Programs & Services
Specialty classes are available for a wide variety of ages and abilities but all are designed to help you and your family reach your wellness goals.
Our Wellness Center is fully equipped with a wide variety of cardio and strength training equipment. Need help getting started? Orientations are free to members ages 14 and over.
During orientation, you will be shown how to operate the cardiovascular and strength training equipment. We will develop a personalized workout plan to help you reach your goals.
All youth 14 and 15 years of age are required to complete a teen certification course prior to being allowed to have full fitness center privileges.
Register at the front desk or by calling 336.478.9622.
The Teen Certification is a two hour class that will allow teens, ages 14-15, to use the Wellness Center without having a parent or guardian present. Teens will learn basic anatomy and physiology, key components to health and well-being, how to use strength and cardio equipment, proper strength training form, and Wellness Center Rules and Policies. Classes will be offered at various times throughout the month. The class is divided into three major portions: a practical, a lecture, and a written test.
Please contact Lauren Marshall, Wellness Coach, at 478.9622 for more information.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, “white crane spreads its wings” — or martial arts moves, such as “box both ears.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
Taught by Eric Reiss.
Monday & Wednesday at 11am in Room 1, $25 for members and $40 for non-members per month.
Wednesday at 7pm in Room 1, $25 for members and $40 for non-members per month.
This evaluation consists of a 1-hour session designed to assess current fitness levels and provide training recommendations for reaching personal goals. The evaluation includes body composition, flexibility, strength, endurance, and cardiovascular tests. This is available for members only and is $15.
If you would like only the Body Composition Analysis it is $5.
Contact Kristi Hunter at 336.478.9622 for more information.
Participants must be 30-75 years old, be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD and complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance. In addition there is an interview with the Branch Wellness Director. Classes at the Ragsdale YMCA are held on Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am or classes at the Spears YMCA are held on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:45am.
The class is free for qualified participants.
This group is sponsored by Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and is free to those who have MS. For enrollment information / forms please see Bethany Williard, Spears YMCA Aquatics Director.