |  Ages 12+
Train with triathlon coaches in a supportive environment for the Y’s first-ever indoor triathlon! Practice once a week with other triathletes, attend our featured Endurance Sports Clinics and then train on your own schedule the rest of the week. Endurance Sports Clinics included.

 

11:30am-12:30pm  |  Free for members/$5NM per clinic

• Diet & Energy Management: February 16
• Cycling & Transitions 101: March 2
• Running 101: March 16

hearts01 red2webThe Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to offer our first Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. This health initiative is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education, and personalized support.

The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension, and improve their overall health. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension. In addition, evidence shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium intake, may help reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

“The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to launch the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program,” said April Hix, Fox Valley Family YMCA Fitness Director. “The Y is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities by delivering new programs and initiatives.”
 
As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months—a minimum of eight times, and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage the participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet.

The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure cuff, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is looking for adults with high blood pressure to take part in this program. For a small investment of time, participants receive:
•    A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
•    Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
•    Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
•    Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
•    Heart healthy nutrition education seminars

Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:  
•    Must be at least 18 years old
•    Must be diagnosed with high blood pressure
•    Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event
•    Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
•    Must not be at risk for lymphedema

JOIN THE Y'S FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING PROGRAM!
Our Healthy Heart Ambassadors will be available for screenings at our Plano Branch (3875 Eldamain Rd.) on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Wednesdays from 12pm to 1pm and Fridays from 10:30am to 11:30am. 

For more information or to take part in the program, contact Fitness Director Michelle LeMaistre at 630-552-4100 x247 or by email at mlemaistreThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Did you know? In December 1891, at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, the school’s director gave physical education teacher James Naismith two weeks to come up with an indoor winter game to challenge a class of future Y directors. Naismith hung peach baskets to the bottom of a second-level running track and taught the men his new game: basketball. Today, basketball is second only to soccer as the most popular sport in the world.

Y Winners BballJANUARY 7 - MARCH 2Ages 5-12  |  $70M/$90NM  |  Central
This league will focus on basic fundamentals, as well as offensive and defensive strategies. IHSA Basketball rules will be progressively enforced at each age level. Practice will be held Monday or Wednesday at 5pm or 6pm. Games will be held on Saturday.

REGISTER ONLINE or call 630-552-4100 to register with our front desk.

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January 12 - March 2
Fridays  |  $40M/$55NM  |  Central

2nd - 5th grade
Test your throwing and dodging skills on the court in a fun and safe environment. Teams will have a max of nine players and will play up to seven games in 60 minutes. Each team will have a coach to make sure safe play is practiced. Games will take place on Friday evenings from 6-7:00pm.   

Register online or at our front desk.