Health and Fitness

Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body, and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y are so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength. At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier.

NOTE: Program offerings vary by location and time of year.


Adaptive Fitness

All locations are designed to make our members, staff, and guests feel comfortable while at the Y. We take pride in being able to assist all members with adaptive fitness equipment not only in our fitness centers but also in our pools and some fitness studio spaces. In addition, many locations are equipped with an adjustable suspension system that allows individuals to use cardio equipment like a treadmill, participate in group exercise classes including Zumba and BodyFlow, or perform other exercises from a standing position. Contact your local Y for more details.

Diabetes Prevention

Our Diabetes Prevention Program is for individuals who are at risk for prediabetes. It is a group-based program designed to help participants learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing physical activity and making other changes to improve their health and well-being.

Fitness Center Orientation

If you’re new to the Y or are unsure about how to use some of the equipment in our fitness centers, we’re here to help. During your complimentary Fitness Center Orientation, you will meet with a trainer or instructor who will show you the basics of how to use the gym equipment. Contact your local Y to schedule an appointment today.

Group Exercise

Ys offer classes for all ages, all levels and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes, stretching and strength training to indoor cycling, water exercise, and yoga, you’ll find a group class that’s fun, supportive and keeps you moving. Most group exercise classes are included in your Y membership. For a full list of offerings by location, visit the schedules section of our website, or download the YMCA of Delaware App.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program supports the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves on the journey from completing their treatment to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to normal life. These small group sessions are facilitated by certified YMCA instructors who assist participants in a variety of physical activity options including cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility.

Mind and Body

Find your center in our Mind/Body classes that will push you to focus, stretch, strengthen and relax. From holistic workshops and yoga to pilates and meditation- we have classes for all skill levels. Visit the schedules section of our website for class times and details.

Myzone Fitness Tracker

Myzone is the most relevant and versatile fitness tracker on the market. Using technology to provide real-time feedback on heart rate, calories, and effort, Myzone ensures that you get accurate feedback on all of your exercise, wherever and however you choose to train. Achieve your health and fitness goals, with motivational support from friends through our Myzone social network, and utilize our unique Myzone Effort Points (MEPs) system to earn the credit you deserve. To learn more, click here, or visit the Member Service Desk at your local branch.

Pediatric Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors

The Brandywine branch of the YMCA of Delaware has launched a pilot program for cancer survivors between 10-17 years of age. The 12-week program, that runs every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. helps young survivors increase strength and cardiovascular health while increasing flexibility and endurance. Participants work with staff trained in supportive cancer care that focuses on the whole person rather than the disease.

For more information, call Terri Borkland, Brandywine YMCA Fitness Center Director,  at tborkland@ymcade.org or (302) 510-1176.

Personal Training

We all need the advice of an expert sometimes as well as the personal attention that comes with a trainer or coach. Our Y’s offer certified personal trainers and coaches to help you set and meet your specific goals. We also invite you to train with a friend; you workout together for half the price! Complete and interest form, or contact your local Y to schedule an appointment today.

Running Clubs

At the Y, we love running, whether it is on the treadmill, the track or the pavement. This exercise can benefit almost every part of your body and boost endorphins to improve your mood. Whether you are training for a marathon or a couch to 5k, we have something for all levels. Check with your local Y for details.

Small-Group Training

For those who enjoy more specialized attention, we offer Small Group Training. Small-Group Training Programs are specialty classes designed for small groups, which create semi-private training opportunities. Choose from a variety of classes like aerial yoga, boot camp, TRX, kickboxing, cross-functional training and more. Class size is limited and registration is required. Click here to browse offerings and to register.

Sports

Whether you miss “suiting up” or are new to team sports, the Y’s sports leagues provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect or start fresh with a sport you love. Basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and pickleball are just some of the options available to get you back on the court or on the field. Click here to browse offerings and to register.

Water Fitness

Have you thought about moving your workout to the water? Jump in the pool and make a splash in Water Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and more! The water’s resistance can improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health as well as facilitate rehabilitation and even enhance sports skills. Water fitness provides a low-impact way to get in shape and is ideal for all skill levels, non-swimmers included. Contact your local Y, or visit the schedules section of our website for class times and details.

Weight Loss Program

Learn how to eat healthier, move more, and lose weight. No gimmicks, no restrictive approaches — just the tools you need to achieve your wellness goals while keeping you motivated. Led by a trained facilitator who creates a safe and supportive environment for all, participants in the program meet in a small group setting for one-hour each week for 12 weeks. Our facilitators guide discussions on goal setting, balanced eating, physical activity, stress, mindfulness and more. Learn more!

And so much more!

At the Y of Delaware, we have so much to offer, it’s hard to list it all! For more information or a current schedule of programs, give us a call, or click here.

Our Mission


To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.

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