Active Older Adults
LIVESTRONG & Team 13.1
Ready Set Go
Evidence Based Programs
Active Older Adults
Whether you are looking to drop a few pounds or drop the kids off for a swim, the Greater Waterbury YMCA has a program to meet your needs! With everything from free ChildWatch for members to free weight loss programs, the YMCA is the leader in the community when it comes to identifying a need and providing a solution for individuals and families. From here you will be able to find the YMCA program that will make an impact in your life.
Special Wellness Programs
Seniors - Active Older Adults (AOA) Club
Come join the AOA Club to get a great workout and meet new friends! The classes are designed to put little stress on your joints and they are appropriate for all fitness levels. Whether you have been working out regularly, or have not worked out in years, these classes will be sure to meet your needs. A chair is optional in all AOA Club classes.
Free for Members OR $35 for AOA Club Pass + $5.00 program fee
AOA Club – Walking Program
Join us in the gym and walk for as long as you like! Participants are allowed to walk for 15 minutes or walk up to the full hour scheduled- you choose! Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays 7:30 – 8:30 am. FREE for members of the Y and/or AOA members. All other participants - $1 donation is suggested.
AOA Club (Silver Sneakers) Muscular Strength and Range of Movement
The instructor will lead you through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and skills required during activities for daily living. The focus of the class is functional strength training to help you in your everyday life.
AOA Club Cardio & Muscle Mix
Enjoy an aerobic workout that is healthy for your heart. Easy to follow steps are designed to give you a safe and fun workout. Resistance tools will be offered for additional muscular conditioning and a chair is used for seated and standing support.
AOA Club Yoga Stretch:
A mix of stretching, meditation, and yoga utilizing a chair.
SilverSneakers® Fitness Program
Join the nation's leading fitness program for older adults at little or no cost beyond your monthly health plan premium. Get fit, have fun, make friends…with the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program!
SilverSneakers® offers an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming that allows older adults to take greater control of their health. SilverSneakers members receive:
- Membership to the Greater Waterbury YMCA with access to conditioning classes, exercise equipment, pool, sauna and other available amenities
- Access to any participating fitness center throughout the U.S. while traveling
- Customized SilverSneakers classes designed exclusively for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance
- Health education seminars and other events that promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
- A specially trained Senior AdvisorSM at the fitness center to introduce you to SilverSneakers and acquaint you with their site
The award-winning SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is a proven, results-oriented program that enables older adults, often burdened with chronic conditions, to take charge of their health and maintain an active, independent lifestyle.
The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is a winner of the 2004 HAN Award from the Healthcare and Aging Network of the American Society on Aging.
- To find out if your Medicare health plan offers the program, visit www.silversneakers.com or call your health plan's customer service department.
- Check the Active Older Adults Program Schedule for SilverSneakers® Classes
Silver & Fit Program
The Silver&Fit program is designed for older adults! By exercising regularly and meeting new people, you can be Silver, Fit, and Fabulous® too! Through American Specialty Health, a large number of health plans are supported. To enroll or register for Silver & Fit, please visit their website here
LIVESTRONG & Team 13.1
If you are a cancer survivor or know someone who is, you may be eligible to participate in this program and receive a FREE 12-week membership to our Y! Our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program meets twice a week for 1 1/2 hours each class. Please spread the word to any survivors you know or contact LIVESTRONG for more information. Space is limited.
For over 150 years, the Greater Waterbury YMCA continues to be a leader in Health and Wellness. We are proud to expand our reach by offering the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer support program.
WHAT IS LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA?
In addition to offering a FREE 12-week exercise and strength training program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA also helps survivors address:
- Reclaiming life
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is available to ALL survivors regardless of income, ethnicity or background. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about helping survivors live their lives and the Greater Waterbury YMCA will be with them every step of the way.
half MARATHON PROGRAM
FOR AN AMAZING CAUSE
What is team 13.1?
Team 13.1 has enjoyed two seasons of great running for a great cause-LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. The Team is more than just a training program, it is also an exciting opportunity for each participant to raise a goal amount for cancer survivors. All funds raised benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, a free 12-week wellness program for all cancer survivors in our community. You’ll train in weekly group runs, attend creative and FUN workshops to help you reach your goals… and meet some pretty great people in the process. Team 13.1 is made up of people of all ages and abilities, as well as some survivors.
Thank you to Team 13.1 for raising $15,000 in 2017 to help support cancer survivors at the YMCA!
Ready Set Go
This is the most exciting weight management program the Greater Waterbury YMCA has ever introduced to date! We have left no stone unturned. You get everything in this program. As a result of the Ready Set Go! 2.0 program you will lose weight, become stronger, know how to eat right to keep that weight off and be much happier and more confident about yourself than you have been in years. This is a no brainer!
Here's what you get:
- Health & Wellness Support Team
- Cardio Programming that will maximize fat loss, calorie burn and your time
- Nutritional Guidance (when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat)
- Strength Training workouts
- Exercise program modifications
- Opportunity to learn and use free weight exercises in your own program
- Guidance on how to organize your personal time and life to maximize your overall happiness and well-being
- Weekly Weigh Ins
- 15-minute individual follow-up meetings with our Health & Wellness Team every week
- Goal Setting
- Peace of mind knowing that we are here to encourage and support you every step of the way
- An educational experience in your Health & Wellness that you will be able to take with you for the rest of your life
FREE Exclusively to Greater Waterbury YMCA Members (12 weeks)
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready Set Go Testimonials
"You'd be a fool not to take advantage of the support and professional advice that is free of charge." – Bob Twombly
"I'm not as tired, can breathe better and have more energy." -Wally Sousa
"The lifestyle initiatives were influential to my success because they allowed me to have more time for myself. I learned how to enjoy life more and feel more positive and confident. The program will teach you how to be a better person with a healthy positive lifestyle." – Naghma Amir
"It's more than just cardio and strength. Ready Set Go covers all aspects of life." – Kathy Brown
"I enjoy exercising much more now that I know what I am doing and how to exercise properly."
Join the program where changes are made! Let our design team create a training plan and help you implement an effective and challenging workout to maximize your body’s full potential. Training with us is for anyone who wants to feel better and change their life. Y Personal Training will provide benefits whether you are interested in:
Body fat loss
Increasing muscle tone
Lifting weights and exercising in a correct and safe manner.
Learn how to use your precious time wisely at the gym to get the results you've always wanted to see!
Schedule a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING with us!!
There are so many training and exercise options out there and we know that. It is a major decision to join and we do not take that lightly. Whether you want to LOOK better, FEEL better, MOVE better or PLAY better, our goal is to help our clients get the most out of their program and guide them towards achieving that reason they joined. To do that, the first thing that we recommend is that you schedule a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING with the Y Training Team here at the Greater Waterbury YMCA. Come and meet with us so that we can help you move forward in your health and fitness goals. We want to find out as much as we can about you; what your fitness goals are, what your fitness background is, and how you move. After that, we will recommend the best plan of action for you to be successful here at the Y.
Schedule a functional movement screening with us today to get started!!
Email the Y Training Team or call 203-754-9622 x155.
Our Y Training team is highly qualified and have the highest level certifications available. All training sessions are conducted in our Wellness Center using stability balls, medicine balls, kettlebells and any other fun and challenging training equipment we can get our hands on to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to lose weight, feel better about yourself, run faster, improve your golf game or just go a day without pain we are here to turn your goals into reality.
We hope you will consider taking advantage of all the great opportunities and programs that Y Training has to offer. There is no limit to what your bodies can do. All it takes is hard work and dedication.
Once you are part of the Y Training community there is no turning back. You will never think of your body and exercise the same way. I guarantee it!
2018 Registration is OPEN!
The Greater Waterbury YMCA Tri Club serves multisport and single sport athletes of all ages and abilities in the Greater Waterbury Area. Our goal is to help our community embrace the endurance sport lifestyle in a fun, supportive and social environment.
2018 Club Highlights!!
*Sunday morning swim clinics (Y pool, and open water)
*NEW! - Online portal website exclusive to members
*Triathlon specific strength training program
*Complementary movement analysis
*Weekly group outdoor rides
*Local race discounts
*Regular club social events
Tri Club Membership Options:
Greater Waterbury YMCA Members $85
YMCA Member Couple (2 adults) $125*
Non-member Couple (2 adults) $245*
*This membership option is for someone who is not a member of the Greater Waterbury YMCA. It does not include use of the Greater Waterbury YMCA. Triathlon Club Events Only
**YMCA Season Membership includes a membership to the Triathlon Club and full use of the Greater Waterbury YMCA from January – September. YOU MUST REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE YMCA TO GET THE SEASON MEMBERSHIP.
Currently accepting sponsors for the 2018 season! Download sponsor packet by clicking the button above.
Join the Tri Club mailing list...
If you aren't already on the Tri Club e-news list, you should be! Ride schedules, event postings and up-to-the-minute changes regarding weather and workouts can be emailed to you. Contact Meghan Lennon to be added to the list.
At the Waterbury YMCA, we invite people from all walks of life, regardless of shape or size, to participate in our Group Fitness program. You don't have to be perfect, or be able to keep up with choreography; you can even have two left feet! We don't care if you are 18 or 80, overweight or thin, short or tall, muscular or mushy, or anywhere in between. We offer a program that caters to all people no matter what fitness level. Group Fitness is a place where our members don't feel self-conscious and don't worry about what others think because we are all here for one reason; to do something good for our body. At the heart of our program stands a tremendously dedicated and energetic staff whose main goal is to create an environment where everyone feels accepted. Come join us for a truly amazing experience.
Here are some of the classes available for FREE to all of our members:
Strength Train Together: STT will blast all your muscles with a high-rep weight training workout. Using an adjustable barbell, weight plates, and body weight, STT 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 your personal best!
Defend Together: Defend Together is for anyone who wants a challenging, athletic, and motivating workout. It's explosive, electric, and thrilling! Mixed martial arts moves drive a great cardio experience that strengthens the entire body. It's a great way to add variety to your training and improve timing, precision, and focus. Plus it's a great way to kick stress out of your life!
Cardio Challenge: A high-intensity cardio class PLUS weight training using any of the following formats: step, hi-impact, boxing, drills, plyometrics, and/or BOSU. Int-Adv.
Pilates: Mat based workout designed to strengthen and tone "core" muscles, improve posture, flexibility and balance while focusing on muscle control through the use of your “powerhouse”(abs, low back, hips, & buttocks.) Pilates Body 1: Beginner - Intermediate | Pilates Body 2: Intermediate- Experienced
Zumba: A fusion of Latin & International music & dance themes. The routines are simple and feature interval training with a combo of slow and fast rhythms. Come join us in this "feel-happy" workout! No experience necessary.
Butts, Guts & More: A cardio infused workout focusing on the core muscle groups, as well as the gluteals (butt) and legs while sustaining an elevated heart rate for maximum fat burn.
Active Older Adult Classes / Silver Sneakers: for those adults 55 years and older who are looking to increase their physical fitness. See active older adult schedule for more details.
Spinning: Non-impact workout combining outdoor cycling techniques to great music. Classes are performed on stationary bikes. The instructor takes you through a variety of intervals adjusting pace, resistance, & pedaling style. Beg-Adv.
POWER Yoga: This challenging class will take you through a flowing, focused, progressive series designed to tone and reshape muscles, increase strength & endurance, and develop better flexibility, balance, and coordination. Think stretching is just for a cooldown? Don't save the best for last, experience the difference when you lengthen while you strengthen!
Vinyasa Yoga: Relax with breath as we go through flowing vinyasas, yoga postures & techniques. Benefits include muscular balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, & relaxation. Beg-adv.
Tai Chi: A calming one-hour flowing form of tai chi and meditation that involves a sequence of movements. NO MAT WORK.
Lower Body Build and Burn: Join us in this intense lower body sculpting workout. Start off with a cardio warm up and rev up your legs with personal trainer style strength techniques.
Take over the streets of Waterbury with us and Join the Y Running Program!
We will have AMAZING volunteers again!!!
As always, this program would not run without our great volunteers. If you would like to help lead one of the groups during the program, make sure you select YES when you register or let Meghan know. This is a great opportunity to give back while also getting a great workout.
3 Group Runs Each Week
Runs will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 9 am
We offer two levels of running groups.
Please see below to see which category you belong in:
OPTION 1: Beginner Running
Join our Beginner Running Program and safely work your way up to a 5k in 10 weeks. This program will introduce you to the sport of fitness running as a life-long activity and prepares you to complete a road race at your own pace and injury free: all ages and levels are welcome. There will be leaders at all of the runs so no one ever has to run alone.
OPTION 2: Level 2 Running
This program is for anyone who has past running experience and would like to become a better and faster runner. Workouts will vary and will include long runs, speed work, hill repeats and a faster running pace.
Greater Waterbury YMCA Members = $55
Non-Members = $75
• 10 Week Training Plan
• 3 Group Runs each week for 10 Weeks
• Training Schedule
• Y Running Program shirt
• Access to experienced runners who will mentor you
Weekly Group Runs for both levels:*
Sunday – 9 am
*Participants are not expected to be at every run.
Most runs leave from the YMCA Front Steps
Online reg notes (Very Important!)
If you are a Y Member, you already have an account. Choose the "I want to set up my online access for my account" option.
If you are not a GWTBY Y Member, choose "I want to create an account" option.
For more info about this program OR if you would like to become a volunteer run leader, please
Contact: Meghan Lennon
Evidence Based Programs
First Session to begin August 2018!
Please contact courtney Sims, YMCA Health & Wellness Program Specialist, to be placed on the interest list!
If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. Change is tough. The Y can help.
- 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year.
- Led by a certified trained lifestyle coach
- Group setting that offers motivation and support
- YMCA facility membership included
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants work together to achieve the program goals of reducing individual weight by 7% and building up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week for the purpose of reducing their risk for developing diabetes.
The program is delivered over a 12-month period in a classroom setting to participants who meet qualification criteria putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Financial assistance is available.
Are you at risk? TAKE THE ASSESSMENT.
Interested Providers and Prospective Participants: Check out these testimonials!
Healthy Weight & Your Child
NEW!! Beginning January 2019!
The Greater Waterbury Y will be launching a new evidence based program called “Healthy Weight and Your Child!
Obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – this is triple the rate from one generation ago. Today – one in 6 children are living with obesity and one in three are overweight.
Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidenced based program that aims to empower children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity to help families learn skills and behaviors to live a healthier lifestyle.
The year-long program is designed for children ages 7-13 years of age, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher.
Children must have clearance from a health care provider or school nurse in order to participate. A parent must attend all sessions. The program includes 16 weekly sessions followed by post core sessions for the remainder of the year.