Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

The Licking County Family YMCA Health & Fitness Center believes that physical activity is a key component of good health. It can help prevent disease and enhance the quality of life: mentally, emotionally, and physically. Yet according to the 1996 Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health, 6 in 10 Americans are not regularly physically active. (Regular physical activity means 30 consecutive minutes of moderately intense activity on most days of the week.)

Wellness is a process of adapting patterns of behavior that lead toward health, heightened life satisfaction, and the integration of social, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. The Licking County Family YMCA Health & Fitness Center hopes to provide our members the opportunity to meet all of these goals. Our center offers a variety of programs, and a diverse selection of exercise equipment to meet those needs. Health & Fitness Center staff is available to assist you with questions or concerns and supervise the Fitness Center throughout the day. Health & Fitness Center staff can spot you, discuss exercise topics or programs, and assist you with any equipment.

Only full members 14 or older may use Health & Fitness Center.

What We Offer

Adult Fitness

You must be 14 years old or older to participate. Adult Fitness Classes are free for full members. Classes are listed alphabetically. Click on the "Read More" for detailed listings and descriptions.
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Women & Youth Fitness Center

Our Women & Youth Fitness Center is designed for women of all ages, children between the ages of 10 and 16, and active older adults. The Hoist Circuit equipment is a fun and innovative nine-piece line of strength training equipment that is effective and safe. Hoist Circuit program significantly reduces the potential for damage or injury while developing muscles, joints and bones. This room will only be open during designated periods. Check with the member services desk for a schedule.

Active Older Adult Strength Training

The Active Older Adult Strength Training program is designed to provide information and lifting techniques for the older adult. Classes meet twice a week to discuss different age-related health topics as well as to dispel the myths of strength training for older adults. The class consists of lectures and exercises performed in the fitness center. Classes are free to full members 55 years and older.

Blood Pressure Screening/Body Composition Testing

YMCA members may have blood pressures taken or body composition tests throughout the day provided staff members are available.

Fitness Challenge

The purpose of this program is to help individuals who are overweight and need assistance with weight loss and nutrition or those who would simply like to improve their overall fitness.
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Personal Training


  • Help you to establish realistic and attainable goals.
  • Develop an exercise program specific to your individual needs, health status, limitations, and desires.
  • Assure proper exercise technique, program design, and progression to avoid common mistakes and exercise-related injuries.
  • Integrate variety into your exercise program to avoid boredom and training plateaus.
  • Provide positive encouragement, motivation, and accountability.

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Fitness Center Orientations

Fitness Center orientations are required prior to using our Health and Fitness Center. This orientation provides instruction on the proper use of equipment and exercise techniques. Orientations are also a great time to ask any exercise-related questions. Orientations may be scheduled by calling 740-345-9622 or by checking with a Health & Fitness staff or Member Services staff.

Fitness Assessments & Personalized Exercise Programs

This program involves two sessions: body composition, aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. During the first session, individual goals, medical history, and current exercise program are discussed as well as comprehensive fitness testing. This discussion allows fitness center staff to develop a program designed specifically to meet your goals, interests, fitness level, and medical history. In the second session, YMCA staff review the assessment results and provide a personalized exercise program. These sessions are designed for people currently exercising and familiar with an exercise program. Free to full members. To schedule a fitness assessment, call the Health & Fitness Coordinator Constance Wedemeyer @ 345-9622.