YMCA joining fees and annual rates vary, but many locations offer discounted rates for students, seniors, military personnel and low-income families. Sliding-scale memberships are also available, as of 2015, based on total household income.Know More
The discounted rates have stated requirements, such as students must attend school full-time and seniors must be 65 and older. In addition to discounts for traditional families, other low rates are offered to young adults and households with more than two adults. Rates and discounts are not uniform across the YMCA organization, so some branches may offer discounts unique to the location.
For a needs-based discounted rate, applicants may be required to fill out and submit a financial assistance application along with a recent tax return or other financial documents. Furthermore, they may be required to resubmit documentation on a recurring basis.
Many YMCA locations offer discounted annual membership fees to active duty members of the Armed Forces. Military members are usually required to provide identification at the time of enrollment. In addition, some YMCA locations offer free enrollments to active duty military personnel due to partnerships with YMCA of the Armed Forces. In this case, military members may be required to provide documentation, identification and commanding officer approval.Learn more about Fitness & Exercise
YMCA monthly membership fees range from approximately $5 to $75 vary by location, age, household income, and number of members on a plan. Some, like the YMCA of Chesapeake, provide a rate calculator on their website. Others, like the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, provide flat rates.Full Answer >
Local branches of the YMCA offer discounts to certain groups of people, such as seniors, military veterans, low-income consumers or members of specific organizations. For example, the YMCA of Cass and Clay counties in Fargo, North Dakota sponsors a program for low-income members that receives funding through theUnited Way and personal donations.Full Answer >
To buy a YMCA membership, visit the YMCA location, fill out the membership application, and provide a recurring payment. As of March 2015, some YMCA locations also offer memberships via their websites.Full Answer >
According to certified personal trainer Paige Waehner for About.com, an effective strength-training program is based on a planned, consistent approach that utilizes various weight-bearing maneuvers intended to break down muscle tissue and subsequently repair it with restorative sleep and a diet containing plenty of lean proteins. Strength increases as exercises are continuously modified to challenge muscle groups past their current training limits.Full Answer >