Even in a pandemic, the YMCA of Northern Alberta is keeping fitness accessible.
Rules and registration are different in 2020, but Northside Community Centre is still offering health and recreation for community members of all ages and abilities, at prices you can afford.
“We’ve had a gradual reopening since August to make sure we can keep everyone safe, and we’re growing as we go,” says Amy Komarniski, Centre Manager at Northside Community Centre. “Keep an eye out for new classes launching in the New Year!”
Extra cleaning and physical distancing are in place, and some equipment has been removed. There are lots of great activities available for all, but participants are asked to follow a few temporary guidelines:
- Registration Required: Pre-registration is required for all participants. You can register online at northernalberta.ymca/online or by calling 403-967-9622. Thanks to the Northside Community Centre’s spacious gym, there are often spots available for day-of registration in fitness classes. Just call ahead to see if there’s room.
- Wear a mask: Face coverings aren’t required while participating in physical activities, but everyone must wear a mask in common areas like hallways and change rooms.
- Health Screening: All participants must complete health screening before each visit.
- Dress for exercise: Showers and lockers won’t be available, so come in your workout clothes and bring a water bottle from home. Washrooms and water bottle filling stations will still be available.
Every class at YMCA of Northern Alberta is multilevel, which means everyone can participate comfortably in one space. Whether you’re new to fitness or have a high level of existing experience, you’ll find classes rewarding.
“We also have classes aimed at older adults, and you can book a private class for a custom experience. If you’re wondering where to start, you’re welcome to call. Staff will help you figure out what classes are best for you,” Komarniski says.
Drop-in at Northside Community Centre is only seven dollars, and even cheaper if you purchase a 10-visit punch card. Financial assistance from the Y is available for some programs, which is separate from the City of Red Deer Fee Assistance program and maximizes available assistance in the community.
“Particularly during COVID-19 we hope to support the community as much as we can. You can apply for financial assistance online, or call to book an appointment,” Komarniski says.
Because the YMCA is a registered charity, the Northside Community Centre is always looking for volunteer instructors and other volunteers to donate their time.
“It’s fantastic that we have so much community support.”
Your fitness options
- Group fitness at the Y: Cardio & Strength, Step, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Yoga, Cycle and more!
- Adult Rec Sport: Pickleball
- Facility Rentals: The multi-purpose room and gymnasium are available for rent
- Child & Youth Programs: Much of the pre-school programming is full, but keep an eye out for winter registration in January!
Learn more at northernalberta.ymca.ca.