We feel that providing wellness options for all ages is an important piece of supporting families in our community.
We try to provide classes that can help build an interest and enjoyment in personal fitness that a child can take with them as they grow into adults. Workouts in the Wellness Center, as well as fun group classes make up our youth wellness offerings.
Registration required/fee-based programs:
Youth Strength Training – FIT class (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 2:45-4:45 PM 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 3-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 Eva Saint, Wellness Director at 203-920-1623.
Total Youth Conditioning (Small Group Training, Ages 8-11 & 12-14)
This small group outdoor training program is designed to get youth moving while having fun and getting fit. Each class incorporates fun exercises and principles taught by certified strength and conditioning trainers. For additional information, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director at 203-920-1623.
Small Group Yoga for Elementary School (Ages 8-10)
During our 45-minute yoga practice, students will be introduced to yoga poses from the beginner level with proper instructions and progressions. These classes will include breathing instructions, relaxation techniques, stretching and strengthening poses, all using fun-filled music and games.
Small Group Yoga for Middle School (Ages 11-13)
During our 45-minute yoga practice, students will be introduced to yoga poses from the beginner level to intermediate level. These classes will include breathing instructions, relaxation techniques, stretching and strengthening poses, all using fun-filled music and games. Students will also experience longer times in meditation.
Small Group Yoga for High School (Ages 14-18)
During this 60-minute practice, students will be taught the principles of yoga practice including breathing instructions, relaxation techniques, stretching, and strengthening poses with a connection to breath.
For additional information on Youth Yoga, please contact Kristin Schnitzler, Group Wellness Director at 203-920-1636.