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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

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 tim@bristolymca.net to find a trainer today!

Massage Therapy


Activate Bristolprovides 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
Ages: Grade School
Duration: 30-minutes or 1-hour

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can be utilized as a big part of your overall wellness and a great way to promote relaxation, alleviate stress, and energize your senses. It also helps relieve pain, heal injuries, improve circulation, and address health conditions. Done regularly, massage can provide immediate and cumulative benefits that will leave you feeling better inside and out.

Location: Bristol Family YMCA
30 minutes: Y Member $25 / Program Member $35
60 minutes: Y Member $40 / Program Member $50
90 minutes: Y Member $55 / Program Member $70

Massage Therapy

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...
Technique is not a priority in this club, just the distance! Register for a category based on what you would like to swim over the next 365 days and track 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

Lifeguard Class

The YMCA Lifeguard course is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to be an entry-level lifeguard. Participants learn 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

Swim 100 yards of front crawl continuously
Swim 50 yards each of:
Front crawl w/ head up
Breaststroke w/ head up
Breaststroke kick on your back
Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs
Perform a feet-first surface dive in 8 to 10 ft. of water
Sprint for 20 yards then perform an arm-over-arm surface dive in 8 to 10 ft. of water; Pick up an object from the bottom of the pool & surface; Tread water for at least 1 minute; Return the object to the bottom of the pool; Swim the remaining length of the pool and exit the pool without using the ladder or steps.
Y Members: $150
Community Members: $150

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