Franklin County’s YMCA Notebook: Jan. 27, 2023

Published: 01-26-2023 5:33 PM

Winter session classes and programs for youth and adults of all abilities at Franklin County’s YMCA are now running, but it is not too late to register for classes. Visit the Y at 451 Main St. or for more information.

Rumble in the Weight Room: Sunday, Jan. 29. Check-in at 9 a.m., competition starts at 10 a.m. In this first dead-lift competition for all fitness levels, men and women will be judged using the Wilks coefficient formula to score lifters equally regardless of age, weight or gender. Entry fees: $10 for Y members, $20 for non-members. Open to everyone 18 years old and older. 50/50 prize goes to the first place winner; the rest will be donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Register at

Pride Pump: Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All participants must enter the Y by 1:45 p.m. During this free after-hours event, participants will be able to use the Weight Room and Training Zone. Trainers will be available. Open to all in the LGBTQ+ community, allies and supporters age 18 and older. YMCA membership is not required, but contact the Welcome Center to reserve a spot. Waiver must be signed and on file prior to attending.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification — February Break Intensive: Feb. 20 to Feb. 24. Get certified and find a job as a lifeguard at beaches, lakes and pools this summer. Recertification during this time is also available for those who need it. Perfect for strong swimmers ages 15 and older. Learn more and register online at or call the Y.

Gymnastics Lessons: For kids and families focusing on enhancing basic body movement, coordination and muscle development by developing balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and endurance. The movements involved in gymnastics contribute to the development of the arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abdominal muscle groups. The Y offers gymnastics for beginners to advanced levels. Learn more or register at

Youth Swim Lessons: Teaches children of all ages that water should be fun, not feared, if you know how to be safe. The Y ensures everyone has the tools they need to be confident in and around water. Learn about the different swim levels or register at

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The Y also has programs for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. To receive more information or to inquire about current and ongoing classes, contact Jayne at