Former Marine David TRIs Something New

David swam, biked and ran his way across the triathlon finish line

David came to the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in November of 2018 out of desperation to lose 10-15 pounds before an event at the end of the year. As a former Marine, David volunteers each year for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. As the eve... Read More

Why Does Exercise Make Us Feel Good?

Exercising regularly may help you cope with stress

Why does exercise make us feel good? --David Graybill, Wilton, Conn. Jeannine Stamatakis, instructor at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, responds: THERE IS NO DENYING the high you feel after a run in the park or a swim at ... Read More

Felita Finds Family at the Y after Cancer Diagnosis

Felita Bradford finds strength in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

No one ever believes that it will happen to them. Then one fateful day, on January 4, 2017, Felita Bradford received a diagnosis she could not imagine; she had breast cancer. Discovering Support While going through treatments at Methodist Hospital,... Read More

Swimming Makes a Difference to This 9-Year-Old

Ellie writes her own Y story about swimming

She may only be 9, but Ellie has done Y swimming programs for many years. She has written her own Y story about what she's gained through YMCA swim programs. "My name is Ellie Hamilton. I am nine years old. I am on the swim team for the Benjamin ... Read More

Marion County Residents Inch Their Way Toward Better Health

Top 10 Coalition reports improvement, drives projects that support better health

Marion County residents have improved in two key health outcomes: 1) increased physical activity in adults, and 2) decreased tobacco use. The Top 10 Coalition celebrates these wins and highlights projects that have supported these outcomes in its 201... Read More

Burgess Family Finds Common Ground on Taekwondo Mat

Martial arts instructor brings home the medals

When Paul Burgess and his son signed up for Taekwondo, they did not know what to expect or that Paul would go on to win competition after competition. Burgess’ son played basketball and soccer at the Y, but neither sport was what Paul was looking f... Read More

Yoga in the Catacombs Returns Just in Time for Halloween!

The spookiest event of the year is back and better than ever!

Tour the Catacombs after yoga The chilly catacombs winding their way in Indianapolis' historic underground may not bring to mind the tranquil ease of your typical yoga class, but that didn't scare the more than 200 visitors who attended last year's ... Read More

Growing Biking Community Offers Resources, Events for Cyclists

Bike-In Breakfasts, Lunch & Learns for novice and veteran cycling commuters

Free events and resources find their place at the YMCA at the City Market, home of the Indy Bike Hub, cover safety, best practices and more on the growing trend of biking a car-free lifestyle. DISCOVER DOWNTOWN INDY’S BIKING COMMUNITY Learn m... Read More

Free Wellness Appointments Pave Way to Better Results

Y Wellness Advisers help you achieve health goals

Up to four complimentary wellness appointments are available for members to meet with Y wellness advisors. These knowledgeable coaches will discuss your current skill level, likes and dislikes in the gym, your personal health goals and more. Using t... Read More

20 New Programs, Classes and Events to Try

20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA. New Programs [caption id="attachm... Read More

Baxter YMCA Holds Many Memories for Wells Family

When adult children are in town, they go back to the YMCA

Beverly Wells and her children made lifelong memories going to the Y nearly everyday. They did basketball, football, soccer, swimming, diving, Day Camp, the Y Indian tribe and so much more. She chose the Y for her family among other reasons, because ... Read More

Kids Learn to Lose and Other Life Skills with Youth Sports

Sports build character, teach teamwork, patience and other life lessons

In this day and age where electronics and technology rule, schools have less funding for physical education or daily recess, and some neighborhoods are no longer safe, youth sports are vital. Sports impact youth in more ways than you can imagine a... Read More

Underdawg 5K at Butler University Added to YMCA Inspire Indy 5K Series

Families and their pooches will have a doggone good time!

Intercollegiate YMCA students from Butler University, IUPUI and UIndy will host families and their pooches for a doggone good time at the inaugural Underdawg 5K run and walk at 8 a.m. Sept. 21, 2019, at Butler University. The race will help fund f... Read More

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Classes Begin in June

Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, the program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and uses basic physical activity to ease cancer patients back into exercise and helps them maintain a healthy weight in a safe, supportive envi... Read More

Myzone App Gives Realtime Fitness Feedback to Up Your Game

Now available at the Baxter YMCA and YMCA at the City Market

Members at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will soon have a new tool to assist them in their quest to achieve their health and fitness goals. Myzone Exercise Tracking System will be available to use in Small Group Training at the Baxter Y on June 1.... Read More

Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin at 9 YMCA Locations in June

Months of coaching, classroom training help make lifesaving changes

Prediabetes threatens over 1/3 of American adults and most don’t even know they’re at risk. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides proven, community-based classes to help prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes by over half! ENROLL... Read More

Drew Credits YMCA for His Life as World Triathlete

Family of athletes found friends and a place to train at the YMCA

Since he was four years old Drew Shellenberger has been competing in Triathlons. He began his training at the Baxter YMCA saying, “[the YMCA] has been a pretty big place in my life since I was young. I came here for basketball, soccer, and flag foo... Read More

Ami Sheds Pounds, Tones Muscles with Small Group Training

TEAM: Train with Effort, Attitude and Mission

Over two years, Ami had gained 30 lbs. while at an extremely stressful job. She was unhappy and did not feel healthy at all. Fortunately, she was able to land a new job that allowed her to get up often. She was averaging 15,000-18,000 steps a day and... Read More

Kids Can Explore Downtown Indy at YMCA Bike Camp

Kids Love to Bike, We Want Them to be Safe

One of the greatest joys in life is to be able to jump on a bike, especially as a kid in the summer. What’s even better? Going to a week-long Bike Camp in Downtown, where you can ride the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to parks, tour top attractions a... Read More

Take it Outside with the Y this Summer

Outdoor workouts, sports, events and more!

Just because you go “to” the Y, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! We’ve taken sports, workouts and events outside this summer. Will you join us? Workouts [table id=48 /] Events [table id=50 /] Looking for more events? Here's th... Read More