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We know wellness when we experience it. It's an overall feeling of health and wholeness. A sense of belonging. The energy to live our fullest life. The desire to continually learn new things and improve our skills. And the chance to contribute and help someone else.

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. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. One member sums up her favorite class this way: "This is a great program, I've learned so much about how to eat healthier and I love the classes. I'm here 3 - 4 times a week now to work out and I love the new me!"

Fitness Orientations

Whether it is your first time in a gym or you just need a refresher, a fitness orientation might be the key to get you on the right track. Fitness Orientations are one-on-one instructions with a fitness staff member on proper use of the cardio or strength equipment available in the facilities. Orientations are keyed to your needs for a fitness routine. We will help you set up the machine to what is correct for you and might even throw in some helpful hints on how to do a well-rounded workout routine.
Location: Bristol Family YMCA & YMCA Wellness Center

Ages: 12+
Fees (Y Members Only): Free
Duration: 1-hour
Registration: Schedule your Fitness Orientation today at the front desk.

Personal Training

Want a program that meets YOUR needs? Tired of doing the same thing and not achieving your goals? Try personal training. Our job is to help you achieve your goal safely and guide you to a healthier lifestyle. The first session will involve a review of your medical and exercise history, realistic goal setting and fitness testing. This information will then be used by your trainer to design a workout program specifically for you based on your current fitness level, your time constraints and fitness goals. Your remaining sessions will consist of one-on-one workouts with your trainer.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA & YMCA Wellness Center
Ages: 12+
Duration: 30-minutes or 1-hour
Registration: Contact Tim Howser, Fitness Director, at 423-968-3133 or timhymca@btes.tv to find a trainer today!


Activate Bristol provides a comprehensive approach to educate, motivate, and activate youth and their parents about simple daily changes that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and decrease the prevalence of obesity in our community. The Bristol Family YMCA has successfully implemented programs throughout our community about the health risks associated with poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA & YMCA Wellness Center
Ages: All
Duration: 30-minutes or 1-hour

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Group Exercise Classes - Land

We offer a wide range of classes for you to achieve a workout in a fun, energetic group setting. All Group Exercise Classes are FREE with your Y Membership. There are no sign-ups required.

Bristol YMCA Group Exercise Schedule
Wellness Center Group Exercise Schedule

Group Exercise Classes - Water

We offer a wide-range of classes for you to achieve a workout in a fun, energetic group setting. All Group Exercise Classes are FREE with your Y Membership. There are no sign-ups required.

Aquatic Exercise Schedule

Mile Swim Club

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly or dog paddle...
The technique is not a priority in this club, just the distance! Participants may choose a category based on what they would like to swim over the next 365 days. View your progress by checking off the squares on the chart in the pool area for each mile you swim. When you complete your goal, you are awarded a T-Shirt for your efforts!

Location: Bristol Family YMCA

50 Mile Club
100 Mile Club
250 Mile Club
500 Mile Club
Fees (Y Members Only): $20
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013

Masters Swim Team

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults aged 18 and over. Programs are open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming.

Master swimmers will be able to practice together with the benefit of a coach helping with technique and endurance. Various swim meets are scheduled throughout the year locally and regionally.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA
Ages: 18+
Fees (Y Members Only):
USMS (online registration) - $39

Contact Terry Caldwell at terrycymca@btes.tv or 423-968-3133 today to find out how you can join our U.S. Masters team at the Bristol Family YMCA.

Lifeguard Class

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifeguard by presenting information on the basic skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, river, surf, and water park environments. The course covers safety and survival skills every swimmer needs to know, accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities, pool management, and information on how to get a job as a lifeguard.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA
Ages: 16+
Dates/Times: TBA

1. Perform a long, shallow dive, then swim 500-yards including 100-yards each of sidestroke, front crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke kick with one arm forward, and inverted breaststroke kick with arms on the stomach.
2. Tread water for 2 mintues with legs only.
3. Surface dive headfirst and feetfirst in 9 feet of water and swim underwater for 15 feet.
Y Members: $150
Community Members: $150

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