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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
4 Peak Pilates Deluxe Systems and 4 MvE Pilates Chairs
• 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
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.
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.