The YMCA has a strong history of delivering programmes that improve health and wellbeing and promote increased physical activity.
Tees Valley YMCA joined this tradition in 2009 with a purpose built gym on site at the Darlington YMCA Foyer. The facilities were initially used by foyer residents, but due to outside interest, it has thrown open its doors to wider service users.
The facility hosts state of the art equipment for cardio vascular activity, circuit training, floor work, free weights for strength and stamina and weight management. The gym offers group work training, personalised training programmes and caters for the needs of those from 14 to 80 plus.
Open to the public, YMCA staff and residents, community/voluntary groups and the local authority, the gym has established itself as a fitness facility to meet a diverse range of needs. The gym has the option of exclusive use and on this basis is utilised by Age UK, NECA, Pupil Referral Units, local schools, Prince's Trust and Mind. Exclusive use means that the service is available to groups who would not otherwise access mainstream fitness facilities. This element of the programme has proved successful by providing a competitively priced, safe and welcome environment for healthy lifestyle coaching and activity.
Through consultation with users and agencies the YFit programme has diversified its activities to include: healthy eating, dance classes, Zumba, Zumba Gold (for older members), a mobile skate park and an intergenerational walking club.