Group Exercise Classes

At the Meriden YMCA we will help you create a new healthier you with classes from A to Z, Aqua Aerobics to ZUMBA and everything in between. All of the classes below (except CrossFit) are included with your full privilege adult or family membership. 

You can register for Spin, Combat Cardio Kickboxing, and Treadmill Body class up to 24 hours in advance in person or by phone. All other classes are drop in.

Reciprocity: Meriden YMCA members have first priority for classes that require advance registration such as those noted above.  Guests from other YMCAs and staff members can put their name on the waiting list for the class and take them on a space available basis.

  • For class descriptions, see below.
  • For class schedules click here. You can also download our free Meriden YMCA app to  your phone from the app store. 

Aqua Aerobics

Enjoy this low impact cardiovascular workout in our beautiful pool. 

  • AM classes:
    • Suspended Motion 8:30 - 9:15 a.m., Monday - Friday (deep end)
    • Water Warriors 9:15 - 10:00 a.m., Monday - Friday (shallow end)
    • This class is included with your full privilege membership. Cost for program members is $100. Call us at 203.235.6386 to learn more.
  • Aqua PM Class: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free for full members, $60 for Program Members.


Aqua Zumba is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine. Aqua Zumba® blends the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn’t miss! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. (

When: Saturday mornings at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center. See group exercise schedule for start date and time. This class is available for Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA members only, with full privilege memberships (full adult, family, single parent family, senior adult and senior household memberships.) Bring your Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA membership card to scan in at the Welcome Booth.

Barbell Strong

Achieve optimal strength and body definition with the use of barbell equipment, weighted medicine balls, core drills, dumbbells and body weight exercises.

Jillian Michaels Body Shred®Body Shred logo

Body Shred is metabolic circuit training that utilizes plyometrics, functional core training, body weight and light to moderate dumbbell resistance,. This high performance, fast paced workout is designed to deliver results in the most efficient, accelerated and fun way possible.

Boot Camp

A hard core military style class of athletic training that develops and maintains strength and stamina. It incorporates agility training (i.e., sprinting, football shuffles, plyometrics, etc.). Be ready to work hard!!

Butts and Guts

The ultimate core and lower body toning workout. 

Combat Cardio Kickboxing

Combat is a cardio kickboxing class that incorporates speed drills and uses resistance training.


For information about CrossFit at the Meriden YMCA and class schedule, please click here.

Floor, Core and More

This class will help you achieve strength, balance and core fitness through a variety of exercises and stretches.


INSANITY is a total body workout that keeps your body working at maximum capacity throughout the entire workout. Is it hard? YES! But the results are worth it.


PILOXING uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing into a fat torching and muscle sculpting workout guaranteed to whip you into shape.


Looking to obtain core strength, improve flexibility, reduce stress and achieve overall fitness? Come and learn the Pilates way. Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. 


PiYo is a hybrid athletic workout which combines mind/body practices of yoga and pilates a well as the principles of stretching, strength conditioning and dynamic movement.


According to, this class uses "lightly weighted drumsticks designed specifically for exercise in a cardio jam session full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements."

Check out this fun class at our Berlin YMCA fitness location. Click here for the Berlin YMCA class schedule. Call Amy Fitzgerald for details at 860.357.2717.

Tai Chi

Tai-Chi at the YMCA is an ancient Chinese martial art that consists of fluid, gentle movements that are practiced and relaxed. Slow tempo, effective exercise for overall health.


(45 minutes) A great way to cross train and improve your overall physical health! Our 45 minute workouts take place in a motivating group setting with energizing music and enthusiastic instructors. Spinning will enhance your speed, strength, stamina and increase your caloric burn. We cater to all levels of fitness, from the Tour De France enthusiast to the novice rider. We also have 30 minute beginner classes.

Tabata Cardio

High intensity training that requires you to perform a specific exercise for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 minutes. High energy, mega calorie burning workout sure to produce results!

Tabata Strength

Tabata Strength is strength and conditioning exercises performed in traditional tabata format of 20 seconds or work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Great for total body toning. Strength will be your reward!

Triple Threat

Get your heart rate going when we start with Spinning (or on the track), then quickly move to the aerobics room to pump those muscles using barbells then cool down and stretch with Pilates. 

Yoga I

This Level I Yoga is designed for beginners. This class will teach the basics of asanas (posture) and paranayama (breathing)techniques. Learn to become stronger, increase stamina as well as flexibility, reduce stress and increase your energy. Please wear comfortable clothing. 

Yoga II

This Level II Yoga is designed for those individuals who have already completed a basic beginner’s practice and want to deepen their level of postures. Class will include a short meditation, vinyasa warm-up and then progress into more advanced poses. This class is not recommended for those individuals who have not participated in a yoga program before. Preregister for your class.


ZUMBA® is a very dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic international music flavors. The routines feature aerobic interval with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. It targets areas such as glutes, legs, arms, abdominals and the most important muscle in the body, the heart! You do not have to know how to dance to do ZUMBA®. We offer several versions including ZUMBA FITNESS®, ZUMBA KIDS® (Parent and child), ZUMBA GOLD® (designed for seniors) and AQUA ZUMBA®


Perfect for those who are looking to feel the burn, baby! Looking to strengthen and tone your legs and glutes? Step right up. We combine the awesome toning and strengthening power of Step aerobics, with the fun fitness-party that only Zumba® brings to the dance-floor. Zumba® Step increase cardio and calorie burning, while adding moves that define and sculpt your core and legs. (Zumba. com)

For Active Older Adults (our super seniors!)



This class is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!(

Fit Senior Cardio Circuit

Cardio and strength conditioning using a using standing and seated workouts.

Fit Senior Strength Training

Fit Senior Strength Training is to help seniors increase strength, mobility and flexibility. Tuesday's class is conducted in the Fitness Center using the strength machines. Thursday's class is conducted in the aerobics room using hand held weights and resistance bands. 

Fit Senior Yoga

Yoga Fit for Seniors is a celebration of life. This chair workout focuses on the fundamentals of Yoga through breathing, stretching, and balancing the mind, body, and soul.


Move through seated and standing yoga poses designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Finish with restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation to promote reduced stress and mental clarity.


Increase muscle strength and range of movement, and improve activities for daily living. You’ll have a chair for seated exercises and standing support. Your instructor can modify the exercises for your fitness level.


Experience standing, low-impact choreography alternated with standing upper-body strength work. This class is suitable for nearly every fitness level, and your instructor can adapt the exercises depending on your skill.


In this fun, shallow-water exercise class you’ll use a signature splash-board to increase strength and endurance. Splash is suitable for all skill levels and is safe for non-swimmers.

Group Exercise Instructors:

Carrie Marquardt, Kathy Driver, Anne Morenz, Jeanne Moore, Annie O'Farrill, Sharlene LaBissoniere, Beky Henderson-Hanna, Julia Kane, Dianna Greiner, Gina Livia, Angel Cyr, Dina Lilienthel, Pam Fuschino, George Donahue, Pat Pepe, Cheryl Tomasetti, Katherine Graham, Sue Meadows, Alexa Marquardt, Phyllis Drescher, Joanne Newton. 

First-Time Tips:

  • Introduce yourself to the instructor
  • Learn footwork first (no arms)
  • Watch instructor for cues, directional changes, etc.
  • Keep coming, it gets easier!
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