Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Y Panthers Basketball Program:

is a cardiovascular workout that incorporates the excitement and energy of dance. Zumba® fuses Latin rhythms and moves to create a dynamic, dance-based class. Instructors will give physical cues to movements, and members will learn routines and music over time and be able to anticipate upcoming moves.

is a triathlon inspired class that focuses on indoor cycling in the studio and running on the track or treadmills. Each week offers a different pattern of workout between the two disciplines to develop strength and endurance. At the end of this workout, your legs will feel like bricks!

This 9-week program is for members who are able to run for 30 minutes continuously. Hill and speed training, goal planning, increasing pace, race reparation and nutrition are examples of content included.
 
Learn to Run programs are typically held outdoors, rain or shine. There may be a few weeks of indoor track or treadmill work. Participants will be required to complete an outdoor waiver during their first program. Learn to Run programs are included in your membership and are offered in the spring and fall.

This 9-week program offers members new to running the opportunity to develop running skills in a supportive group environment. The goal is to progress participants through walk-run sequences to 30 minutes of continuous running.
 
Learn to Run programs are typically held outdoors, rain or shine. There may be a few weeks of indoor track or treadmill work. Participants will be required to complete an outdoor waiver during their first program. Learn to Run programs are included in your membership and are offered in the spring and fall.

uses a variety of stretches, basic yoga and pilates inspired movements to develop flexibility, balance and
coordination. This class incorporates stretches that can be performed from a seated position or on an exercise mat. Light
weight fitness equipment may also be incorporated to develop muscle strength.

is similar to Gentle Fit and provides participants with a variety of exercises that can be performed while sitting on a chair or on an exercise ball.

is designed to improve cardiovascular flow, range of motion, balance and strength to allow participants to complete daily movements with confidence. This class is ideal for those new to exercise, with joint problems or limited mobility. Gentle Fit will provide participants with a variety of exercises that can be performed while standing and does not include jumping.

is a cardiovascular class on indoor stationary bikes and is a great option for those who are new to cycling or have joint problems. The instructor uses music and cycling techniques to guide participants through a variety of flat roads, hills, interval drills and more, while allowing participants to stay seated on the bike.

is a high intensity cardiovascular workout on indoor stationary bikes for experienced Cycle Fit participants or outdoor cyclists. This class is intended to develop cardiovascular endurance over a longer class length, and includes more advanced drills.
 
*Members please arrive at least 5 minutes early to make bike adjustments. Injury prevention and a proper workout are dependent upon proper fitting of the bike. Be sure shoelaces are tucked into shoes and wear shorts or pants that are tight at the ankle to prevent loose items getting caught in the bike.

is a cardiovascular fitness class held on indoor stationary bikes. Each member can control his or her own intensity. The instructor uses music and instructional cycling techniques to guide participants through all types of terrain: flat roads, hills, rough trails, interval drills and more.
 
*Members please arrive at least 5 minutes early to make bike adjustments. Injury prevention and a proper workout are dependent upon proper fitting of the bike. Be sure shoelaces are tucked into shoes and wear shorts or pants that are tight at the ankle to prevent loose items getting caught in the bike.

is a condensed class concentrated on sculpting the abdominal muscles focused on core stability.

is a mind-body class incorporating Yoga and Pilates inspired moves to promote core conditioning. Core Fusion may include a variety of standing and mat based exercises that develop core strength, flexibility, and balance.

There are many volunteer positions available at the YMCA for varying lengths of time, such as ongoing volunteer opportunities and one-time special event opportunities. Please see Volunteer Postings to explore the opportunities that fit your talents and interests. You don’t need any particular skills or background to help the people in our community! Volunteering is about sharing your skills with others and developing new ones! We appreciate the contributions of all of our volunteers.

Yes. On the application form, you will be asked to identify three professional references. References will be checked as part of the screening process. In addition, before you can start your volunteer placement, all volunteers (with the exception of informal volunteers (special event volunteers and those who volunteer less than 10 hours annually) are required to submit a current Criminal Reference Check. Depending on the volunteer role, a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required. This requirement will be explained to you at your interview. With your commitment to a volunteer role at the YMCA, we will assist you in obtaining the appropriate Criminal Reference Check.

Current YMCA members who participate in our leadership development programs may volunteer at the YMCA starting at the age of 12. Non YMCA members must be 16 years of age. For licensed child care, individuals have to be at least 18 years old. Parental consent will be required for all volunteers under the age of 18.

The YMCA offers flexible volunteer positions. You can choose how much time you would like to commit to/give as a YMCA volunteer. Whether you want to help out occasionally or on an ongoing basis, we’ll work together to find a role that meets your availability and schedule.

All volunteers will be asked to maintain a professional image at all times when volunteering at the YMCA. There are several roles that are required to wear a YMCA uniform that will be provided by the YMCA at no cost to the volunteer.

Yes, there will be public paid parking available in the parking garage below the YMCA, paid parking at the park lane mall garage, outdoor paid parking just north of the facility on Sackville street, and street parking close by.

Swimming lessons will start sometime in the winter 2021. The teaching pool is also scheduled to open after the facility opening, due to a technical issue that is beyond our control. We are doing everything we can to help ensure a timely opening for the teaching pool because we know your children can’t wait to dive in!

The pool is scheduled to open after the facility opens. We expect that the pool will be open and operational by mid-November, and that we’ll be offering lane swimming at that time.

We’ve structured our memberships models and rates to help ensure maximum value and affordability for as many individuals and families as possible. As a charity committed to building a healthy and inclusive community, the YMCA also offers financial assistance. We never turn away an interested member because of a lack of financial means.

The Steam Room and Sauna are only available for our Plus members. They can be booked through our My Y app under “Plan My Bookings” on the home screen.

We will provide an update on our Social Media channels (links below) and our website once our childminding program gets started.

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Yes! Registration for personal training is now open! To get started visit: www.ymcahfx.ca/personal-training/ 

If you purchased a day pass or a 10-day punch card you will need to book your spot in-person at the JWL YMCA. Our day pass rates are $10 for adults and $8 for Students and Youth.

To start using the My Y App, you are required to have a YMCA membership with the John W Lindsay YMCA. This means your bi-weekly payment plan is set up and you have received your membership card. To start using the App:
  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (Press 0). We are happy to help!

We encourage you to download and start to use the My Y App for ease of booking. You can also give us a call at  (902) 423-9622 (press 0) however, due to high volume of activity at the Welcome Desk, you may not always get through to our staff. How to start using the App:

  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (press 0). We are happy to help!

Our all-in-one programming is tailored to your fitness goals and schedules. Check out our list of programs and schedules. You can also view the group schedule on the My Y App by selecting the Group Fitness Classes icon or the Schedules icon on the home screen.

To start using the App:
  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (Press 0). We are happy to help!

The John W. Lindsay YMCA is pleased to offer four different memberships types, including our innovative partner membership option. The YMCA always aims to offer inclusive spaces for everyone, of all ages. As a charity committed to building a healthy and inclusive community, the YMCA also offers financial assistance. We never turn away an interested member because of a lack of financial means.

You can try out the Y by purchasing a day pass or a punch card Day Pass: $10 (Adult); $8 (Student & Youth) Day passes are valid at the time of purchase until closing same day.

YES! Our YMCA prides itself on being the most inclusive place around. You do not need a membership to use the Y. Day passes will be available at reasonable rates so that everyone in the HRM can enjoy this centre of community. There will also be access to community spaces like our centre of reflection and Great Hall at no charge. You can try out the Y by purchasing a day pass or a punch card Day Pass: $10 (Adult); $8 (Student & Youth) Day passes are valid at the time of purchase until closing same day.

With 70,000 square feet of space, we’ve got something for everyone, including: three pools and a state-of-the-art gym, two levels of strength and cardio equipment, an indoor walking/running/wheeling track, four wellness studios for classes and programming, a childminding centre to support parents and caregivers while they work out, a Child and Family Development Centre with community rooms, and the public Great Hall for everyday gathering, special events and community celebrations.

A brand new, modern facility allows us to open with state-of-the-art safety features and procedures right from day one. With 70,000 square feet to work with and plenty of bright open spaces, we can welcome a lot of members and participants at the same time, while still keeping everyone safe, distanced and well. Our smart measures to keep you safe include:

  1. A new ventilation system designed specifically for the centre’s activities with hospital-grade air filtration.
  2. An equipment flow that provides a wide selection of equipment and plenty of it, ensuring that social distancing is possible even during busy times. With a full-size gymnasium and spacious fitness studios, a variety of Group Exercise classes can be offered at the same time, so there’s always space for everyone!
  3. A Health, Safety and Compliance Officer to consistently ensure our operations meet all public health regulations and go beyond the expected standards. This includes developing policies, inspecting facilities, auditing and ongoin