Wellness Facility Overview

Personal Fitness & Small Group Training

In addition to the free member drop-in classes, our Y also offers a variety of fee-based fitness programs that can help you to reach you individual wellness goals. Programs cover everything from Personal Training to small group training. We also have functional training opportunities such as TRX, as well as Pilates Apparatus.

Personal Fitness

Our trainers are here to help guide and support you as you work towards your goals. Whether you are new to exercise, need motivation and encouragement, or are looking for some new ideas to help you reach your goals, our trainers are able to design an individualized program to best suit your needs. We realize that the trainer client relationship is an important one in which the right dynamic is important. Our Y has a caring, talented group of trainers with a variety of different backgrounds and strengths for you to choose from to help you find the right fit. All of our trainers hold certification from nationally recognized certifying organizations, including ACSM, NSCA, NASM, AFAA, and ACE. Personal training sessions can be private or semi-private, providing you with the opportunity to benefit from one of our trainers with a friend.

Take advantage of our special Welcome Back Personal Training Package, including three personal training sessions available to New Canaan YMCA members at a special price of $173. Limit: one package per member.

To get started, please fill out the Pre-Exercise Questionnaire for Personal Training Form and return the packet to the Wellness Office. Your questionnaire will be reviewed by the Assistant Wellness Director and matched to one of our qualified Personal Trainers. The Trainer will then contact you to set up your training sessions. Also, before you get started, please make sure to review the following New Canaan YMCA personal training policies:

•    Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance, or sessions may not be made up.
•    Session packages must be used within one year of purchase date.
•    All sessions expire and no refunds issued after designated use periods.
•    Personal training at our facility is permitted only by New Canaan YMCA Personal Trainers.
•    Once you are assigned a trainer, you should contact them directly if you need to cancel or change your appointment.

If you have any questions about Personal Training or you need help getting started, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, 203-920-1623.

Small Group Training

The Y offers 6-week small group trainings that combine the expertise from a personal trainer with the energy and motivation you feel from working with a group. Each 6-week small group training will features a unique, complete fitness experience geared to bust boredom out of your workout routine. Some examples include:

  • HIIT Training
  • Circuit Strength Training
  • Kettlebell
  • TRX

Groups are limited to 6 people. For additional information, contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director at 203-920-1623.

NEW! Private Small Group Classes

Stay motivated, challenge yourself, and have fun with friends! Grab 3-4 friends for a private and customized fitness experience at the Y with your very own instructor at a special rate! Choose your own type of class for an experience that fits your schedule, goals, and comfort level!

Sessions meet twice a week for 3 weeks. Special one-time small-group rate: $120/per person. Limit one 3-week session per person at special rate. Available to both members and non-members of the Y!

Choose from:

  • Bootcamp
  • Barre
  • Brand-New! Sprint 8 HIIT Cardio Workout
  • TRX
  • Pilates
  • Strength Training
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Total Body Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • And more!

Nervous about trying something new? Grab a few friends and try it together! Just like everything at the Y, our instructors & trainers are here to support you! All fitness levels are encouraged to participate! For additional information and to schedule your small group class, contact Bridget Philipp at 203-920-1626.

Private Custom Small Group Training

Form your own group of 4 or more people. For information regarding programs and fees, contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director at 203-920-1623.

Pilates Apparatus

Pilates apparatus exercise is a versatile, accessible movement system for everyone, and anyone from beginner to advanced will enhance their mind-body connection with their core muscles to work better and faster to change the body. Last but not least, working on the equipment is fun! Equipment: 4 Peak Pilates Deluxe Systems and 4 MvE Pilates Chairs. Instructors: Please refer to our current brochure.

Pilates Apparatus classes are in addition to our drop-in Pilates Mat classes, which are offered in our Pilates Apparatus Studio. Pilates Apparatus is an excellent exercise option for adults of all ages and abilities from top athletes to people just starting a workout regimen. Using Pilates Apparatus helps you to develop flexibility and good posture by focusing on your “core,” or center, predominantly your abdominals, back, and legs. The machines are elevated off the ground and provide resistance or assistance as needed to the exerciser. Because of the versatility of the Pilates Apparatus, the workout is appropriate for participants of all fitness levels:

• New exerciser
• Regular exerciser
• Active older adults
• Post-rehab patients
• Special populations—Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Pre/Post-natal, etc.
• Athletes

To sign up for a group class, fill out a Pilates Apparatus registration form and waiver. Forms are also available at the front desk; return your form starting on the first day of registration. You will be placed in a class on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort will be made to place you according to level.

Please note: Participants who miss a class during the session can attend a makeup class during the week following the session. This will be the only make-up class allowed. Questions: Contact Kristin Schnitzler at 203-920-1636.

Some of the benefits include:

• Improves core strength.
• Most back pain is relieved.
• Helps with injury prevention.
• Improves muscle flexibility and joint mobility.
• Increases coordination and improves posture, balance, and alignment.
• Reduces stress in the body and mind.
• Increases your strength and gives your body a leaner, sleeker shape.

Private and Semi-Private Group Pilates Apparatus Classes

Sign up for private or semi-private classes by filling out the Pilates Apparatus Private registration form and waiver. Return your form to the Y, and we will contact you to discuss your request. Private and semi-private classes are scheduled around class times. Please note: It is YMCA policy that if only one participant attends a pre-scheduled semi-private session, both participants will be charged. It is the responsibility of the two clients involved in a semi-private to schedule agreeable times.

All Pilates Apparatus participants must also submit an exercise waiver before participating in a class.

If you have any questions about Pilates Apparatus or you need help getting started please contact Kristin Schnitzler at 203-920-1636.

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