What does membership include? Can I sign my child up for child watch while I work out? Find out the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hours, Towel Service, and Child Watch

What are the YMCA hours of operation?

The Ridgewood Y is open during the following hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 6 AM-10 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8 AM-8 PM

 

Are there towels available?

We do not offer towel service. Please bring one from home to enjoy our facilities, including our locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas, to the max!

 

How do I sign my child up for Child Watch?

If you're an adult or family member of the Y, you can take advantage of free Child Watch and Y Kids Zone while you work out. We’re happy to sign your child up for up to 2 hours of child watch per day. Reserve a spot by calling 212-912-2180 or stopping by the Member Service Desk up to one hour prior. Parents must remain in the building.

 

Membership

What does my membership include?

Your membership gives you full access to the fitness centers, tons of group fitness classes per week, child watch while you workout, discounted programs and priority registration. See a complete list of the Ridgewood YMCA’s amenities

Your membership is more than just fitness opportunities—it’s a commitment to building stronger, healthier people and families across New York City. The Y is a nonprofit organization that gives back to its communities through service and programs to some of the city’s most underserved. Find your fit with the Y, and learn more about our impact on New York City.

 

What can my kids do at the Y?

The Y is a place where kids come to learn, play, and grow! From preschool and child care to arts and sports, the Y helps our youngest New Yorkers become strong kids. See a complete list of our kids and family offerings.

Children ages 6 months-12 years old can play in a safe environment while you work out in child watch, and our gym is open for family time throughout the week. Find a time that works for you.

 

How do I cancel my membership?

At the Y, there are no contracts to sign. If you need to cancel for any reason, please give us 15 days notice. Feel free to call, email us, or stop by the Member Services Desk. 

 

Can I put my membership on hold?

Yes! You can put your membership on hold for any reason for up to three months per year. Please give us 15 days notice, and note that there is a $15 charge for each month your membership is on hold. Feel free to call, email us, or stop by the Member Services Desk. 

If there is a medical reason to place your membership on hold, please provide appropriate documentation and the $15 monthly fee will be waived.

 

How much does membership cost?

Membership cost varies based on how many adults and children are joining. Calculate your rate online!

The Y is here for all New Yorkers. Our donor-supported financial assistance program is open to everyone who needs the Y but might not be able to pay. Learn more about financial assistance

 

Can I use other YMCAs?

The Flatbush YMCA's membership gives you access to our Flatbush branch and 10 passes per calendar year to try other NYC YMCAs. Our citywide memberships gives you access to all 22 NYC branches across the five boroughs.
 

Can I bring a guest?

Each member gets six guest passes to share with family and friends throughout the year. The Ridgewood YMCA also sells day passes at the Member Service Desk for $25.

Programs and Classes

Do I have to pay for classes, or are they free if I am a member?

Tons of group fitness classes per week are free with your membership. Check class schedules online and on our mobile app.

Programs and classes such as personal training sessions, and kids' classes are paid programs that require registration. Members have priority registration and discount pricing for paid programs; paid programs are offered in sessions throughout the year.

 

Do you have classes for seniors?

The Flatbush YMCA has active older adult group fitness classes designed to help increase muscle strength and extend the range of movement to prevent injury and improve health. See a listing of senior classes online and on our mobile app.

 

Can I join a class anytime?

Group fitness classes are open to anyone, anytime! Please arrive on time to ensure a proper warm-up for a safe session. Program class costs can be prorated if there is availability and instructor approval.

 

How do I register for paid programs?

There are 6 program sessions per year, and each session is 8 weeks long. Priority registration for members opens two weeks before the session starts. Public registration opens one week before the session starts.

Gym and Fitness Facility

Help! How do I start?

We offer many resources for those who are new to working out, including a complimentary fitness consultation with one of our fitness coaches as an introduction to our training equipment and free programs like Y Fit Start to help you set and achieve your goals. Stop by the Member Service Desk for more information! Teens are required to have a consultation prior to using the fitness facility.

Joining a new class? Come on in! Let the instructor know you are new and they will help you get acclimated to the class.

 

Can someone show me how to use the machines?

Yes! Email our team or stop by the Member Service Desk for a complimentary fitness consultation and one of our fitness coaches will introduce you to our training equipment. Our fitness coaches are always on the floor to help—feel free to ask them if you have questions while you’re working out!

 

Do you have trainers?

Yes! Our staff of personal trainers hold academic degrees in related fields and/or are certified by nationally recognized accredited agencies, and can tailor a personalized fitness program to match your needs. Learn more about our one-on-one training packages.

 

What should I wear/bring with me to work out?

Wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Bring a lock to secure your belongings in the locker room, and a swim cap for any pool activities.