The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to learn, to play, to stay active, to eat healthy, and to reengage, rediscover, and reconnect this spring. The new spring activity offering includes a variety of classes, programs, and activities for all ages.
Registration will be available online for current members, as well as at the New Canaan YMCA Front Desk for both members and non-members beginning on Monday, February 8. Classes begin on Monday, March 8 and are offered in two, six-week sessions. All programs have been adapted in accordance with CDC and State health protocols.
This spring, the Y offers a variety of activities for youth, including swim lessons for ages six months to 12 years. Parent/child, preschool, and school-age swim lessons are available in five and six-week sessions to help children learn aquatic skills and safety in the water. The school-age aquatics club provides a non-competitive environment to swim for fitness while improving stamina, endurance, and skills. Adult water activities are also available this spring, including adult swim lessons for those with a range of swim abilities.
The Y’s youth activities offered this spring for ages three and older include backyard sports, preschool soccer, and lil laxers. School-age programs include archery, baseball clinics, and basketball clinics, golf, junior tennis, and girls’ volleyball: beginner and intermediate. Mommy and me, preschool, and school-age Bouncing Bears gymnastics classes are also offered this spring, including new classes like Disney Dance & Tumble Mania and Hip Hop/Tumble Combo.
Youth recreational activities comprise the non-traditional sports club, junior lifeguarding courses, Red Cross Babysitting certification, Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certification, and a junior lifeguard certification course for ages 11-14 and a lifeguard certification course for ages 15+. Additional recreational programs include Youth @ the Y, private Middle School Night, and schoolwork help.
Youth ages 12-14 can take advantage of the Youth Strength Training program at the Y to stay strong and fit this spring. After completing the in-person/virtual course, participants will receive a F.I.T. Pass to access the Wellness Center from 2:45-4:45 PM Monday through Sunday by themselves during the school year. F.I.T. Pass holders may also work out in the Wellness Center with a parent at any time.
Kids can also stay active this fall through the Y’s Total Youth Conditioning program. The 5-week small-group outdoor training program is offered to youth ages 8-11 and 12-14, designed to get children moving while having fun and getting fit with a Personal Trainer. Yoga is also offered to elementary, middle school, and high school participants with a Personal Trainer to discover yoga, unwind after school, and better recover from sports.
The YSN special needs program also offers adapted, specialized social, recreational, and wellness programs for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. YSN after-school programs include YSN Fun and Fit club & Drumming, YSN Swim club, YSN Cardio Dance, YSN Teen Scene/Roaring 20’s Hangouts. Additional YSN special needs programs such as YSN Gym Games & Golf, YSN Teen/Young Adult Free Swim, and YSN Healthy Living Run Club (YSN Striders) & Cooking will be offered at the Y this spring.
The Y also continues to offer personal training, small group training, and pilates apparatus this spring, providing members with the opportunity to either begin or strengthen their fitness routine with certified Personal Trainers in a private or small-group environment.
A variety of group fitness classes continue to be offered free to members this spring at limited capacity for social distancing, including yoga, cycling, conditioning, and core, cardio, pilates, bootcamp, aquatic classes, and more. Members may reserve a spot for their desired class before arriving at the Y. A detailed list of the Y’s group fitness schedule can be found at www.newcanaanymca.org/schedules.
Virtual classes for active older adults will continue to be offered Monday-Friday throughout the spring, including Virtual Chair Fitness, Virtual Chair Yoga, and Virtual Chair Pilates.
The New Canaan YMCA also provides its own Virtual Y, a livestreaming and video-on-demand platform for members to participate in live and recorded workouts from home. Members can choose from their favorites including bootcamp, conditioning, cycling, HIIT, pilates, yoga, and more, with new classes added weekly.
Nutritional Counseling continues to be available at the Y to help participants find a balance of foods that will provide their body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health and vitality. Kristen Schnitzler, RD, ACSM, CPT, works with participants to discover a healthy and manageable lifestyle. The program provides participants with sample menus, personal goal setting assistance, educational materials, and recipes. Nutritional Counseling is customizable to each participant’s needs—whether it be weight loss or weight gain, managing food intolerances or allergies, digestive issues, or disease prevention.
A complete listing of spring programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/current-brochure. Thanks to donations made to the Y’s annual support campaign, financial assistance is available for membership and program fees. To learn more about financial assistance at the Y, contact Diana Riolo at 203-920-1653 or email@example.com. For additional information regarding fall programs or registration, call 203-966-4528.