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New Members: Getting Started

Getting Started with your Y Membership

After you join the YMCA, join an orientation or a Start Strong group to get the most out of your membership. All new members are enrolled in our 8 Weeks to a Better You program as well. 

Getting Started Personal Training at the Y

Start Strong

Start Strong is a multi-week program offered to new YMCA Members. You'll be able to explore different types of workouts, set goals, and become familiar with all our workout areas. A wellness coach leads all meetings with a small group of members. The goal of Start Strong is to equip you to make the best decision about what your fitness journey will look like. Start Strong is free with YMCA membership. Sign up for Start Strong today!

8 Weeks for a Better You

8 Weeks to a Better You is our new member challenge. Every new YMCA member is automatically signed up for this fun, easy challenge. Simply visit the YMCA at least twice a week during the first eight weeks of your membership and receive prizes like T-shirts and water bottles.

Take a walk on our indoor track, hit a high-intensity spin class or strike a pose in Yoga. We've got lap swim lanes, group fitness classes, free weights, workout machines and a supportive, welcoming staff to help you establish your new workout habits and routines.

Equipment Orientations

All YMCA adult and teen members can take a wellness floor equipment orientation. These are designed for members to familiarize themselves with the equipment, understand how to use it safely and correctly and learn wellness floor etiquette.  

Equipment orientations are complimentary and can be taken by new or current members. Schedules and times are available through our website and mobile app. All orientations are free.

Adult Equipment Orientation

The adult equipment orientation is for members ages 18 and older.  

Our trained wellness staff will take you on a guided tour of the cardio and weight rooms, show you how to operate equipment, and explain what you need to know to help you feel comfortable using the wellness floor. Sign up for your adult equipment orientation today!

Teen Orientation

YMCA teen members (ages 11 – 13) can sign up for fitness classes, use the cardio equipment, machine weights, the gym and pool lap lanes* without adult supervision once they have completed a teen orientation. Teens 14+ are permitted to use all equipment, including free weights, without the supervision of an adult.

Wellness floor staff will take teens on a guided tour of the wellness floor and ensure teens understand safety, etiquette and how to properly adjust the machines. All teens are encouraged to take an orientation to get the most out of their membership.  

Lap Lanes
Before a teen member (ages 11 – 17) can use lap lanes or the pool, they must take a swim assessment. A swim assessment allows the YMCA to consistently assign safe swimming areas based on swim abilities. Once assessed, swimmers wear a swim band indicating where they are allowed in the pool.

Please download this document, sign the waiver and bring it with you to your teen orientation. Sign up for teen orientations here.