At the YMCA we've made the health and fitness of our seniors a top priority by providing programs for the spirit, mind and body. Through group exercise classes and aquatic programs that concentrate on mobility and flexibility, dance classes, social events, and volunteer activities, the YMCA is bringing Seniors / Active Older Adults together for camaraderie, fellowship and fun!
CLASSES FOR ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS
Silver Sneakers Classes are included for FREE with your membership. No registration required!*
Silver Sneakers Classic
Silver Sneakers Classic focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. Participants can use hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball. Often a chair is used for seated exercises or standing support.
Silver Sneakers Yoga
With SilverSneakers Yoga, participants complete seated and standing yoga poses. This class is suitable for beginners to advanced yogis, and it provides breathing exercises and relaxation without the strain on your joints.
Senior Core Conditioning
Focus on strengthening your core with moves that encourage strength and flexibility.
Get that heart rate up with a cardio workout designed for our seniors! This class is designed to help build cardiovascular endurance, improve flexibility, promote balance, increase muscular strength and enhance your energy level.
Toning emphasizes strengthening and conditioning of all major muscle groups while also increasing flexibility. Toning is appropriate for all fitness levels.
Silver Sneakers SPLASH*
Silver Sneakers SPLASH is similar to a Land Aerobics class, but adapted for the unique properties of the water. The water's resistance provides a low-impact, high-intensity workout, without the need for swimming skills. Splash is held in both shallow and deep parts of the pool. *This class is free, but does require registration. You can register online HERE or at the front desk.
Get a FREE Y Membership!
The Akron Area YMCA accepts Silver Sneakers, Renew Active, and Silver & Fit plans through your insurance, which can sometimes completely cover your YMCA Membership.
Super Senior Series
The Super Senior Series is a once-a-year event for all Akron Area YMCA members aged 55 and up. With lots of different event categories, this friendly competition is one of our favorite events of the year!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Silver Sneakers?
Silver Sneakers is a fitness and wellness program offered at no additional cost to seniors 65+ on eligible Medicare plans that helps you get active, get fit, and connect with others.
If you have an eligible Medicare Plan, you might already be eligible!
What's included with a Silver Sneakers Membership?
As a Silver Sneakers member of our Y, you will have access to everything that the location has offer. As with any membership, some of the programs, like Warm Water Arthritis or Silver Sneakers Splash, may require registration and/or a fee. Group classes, including those listed as Silver Sneakers, will be free for you to attend.
How can I start Silver Sneakers at the Y?
If you aren't a member of Silver Sneakers yet, check your eligibility.
Then, come into our Y and bring your Silver Sneakers membership ID. You can download, print, or show it on your mobile phone.
Once at the location, tell the front desk staff you want to enroll through Silver Sneakers and ask for a tour. The staff can show you around the Y and explain everything that is offered to you, including all the Silver Sneakers classes offered each week.
Are there other Insurance-based membership options for seniors other than Silver Sneakers?
Yes. Although Silver Sneakers is the most common, there are several other insurance offerings that an Active Older Adult may be covered by. You can find more details here.
Can I join a class if I have physical limitations?
Of course! Silver Sneakers classes are created for adults of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities. Our instructors provide modifications to moves and have chairs available whenever possible.
All Silver Sneakers classes are designed by experts in senior fitness and taught by credentialed fitness professionals.
Do I have to participate a minimum times per month?
Nope! You can go to our Y as many times as you wish – no minimum or maximum requirements.
Can I go to more than one YMCA location?
You can go to as many of our locations as you like! As a Silver Sneakers Y member, you can go to any of the Ys in the Akron Area YMCA.
If you would like to visit a Y that is outside of our Association, we recommend calling ahead to make sure they accept your insurance-based membership before you go.