YMCAs have led health and fitness programs for people of all ages, incomes and abilities for more than a century. We also 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!
At the Southwest YMCA, we have the facilities, equipment, programs, and staff to support you. Make new friends, increase your self-confidence, and improve your spiritual, mental and physical health.
For specific questions, please call us at (408) 370-1877, email us, or visit our branch.
The YMCA has two fitness centers that provide excellent cross-training benefits with strength training, cardiovascular and flexibility equipment. The Fitness Centers include equipment accessible to people of all abilities. A wide assortment of cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, cross-trainers, StairMasters, Stepmills, rowing machines, upright and recumbent Life-Cycles, and Precor Ellipticals provide a variety of aerobic programs to suit individual needs. Cybex with FitLinxx, a computerized work-out program, and free weights are available for resistance training.
We have a variety of state of the art cardiovascular machines including treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, steppers, rowing machines, and upright and recumbent stationary bicycles.
All cardio equipment is connected to Cardio Theater allowing you to watch television while exercising. Please note that each member will need to supply his/her own personal headphones to enjoy the audio portion of the broadcast.
FitLinxx is an interactive fitness network designed to make sure you get a personalized workout each and every time you exercise. The system is designed to give you instant feedback while you exercise on the CYBEX equipment AND for your fitness coach to monitor your progress, helping you reach your peak potential. Each piece of equipment works a specific muscle group and is safe, effective, fun and easy to use.
Using FitLinxx at the YMCA lets you:
Enhance your overall lifestyle by visiting www.fitlinxx.com where you can find articles on health, wellness, and nutrition, and view member success stories.
Personal Fitness Program
The Southwest YMCA offers all facility members a one-on-one orientation concluding with the development of a personalized fitness program.
With your Personal Fitness Program you will:
Make your appointment today through the Member Service Center. Available free of charge to facility members.
The Youth Orientation has been designed to introduce youth ages 9-13 (required min. height 4'6") to workout safely using selectorized equipment, free weights, and cardiovascular machines. Proper weight room demeanor will be discussed. Program participants will also be taught the proper usage of cable attachments, collars, and all bars. Upon completion of the course, youth ages 11-13 will be able to access the fitness center and free weight room without a parent/guardian present. Youth ages 9 & 10 are required to have a parent/guardian present during their workout.
Please visit the Member Service Center to register for this program.
Free Weight Room
The free weight room has a variety of benches and equipment including: Smith machine, power rack, chest press, incline chest press bench, decline bench, flat bench, cable crossover, lat pull down, and dumbbells ranging from 2.5 lbs. to 100 lbs.
The Southwest YMCA is pleased to offer the following fee-based personal services:
A Certified Personal Trainer can develop an exercise program to fit your individual needs and goals. You can choose to work one-on-one with your personal trainer or you and a buddy can share the hour and cost of the training session(s). Your personal trainer will guide you through your workout, monitoring your every move to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout.
Pilates Studio Training
The Reformer, Stability Chair and Cadillac Tower are the primary pieces of large equipment used in Pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward and backward on rollers and uses spring-loaded weight for resistance; the Stability Chair also uses spring-loaded weight as does the Cadillac Tower. This multifunctional equipment provides a full-body workout. Using the Reformer, Chair and Tower improves core strength, enhances athletic performance and improfec the way your body looks and feels.
Training in our Pilates Studio will help you delvelop stronger, longer and leaner muscles; improve your posture; increase core stability and range of motion in your joints; and promote better balance mobility and flexibility. Pilates Studio Training is a perfect complement to all types of athletic training and fitness routines. Pilates Studio Training is safe and effective for all members; from rehab patients to elite athletes.
During your fitness assessment we will measure your resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, body composition, upper body strength, core strength, flexibility, recovery heart rate, VO2 max and cardiovascular capacity. A certified YMCA fitness specialist will answer your fitness questions and help design an exercise program based on your assessment results and goals. We may require a doctor’s release prior to your fitness assessment.
Living Strong, Living Well™
Living Strong Living Well™ is a 12-week, small-group strength and fitness program for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from treatment or disease. In our small group setting, you’ll regain energy, strength and stamina while building muscle mass, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving your quality of life.
The program meets twice a week for 75 minutes each session and is offered to you at no cost, thanks to support from generous donors, the Stanford Health Improvement Program, and the Y. You do not need to be a Y member to participate..
Click here to view our Living Strong, Living Well Brochure.