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.
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. (Source:Zumba.com)
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.
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 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.
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 PoundFit.com, 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 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!(Zumba.com)
Fit Senior Cardio Circuit
Cardio and strength conditioning using a using standing and seated workouts.
Fit Senior Strength Training
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.
SilverSneakers Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.
Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball is alternated with low-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is used for standing support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.
Get Up & Go with an aerobics class that’s safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. The workout includes easy-to-follow low-impact movement, and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize your active lifestyle.
Activate your urge for variety! Splash offers fun, shallow-water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination.
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.
- Introduce yourself to the instructor
- Learn footwork first (no arms)
- Watch instructor for cues, directional changes, etc.
- Keep coming, it gets easier!