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.

Group Exercise

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!

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Defend Together

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.

Check it out!

Fitness Specialty Classes

Warhawks Workout

New Seasonal addition to the Group Exercise Schedule a the Y! Lead by players from the Willmar Warhawks. Get a Great Workout and Get to know the Talented Young Hockey Players from the Willmar Warhawks.

Participants who attend the first 2 class sessions receive a FREE Ticket to Warhawks Game on November 21st!

Free for members but registration required and participants must be at least 13 years of age. Non - Members are welcome with a registration fee.

Download PDF Registration or Register Online

Nordic Walking

Tired of walking alone, outdoors in the MN weather?Looking for a new way to motivate yourself and others to get moving? Try Nordic Walking indoors at the Y! A walking club is a good way to expand your workout group and improve overall health.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, fun way to get moving. The group will meet the 3rd and last Wednesday of the month starting November 21st at the upstairs wellness desk and walk on the indoor track through March.

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Kettlebell Basics

Kettlebells are one of the most popular strength training tools for toning muscles and getting anyone back into shape. Basics course will teach you the basics of Kettlebell training, safety techniques, body positioning, alignment and appropriate starting exercises including the swing, clean and press, snatch and many more!

Body Toning Time

This program is for anyone new to toning and strength training who would like more instruction in the variety of exercises to use for each muscle group.Increase muscle tone and strength with guided instruction using free weights, body weight, resistance bands and more.After this course you will have a working knowledge of weight training and how to get the most out of your personal workout.

Space is limited to 6 participants so register today!

Contact Leslie for more information.

Couch to 5K

Would you like to run a 5K or maybe even a 1K?

Join us for a 10 week program in a welcoming environment designed to be an informative, fun, safe and lasting experience for runners of all ability levels. Goal of this program is to bring people together that want to run for the first time or enhance their current running experience. Each week will include information on running topics, group run, and guided training plan to prepare you to participate in the Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk, included with registration fee.

Program meets weekly on Wednesdays for 10 weeks prior to the 5K held on Saturday, May 25th at 9AM at Robbins Island. What a great, healthy way to start your holiday weekend!

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Core Strength

Great 4 week program for anyone new to toning and strength training or those specifically looking to find new ways to focus on your core. Course will focus on simple mat and floor exercises that target, tone and strengthen core muscle groups. Gain core strength while building knowledge of core building floor exercises.

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Healthy Lifestyles

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

    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

    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 Leslie in the Wellness Center.

    • Improve strength and flexibility
    • Reduce body fat
    • Increase energy and decrease stress

    Personal Fitness

    Personal Training

    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 Leslie to sign-up or have your questions answered.

    View this PDF for more information on our personal training program.

    Fitness Incentives

    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.

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