Top 10 Reasons to Join the YMCA

By: Mollie Shauger | Monday, January 6, 2020 | Healthy Living

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The YMCA is so much more than just a gym. If you’re looking for a community membership that comes with educational classes, competitive adult sports leagues, and personal training, then the YMCA’s in New Jersey has everything you need and more.

1 - Child Care

Life is incredibly busy for parents, which is why the YMCA provides a broad depth of child-care services. We provide quality care for children in a safe space helping them nurture their development and build crucial foundational skills. We help them learn how to communicate more effectively, build trusting relationships, and give them the tools they need to build their own self-reliance.

2 - World-Class Pool

Our beautiful, indoor swimming pool is a fantastic place to learn to swim in a safe environment, or break a sweat during one of our many water aerobics classes. We also offer birthday pool parties.

3 - Personal Fitness Training

At the YMCA, we care about helping our members reach their own healthy goals through proper physical exercise and training. But sometimes members need a guide as they enter into a new exercise, and that’s where our personal fitness program comes in. We offer challenging workouts with a Certified Personal Trainer designed to meet your specific fitness goals. We help our members lose weight, gain more flexibility, rehabilitate after injury, perform better at specific sports, and offer classes that improve their cardiovascular wellbeing.

4 - Health and Wellness Programs

Beyond helping our members lose weight and meet specific physical goals, we also offer health and wellness programs that teach our members how to stay on top of their overall bodily health. Our health and wellness programs are designed to improve the overall health of people that have specific needs. We offer classes for active aging seniors, special needs individuals, cancer survivors, and those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. These programs empower each individual to take the healthiest steps possible for their specific needs, and provides them with an encouraging and positive environment.

5 - Adult Sports Programs

Our adult sports programs give adults a chance to compete in team sports in a fun and competitive environment. We offer team basketball, volleyball, badminton, squash, tennis, and pickleball! Our adult sports programs are a great way for adults to play a team sport and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from competing together.

6 - Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are a great way to prepare your young swimmers to enjoy the water in a much safer way. Here at the YMCA, we offer a number of learn-to-swim classes for swimmers of all ages. We provide water safety classes for the whole family, that way, each member of your family is confident around bodies of water, and ultimately safer. This can help everyone in your family enjoy going to a pool or waterpark, or even outside to swim in a natural body of water.

7 - Dance Classes

Dancing is fun, which is why we offer a number of dance classes to help our members learn how to enjoy dancing. We have a tap dance class designed for the adult beginner, or as a refresher class. We also offer a Hip-Hop dance class that teaches members basic steps and vocabulary that empowers them to have fun out on the dance floor.

8 - Summer Camps

Summer camps are a great place for children to learn positive life skills that can help them build a solid foundation that they lean on into adulthood. Our summer camps serve children between the ages of preschool and grade 9, and provide activities that are educational, exciting, and fun, and help build self-esteem. Give your child a summer experience at the YMCA, where they can build confidence in a safe and nurturing environment.

9 - The Togetherhood Program

AT the YMCA, we’re committed to supporting the neighborhoods we serve through the Togetherhood Program. Together, we identify community needs and lead projects that help our members give back and support their neighbors.

10 - A Sense of Community

When you get a membership at the YMCA, you’re entering an established community of people that are focused on getting healthier and enjoying life. Our members enjoy socializing with one another as much as they enjoy attending one of our many classes or breaking a sweat in the gym. Beyond our educational courses, our safety certifications and classes and our focus on improving our members’ health, we pride ourselves on creating an inclusive community of people that are respectful and helpful to one another.

Contact us today to get your YMCA membership, and enjoy everything the YMCA has to offer.


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