Columbus Family YMCA
Columbus, Nebraska
Columbus Family YMCA
Columbus, Nebraska

General Information

Days, times, and classes are subject to change based on instructor availability and class participation.
  • Classes are Free to YMCA Members
  • Non-Members pay a day pass to take classes
  • Adult Fitness Classes are for High School and older
  • Youth in middle school/junior high must be accompanied with an adult to take a class. Successful completion of Youth Strength Training Class and wearing their YMCA Muscle shirt allows them to take classes on their own.
Courtesy Alert

Youth are our business and children are a vital part of the YMCA. However, our adult fitness classes are exactly that, ADULT Fitness Classes. We would appreciate that all children (grade school age and under) be supervised in OTHER areas of the YMCA or please take advantage of our FREE Childwatch during adult fitness classes.

Land Fitness

Free Land Aerobic Classes Offered:
  • ABC (Arms, Back, Core)
  • Barre
  • Basic Strength
  • Burn
  • Cardio & Strength Mix
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Full Body Active Stretch
  • Group Cycling
  • Hard Core HIIT
  • HIIT Circuit
  • HIIT Abs
  • Les Mills BodyPump
  • Les Mills Core
  • Les Mills GRIT
  • Lower Body Active Stretch
  • Pilates
  • Spine Fit
  • Stretching & Beyond
  • Upper Body Active Stretch
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Have fun and move through the music in a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a small ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.


Welcome to the original barbell workout that strengthens your entire body. This program challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight room exercises like squats, presses, lifts, and curls.

Les Mills CORE®

A 30 minute intense core workout. It is designed tighten and tone the abs, obliques, glutes, back and the sling muscles that connect the upper body to the lower body. It provides functional strength and assists in injury prevention.


High Intensity Interval Training and Abs 

Group Cycling

Group cycling is an aerobic/anaerobic workout on a stationary bike in a class atmosphere. A qualified instructor leads the group in a workout designed for all ages and fitness levels.

Instuctor’s Choice 

Class depends on what the instructor would like to teach. 


Want a class that strengthens the mind, body & soul? Pilates is for you. Instructors will give you a total body workout using floor mats, resistance bands, stretch bars, and resist-a-balls. Pilates will improve your core by developing long, lean, firmer, more powerful muscles. It will help to improve posture and body alignment. Pilates is a great class, even for expecting mothers.

Muscle Strength/Sculpt

This class works on muscular strength by sculpting and shaping your entire body. You will use a variety of equipment including hand weights, tubing, stability balls and more.

Spine Fit

This class is led by a physical therapist. It is a program designed to improve mobility, stability and health of the neck and back. It is great for people with a history of neck or back problems, who have completed formal physical therapy or chiropractic care, but would still like specific exercises to maintain health of the spine. There will be stretches and exercises that may help reduce pain in the neck, back, and even the upper and lower extremities. This program will help you become more mobile and active and can help prevent future injuries. This class will not take place of physical therapy or chiropractic care.

Stretching & Beyond 

Stretching is an important component to any exerice program. It enchances relaxation, it increases flexibility, and it is the body’s way of recharging. Class is great for all ages. 

Aqua Fitness

Free Water Aerobic Classes Offered:
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aquacise
Aqua Zumba®

Known as the Zumba “pool party”. Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Be prepared to splash, stretch, twist, laugh, sing and shout your way to fitness. Aqua Zumba incorporates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines. Aqua Zumba is a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning and body toning.


Are you looking for a cardio intense workout with small segments of strength? If so, this is your class! Moderate to high intensity cardio segments are then followed by strength moves to condition all your muscles. We will use various formats of interval training, circuit training, and tabatas in this “anything goes” class. Modifications will be given for all cardio and strength moves making this fun class for all ages and fitness levels.

Special Fitness


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidence-based physical activity and well-being program, led by certified LiveSTRONG instructors, designed to help adults move beyond cancer care in mind, body, and spirit.  This program is offered at no cost to any adult cancer survivor.

This program includes a complimentary membership to the YMCA for the participant and caregiver for the duration of the program.


  • 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week
  • Program intake required before admission into the program
  • Membership included during the 12 weeks of the program
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • Includes places to connect with others to share in your successes and receive encouragement on low days
  • Evaluation includes fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
  • Facilitated by YMCA and CCH Rehab Services-certified instructors
  • Certificate of program completion

We hold three sessions during the year with summers off. Next session TBA.

For more information or to register, contact our Wellness Coach, Cari Franzen or 402-564-9477. 

AI Chi

This aquatic exercise group is for men and women focusing on slow and controlled total body movements including diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation. It is offered in the warm water pool at the YMCA and includes music. The water creates a supportive yet challenging environment for all levels of fitness, flexibility, balance and strength. It is for anyone looking to improve core stability, balance, and coordination, increase energy, or reduce pain and stress. Participants must be able to enter and exit the pool independently. Class size is limited.

Basic Ai Chi:
Tuesdays at 11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Member: Once $6/Twice $12 per month
Non-Member: Once $20/Twice $40 per month

Hundred Club

Join the club that lasts a lifetime!

Each participant must complete the designated miles in their preferred area within the calendar year. Miles are recorded in a binder at the front desk. All members that are successful will be recognized at the Annual Board Meeting and their achievement will be posted at the YMCA.

Exercise for Life: 200 miles on any cardio machine of your choice

Cycle for Life: 400 miles of cycling indoors/outdoors

Run for Life: 200 miles of running indoors/outdoors

Walk for Life: 200 miles of walking indoors/outdoors

Swim for Life: 100 miles of swimming

*Program runs January 1st – December 31st*

Registration open: January – June

Cost: $10/year

Rock Steady Boxing

For individuals with Parkinson Disease (PD), this exercise group enables participants to fight back against the effects of their disease through non-contact, boxing inspired, high intensity fitness exercise that can be highly individualized to each person’s abilities. This exercise group also serves as a major social support and confidence booster for people living with PD, as they take on their symptoms together, round by round.

Rock Steady Boxing is an international program shown to have a “neuro-protective” effect that improves PD symptoms and can even delay the progression of the disease. It is offered and led by therapists of CCH Rehabilitative Services certified in coaching our Affiliate Program thanks to generous donations for Parkinson’s rehab to the CCH Foundation.

Offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:15 PM—2:15 PM in Fitness Studio 1 & 2 at the YMCA.

Member: $15 per month
Non-Member: $40 per month

Contact Rehabilitative Services at the Wellness Center (402.562.3333) for more information or to sign up for this class.

Enhance Fitness

Enhance®Fitness is a proven community-based senior fitness, arthritis management and fall prevention program. Its purpose is to help older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. Registration is required for this 16-week session, but you can join anytime. Please contact Cari Franzen at 402-564-9477 for more information or to register for the class.

In each Enhance®Fitness class, participants will experience:

  • Classes will be taught by Certified Enhance Fitness instructors from the YMCA and CCH Rehabilitative Services
  • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • A 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music
  • A 5-minute cool-down
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle or wrist weights
  • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep muscles flexible
  • Multiple balance exercises, including some Tai Chai exercises
  • Lots of opportunities to socialize and make new friends

Offered on Mondays & Wednesdays at 1:30 PM—2:30 PM and Fridays at 10:30am-11:30am


Member: Free for Members
Non-Member: $15 per month

Please contact Cari Franzen at 402-564-9477 for more information or to register for the class. 

Y-Lose it Program-Weight Loss Challange

You will workout with up to 6 team members interested in kicking up their workouts a notch. You get acess to a coach, you train, exercise and learn healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Top 4 people that loses biggest percentage of body fat wins $50 each (not a team contest)

Times available for workouts: 8 AM, 12 PM and 6:30 PM

Members: $75
Non-Members: $150


Y Lose It has become more then just weight loss for me. I was new to the community and I have met some amazing people who support me on this journey to better fitness. The staff at the Y are excellent. They encourage and challenge us at the same time. Such an amazing group of people. I am so glad we joined the Y. It is my happy place. – Renee Asche

The Y Lose It program has changed my attitude about working out by providing me the knowledge and skills to achieve my weight loss goals all while in an encouraging space. Thirteen weeks ago I had no idea I could lose 25 pounds and would enjoy coming to the gym daily for the variety of classes and activities. – Linda Kretchman


Let me introduce Danica Izaguirre. She has been teaching at the Y for 3 years. In February 2018, she was certified in Yogafit, Foundations class and in April 2019 she took the YogaFit Communication class. As Danica starts on her Yoga Journey, we want to offer some Yoga Classes.

Gentle Yoga—Enjoy all the benefits of traditional yoga in a gentler yoga class that encourages
self-pacing, promotes over mobility, and emphasizes safe warm-up and stretching techniques.
Gentle yoga is shorter, less intense workout centered around longer warm-up and cool-down
phases for a more restorative yoga experience. Gentle yoga is a 45–minute class.

Beginning Yoga—Learn the basics of yoga and grow familiar with the foundational poses, cues, and breathing techniques commonly used in yoga classes. Experience a consistent combination of stretching, isometric holds, balancing, and movement in this 45-minute class. Beginner Yoga is beneficial for all fitness levels.

Mixed-Level Yoga—Grow your yoga practice in a longer yoga class with more challenging warm-up, work, and cool-down phases. This 60-minute class combines repetitive movement with static holds for a full body workout experience. Mixed-level yoga builds on beginner yoga poses and introduces new poses designed to increase both strength and flexibility.


Studio rules 

Studio Rules for Members

  • Studios can be used by members out of High School and older for workouts when classes aren’t going on. If doors are locked, a YMCA staff member can open.
  • Only YMCA fitness instructors can use the sound systems in each room
  • Equipment in Studios can be used, please put away when done. Please keep equipment clean after use.
  • Studios are open to Fitness Classes and Personal Trainings, including Y lose it, before they are open to members individual workouts.
  • Youth that have passed the Youth Strength Training course can be in studios during a class. Need to wear shirts.  Any youth attending class and causing a distraction can be asked to leave.
  • Youth 0-6 years old need to be in Childwatch during classes. Kids can’t be sitting on the floor in studios.
  • Boxing Equipment is owned by Columbus Community Hospital and is only to be used in their classes or in Training sessions with YMCA Staff.