YMCA of Greater Erie

Adult and Teen Karate

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A Certified Black Belt level instructor guides you through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 13 and up.

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Adult Pickleball Courts

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Pickleball is a racket sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Fun for all ages.

GLENWOOD open Pickleball courts 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Don’t worry about a partner. We partner as we play. We have paddles or you can bring your own.

EASTSIDE open Pickleball courts are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am- 2pm and Thursday from 11am-1pm.

Pickleball is pick-up, so anyone can show up and get playing time.

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Annual Campaign

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You know the challenges that we face in Erie.  People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential.  More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps.  Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. People are not connected to their neighbors and face time happens through a phone. And, instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.

But, when challenges arise, the Y – and donors like you – steps in.  Everything the Y does, is in service of making us – as individuals and our community better.

Our Y sits at the forefront of several key issues facing the Erie community including:

  • Safe Spaces: Drowning Prevention/Learn to Swim, After School Enrichment, Teen Center
  • Health: Wellness for Veterans, Senior Activities Outreach, adult & childhood obesity
  • Learning: High school graduation rates, Early Learning Readiness, Teen Center, Literacy
  • Meals for Kids: Food + Fun Bus, Healthy Eating Standards, Summer Foods

From Safe Spaces to academic achievement, when you donate to the Y, you’re giving those in need opportunity to thrive.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is a 501 c 3 charity and is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Erie County dedicated to helping children and families live healthier, more productive lives in spirit, mind and body. More >>

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Art & Gym

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The Art & Gym program includes 30 minutes each of art & tumbling/gym. Each portion of the class is 30 minutes in length. Open to children ages 3-6.

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Ballroom Dance

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Taught at a comfortable pace, this Y class is a great alternative to traditional group exercise.  A variety of dance styles are offered throughout the year including Latin, Swing and Ballroom.

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Beginner Hustle a fast, lively dance with lots of turns is for students who have never danced the hustle before or for all who want to improve their hustle dancing skill.  No partner needed.   Register by calling  868-0867 or stop by the Membership Desk.

$50 – Members/ $60 – Non-Members.  Space is limited.

 

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Basic & Brief

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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.

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Belly Dancing Class

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Each culture has its own style of dance. The way the music flows and the body moves depends on the culture it originates from. The dance can be social, religious, celebratory or supportive.  Program held throughout the year at the County Y and during the spring and summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.

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Birthday Parties

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What better place to have a birthday party for kids than the YMCA? We’ve got birthday party fun down to an art and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb and play (and eat cake, of course!)

Party times are up to 2.5 hours and can include a variety of combinations from reserved swimming and gym time to planned youth activities/games and, if at our Camp – 70 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and canoeing. A party room for cake and gifts is also available. Costs begin at $90 for Y members and community member rates are available. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Inquire at the Membership Desk for more information.

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BOSU

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Strength and core conditioning class which incorporates the half-ball/half-platform device. Class led by instructor and exercise modifications given for various fitness levels.

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ChildWatch

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Safe play area. Plenty of smiles. Y staff will supervise your child while you work out. Services are provided for FREE while you exercise to ensure the active use of your Y membership. Open to children 6 weeks to 7 years.

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Community Collections

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The Eastside Family collects goods monthly for local non-profits including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Wesleyville Food Pantry, military, City Mission, local schools and Mercy Center for Women.  We also collect items during the holidays for local families identified by neighboring nonprofits.

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County Y Blue Dolphins Swim Team

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Participants have an opportunity to swim in a competitive environment.  The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.  Everybody swims, everybody wins.  Winter session runs October to March, summer session runs June-July.

To access the County Blue Dolphins web site, click here>>

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CPR/AED And First Aid Certification Classes

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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.

Click here for the 2017 schedule and registration information.

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Financial Assistance

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If you are unable to pay the full cost of Y membership or programs, you may apply for partial assistance based on your financial situation. Income based membership rates are also available. Funds for financial assistance are raised by the volunteers of the Y’s We Build People campaign and come from generous individuals and businesses in the community. More >>

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Group Fitness Classes

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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, Kick Boxing, Step, Low Impact, Silver Sneakers & Silver & Fit, Zumba, Bosu and more.

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Hot Tots

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A program that teaches the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and tee ball to 3 year olds.

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Junior Karate

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A certified Black Belt level instructor guides your child through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 5-12. Cost: $25 Y-members; $75 non-members.

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Kinder Tumbling

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to children ages 5-6.  

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Maximize Your Membership Wellness Coaching

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MEMBER ONLY benefit offered FREE with your Y membership. One size does not fit all! Individualized fitness 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.

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Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball. Kids are building confidence, having fun and making friends. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.  Program held throughout the year at the County and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer only at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Pilates/ Pilates for Golfing

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A combination of stretching and strengthening, this class will improve your flexibility and core muscle strength while also focusing on proper body alignment, breathing, and relaxation. (Pilates for Golfing is designed specifically with the golfer in mind) Appropriate for all levels of fitness.

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Polar BodyAge™ Fitness Assessments

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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. Included in your Y membership. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule your appointment.

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Pump It/Shape-Up

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This class is an anything goes strength and toning class.  Depending on instructor and available equipment, we’ll use barbells, hand weights, resistance bands, stability ball and medicine ball.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.

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Silver & Fit Fitness Program

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YMCA of Greater Erie locations are participating fitness facilities 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 www.SilverandFit.com.  Programs offered in the spring and summer only at Camp Sherwin.

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SilverSneakers Classic

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Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.

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SilverSneakers Fitness Program

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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.  Schedules available at the Membership Desk.

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Swimming Lessons

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Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of accidental death for children 5 to 14. Accidental drownings can be prevented by teaching youth, teens and adults to swim, so they can be safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.

Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration.

Y Swim Lesson curriculum is based on a continuum that focuses on a skill-based progression that builds confidence and supports swimming skills. Lessons are broken into specific stages that are designed for that age group on a cognitive and social ability.

Program enhancements include: low swimmer/instructor ratio, longer class length for advanced progression, ease at time of registration, improved curriculum focusing on skills-based instruction with an emphasis on personal safety, tools and resources to support families at home. Class sessions are 8 weeks.

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Stage Descriptions

Stage A: Water Discovery (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents accompany children which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video Demonstration coming soon!

Stage B: Water Exploration (Parent/Infant & Toddlers)

Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration comings soon!

Stage 1: Water Acclimation (Children 3-12 years)

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.  This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Click here for stage descriptions.  Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 2: Water Movement (Children 3-12 years)

Students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 3: Water Stamina (Children 3-12 years)

Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into the body of water.  This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 5: Stroke Development (Children 6+, Teens, Adults)

Students work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes.  The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon!

Stage 8: Stroke Mechanics (Children 6+ Teens, Adults)

Students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Click here for stage descriptions. Click here for lesson selector. Video demonstration coming soon.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private (1 swimmer) and semi-private lessons (2 swimmers with similar ability) are a great option for swimmers of all ages and abilities looking to accomplish specific objectives. These lessons give you individualized attention to help improve or acquire swimming skills.

 

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Tiny Tumblers

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Sing, dance tumble and giggle. Games and songs will teach your preschooler new ways to move.  All activities geared for parents and preschoolers to do together.  Open to children ages 18 months to 3 years.  

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TRX Suspension Training

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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.

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Tumbling (ages 6-12)

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique including gymnastics and movement education. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.
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Tumbling Tots

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to pre-school children.  Cost: Y-members free/non-members $56.

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Volunteer Information

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Volunteers are the strength of our organization.  They make it possible to offer the wide range of quality services and programs that we do.  Their contributions impact all aspects of the Y. Volunteers assist us in the following areas:  aquatics, wellness, fund development, office, special events, committees, youth sports and board leadership. Click here for more information.

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Wellness Center & Program Orientation

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Included in your Y membership is a one-on-one appointment with Y staff. 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.

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Women & Weights/Strength Training

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We offer two options for weight training for women.

Women and Strength Training at the County Y teaches proper use of the free weights and machines to achieve balanced muscle development. Increases metabolism to burn fat. Free to Y members only.

Women and Weights at the Eastside Family Y is weight training class for women, led by women.  7 week class takes place in the free weight room and promises an individualized strength training plan and the confidence to continue on your own. Cost for Y members: $20/ $40-non-members

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Y Music Fun

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A time to march, beat the drum and sing.  A fun program with parent/child interaction. Exposure to a variety of instruments ans styles of music.  Let’s learn the beat and we might even sing.  Open to children ages 2 months to 6 years.

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Y-Pump

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Anything goes in this strength training class. You will work all your muscle groups with barbells, hand weights, resistance bands and/or exercise balls. Suitable for all levels of fitness.

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Youth Co-Ed Basketball

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YMCA basketball leagues are the best and most fun around!  Volunteer coaches work on basic ball handling, passing, shooting and defensive skills while introducing defensive and offensive schemes. Play appropriate for youth 6-12 (Eastside offers for ages 5 – 13).  Session runs Jan – Feb.

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Youth Co-Ed Floor Hockey

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There’s an Erie Otter inside all of us!  This introduction to hockey basics will have your son or daughter learn sport fundamentals including stick handling, passing, shooting, positions and teamwork. Play for youth 4-12 years old.  Cost: Y members free/non-members $58.  Session held in Winter.

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Youth Co-Ed Indoor Soccer

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This program is offered twice a year (Mar-May & Oct-Dec) for ages 4-13.  The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of soccer; such as:  dribbling, passing, shooting, formations, offense/defense, etc.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Tuesday through Friday.

Click on the location of your choice to download a registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed NFL Flag Football

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This NFL flag football program gives everyone a chance to feel like an NFL player while having fun. Each player receives a set of flags and an official NFL Flag Football jersey.  Session held in Summer. Play appropriate for youth 6-15.

Cost: Y members $25/non-members $75.

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ZUMBA ®

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Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.

Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

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