Drop in and participate in a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, soccer or pickleball.

Zumba ® is a cardiovascular workout that incorporates the excitement and energy of dance. Zumba ® fuses Latin rhythms and moves to create a dynamic, dance-based class. Instructors will give physical cues to movements, and members will learn routines and music over time and be able to anticipate upcoming moves. Find class schedules here. 

Yoga Fitness is based on traditional yoga postures and focuses on mind-body awareness, strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation techniques. Find class schedules here. 

Develop your muscular endurance at your own pace with TRX. This group fitness class delivers a full-body workout by utilizing one’s bodyweight and gravity on the TRX Suspension Trainer. TRX will provide you with a fast and effective workout, great for people of all fitness levels. Find class schedules here. 

A triathlon inspired class that focuses on indoor cycling in the studio and running on the track or treadmills. Each week offers a different pattern of workout between the two disciplines to develop strength and endurance. At the end of this workout, your legs will feel like bricks! Find class schedules here. 

Stop counting the reps. Start training to the beat. STRONG by Zumba ® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.

 

In a one-hour class you will burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs and glutes. Plyometric or explosive moves like high knees, burpees, and jumping jacks are interchanged with isometric moves like lunges, squats, and kickboxing. STRONG by Zumba ® instructors change up the music and moves frequently to make sure you’re always challenged to the max. Find class schedules here. 

Strength or Express Strength fitness class is aimed at overall body toning and conditioning using hand weights, stability balls, body weight, and other fitness equipment. This class focuses on muscular strength and endurance, and postural awareness. To prepare your muscles and to avoid injury, there is a cardiovascular warm up and cool down/stretch at the end of class. Find class schedules here. 

Step class involves choreographed combinations on a step. The step height can be adjusted for your fitness level. Step class promotes cardiovascular training with variety. Find class schedules here. 

Power Circuit is a dynamic circuit-based fitness class that alternates cardiovascular with muscular endurance stations. Power Circuit fitness classes will provide targeted training for specific muscle groups, while getting your heart rate up through a variety of cardiovascular exercises. Find class schedules here. 

Designed for moms or dads to get a great workout while bonding with their little ones. Each class provides a full body workout combining cardio exercises, muscle endurance and core exercises. This class is recommended for babies 6 weeks of age to crawling with moms or dads at any fitness level. Please bring a lightweight, indoor stroller or a baby carrier.

On the Ball helps to increase core strength, balance and flexibility as you perform the work on an unstable base of support. This class is based on an exercise ball, and may also incorporate work on a mat or use of hand weights or tubing. Find class schedules here. 

This 9-week program is for members who are able to run for 30 minutes continuously. Hill and speed training, goal planning, increasing pace, race reparation and nutrition are examples of content included.
 
Learn to Run programs are typically held outdoors, rain or shine. There may be a few weeks of indoor track or treadmill work. Participants will be required to complete an outdoor waiver during their first program. Learn to Run programs are included in your membership and are offered in the spring and fall.

This 9-week program offers members new to running the opportunity to develop running skills in a supportive group environment. The goal is to progress participants through walk-run sequences to 30 minutes of continuous running.
 
Learn to Run programs are typically held outdoors, rain or shine. There may be a few weeks of indoor track or treadmill work. Participants will be required to complete an outdoor waiver during their first program. Learn to Run programs are included in your membership and are offered in the spring and fall.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a training program that will increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance, combined with strength training exercises designed to tone your full body, while burning calories.

Group Power is a weight training class that blasts your muscles with high-rep training. The class uses an adjustable barbell, weight plates and body weight. It combines squats, lunges, presses and curls with functional integrated exercises. Dynamic music and a motivating group atmosphere will get your heart rate up, make you sweat, and push you to a personal best.

Use adjustable bench based machines that use your own body weight for resistance. This class is a full-body, intense workout without the use of any additional accessories or weights. Quick and easy transitions between exercises facilitate a fast-paced cardiovascular and strength workout that delivers body-shaping results.

Uses a variety of stretches, basic yoga and pilates inspired movements to develop flexibility, balance and coordination. This class incorporates stretches that can be performed from a seated position or on an exercise mat. Light weight fitness equipment may also be incorporated to develop muscle strength.

Similar to Gentle Fit and provides participants with a variety of exercises that can be performed while sitting on a chair or on an exercise ball.

Designed to improve cardiovascular flow, range of motion, balance and strength to allow participants to complete daily movements with confidence. This class is ideal for those new to exercise, with joint problems or limited mobility. Gentle Fit will provide participants with a variety of exercises that can be performed while standing and does not include jumping.

A cardiovascular class on indoor stationary bikes and is a great option for those who are new to cycling or have joint problems. The instructor uses music and cycling techniques to guide participants through a variety of flat roads, hills, interval drills and more, while allowing participants to stay seated on the bike.

DrumFIT is available at the Niagara West and Niagara Falls YMCAs, Family DrumFIT ® is where family fun begins! DrumFit ® is a high-energy workout that combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility with all of the fun of drumming to music. The class allows families to be active together. This class is recommended for ages 5 and up, as some of the routines will involve sitting on an exercise ball. Find class schedules here. 

A high intensity cardiovascular workout on indoor stationary bikes for experienced Cycle Fit participants or outdoor cyclists. This class is intended to develop cardiovascular endurance over a longer class length, and includes more advanced drills. Find class schedules here. 

*Members please arrive at least 5 minutes early to make bike adjustments. Injury prevention and a proper workout are dependent upon proper fitting of the bike. Be sure shoelaces are tucked into shoes and wear shorts or pants that are tight at the ankle to prevent loose items getting caught in the bike.

Cycle Fit is a cardiovascular fitness class held on indoor stationary bikes. Each member can control his or her own intensity. The instructor uses music and instructional cycling techniques to guide participants through all types of terrain: flat roads, hills, rough trails, interval drills and more. Find class schedules here. 

*Members please arrive at least 5 minutes early to make bike adjustments. Injury prevention and a proper workout are dependent upon proper fitting of the bike. Be sure shoelaces are tucked into shoes and wear shorts or pants that are tight at the ankle to prevent loose items getting caught in the bike.

Core Training is a condensed class concentrated on sculpting the abdominal muscles focused on core stability. Find class schedules here. 

Core Fusion is a mind-body class incorporating Yoga and Pilates inspired moves to promote core conditioning. Core Fusion may include a variety of standing and mat based exercises that develop core strength, flexibility, and balance. Find class schedules here. 

Cardio Mix is a blend of hi-low impact aerobics, step, athletic moves, Box Fit and more. This class offers a variety of cardiovascular-based exercises, elevating your heart rate while increasing your endurance. Find class schedules here. 

Box Fit is aimed at shaping your shoulders, upper back, abs and legs with a series of jabs, hooks, punches and kicks in addition to improving endurance, balance, strength and stability. Find class schedules here. 

Barre is a dynamic, energizing class that integrate the ballet barre, weighted balls, resistance bands and other equipment to provide a full body stretch and strength workout – with a dance-like approach. Find class schedules here. 

A sports conditioning class incorporates Tabatas, high intensity interval training, functional movements, cardiovascular and strength exercises. Athletic Training is designed to help develop muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.

20/20/20 offers cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises. This class will offers a well-rounded workout with a variety of exercise using a range of fitness equipment.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a double’s badminton court with similar net to tennis, wooden paddles and a smaller wiffle ball.

During open gym times members can sign out basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls for use. Open gym time is shared with other members and may include multiple activities. Please note equipment may vary from branch to branch.

Learn grappling, sparring and throw techniques to develop self-defense skills while building self confidence and respect for yourself and others. Registration is required. Please visit the membership desk to register.

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Kid Fit Cardio
This circuit based program will focus on cardiovascular endurance and strength. Obstacle courses allow children to engage in activities that help improve their hearts and lungs. These fun circuits are designed to enhance fundamental movement skills and improve stamina. In a setting where play is encouraged, the Kid Fit Cardio program sets the tone for an active, healthy lifestyle.

Kid Fit Yoga
With a focus on strength, endurance and flexibility, this program will enhance physical literacy; increasing body awareness, balance, coordination, and concentration. Incorporating music and stories will spark imagination. Kid Fit Yoga helps to increase self-awareness, body control, and boost self-esteem.

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Our Walker Family YMCA and Niagara Falls YMCA locations have racquetball and squash courts. Equipment is available to rent at the membership desk.

Drop-in and participate in a pick-up game of basketball and volleyball.

No, you do not need to be a YMCA member to volunteer with the YMCA of Niagara. We welcome and encourage YMCA members and non-members to get connected to their community through volunteering. If a Health, Fitness and Aquatics volunteer is a non-member and therefore does not have membership privileges, access to the facility will need to be arranged with the centre on the day of volunteering. YMCA memberships are not provided to volunteers.

There are many volunteer positions available at the YMCA for varying lengths of time, such as ongoing volunteer opportunities and one-time special event opportunities. Please see Volunteer Postings to explore the opportunities that fit your talents and interests. You don’t need any particular skills or background to help the people in our community! Volunteering is about sharing your skills with others and developing new ones! We appreciate the contributions of all of our volunteers.

If you’re interested in a volunteer role with our YMCA, we invite you to apply today. All potential volunteers will be asked to complete a Volunteer Application Form. Print or save the form to your computer, then take the application to your local Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centre or email it directly to volunteer@niagara.ymca.ca. Your application will be reviewed for available volunteer opportunities matching your interests and skills. Due to the high volume of applications, only those being considered for a volunteer position will be contacted for an interview.

Yes. On the application form, you will be asked to identify three professional references. References will be checked as part of the screening process. In addition, before you can start your volunteer placement, all volunteers (with the exception of informal volunteers (special event volunteers and those who volunteer less than 10 hours annually) are required to submit a current Criminal Reference Check. Depending on the volunteer role, a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required. This requirement will be explained to you at your interview. With your commitment to a volunteer role at the YMCA, we will assist you in obtaining the appropriate Criminal Reference Check.

Current YMCA members who participate in our leadership development programs may volunteer at the YMCA starting at the age of 12. Non YMCA members must be 16 years of age. For licensed child care, individuals have to be at least 18 years old. Parental consent will be required for all volunteers under the age of 18.

The YMCA offers flexible volunteer positions. You can choose how much time you would like to commit to/give as a YMCA volunteer. Whether you want to help out occasionally or on an ongoing basis, we’ll work together to find a role that meets your availability and schedule.

All volunteers will be asked to maintain a professional image at all times when volunteering at the YMCA. There are several roles that are required to wear a YMCA uniform that will be provided by the YMCA at no cost to the volunteer.

You can find more information in a number of different ways:

  • You can be connected with the program Team Leader by leaving your contact information with the Membership staff.
  • You can reach them by email at leagues@niagara.ymca.ca.
  • You can contact the program coordinator, Tara Costiff at 905-934-9622 x 228 or the program director, Steve Wideman, at (905) 934-9622 x295.

Aqua Zumba ® brings all the fun of Zumba ® on land to the water! This class will allow members to move through the water following dance inspired choreography. Zumba ® fuses Latin rhythms and moves to create a dynamic class that is exciting to participate in! Find class schedules here. 

Walk or run together on our indoor track. Strollers are permitted on the track during Family Track times as long as they are not impacting the experience of other members.

Is ideal for those looking for a modified or moderate class. This class is offered in the shallow end and combines cardiovascular conditioning and range of motion. Many movements used in a shallow Aquafit class are adapted to meet the needs of participants with less intensity. Find class schedules here. 

Experience this exciting sport that combines table tennis and badminton using a wooden paddle, wiffle ball and a low net.

Registration begins in early September of the program season. The program typically begins the first week of November for basketball and mid-February for volleyball and run for 11 weeks.

Deep Aquafit focuses on cardiovascular movements incorporating core stability while actively using abdominal muscles. This class eliminates impact while remaining challenging. Swimming confidence and ability is required for Aquafit in the deep end of the pool as you are using buoyancy throughout the workout. Aquafit belts are available. Find class schedules here. 

Enjoy some open gym time with your family. The space is open and equipment is available for you to use. Borrow our equipment for a mini-soccer game, shoot some hoops, or play a simple game of tag.

The current cost of the program is $82 for current YMCA members and $117 for community participants. Please refer to the program registration form or contact the Fort Erie YMCA for up to date pricing information.

Shallow Aquafit incorporates high intensity/low impact cardio. The floor of the pool gives you a sense of security, especially for those with weak swimming skills. To achieve optimal water resistance, participants are encouraged to choose a depth that allows them to lift their arms to shoulder height while remaining under water. Find class schedules here. 

Aquafit is a water-based class that provides a wide variety of movements to give you a cardiovascular workout using water as added resistance with less joint impact. Aquafit classes often incorporate strength components, core stability exercises and stretching. Find class schedules here. 

Family Fitness

Family Fitness includes: Family Zumba®, Family Cyclefit and Family Yoga. These classes are the perfect opportunity to experience your favourite fitness classes together.

Financial assistance recipients are encouraged to volunteer at the YMCA. There are many volunteer opportunities available. YMCA volunteers are involved in leading group fitness classes, aquafit, youth programming, event planning, and facility maintenance. Some volunteers have special talents or skills that they provide for the Y. As a charitable organization, the YMCA is grateful to the hundreds of community volunteers who help out in many ways each day. The YMCA also encourages Financial Assistance recipients to write a brief note describing how the program has been of help to them. These may be shared with YMCA supporters, who appreciate knowing how their contributions are used.

Money comes from a combination of sources: The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the YMCA of Niagara.

It’s easy to apply for financial assistance. Simply visit any YMCA branch with your most recent Notice of Assessment (NOA).  Individuals interested in applying for Membership Assistance should visit the nearest YMCA branch to receive a tour of the facility and membership information. Appointments are available at scheduled times on a walk-in basis. Appointments will not be made over the phone. Please bring all required documents and your most recent NOA. A void cheque and first payment is required to register.

Assistance is available for Childcare, Day Camp, and General Membership at any YMCA of Niagara Branch. We will make every effort to accommodate those in greatest need who wish to participate in YMCA programs through a YMCA General Membership. We do not provide assistance for Membership Plus memberships. Those who feel they qualify can have a private, confidential interview to discuss Membership Assistance.

The program aims to focus on playing for the enjoyment of the game but that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be competition among the players. We still want the players to have that game experience and keeping score is part of that experience. We won’t be saving those scores anywhere or keeping track of standing or statistics because we want the players to be able to have fun showing off what they have learned, free from the pressures of winning or losing.

This program combines cardio, music and patterns into a fun family workout! Family DrumFIT® is recommended for children 5 years of age and older. For more information about this exciting new class please visit www.drum.fit.

Game times will be communicated to the parents prior to the program start. Each player will be assigned a game time that will remain consistent from week to week, for example every Saturday at 10:00 am. Game times will typically take place on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

Come out and encourage your child to hop, jump and play during our family bounce time. For this family program, only the child is required to be an active YMCA member.

Parents will know, in advance, what time the game is and teams will be decided by a random selection. Once they have been established, a 40 minute game will take place giving the players a chance to show off the skills they have learned.

Game time will take place at in the gymnasium of the E.J. Freeland YMCA in Fort Erie on Saturdays. Scores will be kept during the game but will not be recorded and no standings will be kept. The Youth Sports Developmental Program is about playing the game for fun and putting new skills into practice.

Yes!
The program format is made up of two different components: a midweek practice and a game on Saturday.

The program will be designed for our youngest players, in the 8 to 10 year old age range for basketball.

The program format remains consistent with past years with a combination of practice time and game play.

During their practice time players in both divisions will be divided into smaller groups and rotate through activity stations focused on developing movement and basketball skills, appropriate for the age group and skill level of participants.

We regularly evaluate all of our services to ensure that we are offering the best possible programming for the communities that we serve. At the end of each season we do a review of the league format and ask ourselves if there is a way to improve upon an already successful program to better serve the community.

After looking at what other communities have been doing we refreshed our traditional league delivery model to reflect the current “best practices” being used by basketball associations in other communities.

This year we are taking a different approach to skill development in sports that moves away from competition and toward building skills, allowing players to learn and enjoy the game without the pressure to win. With the sport of basketball the Youth Sports Development Program:

  • Focuses on fun, teamwork, fair play and the ability to work with a variety of other players.
  • Incorporates fundamental movement skills associated with basketball.
  • Individual skill development to allow players to see their improvement.
  • All players will have the opportunity to experience all positions of the game.
  • Give players an opportunity to develop skills that will make them better players as they progress.

We are always looking for those willing to give their time back to the community. If you are interested in being a coach you can let us know in a number of ways:

  • Fill out the information on the back of your son/daughter’s registration form.
  • Leave your contact information with the Membership staff and the program Team Leader will contact you.
  • Email us at  leagues@niagara.ymca.ca.

You may qualify for YMCA membership assistance from Canadian Tire Jumpstart. If your child is between 4 and 18, you can access information and an application here. For assistance with the application process a Jumpstart representative can be reached by calling 1-844-937-7529. You will need to provide your postal code to reach your local Jumpstart chapter.

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