Family Time

Family Wellness

Working out as a family gives us the chance to achieve a healthier lifestyle while spending time with the ones we love. We encourage all of our families to stay active together by taking advantage of our open gym and family swim times, or by joining us in one of our wellness programs designed specifically for families.

Youth Strength Training – FIT program (Families In Training )
*Free with Family Membership

The FIT program is designed to strengthen families by providing opportunities to exercise together in a safe and fun environment. The program gives 12-14 year olds the opportunity to learn how to safely workout in the Wellness Center. Teens can achieve this by taking the Youth Strength Training class which teaches sound principles of strength training, aerobic endurance, muscle conditioning, as well as Wellness center safety. After successfully completing the exam at the end of the Youth Training class, the teens will receive a FIT pass. This pass allows them to use the Wellness Center from 2-5PM Monday through Sunday and also workout with a parent at any time. The classes are taught by a Y staff member who is a certified personal trainer and generally run for 8 week sessions. Youth Strength training classes are free to Y family members and fee based for Y youth members. Teens also have the option of earning a FIT pass through completing one on one sessions with a personal trainer and successfully completing the Youth Strength Training exam. Personal Training rates apply for these sessions. More information about the current offerings and fees can be found in our most recent brochure. Registration can be done online or at the New Canaan Y Front Desk. If you have any questions about Youth Strength Training or you need help getting started please contact Mark Spellman, Director of Healthy Living at 203-920-1627.


This is a small group training program for moms, dads, and kids
ages 10 and older to enjoy together. FIT-traxx is scientifically
designed to help people of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels melt
fat, increase energy, build strength, and tone in only four weeks.
See current brochure for schedule and fee information.

Drop-in Classes/Free to Members

Family Spin

This class is for teens and adults. You can come on your own, with a friend, or with a family member. Set to your favorite music this class is a great workout, not to mention a fun ride! Note: Participants must have a minimum leg length of 30 inches from the top of the hip bone to the bottom of the foot.

Family Spin is a free, on-going, drop-in Spin Class taught in our Spinning and Training Center. More information about the times and days of the class can be found on our most recent Spinning & Training Center schedule. It is recommended that you sign up for Spin classes prior to coming to avoid getting shut out of a class. The class sign-up sheets are in a binder located at the Y front desk. You are allowed to sign up one week before the scheduled class. Please come early to set up your bike and bring a water bottle and towel to all Spinning classes. Comfortable workout clothing along with padded bike shorts or pants is the recommended attire for a class. It is important that you choose the proper footwear for Spinning. Shoes with stiff soles, such as cross-trainers, court shoes, light hiking shoes, or cycling shoes (with or without SPD clips) are best. If you have any questions about Family Spin or you need help getting started please contact Bridget Philipp at or ext. 126.

Family Pilates Fusion

This class introduces the basics of mat Pilates with easy-to-follow moves for moms, dads & kids. Participants will strengthen their core plus learn exercises to increase flexibility in their back, hamstrings, calves, hips and shoulders. Open to ages 10 and up!

This class is free to members and is taught in our Mind Body Center as part of the on-going, drop-in schedule. Click here to view our Mind Body Center schedule.  No advance sign-ups are required for this class. If you have any questions about Family Pilates Fusion or you need help getting started please contact Bridget Philipp at or ext. 126.

Open Gym (South Gym)

Families are always welcome to participate in our Open Gym times.  Click here to view the South Gym Schedule.

Family Swim

Grab your swim suit and towel for some family fun during our open Family Swim times.  Click here to view our Forese Family Pool Schedule

Bouncing Bears Open Gym (Kid Zone)

Open Gym is free for children currently enrolled in a Bouncing Bears class.
FEE: $15 per child/per visit any child not enrolled in a class.
RECEIPT OF PAYMENT (from front desk) must be presented to gym instructor along with gym pass.

Join us for some family fun during our Bouncing Bears Open Gym. Parents are required to stay and supervise play. In order to maintain a safe atmosphere for all, Open Gyms will be limited to 12 children, AGES 5 & UNDER, on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis.

Click here to view our Bouncing Bears Open Gym schedule.  Open Gyms subject to change at any time

OPEN GYM passes are available at the front desk to first 12 participants per Open Gym. Passes must be handed to gym instructor when entering the Kid Zone.