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

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
 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING
September 21-23

$140M / $180NM

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.

FVFY JUNIOR LIFEGUARD TRAINING
Ages 12-15  |  $30M/$40NM
June 18-28  |  July 9-19
Learn what it takes to become a lifeguard. Junior guards will learn simple assist techniques around a pool and how to identify a swimmer in distress.

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A gymnastics birthday party at the Y means that kids will have fun in our foam pit and tumble through our obstacle course! The Y provides pizzas, juice, tableware, and even a Birthday t-shirt - this is all included in the price. Plus, YMCA Gymnastics staff member will be on hand to run the party from start to finish. This includes all the setup and cleanup! See below for our 2 party package options:

PARTY PACKAGE 1 | Up to 15 children | $150M / $225NM | Ages 6+
The Y provides 1 staff, 2 large pizzas, 2 juices, all paper products and a Birthday t-shirt! 15 invites max including the birthday child. No more than 15 children.

PARTY PACKAGE 2 | 15-25 children | $230M / $330NM | Ages 6+
The Y provides 2 staff, 3 large pizzas, 2 juices, all paper products and a Birthday t-shirt! 25 invites max including the birthday child. No more than 25 children.

All parties run for 2 hours. Gymnastic parties can be held some Saturdays and most Sundays. 3 weeks notice is needed to secure a party date.

Call to book your birthday party today!
(630) 552-4100 EXT. 243


The Y offers many different themed parties.  Click here for more info.

TRY IT OUT FOR FREE!
Thursday, Feb 22nd 4–4:45pm at West Branch

Speed and Agility is for athletes at any skill level looking to improve their current performance.  Exercises are designed to improve overall quickness, strength and coordination. This class concentrates on footwork, legs, endurance and core strength.

Session begins Feb. 26–April 14 at West Branch
Tues. 5–5:45 pm for ages 12–15 years
Thurs. 4–4:45 pm for ages 8–11 years
$51M/$76NM


MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
While working for the Y as our Speed & Agility Instructor, Nevin is pursuing a Nursing degree at Aurora University. “
My passion for nursing is deeply rooted in my interest in health and fitness.” As an experienced strength and conditioning instructor, Nevin plans weekly exercises + drills keeping every workout fresh and each participant engaged. Nevin’s class focuses on form, technique, and muscle memory drills to ensure the development of good habits for all athletes.

JOIN US IN THE POOL!
Make a splash with us and join one of our Aqua Fitness classes today!
Aquatic fitness classes are included with your Y membership and are a fun, lower-impact way to get your body moving, improve strength and flexibility, and develop all-around fitness. Classes are offered throughout the week at 9:00am and 7:30pm.

An aqua fitness class is a great way to add something new to your routine and is a great workout for all ages! Aqua fitness can be tailored to challenge everyone from a twenty-something swimmer to an active senior. Do you sometimes feel exposed in a traditional group exercise class? Don’t think you can follow along to a routine? Never fear...the water hides all, leaving you to be more focused on your movements rather than worrying about keeping up with everyone else. Aqua fitness classes are also a great cross-training workout that will improve your performance in other high-impact activities like running, dance or team sports.

Your body will thank you for it! Water’s buoyancy will help avoid the wear and tear on your body that often comes along with working out. Aqua fitness strengthens muscles without stressing vulnerable joints, which makes it great for recovering from sports injuries and water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion, which results in balanced muscle action for your joints. Working out in water is a true full-body workout. Your heart, muscles, and internal organs all benefit.

Monthly Group Fitness Pass $50NM
Our Group Fitness Pass gives non-members monthly access to both land and water group fitness classes. Call 630-552-4100 x222 or stop by either branch to purchase your pass.

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.

PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS

Ages 3-5 | $65 Member/$85 Non-Member  |  Early Learning Academy Central
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first-hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun. REGISTER TODAY!

A BUG’S LIFE   |  June 4–8
Campers will learn all about the six and eight-legged creeping, crawling and flying bugs and insects around us! Field Trip: Silver Springs for a Bug Adventure.

SPACE IS THE PLACE   |  June 11–15
3, 2, 1...blast-off!  Your preschooler will be headed to outer space as we learn about the planets and solar system.  Field Trip: Spaceship Park (Heartland Circle)

SUPERHERO ADVENTURES   |  June 18–22
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a superhero!  Join us for some superhero fun! Field Trip: The Incredibles 2

SUMMER SAFARI |  June 25–29
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Join us as we learn about a variety of wildlife. Field Trip: Philips Park Zoo

I CAN COOK! |  July 9–13
Do you have a preschooler who loves to cook?  Your little chef will enjoy getting to make some delicious snacks while learning about  Field Trip: TBD

UNDER THE SEA  |  July 16–20
Come join us for some underwater adventures as we learn about life in the ocean.  Field Trip: Prairie Point Splash Pad

MAD SCIENCE  |  July 23–27
Science is awesome!  Come join us for a week of ooey, gooey fun!  Your little scientist will be creating cool concoctions like slime, lava lamps, and elephant’s toothpaste.

AHOY, PIRATES AND MERMAIDS  |  July 30–Aug 3
Arrgh, matey!  Join us for a week filled with pirate and mermaid adventures.  Walking the plank and going on a hunt for pirate treasure are just some of the fun activities planned for your little pirate or mermaid.  Field Trip – YMCA Pool Day

DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS  |  Aug 6–10
Get ready to travel back in time as we learn all dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.  We will build and erupt our own volcano, make dinosaur eggs and learn fascinating facts about dinosaurs. Field Trip – Dinosaur Exploring at the Dinosaur Park (Raintree A, Yorkville)


KINDERGARTEN READINESS CAMP

Mon-Fri  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  June 4 - July 27  |  Early Learning Academy West
Ages 3-5 | $65 Member/$85 Non-Member  |  Extended before and after care available for an additional $120/week
Prepare your child with our Kindergarten Readiness Camp offered to all children entering Kindergarten in the fall.  This class is designed to enhance the retention of important educational information so often lost in the summer months leading up to the start of school. It will not only prepare your child for a daily school routine but will aslo support learning in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Come and learn in a fun, integrated environment where our highly qualified teachers prepare your child for a lifelong love of learning.  *Limited spots available.

REGISTER TODAY!

We are proud to announce the acquisition of For Kids Only Daycare, Preschool and Before & After School Care in Sandwich, IL. The purchase was confirmed on December 29th, 2017 and DCFS licensing permit was issued to the Y’s Early Learning Academy on January 8th, 2018.

“The children currently attending For Kids Only are happy and healthy which I would directly attribute to the strong dedication the current staff has. The Y is committed to nurturing and supporting staff to continue this vital connection.” Amy Collins, Director of Child Care.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue focus on and invest in the development of youth in our community and serve our Sandwich area families.” Rebecca Morphey, FVFYMCA Board President.

For years, For Kids Only has provided a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance. The Y’s Early Learning Academy plans to build on that foundation by introducing Creative Curriculum focused on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. The Early Learning Academy will continue to develop confidence, creative and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.

In addition, the Early Learning Academy will also introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which requires staff to follow USDA food guidelines. This program’s reimbursement allows for the Y to purchase fresh, more nutritious food for the facility.

The Early Learning Academy provides full daycare for birth-5 years, full and half-day preschool and Before & After School care. Enrollment includes a child membership to the FVFYCMA with reduced program pricing and access to both Central and West branch.

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ages 4-6  |  june 19 – aug. 9  |  $55M/$80NM

We will focus on building the basic fundamentals of our participants. Instructional drills will be taught at the beginning of class and then kids will play in a game setting during the second half.  T-ball is held from 6-7:15pm on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

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."

 

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