New Canaan YMCA

Personal & Small Group Training

Personal & Small Group Training

Personal & Small Group Training

Where Goals Become Accomplishments

In addition to our free member drop-in classes, our Y also offers a variety of private and small-group fitness programs for an additional fee that can help you reach your wellness goals.  Programs are led by certified trainers and instructors and include personal training, small-group training, and Pilates apparatus.

Personal Training

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Personal Training

New Canaan YMCA Personal Trainers are here to help guide and support you as you work towards your goals. Whether you are new to exercise, need motivation and encouragement, or are looking for some new ideas to help you reach your goals, our trainers are able to design an individualized program to best suit your needs.

We realize that the trainer-client relationship is an important one in which the right dynamic is important. Our Y has a caring, talented group of trainers with a variety of different backgrounds and strengths for you to choose from to help you find the right fit. All of our trainers hold certification from nationally recognized certifying organizations, including ACSM, NSCA, NASM, AFAA, and ACE. Personal training sessions can be private or semi-private, providing you with the opportunity to benefit from personal training with a friend.

Getting Started

To get started, please fill out the Pre-Exercise Questionnaire for Personal Training form below and return the packet to the Front Desk. Your questionnaire will be reviewed by the Y’s Wellness Director and matched to one of our qualified Personal Trainers. The trainer will then contact you to set up your training sessions.

Motivation Package

Take advantage of our special Motivation Package, including three personal training sessions available to New Canaan YMCA members at a special price. Limit: one package per member.

Personal Training Policies

  • Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance, or sessions may not be made up.
  • Session packages must be used within one year of purchase date.
  • All sessions expire and no refunds issued after designated use periods.
  • Personal training at our facility is permitted only by New Canaan YMCA Personal Trainers.
  • Once you are assigned a trainer, you should contact them directly if you need to cancel or change your appointment.


If you have any questions about Personal Training or if you need help getting started, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, at 203-920-1623 or by email.

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Small-Group Training

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Small-Group Training

The Y offers 6-week small-group training classes that combine the expertise of a personal trainer with the energy and motivation you feel from working with a group. Each 6-week small-group training class will feature a variety of exercises geared to bust boredom out of your workout routine.

Some examples include:

  • HIIT Training
  • Circuit Strength Training
  • Kettlebell
  • TRX

Groups are limited to six people. For additional information, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, at 203-920-1623 or by email.

Private Custom Small-Group Training

Form your own group of 4 or more people. For information regarding programs and fees, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, at 203-920-1623 or by email.

NEW! Small Group Training Classes

Stay motivated, challenge yourself, and have fun with friends! Grab 3-4 friends for a private and customized fitness experience at the Y with your very own instructor at a special rate! Choose your own type of class for an experience that fits your schedule, goals, and comfort level!

Sessions meet twice a week for 3 weeks. Special one-time small-group rate: $120/per person. Limit one 3-week session per person at special rate. Available to both members and non-members of the Y!

Choose from:

  • Bootcamp
  • Barre
  • Brand-New! Sprint 8 HIIT Cardio Workout
  • TRX
  • Pilates
  • Strength Training
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Total Body Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • And more!

Nervous about trying something new? Grab a few friends and try it together! Just like everything at the Y, our instructors & trainers are here to support you! All fitness levels are encouraged to participate! For additional information and to schedule your small group class, contact Bridget Philipp at 203-920-1626.

Pilates Apparatus

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Small-Group Pilates Apparatus

Pilates apparatus exercise is a versatile, accessible and fun movement system for all abilities and enhances the mind-body connection with core muscles to work better and faster to change the body. Because of the versatility of the Pilates Apparatus, the workout is appropriate for participants of all fitness levels:

• New exerciser
• Regular exerciser/Athletes
• Active older adults
• Post-rehab patients
• Special populations—Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Pre/Post-natal, etc.


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• Improves core strength
• Back pain relief
• Helps with injury prevention
• Improves muscle flexibility and joint mobility
• Increases coordination and improves posture, balance, and alignment
• Reduces stress in the body and mind
• Increases your strength and gives your body a leaner, sleeker shape

Getting Started

To sign up for a group class, fill out a Pilates Apparatus registration form and waiver. Forms are also available at the front desk; return your form starting on the first day of registration. You will be placed in a class on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort will be made to place you according to level.

New to Pilates Apparatus? Try our Introduction to Pilates Apparatus Classes offered each session, click here to learn more.

Please note: Participants who miss a class during the session can attend a makeup class during the week following the session. This will be the only make-up class allowed. Questions: Contact Kristin Schnitzler at 203-920-1636.

Private & Semi-Private Pilates Apparatus Classes

Sign up for private or semi-private classes by filling out the Pilates Apparatus Private registration form and waiver. Return your form to the Y, and we will contact you to discuss your request. Private and semi-private classes are scheduled around class times.

Please note: It is YMCA policy that if only one participant attends a pre-scheduled semi-private session, both participants will be charged. It is the responsibility of the two clients involved in a semi-private to schedule agreeable times.

All Pilates Apparatus participants must also submit an exercise waiver before participating in a class.

If you have any questions about Pilates Apparatus or you need help getting started please contact Bridget Philipp, V.P. of Healthy Living & Membership, at 203-920-1626 or by email.

Pilates Apparatus Instructors

Madelaine Hane

Madelaine Hane

Class: Pilates Fusion







Mary Ann Genuario

Mary Ann Genuario

Classes: Cycling & Hydro Intervals

Pilates Apparatus classes are in addition to our drop-in Pilates Mat classes, which are offered in our Pilates Apparatus Studio. Pilates Apparatus is an excellent exercise option for adults of all ages and abilities from top athletes to people just starting a workout regimen. Using Pilates Apparatus helps you to develop flexibility and good posture by focusing on your “core,” or center, predominantly your abdominals, back, and legs. The machines are elevated off the ground and provide resistance or assistance as needed to the exerciser.


For additional information about personal and small-group training options, please contact Eva Saint, Wellness Director, at 203-920-1623 or by email.

For additional about Pilates apparatus, please contact Bridget Philipp, V.P. of Healthy Living & Membership, at 203-920-1626 or by email.

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