Health & Wellness

Personal Training

Inspire Motivate Maintain

elm-city-y-personal-trainersWhether your goals are weight loss, strength gains, improving balance and flexibility, rehabilitating an old injury, or just trying to be the best you that you can be – – a personal trainer at the Elm City YMCA can help you achieve your goals in the safest, most efficient way.

Our personal trainers have the knowledge, experience, and know-how to address all your health and wellness goals and needs.  Our trainers hold a minimum of a four year college degree and have worked with a variety of individuals, from Olympic athletes, to celebrities, to seniors, to the physically handicapped.

For detailed trainer bios, click here.  To learn more about the program and to register for a session: P 203 78 8887 or ask Member Services when you visit the Y.

Encouraging Healthy Habits

Get off to a smart start!

Register for one FREE intro personal training session!  During this introductory session, you’ll:

  • Meet with a one of our certified personal trainers and talk about your fitness goals;
  • Share any physical limitations or barriers to exercise that you may experience;
  • Talk about past medical or health concerns – things that we should be aware of when prescribing you a   workout program.
  • Take a quick physical assessment to ensure the proper exercise selection and progression.

Sign up at our Welcome Desk!

Wellness Center Dedicated to Duke Faubert

DedicationThe Elm City YMCA is dedicated to “Emil” Duke Faubert, grandfather of Branch Executive, Tyler McCauley.

Emil “Duke” Faubert grew up during the depression as a Y kid in Pawtucket RI where he participated and organized many YMCA programs including Gray-Y for elementary-age children.

Following his graduation from Pawtucket H.S. in 1936, Duke worked in a manufacturing plant before attending the International YMCA Training School, Springfield College, where he earned his B.S. Degree in 1943.

Upon his graduation from Springfield College, Duke Faubert served in the U.S. Army Infantry, WWII European Theatre of Operation, where he earned a battlefield commission as a Second Lt. Following the war, Duke would serve in the reserves as a Captain until 1954.

Following his discharge from active duty in 1946, Duke began his service to the YMCA as the General Secretary at the Wallingford Y, establishing the first Y in that community. Under his leadership, the Y grew rapidly with many new programs and services.

In 1952, Duke continued his career as the General Secretary of the Norwalk Y bringing that Y to new heights and establishing a new branch in New Canaan, now one of the strongest Ys in the U.S.

From 1958 – 1973 Duke served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Springfield, MA Y where he spearheaded a capital campaign raising $4M for a new downtown facility.

And in 1973, Duke Faubert accepted his last post in the Y as the CEO of the Greater Providence, RI Y where he served for ten years organizing two new branches and raising millions for expansions and renovations at all eight branches. Following thirty-seven years of service to the Y and the community, Duke retired from full-time Y work but continued to serve as a volunteer mentor and consultant particularly in the area of endowment development.

In addition to his local Y work, Duke Faubert served the YMCA movement as a volunteer both nationally and internationally. In 1965, he was selected as one of three Y professionals to complete an extensive six-week study of group work in the Soviet Union. He served as the President of the Association of Professional YMCA Directors of the USA in the late 1970s and in 1980, he was the only American selected to serve as a leader for fifty young Asian Y professionals in Singapore. In the early 1980s, Duke Faubert ascended to the position of President of the World Association of YMCA Professional Directors.

Prevention. Lifestyle. Support.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.  Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60. Click Here to find out if you qualify. To get a feeling for the class and more information about the program, watch this video.


Reframing Goals Can Lead to Success

As a community-serving organization, we see how things such as getting involved in with the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are five recommends:

  1. Swap a Soda a Day: It may be difficult, but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda out entirely.
  2. Volunteer Your Time: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library or distributing food at a local food bank – or ask us at the Y!
  3.  Schedule Family-Time: With work, school and activities family-time may seem like an impossible task, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside or visit with family and friends.
  4.  Move More: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.
  5.  Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.