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.
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.
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:
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.
All YMCA locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Hudson, WI have a Fitness Center.
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 Fitness Solution 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
To swim in water deeper than the swimmer’s armpits, the swimmer must pass the Deep Water Swim Test.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Kids Stuff team members are required to pass a criminal background check and receive annual safety training on:
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.
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.
Breathe some fresh air into your workouts with family-friendly fun in the great outdoors. Whether you walk or jog, the Y offers members free access to outdoor trails at Y branches and camps.
Reservations aren’t required, just head to your favorite trail when the Y is open, or 9am to 1pm on Saturdays at Y camp locations. Ask the front desk at the Y where to find the outdoor trail. Camp locations offer maps of available paths.