The Y aims to improve the nation’s health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce risk for disease and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making us—our Ys and our communities—better. The result is a country that values health and communities that support healthy choices.
We know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y goes beyond just working out. In addition to fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.
Explore Wellness at the Y
Our Ys offer classes for all ages, all levels and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes to strength training, indoor cycling, and yoga, you’ll find a group class that’s fun, supportive and keeps you moving. Our classes are led by certified instructors who teach proper technique, provide guidance and encourage participants to achieve goals.
Our yoga classes will help you develop flexibility, strength and balance. By emphasizing symmetry of body and mind, classes will improve your body awareness, helping you live more comfortably.
Our Pilates classes are designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, while helping you enhance your mental awareness.
Our Active Older Adult programs are designed to strengthen not only muscles, but the whole person. Whether it’s in the pool, on a walk or at a chair yoga class, our programs welcome seniors into a community and encourage them to achieve and prolong good health.
Cycling is a low-to-no impact cardio exercise that strengthens your heart and burns tons of calories.
The Y has always been a place where families can play and be active together, and that’s more important than ever. Our Ys offer a variety of Family Fitness programs during the course of the year, giving families fun ways to live healthier and make memories for a lifetime.
The pool is great for exercise because the water offers resistance while reducing the impact of land-based exercises. Water fitness classes are a fun way to exercise, and the low-impact workout builds strength and flexibility for people of all ages. Our Ys water fitness classes use a variety of exercises and equipment. Activities may include dance, calisthenics, walking, and kicking, and typically intensity and impact can be varied on an individual basis. Classes may take place in shallow water, deep water or a combination of shallow and deep water.
Our cardio and aerobic dance classes are designed to get your heart rate up to exercise levels while having fun. We provide a variety of upbeat classes to help you raise your energy level and achieve your fitness goals.
Cross training mixes cardio, muscular strength and muscular endurance for a total workout. It’s an excellent way to add variety to your workout program, and our Ys offer a range of cross training programs that are challenging and fun.
Strength Training classes use resistance tools like weights, stability balls and stretchy bands to strengthen your muscles. Our coaches will maximize your exercise efficiency and ensure correct technique. Some classes work through the whole body while others focus on specific muscle groups.
Our Ys offer health and well-being classes for youth and teens to help them develop healthy exercise and wellness habits that and maintain a healthier lifestyle as they grow. Our programs promote healthy lifestyles and we encourage the youth to share their experiences with their families.
We all need the advice of an expert sometimes, as well as the personal attention that comes with a trainer or coach. Our Ys offer personal training and coaching to help you set and meet your goals to live healthier. Our trainers are nationally certified, with a range of backgrounds and expertise. They strive to provide motivation, guidance and hands-on assistance to help you reach your goals.
Living healthy is about spirit, mind and body at every age and stage. Our Ys offer classes and programs for those dealing with chronic disease, joint and injury rehabilitation, in addition to health assessments and wellness coaching.
Good nutrition is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and learning how to eat well can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. Our Ys offer nutrition counseling to help you learn about nutrition, get past diet myths and find simple ways to improve the quality of your meals.
The DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan provides a variety of physical therapy services inside of the Carls Family YMCA and the Macomb Family YMCA. For over 50 years, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM), has been helping people rebuild their lives after a serious illness or injury.
Moving For Better Balance is a 12-week evidence-based fall prevention program recognized by the CDC, National Council on Aging (NCOAO), U.S. Administration on Aging, (AoA) and the Department of Health and Human Services proven to help improve balance and reduce frequency of falls in older adults.
EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based fitness class that helps those with arthritis or chronic pain become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. The class focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and cardio endurance. You’ll move at a pace that is comfortable for you—-it’s never more than you can handle, and the group support will help keep you motivated.
Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. Blood Pressure Management is an evidence-based program that combines education about proper nutrition with a reduction in sodium with physical activity to guide participants to a considerable reduction in blood pressure.
The Y understands the challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with services and support which help people to be self-reliant, productive and connected to the community. Our special needs programs provide a safe, fun place for individuals with disabilities to make friends and improve overall well-being.