Healthy Living

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 Time | Healthy Lifestyles | Health/well-being/fitness | Sports & Recreation


Family Time

Family Fun Nights

Spend some quality family time playing games and having fun.  Check for family events at the Membership Desk.

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Healthy Lifestyles

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 Highmark Preventive Health Services Office off the main lobby by the locker rooms.

For upcoming schedule and descriptions of classes offered Click Here>>

Drop 10 in 10

An exciting 10-week program designed to help you loose 10 pounds in 10 weeks through a progressive program of optimal nutrition, regular exercise and meaningful behavior change.  Class is offered throughout the year.  Check with the Front Desk for the next available class

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 Highmark Preventive Health Services 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 includes a FREE relaxation CD. Class is offered throughout the year.  Check with the Highmark Preventive Health Services 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 Highmark Preventive Health Services 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 or Register Online>>.

Lifeguard Course

This certification course is designed to give participants basic skills and knowledge to be a lifeguard in the pool, lake, river, surf and waterparks. This comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and take action to help those in danger.
Participants must be 16 years old before the completion of the course.  Register Online>>

YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistance (YASA)

This certification course is designed to prepare participants with the skills and knowledge needed to recognize aquatic risks and assist a lifeguard in the emergency response of an accident or injury. Minimum age: 14 years and must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water 2 minutes, legs only.  Register Online>>

YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Course

This certification course gives new instructors the basics for teaching swim lessons that are student centered, value oriented, safe and effective. Participants must be 16 years old at the time of registration.

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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.

Personal Training

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!

Basic & Brief

A beginner circuit workout designed especially for beginners in our comfort zone. Class meets twice a week for 4 weeks.  Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

Cardio Circuit

This class is designed for beginners and returning exercisers.  It blends cardio, strength and flexibility to complete the circuit + YMCA relationship building.

X-Bike Cycling

An indoor group cycling class with spirited instruction and music! Designed for all fitness levels. Reach your goals and enjoy the ride with a group while working at your own pace and intensity level. A challenge for the body-a ride for the mind!  Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

Boot Camp

An intense military style workout. 60 minutes of grueling instruction on abdominal and calisthenics work. Plus stair runs, “dock” runs, track running with sprints and intervals of pull ups and dips. Class ends with strength training focused on the upper body.
Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>


A dynamic, energetic class combining dance with fitness. The music is inspired by international rhythms.  Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

Holistic Programming

Programs in pilates, massage, yoga, nia, qi gong, reiki and more.  Click here  for more information.

Massage & Energy Center

The Massage & Energy Center is to provide a variety of massages including: Swedish, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Sports, Reflexology and a Signature Massage. Register at Glenwood’s Membership Desk! For prices & descriptions Click Here>>.  For more information Click Here.

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, Yoga, Pilates, Strength & Toning Classes, Kick Boxing, Step, SilverSneakers, Zumba, and Hip Hop Hustle. Registration not required.  Schedules available at the Front Desk or Click Here>> 

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.
Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

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  Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

Silver & Fit Fitness Program

The County Y is a participating fitness facility in the Silver & Fit Fitness Program – a program designed to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education.  Silver & Fit provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Learn more at

Active Older Adult Classes and Activities

Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

  • Older Adult Water Fitness
  • Educational Brunches
  • Silver Sneakers & Silver & Fit
  • Muscular Strength & Endurance

Senior Coffee Hour

Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with your fellow Y members. Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00AM to 12:00PM.

Water Fitness

A great way to exercise no matter what fitness level (from the very fit to the frail individual). Variety of classes targeting cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength/endurance and flexibility.   Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

Y Water Fitness For Older Adults

Shallow water exercise class that focuses on strength/endurance activities, balance work and target ADLs (activities of daily living).  Schedules available at Front Desk or Click Here>>

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Sports & Recreation

For information on youth sports, click here.


Basketball – Adult

This 4 on 4 basketball league is for adults over 18 years of age.  All teams play 8 regular season games plus playoffs. Games are played on Tuesdays.  You may sign up as a team or as an individual.   Sports Leagues>>

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Erie, PA 16508
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