Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, April 24 2024 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 12:30-2:30pm

The Marion Family YMCA, OhioHealth and OSU Extension present a 4-week series that includes cooking demonstrations, topics on menu planning, carb counting, label reading, portion control, recipes and more! Food samples will be served from our live cooking demonstrations. Door prizes and give aways included.

Location: Marion Family YMCA
645 Barks Road East
Cost: No Cost. Donations Accepted
Open to all adults 18 & up. You do not have to be a YMCA Member.
Registration: Stop in the Y at 645 Barks Road East, or call 740-725-9622
If you have taken the class once, you can not register again. You can be asked to be put on the wait list and if there is room, you will be added.


March 6 through April 8
Pick your madness and earn prizes


Bracket 1 – Strength and Cardio

Use the Exercise Bracket Sheet to  perform two exercises at a time and write your favorite on the chart.  You must do at least 10 of each of the exercises on three different dates between March 6 and April 8.   We have paired up exercises that work your legs, abdominals, cardio, back and chest.  Add them to your daily routine or just focus on the brackets all month for a full-body workout.  You will be given a bracket and each time you complete your
exercises you must have a wellness coach initial your paper.

Bracket 2 – Swim the Distance

Final Four NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be in Glendale, AZ which is 10 hours away.
Lap swim a total of 10 hours from March 6 through April 8
You will receive a card to track your time and it must be initialed by a lifeguard each session

Bracket 3 – Strengths in Groups

Attend 3 land group exercise classes a week from March 6 to April 8. Try out some of the amazing group x classes we offer here at the y.  You will receive a card to have the instructor initial and date each class you attend.

Bracket 4 – Cardio for the title

Do cardio of your choice 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes between the dates of  March 6 to April 8. Your cardio can be walking or running on the track, using any cardio piece in the wellness or playing basketball or pickleball.  You will receive a card to track your activity, date and time and it must be initialed by a wellness Coach or Member Service Staff or Director each session.

Cost $10 For Members Only. All participants can do as many brackets as they want. 
Each bracket is $10


· Every participant that completes their bracket will receive a Y t shirt.

· You can receive multiple t shirts for each bracket you complete.

· Each bracket has a grand prize winner. Two months of your membership for free.

· You must complete your bracket and also guess closest to the final score of the NCAA Men's Basketball final game.

· Individuals may only win one grand prize. If someone wins in multiple brackets, the grand prize will go to the next closest.

Stop by the Member Service Center for more details and to register.

Bracket must be turned in completed by April 7 to the Member Service Center



Being able to protect yourself in different situations brings self assurance, confidence, and some peace of mind. In this self-defense/ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class you will learn self-defense moves from experienced Martial Arts Instructor Sensei Lyons.

The objective of this class is to help you learn skills to defend yourself using information, awareness, avoidance and if need be physical techniques. The course will feature components of stretching, light physical fitness, and hands on training. We will cover striking, grappling, take downs, ground
defense and control using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other Martial Arts. By taking this class you should gain confidence in your ability to identify potential threats and prevent yourself from being a target. You will also gain knowledge of preparedness, physical security, mindset, intuition, and mental conditioning. This will help better educate you on the potential dangers that are around and to be mindful of everyday activities of yourself and others around you and your community.

Session Dates / Times:

Class is priced per month. Payments are due on the first of each month and will be auto drafted. Cancellation of any month must be done in advance before the 1st of the month being  cancelled.

Class is priced per month. Payments are due on the first of each month.
Member Fee:  $25 per participant
Non-Member Fee: $50 per participant

Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:15-8:15 pm
Ages: 16 and older  Class will be held in the Game Room

Click here to register online


Take Action to Improve Heart Health

Take Action to Improve Heart Health
If you are living with high blood pressure take action to keep it well-controlled will minimize your risk for complications like stroke, heart attack, and even death. High blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder than it should with each beat, is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs and usually lasts a lifetime once it develops. The simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months has been shown to lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure. This forms the basis for the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, an evidence-based program that features personalized support as you develop the habit of routinely self-monitoring your blood pressure, tips for maintaining your cardiovascular health and nutrition education.
How the Program Works
Participants will work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors for the duration of the month program. Just a few check-ins per month can yield big results. You will:

• Take your own blood pressure at least two times per month at home
• Attend two consultations with a YMCA Healthy Heart Ambassador per month - no appointment necessary
• Attend monthly nutrition education seminars

You will record your blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use tracking tool of your own choosing. The Y can provide options for participants who need a home blood pressure monitor.
Nutrition Education Seminars
Seminars will highlight how food is related to blood pressure management and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make heart-healthy choices. Seminar topics include reducing sodium intake and heart healthy eating. Each 60-minute seminar will also offer an opportunity for you to take your own blood pressure with coaching on proper technique from an on-site Healthy Heart Ambassador.
Current sessions (rolling enrollment-join any time!):

Marion Family YMCA Member$ 0. Non-members $0
If member is enrolled in the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, Dining with Diabetes or Livestrong, a blood pressure Cuff, if needed, is at no cost.

Marion Family YMCA Office Hours
Wednesdays 8:15 - 9:15 am and 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Nutrition seminars - 3rd Wednesday of the month 11:30 - 12:30 and
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Click here to download more information



Healthy living is an important part of the Y.  Water fitness classes are a great way to exercise, and a great way to become involved in the Y Community.  In water fitness, we have created a strong community of supportive and caring peers who work together to encourage and push each other to stay on track and accomplish goals.  We offer a variety of classes to meet the needs of anyone who is interested in a water fitness class. 

Winter Session II  Feb. 20–April 2, 2024
Spring Session  April 3–May 21, 2024

Program Participants $73.00

Low impact exercise to increase mobility, flexibility & range of motion.
Class is held in the Small Pool.

Monday & Wednesday
Small Pool

This class is held in the Small pool. The purpose of this class is to help relieve stiffness and pain. We also work to improve strength & range of motion, while also building endurance &
flexibility. Approved and certified by the
Arthritis Foundation. 
Sponsored in part by the Marion Community

Monday and Wednesday
Small Pool

In this class, we use the water for resistance when working on cardio and muscle conditioning workouts.  Class is held in the 8 Lane pool in the deep and shallow end.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
11:00am -11:45am
8 Lane Pool

A water fitness program designed to enhance each individual’s quality of life and daily function. Class
utilizes the physical properties of water to enhance agility, range of motion, and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants will develop strength, balance, and coordination. No swimming ability required. Get wet, be strong, and make friends in Silver Splash.
Class is held in the 8 Lane Pool.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00am - 9:45am  or
10:00am - 10:45am
8 Lane Pool


Each Silver Sneaker member will be allowed three
absences from Silver Splash class. After four absences, however, the Silver Sneaker member will be charged the $16 per session fee for the class. Water classes are based on registrations per session. Silver Sneakers members do not have a charge for the Silver Splash classes. We wish to keep it that way. The goal is to keep these classes available for Silver Sneakers that are interested in the class and will be attending the majority of the time. We want to discourage individuals from registering for the class because it is free, not attending, and unfortunately taking a coveted spot from someone who wishes to attend regularly. We understand that everyone must miss from time to time but we want to be fair to all members. If you feel you cannot attend regularly you may withdraw from the class to avoid being charged and prior to your 4th absence.

Click here to register online



Begin your  journey toward greater mobility, increased confidence and
 independence in this class. The class will teach basic exercises that
everyone with Parkinson's disease symptoms should be able to accomplish.
Sponsored in part by Marion Community Foundation

Winter Session II  Feb. 20–April 2, 2024
Spring Session  April 3–May 21, 2024

Program Participants $73.00

Tuesday and Thursday

10:30 -11:30am in AS1


A fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson's disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.
Instructor is certified in DTD.
Sponsored in part by Marion Community Foundation
Basic to intermediate class focuses on balance, core, strength, walking and moderate heart rate elevation.

Monday  and Wednesday
10:30 –11:30am in AS3

Click here to register online

Y One-On-One

WHAT IS Y one-on-one?

Y one-on-one  is for new and returning members to meet with a Wellness Coach to learn about what we offer and how we can help you reach your goals.

Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y goes beyond just working out or learning the machines.

This appointment could include any of the following:

  • Learning the equipment in the wellness or family wellness center
  • Assisting with setting up strength training routines
  • Learning the cardio equipment
  • Discussing group exercise classes and options
  • Learning about water fitness classes or general pool questions
  • Information about youth or family program options
  • Answering any questions or concerns to help with getting started with your individual or family
    membership needs.


  • Notify our Member Service Center that you would like an appointment
  • You will receive a call 1-3 days after to schedule your appointment
  • Once you are in the Y for your appointment, let our Member Service Center Staff know, and they will have one of our Wellness Coaches meet you in our lobby
  • At your appointment, you will discuss your goals and you can ask questions regarding the Y, work out equipment or programing
  • You might receive additional brochures or schedules addressing your area of interest
  • The appointment may continue in the wellness center, family wellness center, pool or group exercise class depending upon your requests
  • If you want to use any equipment in the wellness center or family wellness center, please dress in athletic attire
  • After your appointment, you will receive a voucher that will be good towards one FREE program. No cash value and must be used within 60 days


Getting started on a proper weight training program at any age offers many benefits and will set you up for optimal progress in the long run.  Kids ages 9 - 13 years old are required to sign up for an orientation on the equipment in the Family Wellness Center. Set up an appointment at the Service Center or contact Heather Wright at



Get the results you desire with Certified Strength Trainers. The Y’s certified trainers can help you reach your fitness goals.  Perhaps you’re just beginning to work out on a regular basis, or maybe you’re a serious athlete looking to get to the next level. Whatever your situation and goals, our Y Certified Trainers can help YOU!  Y Personal Training is a great way to customize your workout program.  Our trainers can help you improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, and can further improve your body composition through both traditional and innovative techniques.

FEE: 5 one-hour sessions $165
$100 per person for a group of 3-6 participants for 5 1 hour sessions. Personalized Small Group Trainings available, call Heather Wright at 740-725-9622

Written Workouts for Beginners, Moderate and Advanced


At the Marion Family YMCA we focus on overall wellness, empowering you to tailor your own plan toward healthier living by choosing how you will accomplish your wellness goals.The whole approach means you have many options and lots of support as you choose your path to a healthier new you!

The large variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment allows members with diverse abilities, backgrounds and interests to workout together. This space includes over 30 pieces of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, upright & recumbent bikes, an ergo meter, and a recumbent stepper and a Jacob’s Ladder. The Wellness Center has coaches available to help you get started or move your fitness to the next level.


FREE for members
Check our current gym schedule for times


Monday, Wednesday & Friday
25 members are allowed in class.
10.30 - 11:15am
FREE for members
Non-Members $5.00
Class sponsored in part by the Marion County Council Foundation
Contact Heather Wright for more information at or call the Y at

Marion Family YMCA

645 Barks Road East
Marion, Ohio 43302
Monday – Thursday: 5:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 5:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00pm
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