Healthy Living: Improving health and well-being
Through advocacy and leadership, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, thousands of Erie’s youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
Family Fun Nights
Spend some quality family time playing games and having fun. Check for family events at the Membership Desk.
Highmark Community Programs
A benefit for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield customers, a series of healthy living programs are offered free of charge. Not a Highmark member or a Y member? The public is welcome to take these classes for a program fee. Inquire at the Membership Desk.
Personal Nutrition Coaching
Personal Nutrition Coaching by a registered dietitian and/or licensed nutritionist is available for individuals seeking nutrition counseling specifically related to weight management, heart health and diabetes. When the clinician designs a nutrition plan to address the specific needs of the individual, he or she will also recommend enrollment in either a class or web-based program. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your appointment.
Discover Relaxation Within I and II
Discover Relaxation Within is a four week lifestyle improvement program that helps to identify everyday stressors and teaches participants specific relaxation techniques to induce relaxation and reduce and manage stress. Class is offered throughout the year. Check with the Membership Desk for the next available class.
Eat Well for Life I and II
Eat Well for Life is a four week lifestyle improvement program promoting wellness and long-term wight management through balanced nutrition. As a result of Eat Well for Life, participants will obtain the knowledge necessary to make healthful food choices and will be encouraged to adopt the nutrition practices necessary to achieve a balanced lifestyle and long-term weight management. Class is offered throughout the year. Check with the front desk for the next available class.
CPR/AED And First Aid Certification Classes
The American Safety and Health Institute CPR/AED and first aid certification classes are available to individuals who have never been certified or whose certification has expired. Classes offered throughout the year. Contact the front desk for the next available class.
Health, Well-being & Fitness
Wellness Center & Program Orientation
Y staff will demonstrate proper use of the cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, orientate you to the free weight room and/or group exercise classes. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your orientation.
Polar BodyAge Fitness Assessments
A fitness assessment that compares your chronological age to your BodyAge. It will tell you where you are today and your obtainable BodyAge. Your Y Wellness Coach will work with you to develop a program to build a healthier you. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your appointment.
Maximize Your Membership Wellness Coaching
MEMBER ONLY benefit offered FREE with your Y membership. One size does not fit all! Individualized wellness training is just one component of this holistic program. We include spirit, mind and body components in the program and it is designed for the beginner exerciser. Our team of Wellness Coaches are all certified as YMCA of the USA Personal Training Instructors. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your appointment.
This YMCA program is designed to match you with a Personal Trainer who will develop a wellness routine to help you stay motivated and provide you with a workout designed for you to meet your personal wellness goals. Click here for more information.
This is a group lesson running 8 weeks. Learn the proper forehand and backhand stroke. Improve your serve. Lessons will be at the General Mclane Middle school tennis courts. Improve your game.
Adult and Teen Karate
A Certified Black Belt level instructor guides you through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 13 and up. Click here for more information.
TRX Suspension Training
Original, best-in-class work-out system that leverages gravity and your body weight to perform hundreds of exercises. Delivers a fast, effective, total bodywork out that builds core, increases muscular endurance and benefits people of all fitness levels. Check our class schedules page for more information.
Latin Ballroom Dance
Taught at a comfortable pace, this new Y class is a great alternative to traditional group exercise.
Group Fitness Classes
There is something for every “body” at the Y. From cardio to resistance training to mind/body classes are available to meet every interest and level: Water Fitness (summer only), Yoga, Pilates, Strength & Tone Classes, Y Pump, Kick Boxing, Step, Low Impact, Silver Sneakers, Zumba, Bosu and Urban Rebounding. Schedule available at the Membership Desk or go to the schedules tab of the web site. Registration not required.
The lessons will cover the basic skills for beginners or focus on skills to improve you game (drive, irons, and putting). Schedule
Basic & Brief
10 weeks to a better you. Try this 40 minute, beginner-exerciser program two to three times weekly utilizing the Technogym equipment. Before and after internal/external measurements.
Women’s Strength Training
Teaches proper use of the free weights and machines to achieve balanced muscle development. Increases metabolism to burn fat.
Active Older Adult Assessments
Offered throughout the year. Nine tests to evaluate balance, agility, flexibility, walking endurance, and strength. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. See branch for more details. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.
Active Older Adult Fitness
A variety of programs designed specifically for the older adult. Includes cardio-respiratory fitness walking with exercise. Increase strength, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. See the Membership Desk for current schedule or go to the schedules page of the web site.
The SilverSneaker Fitness Program
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and /or standing support. Your SilverSneakers membership is offered to you at little or no cost through your health plan. Learn more at www.silversneakers.com.
Tues & Thurs. 9:15am
Active Older Adult Classes and Activities
Stop by the Membership Desk to check for availability and scheduled times.
- Older Adult Water Fitness (Summer Only)
- Healthy Back
- Educational Brunches
- Muscular Strength & Endurance
Senior Coffee Hour
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with your fellow Y members.
Tues & Thurs. 10:00am
Sports & Recreation
This program is offered during the Fall and Spring sessions. Eight games with playoffs for top teams. For men ages 19 and up. Contact the Membership Desk for the next available program, or go to the leagues section of our web site.
Co-Ed Indoor Soccer
This program is offered during the Fall and Spring sessions. Regular season plus playoffs for top teams. For men & women ages 19 and up. Contact the front desk for the next available program, or go to the leagues section of our web site.