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!"
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.
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.
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.
Bristol Health Challenge
We all know that Bristol is a good place to live, but it's also home to obesity and diabetes problems that are getting worse. With exercise and better eating habits, we can change our lives for the better! Bristol's Health Challenge is all about building a healthier Bristol through teamwork and friendly competition.
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.
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.
Mile Walking/Running Club
Walking has many health benefits. We can increase our life for the better, maintain a healthy heart through the simple cardiovascular exercise, decrease our stress and sharpen our mental capacity, and also decrease our waist line (with good nutrition as well). So with the year 2013, you choose the distance with which to walk (or run) daily. We will provide the motivation and encouragement for you to continue. When you complete your goal, you are awarded a t-shirt for your efforts!
1-Mile/Day (365 miles)Fees (Y Members Only): $20
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2013
Mile Swim Club
Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly or dog paddle...
50 Mile ClubFees (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.
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.
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.Fees
Y Members: $150
Community Members: $150
People in all stages of life can benefit from touch therapy. The strokes and rhythms change with age but touch still provides comfort, relaxation, healing and security. This reaches beyond the physical and restores the harmony inside each of us.