Gym

Play basketball, soccer, volleyball, pickleball and more in the gym—it’s all included with your membership. Check the gym schedule at your Y for details on pick-up games and open gym times. Equipment like basketballs and pickleball paddles are available and free to check-out and use in the gym—visit Member Services where you’ll typically trade your membership card for the equipment. Gyms and specific equipment varies by location.

  • Please wear clean, non-marking shoes
  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink (other than water) is not allowed
  • Please secure coats, bags and valuables in a locker—the Y is not responsible for lost or stolen property

Sometimes there might be an exercise class or other activity going on in part of the gym while you’re playing a pick-up game or enjoying open gym time. Stop by Member Services if you’re curious about when classes are scheduled.

Kids ages 6 and under are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Kids ages 7-9 are welcome, so long as a parent or guardian is somewhere in the building. Kids ages 10-17 are welcome to enjoy the gym alone—and do not need to have a parent or guardian present.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center at each YMCA includes exercise machines, stretching areas, free weights and weight rooms—it’s all free for members. Specific equipment varies by location.

From questions on using the exercise or weight machines to executing exercises with correct form—the Fitness Center staff is ready to help. For every hour the Y is open, a Fitness Center representative is available to help you get the most from your workout—whether that’s talking about your fitness goals, recommending a new class to try, or giving directions to the pool. All you have to do is ask!

Free equipment orientation is available. Sign up at Member Services and a Personal Trainer will provide an overview of how to use basic equipment and machines. Prior to using the Fitness Center, kids ages seven to 17 need to attend a fitness orientation that covers safe and age-appropriate fitness exercises and equipment. Kids are required to attend orientation for each YMCA they visit as equipment can vary.

After attending orientation, kids will be assigned a wristband:

  • White for ages 7-9—indicates ability to do exercises with body weight, resistance bands, non-weighted exercise balls
  • Green for ages 10-11—includes the above, plus ability to use weights/balls (2-5 pounds), elliptical and rowing machines, stationary bikes, upper body ergometer
  • Orange for ages 12-14—includes the above, plus ability to use treadmill/stepmill and strength training machines
  • Purple for ages 15-17—includes the above, plus ability to use free weights, squat racks and bench press
  • Please be courteous to others waiting to use equipment—if you see people waiting, allow others to participate
  • Please observe safety guidelines and precautions when using fitness equipment—like using spotters and collars, when appropriate
  • Please clean equipment with provided disinfectant after use
  • Please return all equipment to its proper place after use
  • Please wear clean, closed-toe and non-marking shoes
  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink (other than water) is not allowed

Kids ages 6 and under not allowed in the Fitness Center. Kids ages 7-9 are welcome, with a parent or guardian who is with them at all times and within arm's reach. Kids ages 10-17 are welcome to enjoy the gym alone—and do not need to have a parent or guardian present as long as they have completed a Fitness Center orientation and are wearing a proper wristband.

Fitness classes

Group Exercise classes are free to attend. You can drop in at any time and there’s no need to pre-register. There are more than 60 formats and categories include cardio, dance, strength, yoga and water exercise. Small Group Training classes are discounted for members—you’ll work out with a Personal Trainer and a small group to enjoy specialty options like Barre, Kettlebells, Pilates Reformer and more.

Classes welcome all levels of fitness. If you’re not sure where to start with classes, you can sign up for a free personal consultation at Member Services. You’ll meet with a Personal Trainer to talk about your goals and the Y services and classes that can help you meet these goals.

Some good starter classes include Group Cycle, Mat Pilates, Water Exercise and Zumba. When attending a new class try to arrive about 10 minutes early and let the instructor know you’re a beginner. The instructor can offer tips, tell you what equipment is needed and can offer alternate exercise options. Standing in the middle of the room is a good idea so the instructor can see your form, and you can watch the front row for visual cues.

  • Please arrive on-time for classes—warming up is important to prevent injury
  • Please wait to enter the studio or set up equipment needed in class until the previous class is finished
  • Please clean equipment used in class with provided disinfectant after use
  • Please return all equipment to its proper place after use in class
  • Please wear clean, non-marking shoes
  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink (other than water) is not allowed
  • Please come to class dressed and ready to move your body
  • Bringing a towel and water is encouraged
  • Check specific class descriptions for other tips or details specific to class

Adult classes are open to ages 15 and up. Kids ages 10-14 can attend adult classes with a parent or guardian. Kids ages 7 and up can attend kids’ classes without a parent or guardian. Kids ages 3-6 can attend kids’ classes without a parent or guardian when checked into Kids Stuff. Kids ages 3 and up can attend family classes with a parent or guardian.

Indoor track

Don’t worry about the weather and get laps in any day at one of our indoor tracks. Most are for running and walking. Tracks vary by location.

Most indoor tracks have some cushioning, although the material varies by location. The distance of one lap around the track varies by location, but the range is that 6-13 laps are equal to one mile.

  • Walking and running are allowed—except at the St. Paul Midway Y, which is a walking-only track
  • Slower runners and walkers usually have a designated position on the track—check your Y for details
  • Strollers are not allowed
  • Walkers (device to assist with walking) are allowed
  • Please wear clean, non-marking shoes—spikes or cleats are not allowed
  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink (other than water) is not allowed

Kids ages 9 and under are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Kids ages 10-17 are welcome to enjoy the indoor track alone—and do not need to have a parent or guardian present.

  • Burnsville
  • Eagan
  • Emma B. Howe
  • Forest Lake
  • Hudson, WI
  • Maplewood Community Center
  • Minneapolis Blaisdell
  • Minneapolis Downtown
  • New Hope
  • Ridgedale
  • Shoreview
  • St. Paul Downtown
  • St. Paul Eastside
  • St. Paul Midway
  • Woodbury

Pool and aquatic center

Each Y in the Twin Cities metro area includes a pool or aquatic center, which may include: outdoor splash deck, outdoor pool, warm-water leisure pool, indoor pool, water feature, waterslide, whirlpool, sauna or steam room. Pool and aquatic features vary by location—for example, vortex and lap pools are available in some locations—check with your Y for details.

  • Please don’t use the pool if you suspect you have or have a communicable disease, open cut or blister
  • Please shower before entering the water or after use of toilet facilities
  • Diving is prohibited in water less than 9 feet deep
  • Spitting or spouting water from your mouth, or blowing your nose in the pool isn’t allowed
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets and wearable foam flotation devices are allowed
  • Kids wearing lifejackets or foam flotation devices must remain within arm’s reach of an adult while in the water
  • Do not run or engage in rough play
  • Diaper changing is allowed in locker rooms—but not in the pool area
  • Animals are not allowed
  • Glass and breakable items are not allowed
  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink (other than water) is not allowed
  • For aquatic staff training, the Y does periodic safety drills by simulating emergencies—your cooperation in following staff instructions during a drill is greatly appreciated
  • If you have a medical condition or are pregnant, please consult with your physician before using the whirlpool, sauna or steam room
  • Do not enter the whirlpool while under the influence of alcohol or drugs that can cause drowsiness or raise/lower blood pressure
  • Do not exercise in the sauna or steam room—please wait at least 5 minutes after exercising to cool your body temperature before entering the sauna
  • Rubberized or plastic suits, sweatshirts, sweatpants and athletic shoes are not allowed in the sauna or steam room
  • Shaving is not allowed in the pool, sauna or steam room
  • Due to electrical and fire hazard, do not put water on the sauna heater, or leave reading material in the sauna
  • Please wear family-appropriate and clean swim attire—clothing may be worn over a swimsuit
  • Children in diapers must wear reusable plastic pants with elasticized legs and waistband
  • Please see Y staff for details about water-depth restrictions when wearing clothing in the water

For the safety of our members and guests, swimmers under the age of 15 must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times, or pass a YMCA swim test:

Deep water

To swim in water deeper than the swimmer’s armpits, the swimmer must pass the Deep Water Swim Test.

  • Jump into water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Transition from treading to a front float for 10 seconds
  • Return to treading for an additional 10 seconds

Shallow water

To swim without an adult in water shallower than the swimmer’s armpits or in the designated shallow end, the swimmer must pass the Shallow Water Swim Test.

  • Enter water to armpit depth
  • Front float for 5 seconds
  • Transition from floating to standing in water
  • Back float for 5 seconds and return to standing

Sometimes there might be an exercise class or other activity going on in part of the pool while you’re swimming laps or splashing around with the kids. Stop by Member Services if you’re curious about when classes are scheduled.

  • Kids ages 6 and under are welcome in the pool, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times—unless they are able to pass an appropriate YMCA swim test. Children who pass the swim test must still have a parent in the pool area. Kids in this age group are not allowed in the whirlpool or sauna.
  • Kids ages 7-9 are welcome in the pool, so long as a parent or guardian is somewhere in the building—if they have not passed a swim test, they must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times. Kids in this age group are not allowed in the whirlpool or sauna.
  • Kids ages 10-15 are welcome to enjoy the pool alone—and do not need to have a parent or guardian present, unless they have not passed a swim test, in which case, they must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times. Kids ages 10-14 are not allowed in the whirlpool or sauna.
  • Kids ages 15 and up are welcome to enjoy the whirlpool and sauna.

Locker rooms

All Y locations in the Twin Cities metro offer free locker room access to change and secure your belongings.

Lockers are available for daily use by members and guests.  Please bring your own lock and remove it at the end of each visit.  Padlocks are also available for purchase at many YMCA locations.  Locks left overnight on lockers will be removed.  Valuables cannot be accepted for safekeeping at the Member Services desk.  Locker rental is also available at most Ys for a fee.

Small towels are provided for use during your workout free of charge at select locations. You can choose to bring your own large towel, or sign up for large-towel service, which provides up to two towels per person, per visit. If you buy towel service on a monthly or annual basis, you can use it at any Twin Cities metro Y location.

  • Daily towel service: $1 (except at the Hudson YMCA, where daily towel service is free)
  • Monthly towel service: $11
  • Monthly towel service + locker rental: $14
  • Annual towel service: $132

The YMCA's practice is to welcome all members and do our best to accommodate everyone. Children ages five and younger may enter the YMCA locker rooms of their opposite sex parent or guardian. Family and adult only locker rooms are available at many branches. If family locker rooms are available, we strongly encourage you to use these locker rooms with children of the opposite sex.  By offering separate changing areas and individual and family locker rooms, we believe everyone can find a reasonable solution which will allow all members to have access to our facilities. Use of a private changing area or individual and family locker room is an option for any individual who does not want to share a normal locker room.

The Y is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.  Contact Member Services to retrieve lost and found items.  All content that is not recovered will be donated to a local charity.

All cell phone usage and picture taking is prohibited in all locker rooms for the security and comfort of members and guests. Please restrict picture taking to your own child. Violation of this policy can result in consequences up to termination of membership.

Child care while you work out

When you come to work out at the Y, bring your children along for the fun that awaits them at Kids Stuff, the Y’s drop-in child care program. They’ll participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe environment—and it’s free for members. It’s available 7 days a week—activities and hours vary by location.

Reservations aren’t required. Bring your membership card the first time you visit Kids Stuff. You will be asked to sign your child in at Kids Stuff before you go work out. If your child has any special needs or medical conditions—please let the staff know.

Kids ages 6 weeks to 10 years are welcome. Kids Stuff doesn’t offer 1:1 care, however you may provide a PCA to accompany your child during their visit.

  • You must remain in the building while your child is at Kids Stuff
  • Children can enjoy Kids Stuff for up to 2 hours a day
  • You will be contacted immediately if your child is injured, inconsolable after 15 minutes, showing symptoms of illness, needs a diaper change or shows aggressive/inappropriate behavior
  • Please don’t bring a child who is ill or showing signs of illness
  • Please don’t bring toys or personal belongings, except comfort items like a pacifier or blanket
  • Food or snacks aren’t allowed in Kids Stuff, except water and pre-mixed formula marked with date and time made
  • All comfort items, water cups and formula must be labeled with first and last name
  • The YMCA doesn’t allow private child care by a YMCA employee for any YMCA participant—staff are not allowed to babysit any child they meet in Kids Stuff or other Y programs
  • Kids must wear socks and indoor shoes at all times—winter boots are not considered indoor shoes
  • If your child wears diapers, please bring them in a clean, dry diaper
  • Please bring extra clothes in the event of an accident

All Kids Stuff team members are required to pass a criminal background check and receive annual safety training on:

  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • AED administration
  • Oxygen administration
  • Blood-borne pathogens
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Emergency procedures
  • Andover
  • Burnsville
  • Eagan
  • Elk River
  • Emma B. Howe
  • Forest Lake
  • Hastings
  • Hudson, WI
  • Lino Lakes
  • Minneapolis Blaisdell
  • New Hope
  • Ridgedale
  • River Valley
  • Shoreview
  • Southdale
  • St. Paul Eastside
  • St. Paul Midway
  • West St. Paul
  • White Bear Area
  • Woodbury

Acupuncture and massage

Take time to focus on total wellness with massage and acupuncture. Services are available at select locations and treatments vary by location.

Reservations are required. Call 651-747-0922 to make an appointment at Maplewood Community Center. You might be asked to fill out some paperwork at or before your first appointment to ensure safe and effective massage or acupuncture.

  • Talking on cell phones is not allowed
  • Food and drink is not allowed
  • Please secure coats, bags and valuables in a locker prior to your service—the Y is not responsible for lost or stolen property

For massage services, it’s common to undress to whatever is most comfortable for you. This might mean wearing only underwear. During your service, you’ll be on a massage table, under a sheet or blanket.

For acupuncture services, plan to wear comfortable clothes. What you hope to achieve during acupuncture impacts where needles are placed. Sometimes you might be asked to remove parts of clothing to assist with effective needle placement.

Your massage or acupuncture therapist can answer any questions you might have about what to wear during your initial service.

Adults ages 18 and up are welcome to enjoy massage or acupuncture.