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ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY GREATER HOLYOKE YMCA 2012-2013 Membership & Program Brochure


LOCATION We’re on Beech Street between Appleton and Suffolk street in Holyoke. Our parking lot is also accessible via adjacent Pine Street. We are minutes from Interstates 91, 391 and the MassPike.

CONTACT INFO Greater Holyoke YMCA 171 Pine Street, Holyoke MA 01040 413-534-5631 Online: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube:

HOURS Monday through Friday – 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM Saturday – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM DAYS CLOSED The Y is closed five days a year: New Year’s Day, the day of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas. LIMITED HOURS The Y is open from 7:00 AM to noon on the following days: Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve.





We are committed to providing financial assistance to those in our community who cannot afford the full price of membership and/or programs. Financial Assistance keeps the Y available to all who need us most. We accept financial assistance applications year-round. Please note: all applications must be completed in full with necessary documentation attached to be considered. The application is available at the Member Service Desk or on the 'Membership' page of our website.

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We’re a charitable, volunteer-driven organization. One way we put our mission into practice is through our Annual Support Campaign, Y FOR ALL. Investing in the Y’s financial assistance program directly impacts the life of an under-served child, an idle teenager, a deserving single parent, or an isolated senior in search of health, well-being, and supportive interactions with a friend! We depend on the generous support of our members so that together we have a meaningful and lasting impact on our community, one person at a time! Please donate securely online today at:

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ACCESSIBILITY The YMCA is committed to providing accessible environments that respect the rights of every individual. Our facility is accessible to all, including our two pools. The YMCA will accommodate special needs into existing programs to the extent that financial and physical resources permit. So we may provide a positive experience, please contact the YMCA if you have any special needs requiring accommodations.

FACILITY RENTAL Looking for a fun and affordable place to host your next meeting, birthday party, celebration, office party or social gathering? The Y has facilities available to rent, including our two indoor swimming pools, our large gym and two flexible multi-purpose rooms. Contact us at 413-534-5631 and our staff will be happy to assist you!

OUR MISSION Helping all in the Greater Holyoke community achieve their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP TOP 5 REASONS TO JOIN 1. YOU'RE NOT ALONE. When you join our Y, you become part of a community that wants to connect you to the services and programs to help you reach your goals. 2. FREE CHILDWATCH & FITZONE. Enjoy your workout knowing your kid is happy and safe in our Childwatch or Fitzone areas.

3. WELLNESS SUPPORT & GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES. We support your health goals with free Wellness/Group Fitness Orientations, Seasonal walking/running groups, free body fat analysis by appointment AND all our amazing group fitness classes. All included in your membership.


Our reciprocal relationships give you access to more than 2,400 YMCAs across the country. 5. NO CONTRACT. We’re here for you whenever you need us. Join knowing there’s no cancellation fee. Just cancel by the last day of the month, and you’re all set.


ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP OUR FACILITY HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER! WELLNESS CENTER Our Wellness Center includes state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength and flexibility equipment designed to meet the needs of both beginners and the experienced. The Wellness Center is divided into 4 areas: Cardio, Nautilus, Stretch & Core and Free Weights. The Cardio area includes a wide variety of equipment to help you increase your heart rate and improve cardiovascular health. The Nautilus area is equipped with machines designed to give you a total body workout. Our Stretch & Core area provides space for stretching & core strengthening. Our Free Weight area includes dumbbells, barbells, plate-loaded equipment, benches and more.

LOCKER ROOMS Include youth and adult locker areas as well as a family changing area.

STEAM AND SAUNA Available to all adult members 18 and older and located in both adult locker rooms.

FITNESS STUDIO A temperature-controlled room dedicated to group fitness programs such as Y-Cycle, Yoga, Pilates, dance, sculpt classes and more.

CHILDWATCH A fun, interactive place designed with your child in mind. For use by children 4 weeks-7 years who accompany their parents. Allow your kids to play for up to two hours while you enjoy the Y. Parent/ guardian must be in the building at all times. Our Childwatch center features an indoor playground, creative toys and engaging activities. This program is free to members who hold a family or one-parent family membership. A $3 per child/per visit fee applies to all other membership types. Childwatch Hours • Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 AM • Monday-Thursday 4:30-7:30 PM • Friday 4:30-7:00 PM • Saturday 8:00-11:00 AM


POOLS The Y has two indoor pools. The Taber Pool is our large 8-lane, 25-yard pool that is perfect for lap swimmers and swim lessons. Our warm-water small pool is a 4-lane, 20-yard temperature-controlled pool for open swims, physical therapy, aquatic fitness and youth swim classes.

GYM Our gym is available for basketball, volleyball, parties, tennis, and our many group fitness classes.

RACQUETBALL & SQUASH Our facility includes two racquetball courts and one squash court. 4

The Fit Zone is designed to help our young members become more active, agile and engaged! During the Youth Only hours, the room is staffed with caring Y staff who ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Youth Only Hours (7–13 Years) See seasonal program fliers for days and times. Family & Adult Hours The Fit Zone is available to families and adults during all other operating hours. The Wii can be checked out at the front desk upon request. Come as a family and let the Fit Zone meet all of your workout needs. During nonstaffed hours, children must be supervised by a parent/ guardian. Children under the age of 7 are permitted in the Fit Zone during family hours.


Joiner’s Fee

Adult (26–64 years)



Adult Couple (same household)






One-Parent Family



Senior (65 years)



Young Adult (19–25 years)



High School (14–18 years)



Youth (7-13 years)*

$120 (Annually)


Program Individual*

$30 (Annually)


Program Family*

$50 (Annually)


Membership Type

* Limited facility membership (see page 6 for details)

GUEST PASSES Full-facility adult members are welcome to bring guests. Youth guest (children under age 12) fee is $3 daily. Adult guest (ages 12 and up) fee is $10 daily. Adult guests need to bring a picture identification card to be left at the desk while using facility.

MY Y IS EVERY Y NEW ENGLAND RECIPROCITY PROGRAM This great program allows our full-facility adult members (18 and older) to use ANY other YMCA facility in New England at no charge! You'll need to present your membership card and a photo ID for access. We’re proud to offer this added membership benefit. 5

AWAY PROGRAM (OUTSIDE NEW ENGLAND) You are Always Welcome at YMCAs (AWAY)—even when you’re away from home! Use another YMCA by presenting your membership card. Each YMCA has its own AWAY fee policy. Call or see one of our member services representatives to find a YMCA near your travel destination.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS Your full membership entitles you to additional benefits!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROGRAMS Members receive reduced rates on swimming, and sports programs for kids, birthday parties, parents night out, family dances and more!

VALLEY GREEN FEAST Valley Green Feast provides access to farm-fresh local food via a delivery service in collaboration with the Y. Members who place an order on Valley Green Feast’s website ( can pick up their food at the Y without a delivery fee.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES FULL-FACILITY MEMBERSHIPS Full-facility members have access to all program areas: Wellness Center (cardio and strength machines), Fit Zone, Large and Small Pools, Racquetball and Squash Courts, Gymnasium, Group Fitness Classes, Steam and Sauna for Adults, Family Changing Rooms, Boys and Girls Locker Rooms and Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms. • ADULT: Any individual member between the ages of 26 to 64. • ADULT COUPLE: Two adults living in the same household. • FAMILY: A family membership with 2 adults and all dependent children (25 years and younger) living in the same household. • ONE-PARENT FAMILY: A family with 1 adult or a 2-parent family but only one adult in the household joins the Y. Includes all dependent children (25 years and younger) living in the same household. • SENIOR: Any member age 65 or older. • YOUNG ADULT: Any individual member between the ages of 19 and 25. • HIGH SCHOOL: For teens ages 14 to 18. If under 18, parent/guardian is required to sign the membership application. Teens have full use of the facility, but must sign the Wellness Center youth/teen guidelines and complete an orientation if between the ages of 14-17.

LIMITED-FACILITY MEMBERSHIPS Limited-facility memberships have access to specific areas based on age or to specific programs based on registration. • YOUTH: For youth 7 to 13 years old. A parent/guardian is required to sign membership application. Unless they are in a program and under the supervision of Y staff, youth members 11 and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while in the facility. Youth 11 to 13 are permitted to use the Wellness Center with a parent/ guardian and after completing the youth orientation and signing the Wellness Center youth/teen guidelines. • PROGRAM INDIVIDUAL: For individuals who want access only to programs for which there is a fee, such as youth swim lessons or tumbling classes. Membership fee is paid annually. Program member pays an annual fee and a fee when registering for programs. Program members don’t have use of our facility, i.e., Wellness Center, pools, open gym, etc., outside their program. • PROGRAM FAMILY: Same as program individual, but for the whole family. Some aquatic classes, camps for kids and special events require program registration. Visit our website for our most current program offerings for kids, adults & families.


PROGRAMS HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE REGISTRATION: Save time and register online at your convenience. Go to and click ‘Register Online.’ IN-PERSON REGISTRATION: Registration can be made at our Member Service Desk at any time. We do not accept program registration via phone or fax.

PROGRAM DATES FALL 1 - 2012 Fall Registration: 8/18/12–9/8/12 Fall Session: 9/9/12–10/27/12

FALL 2 - 2012

Fall 2 Registration: 10/20/12–10/27/12 Fall 2 Session: 10/28/12–12/15/12

2012 HOLIDAY BREAK 12/23/12–01/05/13


Winter Registration: 12/8/12–1/5/13 Winter Session: 1/06/13–3/2/13 Winter Special Programs: 2/17/13–2/23/13


Early Spring Registration: 2/16/13–3/02/13 Early Spring Session: 3/03/13–4/27/13 Spring Vacation Programs: 4/14/13–4/20/13


Spring Registration: 4/20/13–4/27/13 Spring Session: 4/28/13–6/22/13


Summer Registration: 6/8/13–6/23/13 Summer Special Programs: 6/24/13–6/28/13 Summer Session: 7/8/13–8/31/13 *Some sessions may be prorated for Holidays

“My kids love it and I can exercise knowing they are safe & happy!” -Y Family Member

YOUTH PROGRAMS We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. At the Greater Holyoke YMCA, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors while exploring their unique talents and interests. Kids realize their potential in our programs; that makes for confident kids today and engaged adults tomorrow!

PIKE/EEL—Ages 3–5 This is a beginner-level program as well as a class for those who have some swimming skills but still need the aid of a bubble. All children will be taught pool rules, breath control (bubbles, bobs), and experience swimming and floating on both their front and back.

PIKE & PARENT—Ages 3–5 Many children are ready for the structure of a Pike class but feel more secure in the company of their favorite grown-up! Using the same format as our Pike lesson, adults participate with children, assist instructor and have fun.

EEL—Ages 3-5 This class is for preschoolers who are able to swim a double bubble the length of the pool without assistance. They must also be comfortable with going underwater all the way. This lesson will work on building endurance on their front with their face in the water and swimming on their back.

YOUTH SWIMMING The sooner the safer! YMCA swim lessons teach safety and responsibility around the water. Participants gain confidence and self-esteem as they work to become better, safer swimmers. Swim lessons are available for all ages and abilities. If you are uncertain which level is appropriate, please contact us to schedule a swim test prior to registration.

PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS WATER BABIES—Ages 6–35 months Water Babies will focus on developing the comfort level of the young swimmer. Instructional advice will be shared with parents to assist in their child’s swim experience. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and share with each other as we splash and have fun swimming!


STARFISH—Ages 3–5 Starfish is for those preschoolers who are swimming at least 15 feet without a flotation aid and are also comfortable being on their back and going underwater. Swimmers will learn more indepth skills, such as rotary breathing and backstroke.

YOUTH PROGRAMS PROGRESSIVE SWIM LESSONS POLLIWOG—Ages 6–13 Polliwog is our beginner level for 6–13 year olds. Swimmers work on their kick, breath control, front and back floats and then progress to independent swimming.


PRE-COMPETITIVE SWIM LESSONS—Ages 5-12 Our competitive swim instruction program is designed to teach swimmers the necessary skills for our Viking Swim Team. The program is broken into small age-appropriate groups. Participants must attend two sessions per week. When the participant has exhibited the necessary skill base, he or she will be encouraged to join the Viking Swim Team.

Children must be able to swim 15 yards unassisted and be comfortable going underwater and floating on their back. They will learn rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke and the kick for breast stroke.


FISH/SHARK—Ages 6–13


Swimmers must be able to complete 100 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke and breaststroke for 50 yards and have enough endurance to swim for 45 minutes with minimal breaks.

COMPETITIVE SWIMMING VIKING SWIM TEAM Our Viking Swim Team, established in 1980, is one of the finest YMCA/USA Competitive Swim Programs in New England, winning 18 Western Massachusetts YMCA District Swimming Championships since 1987, and 12 Western MA Summer Swim League Championships since 1990. Our girls team placed 3rd overall at the 2011 YMCA Nationals and one of our swimmers competed at the 2012 Olympic trials. The program is for anyone who loves to swim and wants to compete in the sport. Program focus is on development of the total person through swimming, as each team member is encouraged to set individual and team goals. The program is conducted on a year-round basis, with the Winter Short Course Season running from September to March, and the Summer Long Course Season running from April to July. All families must send a parent representative to one Parent Meeting. 8

This is a small parent/child class in which basic swim skills are taught to those with special needs. Instructor will provide advice to aid in the child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to ask questions.

BACKYARD SWIM LESSONS These lessons happen in July and August in your own backyard pool! Lessons can have up to six children in one class. Each class will have one swim instructor and one lifeguard. Look for more information as summer 2013 approaches.

LEARN TO SWIM WEEKS The YMCA provides special intensive swim lessons during school vacation weeks. They focus on building swimming skills, teaching good safety habits and ways to be safe while swimming. Look for further information one month prior to school vacation weeks.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING This course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to lifeguard. Participants will learn how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and take action to help those in danger. It also covers safety and survival skills every swimmer needs to know, like accident prevention, guarding techniques, emergency system rescue, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, weather and open water dangers, legal responsibilities and pool management.

YOUTH PROGRAMS OPEN SWIM This is a recreational swim period for all youth and families. Children ages 7 and under must have a parent in the pool area at all times. One adult can be responsible for no more than 4 children attending. Full-facility membership is required for open swim.

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS Does your child learn better one-on-one? We offer private and semi-private swim lessons for those who would benefit from a one-to-one teaching experience. These lessons are available to any swimmer, ages 3 and up.

YOUTH & FAMILY LANDBASED PROGRAMS FAMILY DANCE Spending time together is one of the best health investments families can make! Allow the Y to be your place for family wellness on Family Dance nights, offered periodically throughout the year.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT—Ages 6 months-12 years Once a month from fall through spring, this is your chance to have a date night, finish a project, go shopping or just relax. Drop your kids off at the Y and allow our staff to provide fun and safe activities. Your child can choose from gym play, swimming, a movie, crafts and more. Registration and a fee are required.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS BALLET I—Ages 3-5 Learn the basics of ballet terminology and technique. Youth will be introduced to basic ballet positions (pliés, relevés), creative dance and expression with fun music and rhythm with an introduction to the ballet barre.

FEEL THE BEAT—Parent & Child 1–4 Introduce your child to the wonders of music and all it has to offer. Through the use of music, movement, instruments and song, your child will be encouraged to experience music while having fun at the same time. Activities are designed to foster creative play and musical exploration.

SOCCER—Ages 3.5-5 The Holyoke YMCA youth soccer program will emphasize basic skill development, team play and sportsmanship. This program is a great way to introduce your child to soccer or build on existing skills. Each child will receive a T-shirt.

T-BALL—Ages 3.5-5 The Holyoke YMCA T-ball program emphasizes basic skill development, team play and sportsmanship. This program is for boys and girls ages 3.5-5 years, and is a great way to introduce your child to T-ball or build on existing skills. Each child will receive a T-shirt.

TUMBLE-TASTIC—Ages 3.5-5 This creative movement class is designed to introduce youth to basic tumbling skills. Through a combination of fun structured and open-play activities, children are able to explore and develop their physical body. Bring your energy, and we will provide the props, games and activities to ensure a tumbling good time!


YOUTH PROGRAMS GRADE SCHOOL PROGRAMS BALLET II—Ages 6-8 Continue your child’s basic dance education with more challenging techniques, barre exercises, floor work and choreography with music and rhythm while promoting freedom of expression. This class is appropriate for beginners, as well as those who have taken Ballet I in the past.

BASKETBALL—Ages 6-8 and 9-12

TAP—Ages 5-7 Tap is an exciting form of dance that allows dancers to use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timed beats. Class will focus on coordination, rhythm, confidence and fun.

TEEN PROGRAMS BASKETBALL—Ages 13-16 Our basketball program begins mid-November and emphasizes skill development, team play and sportsmanship through a fun and supportive environment.

Our basketball program begins mid-November and emphasizes skill development, team play and sportsmanship in a fun and supportive environment.

CHEER UP—Ages 6-8 This class is your child’s “Intro to Cheerleading.” Class will focus on body awareness, basic moves, cheers, jumps and choreography. Great way to get some exercise and have lots of fun at the same time!

CRAFTY KIDS—AGES 5-7 Together, kids and staff will create a new craft project every week incorporating elements of beading, weaving, drawing, painting and much more. Come in clothes that can stand to get a little dirty and get ready to be creative!

CREATE-A-COOK—Ages 5-7 This class aims to help kids make healthy eating a habit. Staff will lead kids through weekly lessons focusing on balanced nutrition, healthy snacking, cooking, and crafty hands-on activities. It's time to make food fun again!

HIP-HOP—Ages 5-7 This age appropriate Hip-Hop class will get kids moving to all sorts of funky and fun music. Participants will learn the latest moves at a kidfriendly level and begin to work them into short dance routines.


BIKE SHOP We’re proud to host the Holyoke Urban Bike Shop (HUBS). HUBS offers a wide array of programs for different ages, abilities and interests. HUBS programs are offered in collaboration with the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council. Visit the HUBS website for more information:

EARN-A-BIKE PROGRAM—Ages 12-17 Our popular Earn-A-Bike program teaches students how to build a bike from scratch. Each week, participants complete a lesson plan and they earn that part/system on the bike. By the end of the workshop,


NUTRITION & COOKING—Ages 11 and up

These in-depth programs cover specialized bike maintenance and construction skills, like “Bike Mechanics for the Commuter Cyclist,” “Bike Mechanics for the Road Cyclist,” “Bike Mechanic Certification,” “Bike Mechanics Instructor Certification” and more. These workshops are a collaboration with Bikes Not Bombs.

This program empowers youth with important information about nutrition and healthy cooking. Come learn the basics of nutrition, healthy eating, the basic food groups and what they mean for your body. No matter what your interests are, if you love food, this class is for you.

FIT TEEN—Ages 12 and up This class is a unique group fitness class geared towards teens. In it, we’ll explore fitness through a variety of different exercise techniques, from sports drills to dance, weight lifting to yoga. Join us each week as we try new things, work on individual goals and have fun.


Interested in a Y-Cycle class but don’t feel comfortable in an adult class? This class is for you. Teen Cycle is a unique Y-Cycle class geared towards teens. Unlike a regular Y-Cycle class, we’ll focus more on individual goals to the beat of great music.

The Y-Kids Preschool is a ½-day program for youth ages 3 to 5. Y-Kids boosts early learning in children by focusing on the following: large & small group time, choice time, transition time, physical activity, healthy eating and taking advantage of all the Y has to offer in a safe and fun environment. The Y-Kids program includes: swim lessons, early literacy, tumbling, music, arts, nutrition, kindergarten readiness and more. For more information visit our website or the Member Service Desk. Financial assistance is available.



TEEN Y-CYCLE—Ages 14 and up

We proudly offer Safe Sitter® trainings. Babysitting is an important job. It's about more than making money. You need life and safety skills to take care of and protect children. Safe Sitter teaches you what to do!

The Greater Holyoke Y is the largest provider of after-school care in the area. We have decades of experience providing safe, high-quality child care. Our mission is to provide age-appropriate activities that strengthen the family and develop the whole child socially, physically and academically. Our programming includes literacy and homework help, thematic curriculum, arts and crafts, physical activities, outside play and healthy snacks. Our dedicated staff is trained in child development, positive behavior, first aid and CPR. All of our sites are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and serve children ages 5 through 13.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM We offer after-school programs in Holyoke and South Hadley. Programs begin at school dismissal and run till 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Sites are open on half days of school. Sign up for fullday programs during school vacation weeks for an additional fee.


BEFORE SCHOOL PROGRAM We offer two before-school programs in South Hadley. The Plains School program serves children enrolled at Plains Elementary School. The Mosier School Program serves children enrolled at Mosier and Michael E. Smith Middle School. Staff walks the middle school students over to their school at the appropriate time. Program staff will assist with homework and facilitate group activities. A light breakfast is served.


ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT LAND-BASED FITNESS PROGRAMS ACTIVE OLDER ADULT (A.O.A.) A 45-minute low-impact fitness class that works on building muscle strength, flexibility and balance. Increase your cardiovascular health, feel stronger and help make day-to-day tasks easier. Free weights are used.

Camping is a unique and invaluable experience! YMCA campers learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun. The Greater Holyoke YMCA has two summer camps: one in Holyoke and one in South Hadley. The camps are for children ages 5-13. Field trips are an integral part of the camp program in which campers are introduced to and shown ways to appreciate the outdoors.

SUMMER WEEKLONG CAMPS Join us over the summer for special weeklong themed summer camps. Together, we will incorporate learning, skill building, cooperation and fun in the sun!

SCHOOL VACATION FUN & FITNESS CAMPS The Y offers weeklong Fun and Fitness camps coinciding with February and April school vacation. Come to the YMCA and have a fun week full of great activities! Each week includes swim lessons, recreational swimming, arts and crafts, nutrition lessons, recreation time and more! A healthy snack will be provided daily. Children must bring their own lunch. Detailed information will be available at the Member Service Desk. Child must be potty trained.


BODY SCULPT A nonaerobic class designed to help build muscle strength through resistance training. Increase your metabolism, feel stronger and make everyday tasks easier.

BOOT CAMP This advanced-level class is designed to work your entire body while improving and increasing your overall fitness level. This interval-style class will alternate between cardio bursts, weight and core work. Modifications are provided, so you can choose your level of intensity. Great class for both men and women–no choreography.

ADULT PROGRAMS SALSA LESSONS Here is your chance to learn how to salsa in a small group setting. What a great way to learn this Latin dance style and get in shape along the way.

Y-CYCLE Come ride inside! Imagine interval training in a room filled with motivational music and ENERGY! Call or stop by the Member Service Desk 24 hours in advance to reserve a bike. Participants must bring water. New participants must be fitted on a bike, so plan to arrive 10 minutes early to your first class. All fitness levels welcome.

CARDIO HIP-HOP An all-level energetic class that lets you release your stresses from the day with combinations of dance and aerobic moves. It will have you feeling like you just left the party you didn’t want to end!

PILATES Learn overall body awareness, improve posture, flexibility, balance, strength and agility. This alllevels class emphasizes proper breathing techniques, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and concentration on smooth, flowing movement. Light weights and stability balls may be used in class. Great class for men, women, beginners and advanced.

YOGA Yoga is a total-body workout emphasizing the rhythm of your breathing in a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere. The practice of yoga positions will help improve your flexibility, muscle tone and posture.

GENTLE YOGA Uses a chair and is a class for everyone.

ZUMBA Zumba is a calorie-burning firestorm! By combining interval-training techniques with exhilarating Latin rhythms, Zumba is a workout that you’ll stick to and that you’ll enjoy!

POWER SCULPT This class is designed to tone and strengthen your entire body, while using large muscle groups to increase your heart rate. The last part of the class is mat work to target the core. Come get a great workout using fun and unique techniques. Class is appropriate for all levels.

TOTAL FITNESS You will bring up your heart rate through a series of cardio bursts, strengthen and build muscle with the use of weights and finish on the mats to tone and strengthen your core. This is a great class for both men and women–no choreography. Low to high intensity determined by the participant.


“I have built relationships with other members as well as with the INCREDIBLE friendly & talented instructors at the Y! The YMCA & the people who work here have helped me change my life and I am forever grateful.” –Jesicca A.

ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT SWIMMING CLASSES INTRO TO SWIMMING This is a progressive, but gentle, introduction to swimming that helps participants become comfortable and confident in the water.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION WATER AEROBICS A water aerobics class that includes range of motion, muscular strength and endurance. This is a great class for those with arthritis or other related conditions and it’s is beneficial to all individuals who are ready to join a low-intensity exercise program.

“At the Y, I’ve met old friends I haven’t seen in years, and I’ve made a whole bunch of new friends. My doctor is amazed at the results I’ve gotten from this place.” –Jim C.

PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS For the individual who would benefit from a one-toone teaching experience. These lessons are available to any swimmer. Contact Kerry Cordis to schedule a half-hour appointment.

50-MILE CLUB Lap swimmers in the large pool have a chance to join our “50-mile club.” Members of this “club” will have the number of laps they swim each day recorded by the lifeguard on duty. Members who reach 50 miles will have a profile displayed on the large pool wall, receive a commemorative patch for bags or bathing suits and a certificate. For avid swimmers, this serves as an excellent method for keeping track of the number of laps completed over long periods of time. It is free to all YMCA members and is available during all lap swim times.

OPEN SWIM This is a recreational swim period for all youth and families. Children ages 7 and under must have a parent in the pool area at all times. (One adult can be responsible for no more than 4 children attending.) Full-facility membership is required for open swim.

SENIOR SWIM This takes place in the small pool, which is a warmwater pool.

SOAKER SWIM AQUA FITNESS Aqua Fitness uses the natural resistance of the water to help participants build cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility.

AQUA AEROBICS This fun-filled class provides intense cardiovascular exercise by incorporating aerobics moves. The class will also include the use of resistive equipment to incorporate muscular toning. This is a great class that is not hard on the joints!


This is an opportunity for persons recovering from injuries to swim in calm, warm water. This swim time is held in the small pool.

SWIM-FIT Swim-Fit is designed for adults who would benefit from a supervised swim workout. This class will not only build your endurance and speed, but also improve your swimming technique. Participants are encouraged to have a bathing cap and goggles. A pull buoy and kickboards are available for use during the class. Class meets 1 to 3 days per week. You have the option to do 1, 2 or all 3 classes.

ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT WALKING & RUNNING GROUPS WALKING GROUP Research shows that walking on a regular basis has many health benefits! From lowering the risk of diseases to weight loss, you’ll stretch your legs with others looking to improve their health and well-being. All walks start and end at the Y. See the Member Service staff for days and times.

RUNNING GROUP New to running or want to run with a group? Come to the Y and find the support and encouragement you need to start or improve. Runs are weather dependent, so participants should check with Member Service staff. Running group meets fall to early winter, and starts again in the spring. Runs will start and end at the Y. All levels welcome. See the Member Service staff for days and times.

ADULT SPORTS & LEAGUES OPEN BASKETBALL Join other members in friendly pickup games during Open Gym hours. See Member Service Desk for current days/times. Games are good-natured and include players of all ages and abilities.

VOLLEYBALL The Greater Holyoke Y is where the great sport of volleyball was invented! We’re proud to host men’s women’s and co-ed volleyball leagues. The team entrance fee is $275 per team, and at least 1 team member must be a Y member in good standing. For more information, call 413-534-5631 x107


PERSONAL TRAINING ONE-ON-ONE PERSONAL TRAINING (teens and adults) Personal training is a great way to motivate yourself and get the results you want from your workout. Whether your goal is to lose weight, alter your body composition, gain strength, improve stability and balance or train for a specific event, our trainers are equipped with the experience, knowledge and know-how to assist you in achieving your goal. Once your goals are established, our trainers will design a program to help you succeed in creating a new you!

SEMI-PRIVATE PERSONAL TRAINING (teens and adults) All the benefits of our individualized personal training program, but with a partner. Grab a friend and train together.

POWER 30 Do you need a jump-start to your wellness routine? Looking for a quick, effective workout? Then give Power 30 a try! Let one of our trained, motivational staff show you how powerful 30 minutes can be toward reaching your wellness goals! Power 30 is perfect for those new to exercise or those looking to take their workout routine to a new level.

SALSA SABOR Y SALUD Salsa, Sabor y Salud trabaja con las familias para promover la importancia de lograr el equilibrio a través de elecciones de alimentos más saludables y mayor nivel de actividad física. El curso interactivo, bilingüe, de ocho semanas promueve una vida sana mientras celebra la tradición y la cultura latina. Llame 413-534-5631 x114 para conocer cuando y donde se ofrece este programa.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AUTUMN FUN RUN Come join us in the fall for our Autumn Fun Run/ Walk. Race proceeds benefit our financial assistance program. Race is held at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks on Whitney Avenue. Post-race food, raffles, music and more.

COMMUNITY BIKE RIDES Join us every Thursday as we see Holyoke from two wheels. Whether you want to explore the city, work on safe riding techniques or develop road skills, this is the place for you. This program is open to all ages and skill levels and is a collaboration with the Trustees of Reservation and HUBS. For more information, contact 413-534-5631 x114.


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS The Greater Holyoke Y is committed to building a stronger, healthier community. We are living our mission at our Pine Street location AND in the community each and every day. By offering classes, training and programs that align with our mission, we support all peoples’ health and wellness goals. Below are just some of the places you will find your Y in the community: • • • • • • • • • • •

South Hadley Council on Aging Chicopee Parks and Recreation Department Homework Help at St. Paul’s Church Loomis Communities Stay Day Program at St. Paul’s Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council Ward 4 Neighborhood Watch Meetings BOKS program in Holyoke Public Schools Holyoke Senior Center Thursday Holyoke Farmers Market Providence Place


Think how much lighter you’ll feel without all those bags and boxes of outgrown clothes, toys, games, books, costumes, pack and plays and strollers! This annual event is a fundraiser for our financial assistance program.

CPR/AED TRAINING We periodically offer American Safety & Health Institute CPR/AED trainings in which participants learn the basic techniques for CPR and use of an automatic external defibrillator. Participants receive a two-year certification.

DARKNESS TO LIGHT The Greater Holyoke Y has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to the Greater Holyoke community. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Working with schools, day cares, community organizations, faith groups and more, we’re training community members to keep our kids safe.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY HEALTHY KIDS DAY Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children and families across the country. In the spring, we offer this free community-wide event at a local park, including healthy cooking demos, field games, health and wellness information and much more.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteers are the heart of your Y. It is only through the support of our hundreds of volunteers that we are able to give back to our communities. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful change in our community. If you would like to be a YMCA volunteer, let our Member Service staff know.

WE CARE PROGRAM HALLOWEEN PARTY Come, ghosts, witches, monsters and goblins to our annual Halloween party that is free for members and After-school families. The party is held in the gym where we provide pizza, treats, games, crafts and safe trick-or-treating. Fun for the whole family!

HUBS BIKE CLINICS These in-depth programs cover specialized interests in bike maintenance and construction. Workshops may cover “Bike Mechanics for the Commuter Cyclist”, “Bike Mechanics for the Road Cyclist”, “Bike Mechanic Certification”, “Bike Mechanics Instructor Certification” and more. These workshops happen through out the year and are a collaboration with Bikes Not Bombs.

MILITARY OUTREACH INITIATIVE The Greater Holyoke YMCA is an active participant in this initiative that addresses the needs of families of eligible military personnel, limited to Title 10 personnel only (per Department of Defense guidelines). We offer short-term memberships for adults and families of Deployed Guard/Reserve or relocated spouse of active-duty service people in six month intervals (up to 18 months) or those on active duty assigned to a location nearby.

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If you lose your full-time job and feel you need to cancel your membership, we would like to offer you assistance. Please contact 413-534-5631 x102 for details.

MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAM POLICIES MEMBERSHIP POLICIES MEMBERSHIP CANCELLATION Members may terminate their payment authorization/ membership at any time. Termination must occur by the last day of the month to avoid an additional monthly fee. All Terminations must occur in person at the Member Service Desk and a change/termination form must be completed with member signature and date. CREDIT CARD/BANK DRAFT • Payment by credit card/bank draft is a continuous membership plan. Members understand that their membership will remain in effect permanently until they initiate its termination. • If members wish to terminate or change their membership in any way, they must do so in person at the Member Service Desk and complete a change/ termination form. • Membership fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. • The Y gives members 30-day written notice of any change in dues structure. • If bank/credit card returns payment to the Y, members have 10 days from the return date to pay the balance. The Y will terminate memberships if we do not receive payment within 10 days of the return date. OTHER MEMBERSHIP POLICIES • All new adult and family memberships are subject to a $50.00 joiners fee. Any membership expired for more than 6 months is considered a new membership and is subject to the $50.00 joiners fee. The joiner fee is waived for military personnel with service ID. • Annual membership renewals are due on the expiration date. • Membership cards should be carried at all times and swiped when entering the facility. • All members are required to have a photo taken and kept on file with their account. • Membership cards remain the property of the Y and must be surrendered upon termination of my membership. 18

• There is a $5.00 fee to replace a lost membership card. • Membership cards are nontransferable. Allowing anyone to use your membership card may result in termination of membership. • The Y reserves the right to terminate a membership if conduct contradicts our policies and procedures. • The Y reserves the right to deny or terminate a membership of anyone deemed a danger to the safety of themselves or others. • The Y is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. • Membership policies and procedures are available at the Member Service Desk in the lobby of the Y, as well as on our website. MEMBER USE POLICIES • Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of their children while using our facility unless the children are enrolled in a scheduled, supervised activity. Parents/guardians are expected to help enforce the Y’s expectations/rules. • Group fitness classes are open to all full-facility members 14 and older. • The safety of our youth members and guests is a priority. Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the Y, unless participating in a supervised program. • Youth 12 and older must have a membership card and photo taken if they are to attend the Y without an adult. • Youth ages 11 to 13 can use the Wellness Center under the supervision of a parent/guardian and must complete a kid-friendly orientation. • Youth 14 and older can use the Wellness Center unsupervised, but must sign in before each use and read and sign the youth/teen guidelines.

PROGRAM POLICIES PROGRAM CANCELLATION AND REFUND • The YMCA reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet the minimum enrollment. Registrants will receive a minimum of 24-hour notice of a class cancellation via phone or email. • If the YMCA cancels a class/program, registrants will receive a program credit or refund. • Registrants must provide a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation prior to the first class to be eligible for a refund or credit. Refunds require a minimum of $25; amounts less than $25 may be used as a program credit. Exception made for medical reasons only. • Director-approved credits or refunds will first be applied to any outstanding account balances and the remainder will be made available to the registrant. LATE REGISTRATIONS Those registering late for the start of a program will not be given a prorated price. Registering after the first week of the session requires approval. CLASS CANCELLATION AND CLASS MAKEUP • Classes cancelled due to inclement weather will not be made up, rescheduled or refunded. Weather cancellations will be announced on TV Channels 22 and 40 and the Y’s website and Facebook page. • When the Holyoke Public Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, all morning classes are canceled as well as Childwatch. Cancellation of evening classes will occur by 4:00 PM. • If the Y cancels a class due to instructor illness or some other unforeseen reason, the Y will do its best to offer a makeup class. If no makeup can be scheduled, a credit will be issued. • There will be no credits issued if a participant misses a class. However, a make-up class may be scheduled (if possible) with approval from the Director. SUPERVISION OF YOUTH For all youth 11 years and younger, a parent/guardian must accompany their child until a Y staff person is present and ready to begin class.

INSURANCE STATEMENT Members and program members participate in programs and use the facility at their own risk, and are encouraged to have personal medical insurance coverage. The Y does not provide accident insurance for injuries sustained during Y activities SPECIAL NEEDS Every person, regardless of special need, is welcome to register for Y programs. At the time of registration, if a child’s particular needs appear not to be met by our standard program, a meeting will take place between the parents/guardian and the appropriate Director. At that meeting, the child’s needs must be detailed and a written plan generated indicating what changes in program, routine or setting would accommodate those needs. The plan will be reviewed by the associate executive director to determine if it would pose a hardship. Whenever possible, adaptations will be made, but if an undue hardship would be imposed to accommodate the special needs, the parents will be informed in writing within 1 week of the initial meeting. In such a case, the parents/guardian may appeal the decision directly to the appropriate governing body for other programs. Adults with special needs may bring care providers to attend to them in classes or exercise areas. Every attempt will be made to help everyone fit in. BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT Y staff will do their best to work with participants to ensure a positive experience for all. In situations where behavior disrupts the general atmosphere, the Y staff will work with the participant and/or parent/guardian to discuss solutions. If the behavior continues or worsens, the director will speak with the parent/guardian about other behavior modifications or another choice of programming. Participation in a Y program is a privilege, and the Y reserves the right to remove/suspend a participant from any program if necessary. Additional behavior management policies are in place for beforeand after-school programs and summer camp. These policies can be found in the Parent Handbook.

This brochure provides information about programs and membership at the Greater Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. The information contained in this brochure is current as of the publication date and is subject to change. Please consult our website ( for the most up-to-date seasonal program times and locations. If you have any questions, give us a call at 413-534-5631.






2012-13 Membership & Program Guide  

Information about programs and membership at the Greater Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. Join us!

2012-13 Membership & Program Guide  

Information about programs and membership at the Greater Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. Join us!