Improving the nation's health and well-being
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
Health, Well-Being & Fitness
We know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit. Health, well-being and fitness at the Y is more than just working out. In addition to our group exercise classes and facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.
Workshops and Seminars
Nordic Walking for Beginners! Come learn the health benefits, techniques, and equipment seleciton involved in the growing craze of Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking is perfect for active older adults, anyone with a diagnosed movement disorder such as Parkinson's, or if you are just looking for a new and fun way to get moving. A free one hour active seminar will be offered on Tuesday, June 13th from 11 AM - 12 PM. Program is free but is limited to 20 participants so sign up early. The group will meet and begin in the gym and weather permitting will be outside to walk so dress appropriately. Contact Katie for more information.
Free Online Registration or Download PDF Registration
Hosted by the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA and the 12th District Bar Association. Part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series and timed by Pickle Events, this event just keeps getting better every year. A beautiful run/walk around Robins Island right here in Willmar. Race shirts guaranteed to all early bird registrants. Early bird closes April 30th. Refreshments and age group awards post race.
Race day regstration at Robins Island opens at 7:30 AM and Free Kids Fun Run at 8:30 Am. 5K starts at the Flags of Honor at 9:00AM.
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Turkey Leg 5K Run 3.1mile run through the streets of Willmar, MN. Start and Finish at the YMCA. Walkers Welcome. Contact Katie for more infromation or to volunteer.
Fitness Specialty Classes
Shallow Water Plyometrics (NEW)
Get a 30 minute burst of exercise that will get you quick results! No swimming experience required. Participants will train at their own pace and intensity. Plyometric exercise works the muscles at maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power, speed and strength. You won’t even get your hair wet.
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Women on Weights (W.O.W.)
Women On Weights is for women who are new to toning and strength training or want more instruction in the variety of exercises and machines to use for each muscle group. Increase muscle tone and strength with guided instruction using the select rise weight machines, resistance cords, stability balls and medicine balls. After this course you will have a strength training program designed to meet your fitness goals.
Men on Weights (NEW)
Men On Weights is for men who are new to toning and strength training or want more instruction in the variety of exercises and machines to use for each muscle group. Increase Muscle tone and strength with guided instruction using the select rise weight machines, resistance cords, stability balls and medicine balls. After this course you will have a specific, individualized strength training program tailored to your fitness needs. Space is limited to four participants per Y instructor.
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An intermediate class for women who are looking to take their fitness program to the next level. Use a variety of exercise with free weights, balls, BOSU and other weight training tools. After completing this program you will have the tools to tailor your workout to your specific goals.
Join us for a variety of workouts or slip on your swimsuit and try a water fitness class. Classes include Cycling, Zumba, Yoga, Boot Camp, Pilates, Functional Interval Training, Step Aerobics, Stability Ball and many more. The Group Exercise schedule offers 60+ FREE classes each week. No need to pre-register, just arrive a few minutes before class to participate.
Strength Train Together
Strength Train Together will blast all your muscles with a high-rep weight training workout. Using an adjustable barbell, weight plates, and body weight, Strength Train Together combines squats, lunges, presses, and curls with functional integrated exercises. Dynamic music and a motivating group atmosphere will get your heart rate up, make you sweat, and push you to a personal best!
View Class Trailer LET'S MOVE!
DEFEND TOGETHER is a gripping hour that burns a ton of calories and builds total body strength. Tap into the newest mixed martial arts movements done at a rapid-fire pace to smash
your cardio fitness. This workout combines cutting-edge moves with thrilling music.
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The TRX Suspension Trainer is the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your body weight to perform hundreds of exercises. You're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
View Why TRX Suspension Training
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Healthy Lifestyles Consultations – Free to members!
This free program is designed as a fitness orientation for individuals who have never worked out before, need a re-introduction to fitness or who are looking for guidance with their current fitness routine.
Upon completion of Healthy Lifestyles, members will:
- Gain a thorough understanding of basic exercise equipment
- Set goals and overcome barriers in your personal fitness program
Set up your Healthy Lifestyles consultation at the front desk, upstairs in the wellness center, or by calling (320) 222-9622. Healthy Lifestyles consultations do not need to be completed prior to wellness center use.
Active Teens is a free program that orients our teenage members to the wellness center cardio and strength training equipment to keep them safe during their time in the wellness center. The Active Teens program must be completed by all youth who have completed 6th grade prior to independent use of the wellness center.
Strong Teens is a free program that orients our teens to weight lifting in the weight room by using the proper form, breathing technique and the proper amount of weight to use to keep them safe from injury. The Strong Teens program must be completed by teens who have completed 9th grade prior to independent use of the weight room equipment.
First Steps to Fitness (establishing a pattern of exercise) Fee: $33
The Personal Fitness Program (PFP) is designed for those who are thinking about exercising, preparing to exercise, or are exercising on a sporadic basis. This program is a 6 week program that will assist you in becoming a regular exerciser! Within the 6 weeks, you will meet with a trained staff member 3 times to assist you in establishing your pattern of regular exercise each week, receive encouragement and support for your efforts, and be held accountable for your workouts. Register with Katie in the Wellness Center.
- Improve strength and flexibility
- Reduce body fat
- Increase energy and decrease stress
Personal Trainers work with people of all ages, help you stay on track, keep you motivated and assist you in achieving your desired goals. Members are able to register for Personal Training for either land or water based exercise. Y Staff recommend at least two sessions when you begin Personal Training. Our personal trainers are certified by national accredited organizations. Contact Katie to sign-up or have your questions answered. Veiw this PDF for more information on our personal training program.
The YMCA offers ongoing challenges as an incentive for you to stay motivated and on track with your workout goals. Each is a month or two in length and challenge you to complete a certain number of workouts, a particular series of workouts or just try some new activities. Challenges are operated on the honor system and are generally reported back to the Y through completion of a game card. Most challenges offer weekly prize drawings for those sticking with the challenges and a final drawing for all those completing the goal.
March National Nutrition Month Incentive
Y Run, Bike and Walk Clubs
The Y currently has Running, Walking and Biking Groups meeting for weekly group runs, walks and rides. These groups are for everyone new and experienced! The goal is to have fun moving together and share tips, techniques and experiences along the way. No registration fee, just come share in the fun of a Y group run, walk or ride! Contact Katie for more information on group schedules.
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YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
YDPP is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.
Learn more about the Y's Diabetes Prevention Program
Visit the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Webpage
(PDF) View YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Flyer
(PDF)YMCA Diabetes Prevention Can I Participate Form
To Register Contact Katie or Register Online
Sports & Recreation
We believe that sports, fun and exploring new interests aren't just for kids! You'll find a range of adult recreational activities and sports at the Y.
Pickleball is a combination of Badminton, Ping-Pong and Tennis. You must be a member and pay the yearly $20.00 fee to join us for open Pickleball. It is a great opportunity to learn the skills involved in Pickleball and meet new people.
- Pickleball - Both open play and adult leagues are available.
Both open play and adult leagues are available. In order to participate in league you must be a member and pay the league fee. Members may reserve court time for open play at the front desk no more than one week in advance. Non-members are welcome but may not reserve court time and must pay the daily guest fee. Rental equipment is available at the front desk. Racquetball clinics are available to learn more about the game. Contact Ryan for more information.
Download PDF Racquetball Court Policies
If you are interested in a fast-paced indoor court game, then Wallyball may be your sport. This awesome game adds a whole new dimension to the game of Volleyball by incorporating the walls into play. Wallyball is not just volleyball played on a racquetball court it is a whole seperate game with its own set of rules and playing requires development of a whole seperate skill set. Wallyball is faster and as a result is harder to master but also more fun!
The Y is now offering open Wallyball on one of our new Racquetball courts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Noon - 4 PM.
Think you're Ready to give it a try? Check out this video link.
Join the fun Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for Members only Open Floor Hockey. There is a small annual fee of $20 per year to cover equipment costs and you must be a member to play. Contact Ryan for more information or to get signed up.
Adult Indoor Soccer
This is an opportunity for adults to play indoors during designated gym time. Play is open and features use of the full gym and must be played in a ball control style. All players must register and pay the program fee. Open to members and non-members. Contact Ryan for more information.