YMCA of Greater Erie

“The Rebich Investments Downtown Showdown” 3 -on-3 Outdoor Basketball Tournament

Held annually, this tournament is for all – boys, girls, men and women grades 1 and up with 12 different divisions.  Click here for more information.



Every class is something different, and you never know what you’re going to get!  With 30 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of muscle toning, and 10 minutes of ab training, you’ll get a little bit of everything and a great workout every time!  Modifications will be provided.


Active Older Adult Fitness

A variety of programs designed specifically for the older adult.  Increase strength, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. See the Membership Desk for the current schedule.

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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.


Adult Co-Ed 6s Competitive Volleyball

An exciting and competitive league that will give your team a challenge. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session(12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).


Adult Co-Ed 6s Rec Volleyball

An exciting league for adults looking to enjoy some time with their friends in a non-competitive environment. Great for players looking to learn the game of volleyball or “polish” up their skills. The league consists of eight or 12 weeks of play plus playoffs. All teams make playoffs and the championship team gets t-shirts. Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions. Cost: $270/team for fall session (12 weeks); $180/team for winter & spring sessions (8 weeks).


Adult Conditioning Swim Class

Whether you are preparing for an athletic event or simply want to work swimming into your workout routine, this 45-minute class can help you meet your goals.  Class  held by certified instructor with training experience.


Adult Pickleball Courts

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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Adult Racquetball League

Dust off those racquets because we are bringing back one of our most popular leagues!  Our new racquetball league will consist of 8 Round-Robin Games and the player with the most  points at the end of 8 weeks will win the league.


Adult Soccer – CoEd (Futsal Indoor) & Women’s

Whether you’ve never played and want to try it, played all your life and want to continue or haven’t played in quite some time… we’ve got a division for you!  The YMCA, in conjunction with Gannon University, is able to offer a variety of soccer leagues – there’s a division for everyone!

Being an adult league, all participants must be at least 18 years of age to play.  All YMCA programs are recreationally-based, but we do encourage competitiveness as long as it’s within the limits of sportsmanship and respects the game itself.

The league is played on Sundays.  Indoors is played at the Eastside YMCA in the full gymnasium and outdoor is played at McConnell Family Stadium on the campus of Gannon University (turf field).

If you’ve never played before, come see why Soccer is nationally called “The Most Beautiful Game on Earth”.  With any questions or comments, feel free to contact the Sports Coordinator, Corey Wolff, by e-mail or calling 814-580-6703.


Annual Campaign


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

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.


Art, Gym and Swim

30 minutes each of art, tumbling/gym and swim classes. Open to children ages 3-6.  Program cost varies by location.  Program held throughout the year at the Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Arthritis Foundation Y Aquatics Program

Exercise class geared toward those participants that have arthritis with physical limitations. Focus is on range of motion, strengthening, conditioning and endurance.

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Babysitting Clinic

Prepare your teen for babysitting. Learn tips for making babysitting fun and safe. Exposure to CPR and First Aid, games and other ideas to make babysitting experiences top notch. Bring a lunch. Recommended ages 10+ years. This class is offered throughout the year. Contact the Membership Desk for the next available class.


Ballroom Dance

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.

Current Session:

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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Barre Class

A strength & flexibility class inspired by classic dance genres utilizing ballet bars. All levels.


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.

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Before & After School (ages 5-12)

Combining play with academics, the Y’s School-Age Enrichment Program fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.  Structured activities include  science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.  Get more information here. Get locations here.


Beginner Hustle Dance Lessons

Hustle is a very exciting and energetic dance with the flexibility to look elegant and graceful, sultry and intimate, or funky and fun. It shares patterns and concepts with Salsa, including numerous wrap and turn patterns. More applicable and popular than ever, our curriculum focuses on a modern Hustle which is the contemporary evolution of the partner dance first popularized in the 1970’s.

The styling, movement, and musicality have evolved to reflect the latest music and trends. It also has options to travel and float on the dance floor like Waltz and Foxtrot. It’s danced to a syncopated rhythm creating a unique pulse perfect for pop, disco, jazz, and techno tunes. This powerful social dance can really make you stand out on the dance floor. Hustle is useful for regular dance parties such as weddings/receptions, live music night at the bar, charity events, etc.



Beginner Waltz Dance Lessons

Waltz is as relevant and useful today as it has been for over a century. It’s perfect for classics, as well as many of today’s pop, country, jazz, and even rock ballads. There are a surprising number of contemporary songs that use a Waltz rhythm. Along with Foxtrot, it is a common choice for wedding dances and is popular with social dancers all over the world. Waltz music is recognized by its ¾ rhythm, meaning musical phrases are counted in six beats rather than the usual eight.

An elegant and graceful slow dance that glides across the floor, it can be intimate and romantic or formal and grand. Learning to Waltz will improve your posture, poise, balance, frame, and control.



Belly Dancing Class

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.


Bible Studies

Expand your spiritual journey by attending our various Bible Study Series.  Schedule available at the Membership Desk.


Birthday Parties

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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Blood Drives

Giving blood is beneficial for those who give and those who receive.  The person receiving the blood gets a new chance at life or maybe a booster toward better living.  Those who give can feel the power of helping those who need.  Other benefits for the donor include self-awareness of pulse, blood pressure, cholesterol, and hemoglobin level as well as bringing own high levels of iron.  When a person donates blood they are helping the research toward healthy living and a healthy community. Blood Drives are held in partnership with the Community Blood Bank.


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. Some classes include suspension training. Class ends with strength training focused on the upper body.   Instructor led class with exercise variations for all fitness levels.


Bootcamp Gold

In this class you’ll learn age-appropriate circuit and strength training drills & imaginative ways to integrate interval training into your workout.  You will build stamina, and strength, blast fat, optimize cardio-respiratory fitness, and minimize stress of exercise on aging joints.  Note: Class appropriate for beginner bootcamp participants & older active adults.



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.



An opportunity to sit down and share a meal with friends and Y members. Bring a dish to share, and a guest for free. Brunches are offered every other month, sign up at front desk.


Cardio Dance

This class is a high energy cardiovascular infused group workout which combines top 40 music and many current styles of dance. Join in on the fun and energizing calorie burning workout! No experience necessary!


Cardio Kickboxing

An intense cardiovascular workout using punches and kicks to keep you moving, while also toning your entire body and sharpening your reactions and speed. Suitable for all levels of fitness.


Cardio Shred

A Jillian Michaels inspired style workout that mixes weight training with cardio bursts.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.


Cheer & Dance Camps

A variety of cheer and dance camps get kids moving in a fun and creative camp experience.  Kids gain confidence and build self-esteem. Get more information here.




Both boys and girls can cheer and learn creative moves.  Basic cheerleading skills such as jumps, tumbling and cheering routines will be taught.  Designed for youth ages 7-14.  Cost: FREE Y-members; $56 non-members.



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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Class provides several different workout varieties to accomplish a total body workout by use of the weight bar, dumbbells and body weight.  Combines strength and core conditioning.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.


Choga/Chair Yoga

A gentle form of yoga in a chair or standing using a chair for balance.  Advocates of this practice claim this type of yoga can reduce high blood pressure & anxiety, alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue, arthritis, MS, carpal tunnel, clinical depression and chronic pain.

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Circuit City

A high intensity interval class designed to push your body to the limit. You will use all of your muscle groups allowing for little rest in between. Not for beginners. Not for beginners.


Combo Classes

Can’t decide on a workout? Now you don’t have to! This class will break up the routine by giving you 30 minutes of “this and 30 minutes of “that”. Come to one or both, the choice is yours. All levels.


Community Collections

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

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>>


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.

Click here for the 2017 schedule and registration information.

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Deep Water Competency Test

Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-14 years old. In addition to drownings, five times as many children are victims of near-drowning incidents.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is committed to aquatic safety! All youth ages 17 and under will require a deep water competency test and an identification wristband before entering the deep end of the small pool or large pool. The test will only need to be completed once as a record will be kept on file but a wristband will need to be obtained from the Membership Desk and worn every time you visit.

Please be sure to stop by the Membership Desk prior to entering the pool area to get your wrist band.

Click here to see what skills are required for the deep water test.

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Early Care for Infants & Toddlers (ages 6 weeks-2 years)

Our experienced staff is knowledgeable about key developmental stages and keenly aware that each child reaches these stages differently. Using the Creative Curriculum, we help to guide each child’s growth on an individual basis. As they build new skills and learn how to interact with others, we enjoy watching them develop their own sense of identity and self-esteem.  Get more information here. Get locations here.


Early Head Start

The Early Head Start partnership program brings together the best of two worlds by combining the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs.  The partnership provides comprehensive services and high-quality learning environments for income-eligible families with infants and toddlers.

Early Head Start is a research-based program that emphasizes the importance of responsive and caring relationships with both care givers and parents to support the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Click here for a comprehensive list of Early Head Start program supports.

Early Head Start is offered at the Downtown Y, Early Learning Center and the Eastside Family Y.

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Eastside Family YMCA Swim Team

Every kid has swimming abilities – there’s a little Michael Phelps in each of them.  Help yours find their swimming potential through the Eastside Family Y Swim Team!  Swimmers of all ages and abilities participate in our 150 + member Swim Team.  Led by caring coaches, we emphasize personal improvement through stroke technique and training, a strong work ethic and team work through competitive swimming. The swim team competes locally with the opportunity to advance to district, state and national events.   For more information, click here.


Essential/Beginner Yoga

This accessible class moves at a moderate pace introducing traditional yoga postures that focus on the structural alignment of the physical body.  This practice strengthens and releases the body organically, uniting body, mind and spirit for health and well-being.


Family Fitness Classes

Families with kids 9 & up exercise together in the Comfort Zone. Cardio/Strength work out uses machines such as bikes, recumbent steppers, treadmills and strength machines. Classes are one hour long and registration is required.


Financial Assistance

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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Fit Club Mash Up

Circuits of body conditioning and resistance training using high-intensity aerobics while targeting strength building and muscular endurance. This class allows each individual to work at their respective fitness levels, challenging a variety of heart rate zones and muscle groups for a full cardio & strength workout. Not for beginners.


Functional Water Fitness

Class is designed to teach fitness, improving participant’s efficiency of movement and ability to perform day to day activities more easily.  Keeps participant’s mind and body healthy through a series of exercises and games mimicking daily activities.  All exercises have modifications to accommodate varying degrees of fitness, complications from illness or chronic conditions.


Gentle Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to revitalize your practice, this class provides you with the tools & inspiration you need to make yoga, and its benefits a regular part of your life.  Kripali trained teacher.


Golf Lessons

The lessons will cover the basic skills for beginners or focus on skills to improve you game (drive, irons, and putting).


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

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Happy Feet

This class embraces movement and music for the differently-abled.  Led by a volunteer instructor, Happy Feet is appropriately titled – from the moment the class begins, until it ends, the room is full of happiness.  Class participants are welcome to bring support partners to class.  Appropriate for youth and adults.

Free and open to the community.


Healthy Back

A 30-minute relaxing class to strengthen and stretch back, shoulder and abdominal muscles.


Healthy Back Aquatics Program

Program is for individuals to learn how to exercise in the water to reduce back pain when it occurs and prevent painful back problems. this class is held in warm water pool.

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Healthy Family Home

Every family can be a healthy family. By focusing your family’s efforts to live healthier around the Y’s pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier.

Healthy Family Home is a virtual program offered by the YMCA of the USA.  Click here for additional resources including a newsletter and a Healthy Family Home Starter Kit


Healthy Rewards Program

The Downtown Y Healthy Rewards Program allows members to earn points that are redeemable for prizes… All just for exercising!  The Healthy Rewards Program is FREE to members.  Click Here For More Information.  Click Here for the Prize List


High Intensity Interval Training

This class incorporates hand weights, stretch bands and the BOSU for maximum calorie burn.  Class is instructor led and variations of exercises for all fitness levels.


Holistic Programming

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


Hot Tots

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


Indoor Cycling

An indoor group cycling class with spirited instruction and music! This class is 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!

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Are you up for the challenge? Prepare to see insane results with Max Interval Training. This class will keep your body working at maximum capacity throughout the entire workout of athletic and plyometric drills mixed with intervals of strength, power, resistance & core training. You will keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt. It’s time to dig deep! Class led by instructor and exercise modifications provided for all fitness levels.

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Integral Yoga

Combines gentle yet invigorating asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting to help maintain optimum health and harmony for the body, mind and spirit.


Intro to Synchro

This 30-minute program for youth will teach the basic skills of synchronized swimming.  Youth must pass a deep water swim test to participate.  This class is FREE to members.


Intro to Wet Ball

This 30 minute program for youth will teach the basic skills of water polo.  Youth must pass a deep water swim test to participate.  This class is FREE to members.


Introduction to Meditation

In this dynamic class, you will learn effective concentration techniques, how to sit comfortably, the benefits of meditation and how to begin a daily practice.  Come and discover the inner peace and joy within you.  Led by Robert Brandt.


John Gilmore Scholarship Fund for Diabetes Camp

John Gilmore was the Youth Sports Program Director for the Glenwood YMCA in Erie, PA.  John was an avid cyclist and weight lifter despite living with type 1 diabetes.  He loved children and felt passionate about healthful living.  John touched the lives of thousands of people through his kindness and generosity.  John died unexpectedly in his sleep on March 27, 2009 at the young age of 51.  After John’s passing a memorial fund was established in his name.

The cost for one child to attend YMCA Camp Fitch’s Dr. Barclays Camp for Diabetes is $555.00. The Glenwood Park Y provides scholarships for Glenwood Y youth members. These scholarships are being awarded through the John Gilmore Memorial Fund and will be awarded based on financial need and/or merit.  To learn more about this fund, contact Branch Executive Director Jim McEldowney.


JUMPSTART Wellness Program

JUMPSTART is a new approach to wellness that involves specialized classes, personal training sessions and lots of support!

10 Weeks of JUMPSTART includes:

  • 2 Fitness Classes Each Week
  • 1 Personal Training Session Each Week (That’s a $300 Value)

Program Begins with Initial Health Assessments the Week of Feb 13th, 2017.
Members:  $50  Non Members:  $100


For More Information, Contact Monica Olesnanik at 814-452-3261 x283 or molesnanik@ymcaerie.org or Justin DeMontier at jdemontier@ymcaerie.org



Junior Karate

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.


KAY Yoga/ Kidding Around Yoga

Come and join our Certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) instructors for these new and exciting Kids Yoga classes. KAY is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness, and help them manage the spectrum of emotions children experience. A typical Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  KAY is free for YMCA members and open to the public for a class fee at Glenwood only.  Registration is required and is limited.  Call Glenwood at 868-0867.  No registration required at the Eastside Y.


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Cardiovascular workout combining boxing, kicking and extreme power moves.  Class instructor led and offers variations for all fitness levels.


Kinder Tumbling

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


Koffee Klatch

Small informational programs covering different topics. They are offered every other month.


Krazy for Kettlebells

Join the Kettlebell craze as you squat, lift, lunge & push your way through this head to toe workout using a kettlebell. All levels.


Lake Erie Swim Challenge

Conquer Mother Nature’s Lap Pool at the Downtown Y’s Indoor Lake Erie Swim Challenge.

It’s easy:

  • Register at The Front Desk
  • Swim 24.3 Miles
  • Receive victory t-shirt and bragging rights

$20 for Members; registration is required.


Lending Library

We are pleased to provide you with a wide variety of wonderful books in our lending library. These books have been donated and/or purchased by the YMCA for your enjoyment.

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LesMills Classes

With a LESMILLS™ workout you’re not just exercising, you’re joining something bigger than yourself. You’ll gain the energy of the group effect as one of our certified instructors guides you through a motivating workout set to chart-topping music. You’ll fall in love with fitness and change your life.  Classes offered at the Downtown Y and UPMC Hamot include BODYSTEP™  BODYPUMP™,  BODYCOMBAT ™ and CXWORX™.


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.  A prerequisite swim is required.   Register Online>>

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Line Dance

  • Grab your BFF for a dance party to learn many of today’s popular line dances to R&B, Hip-Hop & Country hits. You’ll be leading the dance party this wedding season.


Little Free Library

In partnership with Gannon University, free books are placed in outdoor library boxes. You may take a book and bring a book. Program is free. Our box is located outside of the main entrance on West 10th Street. Enjoy!


Master Swim Team

Come and swim coached workouts with other adult swimmers. This Adult Masters Swim Team will be coached by one of our aquatics staff who is qualified and experienced in swimming. Each workout will be new and challenging. Each class we will work on various skills including: Stroke Technique, Endurance, Speed, and Strength. You must be 18 or older to participate.

The team will compete in The Allegheny Mountain YMCA/YWCA Masters Swimming Association.  Meets are held once or twice a month beginning in September and ending in April with a Championship meet.

This is a US Masters Swimming program so there is a nominal $10 yearly membership fee for
Y members and $90 yearly membership fee for non-members.  As a member of the team you can attend any or all of the meets. There is a $7.00 meet fee for the meet(s) you wish to attend. You must compete in 3 regular season meets to be eligible to attend the Championship Meet.

For more information contact Jeanne Moss at the Downtown YMCA at 452-3261 (Ext. 274)


Maximize Your Membership Wellness Coaching

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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Meals for Kids

Free Meals for Kids

A busy after school schedule often makes it tough for kids to eat a healthy evening meal – or, individual family circumstances challenge parents in choosing between nutritious groceries and paying a bill. Whatever your situation – the Eastside Family Y provides FREE nutritious meals for kids through age 17 during the school year. We invite ALL to our table – kids enrolled in Y programs or those from the community – to sit down, family-style, and fill-up on the good stuff. We know with a balanced evening meal and a good night’s rest, kids will wake-up refreshed and ready to learn!


Meditation: A Course in Miracles

Come listen to a discussion on what it takes to live a life of abundant peace and joy.  The teachings of  “A Course in Miracles” show us how this is possible.  The goal of this class is to use the support of these ancient teachings, meditation and energy healing to speed up the process of spiritual awakening for everyone.”


Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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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Mighty Mites (ages 5-9)

In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball.  Kids are building self confidence, having fun and making friends.


Mixed Martial Arts


The YMCA teams up with Lund Martial Arts Academy.  When you tell them you are a YMCA of Greater Erie member, you’ll get three classes, your uniform and your belt for FREE!

With a flexible class schedule and locations in Millcreek and Harborcreek, Lund Martial Arts Academy prides themselves on expert instruction for kids 5+, teens and adults.

Plus, they’ll donate $50 to the Y’s annual scholarship campaign for membership and programs when you sign-up for any program afterwards!

Register by calling 833-2800 (Millcreek) or 899-9200 (Harborcreek) and mention the promo code “YMCA815”.  Learn more about Lund Martial Arts Academy at www.LundMartialArts.com.


Multi Level Yoga

This class is for both advanced-beginner students. This will help to give a great basic practice of yoga with the ability to grow. Find your own practice within a knowledgeable and comfortable atmosphere.

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NIA fuses elements of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts to create an invigorating, empowering form of exercise for people of all levels of fitness and walks of life.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.


Nurturing Mother Nurtures The Child

Prenatal Yoga Classes

New Winter Class Schedule

Glenwood Park Y – Holistic Center


Older Adult Fitness Assessments

Offered throughout the year. Nine tests to evaluate balance, agility, flexibility, walking endurance, and strength. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Contact the Membership Desk for more information.


Outdoor Bootcamp

Tired of the indoor workout routine?  Then take your workout outside and get some fresh air with our 8 week outdoor bootcamp.  Bootcamp is offered twice a week with two sessions available, morning and evening.  Cost is $35 members; $75 non-members. Registration is required.  For more information click here


P.L.A.Y. Youth Basketball League

This 8 week + playoffs youth basketball league is for boys and girls grades 1-6. This competitive league will be focused on developing basketball fundamentals while allowing the kids to experience healthy competition in a safe and fun environment. All games will be at the YMCA of Greater Erie Downtown Branch and will have an assigned referee and scorekeeper. The league fee is $45.00/student. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Next league begins in January 2017.


P90X Live

P90X Live is a total-body workout that will keep your body guessing, and transforming, with a variety of strength-training moves, cardio conditioning, and core work.  You’ll tone strong, lean muscle and bust through any plateau that stands in your way! Be ready to Bring it!


Page Turners Book Club

Engage with Others and Exercise Your Mind. Stimulate your mind and share your passion for reading at the Y’s Book Club.  Join a group of readers to participate in a fun and lively discussion of the groups selected book. This group meets monthly.

April Book of the Month is: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Thursday, April 27th  11:30am
Glenwood Park Y – Fun & Fit Room
Free and Open to the Community



Peaceful Living Series

Dr. Brian Myers and Dr. Kris Nelson lead this monthly series to help you learn to express inner peace, well-being, love and health.


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.

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Pilates/ Pilates for Golfing

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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PIYO Live®

A musically driven low-impact, high-intensity workout inspired by Yoga and Pilates, which targets strength and flexibility in a cardio format.

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Play & Learn

You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Registration begins Aug. 15. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at Boys & Girls Club, 1515 East Lake Road

Download flyer in Espanol.

Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information



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

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Power Yoga

Power Yoga is a strength building yoga class that incorporates core power with concentration.  Develop your mind & body together, merging movement and stillness.  Not for beginners.


Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made at a book in the lobby of the branch.  Prayer requests are reflected on at Christian Emphasis Committee Meetings.

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Pre-K Counts Program (ages 3-5 years)

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Jeannine Bello at 814-452-1432 ext. 245. Get more information here. Get locations here.


Prenatal Yoga

This class offers a holistic approach for you and your baby.  It helps strengthen the uterus, the pelvic muscles, and ease many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, varicose veins, swelling and back pain.  Registration is required. Fee for members and non-members.


Preschool Program (ages 3-5 years)

Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.   Get more information here. Get locations here.


Pump It/Shape-Up

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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Qi Qong

The art of Qi Qong consists primarily of the physical movement, meditation, relaxation, mind/body integration and breathing exercises.  Sessions offered generally the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday of the month from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Open to the community.


Quilt/Craft Group

A variety of projects to choose from throughout the year including making afghans.


Recovery Yoga

Recovery Yoga is a yogic support group for all those on a path to heal physically as well as mentally.  All those who suffer and choose to recover from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, alcoholism, and addiction are welcome. First half of class is a group discussion and the second half is yoga.


Reiki Treatment Clinic

Receive a 15-minute hands-on Reiki energy treatment from certified practitioners.  Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique which reduces pain and stress and also promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.  There are no side-effects; you just feel wonderful!  Walk-ins only; no advance appointments.  Reiki Treatment Clinics are typically held the third Friday of every month.


Reiki/Energy Healing Basics

Introductory class exploring the differences between Reiki and other styles of energy healing.  Give and receive hands-on energy healing under the supervision of a Reiki Master/Teacher, no experience necessary.  Held the First Friday of every month.


Rep Reebok/Rep Reebok Plus

This workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls.  This class stresses muscular endurance, muscular strength, power and reactive training.  Class is suitable for all levels.

During  Rep Reebok Plus we add short bursts of calorie burning movements throughout the class.


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Restorative Yoga

A practice that helps to reduce the effects of chronic stress. This practice can help to reduce the effects of chronic stress. It simulates and soothes the organs by providing a complete supportive environment for total relaxation.


Restore, Reflect & Energize

Be reminded of the importance of the inner journey to enhancing health and alleviating stress through reflection, practicing meditation, affirmations, mudras, yoga nidra, and guided imagery.  This class will bring alert attention and mindfulness.


Safety Around Water

It takes just 10 seconds and 1 ounce of water for a water-related accident to occur.  And, nearly 88% of all youth drownings happen under adult supervision.  The Y’s new program, Safety Around Water, is designed to teach kids and adults how to be safe in and around water.  The program does not focus on swimming technique, but focuses on important safety and survival skills to help reduce water-related accidents and drownings.  This program is for non-swimmers/beginners and is meant to complement the Y’s traditional swimming lesson program. Lifeguard on duty. Free and open to the public.  Other free programs you might be interested in : City of Erie Learn to Swim, City of Erie Parks & Recreation, and Meals for Kids.








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Senior Coffee Hour

Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with your fellow Y members.

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Shallow Water Fitness

The water fitness/aerobics program was developed for the YMCA by Mary E. Sanders, PhD. The exercises are performed primarily in a vertical position in shallow water.  Water resistance creates an environment that improves cardiovascular conditioning; strength and endurance; and flexibility and balance.  Classes will be in one of three formats: Regular Aerobics will work through all of the shallow water moves; Dance & Fun will incorporate elements of different dance forms and games designed to challenge dynamic balance; Cardio Intervals will challenge members’ strength and endurance.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.

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Shallow/Deep Water Class

Class meets in shallow end of pool and uses floatation belts to maintain buoyancy and a vertical position in the water.  The belt also aids recovery from cardio sets.  You must be comfortable in deep water.

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Shower Pass Program

In partnership with the Upper Room, the Downtown Y offers the homeless a hot shower between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.


Silver & Fit Fitness Program

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

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

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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SilverSneakers Yoga

SilverSneakers Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.


Splash Circuit

This class is a shallow water class that blends cardio and muscular strength exercises into a series of progressions designed to challenge participants.  Classes begin with a warm-up then proceed into the circuit which is a series of alternating cardio and strength exercises.  A cool down and stretching complete class.  This format brings freshness and fun to participant’s aqua-training.  Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.


Sporties for Shorties

Sporties for Shorties is a new spin on a classic program at the Eastside Family Y.  Formerly, Mighty Mites, Sporties for Shorties is a 10-week class which offers lessons in sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey and t-ball and includes a weekly swim lesson.  Cost is $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

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Sports Yoga (Yoga for Athletes)

An athletically specific approach to yoga that brings focus to the alignment of the body, breath and core.  Utilizing proper breathing mechanics and awareness that engages the body, this class will emphasize improvement in power and range of motion to enhance performance all while integrating therapeutic results for the modern athlete.



A cardiovascular workout using step patterns while incorporating high and low intensity into the class (can be done without a step).This class is suitable for all fitness levels.

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Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service.  Y camps are high-quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.  The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Choose from traditional Day Camp, Kindergarten Readiness Camp or week-long Sports, Dance or Cheer Camps.  Get more information here.  Get locations here.


Swimming Lessons

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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Tai Chi

The Eastside Family YMCA is excited to now offer TAI CHI as one of our Group Exercises.

TAI CHI is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety, a form of “meditation in motion”. It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people.

Join us Fridays at 11am in Studio 2 at the Eastside Y.


Teen Center

Teens are offered a safe place to socialize, provided a wide selection of teen fitness and healthy living programs and supported by Y staff with homework help and self-esteem building activities. Our program is open until 8:30 p.m. and includes a healthy evening meal. Ages 12-18 years.   Visit our Teen Center page.



Group lessons running 8 weeks for adults and kids ages 8-14. Learn the proper forehand and backhand stroke. Improve your serve. Lessons will be at the General Mclane Middle school tennis courts. Improve your game.


Tiny Tumblers

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.  


Traditional Pre-K (one year prior to Kindergarten)

A caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum. This curriculum program is open to children one year prior to kindergarten enrollment.  This program available at locations throughout Erie County. Click here for locations.


Triathalon Training Program

JUST TRI IT is a 12 week sprint triathlon training program to inspire people to get healthy and fit. This program is open to all levels (novice to advanced) and provides participants the opportunity to train for a sprint triathlon in a fun, challenging and non-intimidating environment.

Program Includes:  Training Schedule, Saturday Training Class (715am-815am) and monthly seminars on relevant topics.

Next JUST TRI It Program – Feb 2017.

For more information, please contact Monica Olesnanik at 452-3261 Ext 283 or molesnanik@ymcaerie.org


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.


Tumbling (ages 6-12)

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

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.



A full body workout consists of a sport specific warm-up, higher paced intervals, easy to follow combinations, kickboxing specific strength/endurance training and mind/body-like cool-down. Work at your own pace class; instructor-led modifications.



Vinyasa is a moving yoga practice which links one asana or pose to the next, through the breath.  Vinyasa helps to orchestrate a balance of strength and flexibility within the body, merging movement and stillness. This class is stimulating and heat-building.  Previous yoga practice recommended.


Volunteer Information

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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Water Boot Camp

This class meets in the shallow end of the large pool navel to nipple depth. This is the ultimate workout for total body fitness. A combination of cardio and muscle strength and endurance exercises are used. Work at your own pace; instructor-led modifications.

We combine a sequence of movements designed to get your heart pumping, build strength and endurance and improve your body composition from head to toe.  This class is choreographed to today’s popular music.


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Weight Management with EFT

Learn to utilize meridian tapping points and acupressure.  Led by Ilana Wolfson, RDN.


Weight Watchers

Connect with a great support network by participating in Weight Watchers® at the Y! Our Weight Watchers® group is an opportunity to “buddy-up” with others, gather resources about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. You can lean on your trained Meeting leader, who has been in your shoes.

Members who attend a minimum of 11 meetings earns a free month of YMCA membership (one awarded annually per household).

Cost is $156 for 12 weeks.  Pre-payment is required at time of registration and can be made in full or in three equal installments.  Program includes group meeting and 14 weeks of free Essential etools and 24/7 chat.  Program fees are established by Weight Watchers®.

Join at any time.  A minimum of 15 participants are required by Weight Watchers®.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions


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Wellness Center & Program Orientation

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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Wellness for Life

wellness-for-life-btnFor many people, the transition to survivorship serves as strong motivation to make positive lifestyle change. Although cultivating healthy habits is a good idea for anyone, it is survivors are often at higher risk for developing other health problems as a result of their cancer treatment.  Healthy behaviors can help survivors regain or build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce the risk of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more.

The journey at the Regional Cancer Center incorporates a focus on mind-body-spirit well-being from the day  you walk through the doors.  They are committed to integrating wellness components into your care and treatment.  They want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer.

Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition and mind-body-spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

In keeping with RCC’s mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with the Glenwood Park Y to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environment.

The classes will be taught by expert fitness professionals and will be offered to cancer survivors and caregivers only, completely free of charge.

Click here for a complete list of classes included within the Wellness for Life program.


Wellness Series for Veterans

YOGA –Thursdays at 10 a.m. @ BLOOM Collaborative – 138 East 26th Street:fitness_yogaEach class emphasizes emotional healing at a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment.  This class offers simple and effective tools to heal those suffering from PTSD. Yoga delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.

TAI CHI – Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ Downtown Y
Tai Chi, referred to by the Harvard Medical School as “medication in motion”,  helps with stress relief, reduces anxiety and depression; and has been proven to improve arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia , PTSD, and back and spinal problems, as well as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

WATER FITNESS -Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. @ Downtown Y
This low to high-impact aerobics class held in the shallow end of the pool will utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to tone muscles while protecting joint.  Water Fitness has been proven to help as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

Please make sure to check out our Family Changing Room located next to the pool and to use our newly added Pool Steps to make entering and exiting the pool easier.


Women & Weights/Strength Training

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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Women’s Support Circles

These circles were created to provide a safe place for women to develop a community of support.

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Y Music Fun

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.


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).  Class held year-round at the Downtown, Eastside and Glenwood Park Ys.  Class held outdoors in the summer at the Eastside Y and Camp Sherwin.

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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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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.

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YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor Course

Become a swim instructor at the YMCA. Commit to 3 hours per week and receive a free adult membership, or pay the difference of $27.07/month for a family membership.  This introductory course is given to YMCA instructors teaching Swim Starters, Preschool, School Age, Teen and Adult classes.  This course will give new instructors the primary basics for teaching aquatic classes that are student centered, value oriented and safe and effective in teaching skills.

Prerequisites:  Ability to complete 4 of the 6 strokes in good form (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly), tread water 2 minutes with 2 different kicks.

Course Cost: Free for YMCA of Greater Erie staff, members $100, non-members $120 Cost includes Basic Life Support, Oxygen, First Aid and Instructor certifications along with two online trainings required for the course.


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Youth Co-Ed Basketball

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.

Click on location of your choice to download registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Floor Hockey

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

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.

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Youth Co-Ed NFL Flag Football

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.

Click on location of your choice for registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Outdoor Soccer

This program runs June through July for ages 4-13. The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of outdoor soccer, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Wednesday or Friday evenings.

Cost: Members $5.00; Non-Members $58.00


Youth Dance

Our Ys offer Irish Step, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern depending upon location and student’s ability. This class teaches creative movement through dance techniques. Ages vary by location.  Program offered during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin.



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Youth Intro to Weight Lifting

Dumbells, barbells, racks, benches, & power towers.  Take the components from the weight machines on our fitness floor and learn the ins and outs of the free weight room.  Designed for ages 15+ years, this 1:1 orientation to the weightlifting equipment will help you recognize equipment in the free weights section, know how to properly use them, and gives them a few exercise suggestions that can be done with a piece of equipment.  Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.


Youth Summer Sports Clinics

Just the right clinic for those who enjoy sports! Youth are divided by age and will experience age-appropriate training in the technical, fundamental and game situation aspects of each sport.

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Youth Taekwondo Fitness

This class will take an activity-based look at a traditional martial art. Focusing on the fun and athletic aspects of the Olympic sport, while still emphasizing the Taekwondo ideals of discipline & perseverance.


Youth Wellness Center Orientation

Glenwood Park: Designed for ages 11-14 years, the orientation (formerly youth fitness) concentrates on the components for a safe and balanced workout: cardio, strength and flexibility.  You are also educated about our fitness “code of conduct” utilizing the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  After the orientation, youth are able to utilize the lower level fitness center. Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.

Designed for ages 15+ years, this 1:1 orientation will guide you to utilize the added equipment now available to you in the Upper Level Fitness Center at the Glenwood Park Y.  Contact the Membership Desk to schedule an appointment.

Eastside Family: Member’s only class designed for youth ages 13-14 years old.  This course is an age appropriate training on cardio and strength equipment.  This is a 4-week session and each class is 90 minutes.  Youth must attend all 4 classes.  Contact the front desk for further details.

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Youth Yoga Class

This class, for 8-12 year olds, will help youth find confidence and comfort with themselves through yoga poses, meditation, and breathing techniques.  This class is a fun way to embrace the style of yoga on the mat and taking the practice of mindfulness of the mat.  No registration required. Mats available for youth to use during class.



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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A light version of ZUMBA ® , this class is a slower cardiovascular workout to international rhythms, great for beginners.

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