The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that's just the beginning!
The Y’s many different programs let you try new things, develop skills, meet new people, and show what you are capable of! All of our programs will help you achieve and maintain health in spirit, mind, and body.
TRX Suspension Training
We will be starting punch cards for TRX Suspension Training starting June 1st. You can purchase an 8 punch pass for $20 and have up to 60 days to use it. You are able to attend any TRX class. The instructors will punch the cards. First come first serve -- space limited to 10 participants.
Also, make sure to check out our demos in the Fitness Center a few hours a week.
What is TRX? TRX is revolutionary method of leveraged body weight exercise. Safely perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose.
FREE SMALL MEMBER CONNECT GROUPS
At the M.E. Lyons YMCA we care about what you think. As a result of the 2010 Membership Satisfaction survey, we learned that you want opportunities to connect in small groups. Groups are member driven, free of charge, and use the Lyons YMCA as a facilitator for social networking to connect with others of similar interest, backgrounds, or goals. These groups will meet regularly, usually weekly to engage in conversation, friendship, and enjoy good company.
Running Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00pm
Group Leader, YMCA member, Cheryl Martin
For more information or to join, contact her at email@example.com
Walking Group: Saturdays at Juilfs Park 7:30am
Free Swim Evaluation
To ensure that your child is placed in the appropriate class, we strongly recommend a swim evaluation before registration for participants new to our swim lesson program. Appointments must be made in advance with the Aquatic Director. If your child is under the age of 6, you must be prepared to enter the water if needed. YMCA Swim Lessons are designed to allow the participant to have fun in the water while being guided to learn swimming skills. Activities are based on the developmental abilities of the participant. Participants will learn the basic skills that build on one another as the levels increase. They also learn about water safety, water sports and games, character values/personal growth and rescue.
Ages 6 months – 36 months
This program promotes water enrichment and aquatic readiness for children
6 36 months of age. Parents will accompany their child in the water during this lesson and will learn ways to help their child become more comfortable in and around water.
PRESCHOOL SWIM LESSONS
Ages 3-5 years
At this level, children begin to attend classes without their parents. This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming. To advance, must demo front/back float with Individual Floatation Device, paddle stroke front/back 5 feet without Individual Floatation Device.
This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool without assistance by the end of this level. To advance, must demo 20 seconds front/back float and paddle stroke front/back/side 15 feet without Individual Floatation Device. Must complete PIKE or demonstrate required skills.
At this level children review previous skills, improve skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level. To advance, must demo front alternating paddle with rhythmic breathing 20 feet without Individual Floatation Device. Must complete EEL or demonstrate required skills.
Children at this level review previously learned skills and refine their crawl and back stroke and floating skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. Children can swim a length of the pool on the front and back at the end of this level. To progress, must demo front alternating paddle with rhythmic breathing 40 feet without Individual Floatation Device. This level is for the child who has the endurance to swim the length of the pool without equipment, has the concept of rotary breathing with over arm recovery, backstroke, and personal safety skills. Must complete RAY or demonstrate required skills.
PROGRESSIVE SWIM LESSONS
This level is for the beginning school-age swimmers. It acquaints children with the pool, the use of flotation devices, and front and back floating. By the end of this level, they should know the front, side and back paddle strokes, some synchronized swimming, as well as some water sports and games skills.
Swimmers continue to build upon basic skills, now performing more skills without the aid of a flotation device. They are introduced to lead-up strokes to the front and back crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. More synchronized swimming and wetball skills are taught, as well as some diving skills. Must complete Poliwog or demonstrate required skills.
This is the initial intermediate level. The children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming. They learn more synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, and diving skills. Must complete Guppy or demonstrate required skills.
At this point, swimmers work to perform the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl stroke, and sidestroke, with turns. They are introduced to the butterfly stroke. They continue learning additional synchronized swimming movements, wetball skills, diving skills, and are introduced to the use of masks and fins. Must complete Minow or demonstrate required skills.
At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their endurance. They develop the ability to perform more complex combinations of synchronized swimming movements, learn to dive off a one meter board, and develop better wetball playing skills. They are also introduced to the use of a snorkel. Must complete Fish or demonstrate required skills.
The students at this level continue to improve their strokes, with starts and turns, and are introduced to the inverted breaststroke, the crawl, and the over-arm sidestroke. Opportunities are provided for further work on synchronized swimming, wetball, and skin diving. Must complete Flying Fish or demonstrate required skills.
OTHER AQUATIC CLASSES
Private Swimming Lessons
Receive private instruction at times that are convenient to you. Private Lesson contracts may be picked up at the Welcome Center.
30 minutes: 3-5 years
45 minutes: 6 years to adult
Private (1 student)
Six 30 minute lessons = $100 Members or $155 Program Participants
Four 45 minute lessons = $100 Members or $155 Program Participants
Semi-private (2 students)
Four 45 minute lessons
$180 Members ($90/child)
$240 Program Participants ($120/child)
Adult Lap Swim Workout (Masters Swim Lessons)
This class is for those looking for advanced stroke work and conditioning. Perfect for tri-athletes and those interested in joining the Masters Swim Team.
Program Participants: $100/session
YMCA Lifeguard Course
Complete CPR/AED, 1st Aid, BBP & O2 courses for the Professional Rescuer before the end of the LG Course. Participants of the lifeguard course must meet all the following requirements:
- 500 yard swim using 4 different strokes
- Tread water for 2 minutes without using your arms.
- Perform a 9-12ft. head first surface dive
- Successfully complete all required skills
- Pass a written exam
- Attend all sessions
Course Fees: $160
This class is for children at the Minnow level who would like to learn the basic figures and routine skills of Synchronized Swimming. This class is also an excellent place to start for those considering joining the Synchronized Team – Synchrogators. For more information, visit our website.
- Saturday 9:15-10:00am
Synchronized Swim Team
The Cincinnati YMCA Synchrogators is a competitive synchronized swim team for girls & boys in grade school through high school. Sign-ups are encouraged in June through September, as the team begins it’s season in the Fall. Our comprehensive program includes strength training, conditioning, figure skills and routine skills.
Adapted Swim Program
The Adapted Swim Program is a swimming class designed for any physically or mentally challenged child. Children 8 and older are given the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics. Special volunteers will assist your child in the pool.
Swimmers must be 16 or older to participate in this program. The swimmer must be able to swim at least two lengths of the pool. This class is for the experienced swimmer that has the endurance for one hour of continuous swimming.
M.E. Lyons YMCA/Anderson Barracudas
The YMCA offers an exciting and comprehensive swim team, both Winter and Summer, designed to help young people grow and develop mentally, physically and spiritually into productive contributing adults. The training program consists of thorough instruction in the four competitive strokes, starts, turns, and a gradual increase in endurance, strength, flexibility and speed training. For more information, visit www.ablyswim.org.
Masters Swimming is geared toward adult competitive and fitness swimmers. The members of the team register with the United States Masters Swimming Organization. The training program consists of thorough instruction in the four competitive strokes, starts and turns. Coached and prewritten workouts are available. Swimming background is helpful. Visit www.ablyswim.org for more information.
Classes are offered to members as a free benefit to their membership. Therefore, you must be a member to participate in any water fitness program. For the safety of members of all ages, children 8 and under are not permitted in the pool or on the deck during water exercise classes. Children 9 and older are permitted to participate if they have completed the youth and/or teen fitness orientation and are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Water Fitness schedules are available at the Welcome Center.
Deep water class using Aqua Jogger belts and/or cuffs to improve fitness, endurance and strength.
Just My Speed
Shallow water class, focusing on fitness for the total body. Includes cardiovascular and strength training.
Shallow water class adapting Joseph Pilates’ method of strengthening the core muscles (abs, back, gluts & thighs) to the water. Improve flexibility.
This class focuses on improving cardiorespiratory endurance. We work with the specific properties of water, such as buoyant support and resistance, to provide a great workout for most levels of fitness ability.
Shallow water class designed to improve endurance and flexibility, using the resistance of the water to improve strength.
This Moderate to High Intensity, deep water, impact free class uses Aqua Jogger belts and/or cuffs along with gloves to improve fitness, endurance and strength with. Be advised the Aqua Jogger belt is NOT a life saving device. Swimming ability useful, but not necessary.
Finning – During this High Intensity, impact free lap class, participants wear floating fins & water gloves to raise their heart rate as well as strengthen the core and lower body muscles. No flotation belts are used. Participants must be able to swim.
Core & More
This Light Intensity shallow water, non-cardio class works to strengthen and tone the muscles of the entire body, while focusing on your core with minimal to moderate joint impact. No swimming ability necessary.
M.E. Lyons Preschool places its emphasis on the social and emotional growth of the children, as well as academic introduction. Free play and group times, with opportunities for large and small muscle development and sharing of thoughts and feelings provide a well-balanced program. Each class is led by an experienced teacher and assistant. Preschool classes licensed by the State of Ohio are available for children ages 2 1/2 - 5 in half-day sessions.
Two Days: $765
Three Days: $954
Four Days: $1134
Two Days: $85
Three Days: $106
Four Days: $126
School Age Before and After School Care
M.E. Lyons YMCA operates Before & After School Programs for the Forest Hill School District. These programs are licensed by the State of Ohio. Academic and recreational time is provided in a relaxing atmosphere. Register now for 2010-2011 Before & After School Program. The Before School Program opens at 6:45am and the After School Program closes at 6:00pm. Registration forms are available at the YMCA Welcome Center or at each school site.
Hours: 6:45 - 9:00am and 3:40 - 6:00pm
Schools served are:
Before School $179/Month
After School $179/Month
Before & After School $323/Month
Associate Member Fees:
Before School $223/Month
After School $223/Month
Before & After School $411/Month
School's Out Programs
Programs for School Age children are offered on “off school” days such as conference days and holidays. The only exceptions are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day (when the YMCA is closed), Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Daily Fees: $25/$40
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Extended Hours: 6:45am - 6:00pm
FAMILY ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
All YMCA Enrichment Programs are now value-added benefits to your membership. All programs are offered on an ongoing basis and no registration is required. In order to fulfill the need of all children, parent participation is required to participate in any enrichment activity. Activity schedules are available at the Welcome Center.
Ages 18 months – 3 Years
This class gives you and your young child the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and create art! In this setting, the process of creating the art is our first priority. Some mediums explored may be finger painting, easel painting, stamping, and more.
Adventures in Art
Your child will begin their adventure in art through a variety of themes, mediums and activities.
Grab your chef hats and come join us for a cooking experience that will be delightful! We will combine literature books with cooking activities. During each lesson, we will also incorporate math skills such as counting, measuring, and number recognition. Bring your little chefs and their appetite too!
Wild Wacky Science
Your junior scientist will experience various scientific principles through hands on activities such as making rockets, volcanoes, slime, and much more!
You do not have to be an artist to take this class. Learn the basic techniques of watercolor.
Big Forest Nation
The M.E. Lyons YMCA Y Guides, Y Princess and Trailblazers programs help develop positive relationships between fathers and their children grades K-6th. Tribes are formed around school and neighborhood groupings with six to ten parent/child couples. Tribes meet monthly, September through May. Under the guidance of their dads, kids have the freedom to explore their interests in a creative and imaginative way. Regular meetings combine ceremony and programming which includes crafts, games, or storytelling. The central theme of the program draws upon the culture of the Native American Indian to help promote a positive and lasting relationship between parents and children. Monthly events are held for all program participants including campouts, roller skating, bowling, pinewood derby and much more.
Tippi Toes Dance Classes
Boys and girls 3 - 12 years. Combination classes include ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop! Visit www.tippitoesdance.com for more information or call Miss Megan to register for the class at 513.578.1280.
5:00 - 5:45pm
6:00 - 6:45pm
7:00 - 7:45pm
Annual Registration Fee: $30
Monthly Fee: $45/month
Fitness Orientations are offered to YMCA members only. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will jump start you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. We will help you become familiar with the strength training equipment, the cardio equipment, and introduce you our virtual training partner Activtrax. Our coaches are trained to help you set realistic goals and overcome obstacles. All orientations are included with YMCA membership.
Free to our members, the brand new, state of the art ActivTrax training program will create a personalized workout for you each time you visit the Y. Tell us your personal preferences and goals and we’ll provide the customized workouts to achieve these ambitions. Follow the Activtrax plan we guarantee you will achieve your goals! Activtrax kiosks are also located at the following branches: Blue Ash, Campbell County, Central Parkway, Clermont Family, Clippard Family, Powel Crosley Jr., Gamble Nippert, & R.C. Durr. Come see a YMCA staff member today to get you signed up for an appointed to get started with Activtrax!
A nationally certified personal trainer will provide individual instruction throughout your entire workout session. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are in need of a more advanced program, have special needs or considerations, or enjoy frequent change in workouts. This program is offered for members only. For more information, please contact the Wellness Center.
1 – 1-hour session $50
6 – 1-hour sessions $240
1 – 1/2-hour session $30
6 - 1/2-hour sessions $150
1 – 1-hour session $68
6 – 1-hour sessions $330
Youth Fitness Orientation
Youth Fitness Orientations consist of 3, 1-hour training sessions that are designed for both the parent and child to understand the appropriate techniques and proper use of the CARDIO EQUIPMENT. Parental involvement is required. After completion, child may use CARDIO EQUIPMENT with parental/guardian supervision. Please see the Welcome Center to schedule an appointment. All orientations are included with your YMCA membership.
Teen Fitness Orientation
Teen Fitness Orientations consist of 3, 1-hour training sessions that are designed for both the parent and teen to understand the appropriate techniques and proper use of the WEIGHT EQUIPMENT and CARDIO EQUIPMENT, if they have not completed the Youth Fitness Orientation. Parental involvement is required. After completion, teens may use the WEIGHT EQUIPMENT and Cardio Equipment with parental/ guardian supervision or with another TEEN ORIENTATION- Certified participant. Please see the Welcome Center to schedule an appointment. All orientations are included with your YMCA membership.
GROUP FITNESS CLASSES
Classes are offered to members as a free benefit to their membership. Therefore, you must be a member to participate in any group fitness program. For the safety of members of all ages, children 8 and under are not permitted in the studio or gym area during group exercise classes. Children 9 and older are permitted to participate if they have completed the youth and/or teen fitness orientation and are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children ages 12 and under are not permitted to use weights in any of the classes. Group Fitness schedules are available at the Welcome Center.
An interval bench workout incorporating cardio and strength training using various equipment. Equipment may include body bars, stability balls, tubing, and/or weights.
Increase muscle tone and strength, using various equipment (hand weights, etc), includes floor work.
An indoor bike ride that simulates situations similar to riding a bike outdoors. Some movements include hill climbs, sprints and interval training. Instructor uses music, motivation and enthusiastic coaching to lead students through a ride that best suits their fitness level and goals.
- Must pick up a pass at the Welcome Center no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of class.
- Passes may not be reserved by phone.
- Only 1 pass per person.
- Bring water and towel to class.
Alternating bursts of high-intensity work with low-intensity activity to maximize the heart's effort. Focus on cardio strength and endurance, as well as muscular strength and endurance, through timed activities, allowing for a whole body workout. Various equipment may be used & abdominal work will be included, too!
Full-body toning, using a variety of equipment and techniques. Complete conditioning for muscular strength and endurance. Abdominal work included!
Early morning energy boost for all. Includes warm-up, aerobics, strength and endurance work.
An exercise method based on the work of Joseph Pilates. Focus on strengthening the core muscles, or the “Power House” (including the gluteals, abdominals, and back). Improve flexibility and strength for the overall body.
Pump & Jump
An interval workout, using jump ropes, weights, and mats for those who want to move, sweat and get their heart rates kicking.
Silver Sneakers Cardio Circuit
Increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching and relaxation exercises.
Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength & Range of Motion
A variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch
Move your body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and a final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.
A high-intensity, low-impact program for all. Involves stepping up and down on an adjustable platform, while simultaneously performing upper body movements. Includes strength training and abdominal work.
Stretching will be taught for relaxation, stress release, flexibility and fun!
Sculpt and tone the entire body using resistance equipment, including barbells, hand-weights, etc. Enhance your posture and balance while increasing your bone density.
Combine elements of strength, balance, concentration, flexibility, meditation, breath control, and relaxation. No previous yoga experience is necessary.
A challenging workout to maximize your power & strength, improve your agility, quickness, and overall endurance through a series of drills, resistance training and plyometrics.
This class focuses on directing the stimulation deeper than the muscular tissues, targeting the connective tissues; such as ligaments, joints & even bones; that are not normally exercised in an active style of practice. It emphasizes muscle relaxation, will increase range of motion and is suitable for all levels.
Low-impact and high-intensity. Lose weight (you’ll burn up to 500 calories per class), tone your muscles, have fun and learn different Latin movements (Meringue, Salsa, Cha-Cha, and more). It feels more like a party then exercise!
Tai-Chi for Beginners
Movement of the joints based on coordination and relaxation as opposed to muscle tension. Increas flexibility, muscle strength and relieve stress.
2012 Summer Youth Baseball Program
Boys and girls, ages 3-6 are invited to join our Youth Baseball League. This is an instructional league with the goal of teaching the fundamentals of baseball, such as catching, throwing, and basic game concepts. Youth will be placed on a team based on their age. Players can play up an age group, but they can not play down. Both age groups will practice for 20 minutes and then play a 30 minute game (or three innings). They will practice/play on either Thursday or Friday night between the hours of 6-8pm. Everything will be located at Riverside Park (3969 Roundbottom Rd.). Parents will be able to sign up for their Practice nights/game at the YMCA Member service desk upon completion of the registration form and payment.
June 4th – July 21st
(Week of July 23rd for make-ups)
Either Thursday or Friday night between 6-8pm
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2012
Contact Dan Gepford for more information
Full Size Gymnasium
Small Group Specialty Training Program-TRX Suspension Training
Health and Fitness Center
75 Foot Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
165 Foot x 75 Foot Outdoor Swimming Pool and Diving (Dome/Outdoor)
Outdoor Children's Splash Pool
Group Exercise Room
Steam Room and Sauna
FREE Weight Room
Family Changing Rooms
Become A Member
The Y is a positive environment and a place that’s dedicated to serving everyone. We’re a gym, but we’re not just a gym. We’re a charity, but we’re not just a charity. We’re about families, but we’re also about singles, college students, new couples and empty-nesters. Above all, we’re about community.
Value of a Y Membership
Membership to the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati gives you so much more than just a place to work out! As a Y member, you have full use of all 13 locations in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
Today the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers the following member benefits:
A wide-variety of healthy living programs for people of all ages, including exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyle support
Fully trained staff that is always ready to assist you
Wellness consultations with trained fitness coaches that will help you set and achieve your goals
ActivTrax, a virtual workout partner that creates custom workouts around your goals, strengths and fitness experience
State of the art cardio and strength training equipment
Clean and well maintained facilities
Access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools and water parks where you can participate in a variety of water programs such as swim lessons, water group exercise classes or simply just some fun in the swim
Drop-in child care to ensure that your child is in a safe environment while you work out
The opportunity to train and become a Y mentor, tutor or activity coach
The opportunity to build relationships with others members and volunteers
Opportunity to participate in specialty training classes such as Kettlebell, TRX Suspension Training, BOSU and personal training
AWAY - (Always Welcome at a Y) Home away from home access to Ys across the country and around the World
Your membership also gives you opportunities to save. Members receive:
Special rates on programs such as day camps, youth sports, swim lessons, afterschool, adult sports and specialty training classes
$50 in program gift certificates at the time of joining that can be used on Y programs
A savings of $80 for a week of camp at YMCA Camp Ernst
The Y is for Everyone
We believe that communities are only successful if they give everyone the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. The Y's Annual Support Campaign raises funds to provide program and membership assistance. We also offer flexible membership rates based on household income. Our goal is that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Stop by your local Y Member Services desk or call to find out more information.
The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is a nonprofit organization committed to helping all people grow in spirit, mind and body. To insure that our programs and services are available for all, we offer the following membership types:
- Family/Household – Two adults and any dependent children under age 24 living at the same address. Additional adults ages 19 and over living at the same address may be added to the membership for an additional fee per month per adult.
- Two Adult Household – Two adults, age 18-64, living in same household.
- One Parent Family – Includes single, or legally separated person, and any dependent children under age 24 living at the same address.
- Adult – Individual, age 18 through 64
- Senior Citizen Family/Household – Same as Family/Household except either adult is age 65 or over.
- Senior Citizen Adult – Individual, age 65 or older
- Teen memberships are available at some branches; the age range of the teen membership is at the discretion of the Branch. Teen membership privileges are specific to each branch (i.e., no use of other branches.) Youth memberships (ages 6-12) are not available.
- Monthly draft of the 1st or 16th
- Draft from your checking account or credit card
- Annual payment in full
- Change your payment method at any time by calling or stopping in at your local Y
Stop by or call your local Y to set up an appointment with one of our membership staff to help you get started today!
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Volunteers of the Y:
Join our branch board and committees
Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes
Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals through the Y tutoring and mentoring programs
Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors
We invite you to take an active role in strengthening your community by sharing your time, talents and energies with us as a Y volunteer.
To become a Y volunteer, click here.