The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley is proud to offer a variety of Active & Ageless programs committed to helping seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle and strengthen social ties. We encourage everyone to grow in the areas of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Our Active & Ageless land and water-based exercise classes promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and camaraderie. Volunteer opportunities and social events build relationships and community ties that can last a lifetime. Gathering places are available at our branches for those who want to relax after exercising and chat over a cup of coffee with old friends or new friends. Maximize your membership and take full advantage of what your Y has to offer.

**Although the programs and presentations listed out below are targeted to our Active & Ageless Community (YMCA Members ages 50+) these offerings are available to ALL YMCA Members.**

Meet Your Active & Ageless Team

Eau Claire YMCA 

                    Laurie Pettis 

                    LIVESTRONG at the YMCA/Brain & Body Fitness                      Program Coordinator and Active & Ageless                            Coordinator 
                    lpettis@ymca-cv.org  |  (715) 839-4608


Chippewa Falls YMCA 

                    Kara Goossens 

                    Active & Ageless Coordinator 
                    kgoossens@ymca-cv.org  |  (715) 723-2201



Let’s join the Chippewa Valley Museum history experts as we explore some of the noteworthy families and individuals who lived in the Chippewa Valley years ago! This is an ALL NEW walking tour of Eau Claire's Forest Hill Cemetery led by retired UW-Eau Claire historian, Robert Gough, and UW-Eau Claire University Archivist, Greg Kocken.

WHEN: August 11

TIME: 6-7:30 PM

COST: Adults: $10 | Students $5


  • CVM Members can attend free of charge by logging in to register.

  • The tour start location and other details will be sent to participants on Wednesday prior to the tour.

  • Register through the Chippewa Valley Museum online calendar linked HERE!

  • Registration closes on August 1.

Questions? Contact Angela at 715-834-7871 or a.allred@cvmuseum.com.

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Core & Balance with Matt Dresser

Join us for our FREE Core & Balance Class with Association Personal Training Director, Matt Dresser! We will do a variety of exercises that focus on building core strength - having a strong core allows the rest of our body to move more effectively while reducing back pain AND improving balance!


Thursday, August 18 from 1-2 PM

Chippewa YMCA - Personal Training Studio

Cost: Free | YMCA Members Only

Registration required - Minimum of 5

Active & Ageless Speaker Series

Meet your local author, DICK FREITAG

Let’s come together and hear from local author DICK FREITAG, author of, "Twice Broke & Never Broken."

Freitag, local author, businessman, and military veteran will share his incredible experience in "overcoming" obstacles and challenges in life! You can purchase his book, "Twice Broke And Never Broken", from the Local Store!

WHEN: Friday, September 9

TIME: 11 AM-Noon

Where: Eau Claire YMCA | Party Room


No reservation required.

Refreshments will be served! 

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Mind, Body & Spirit with Dr. Lona Cook

Join Dr. Lona Cook from Cook Chiropractic for a discussion on living a healthy life and why maintaining spinal health is important to overall physical and mental health as we age.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20
TIME: 11:00-11:45 AM
WHERE: Chippewa Falls YMCA - Strength Studio
Cost: FREE to YMCA Members
No registration required


Pickleball Clinics at the Eau Claire YMCA

Pickleball has become one of the most popular Active and Ageless sports! It's easy to learn, fun, and enjoyed by many - especially over the age of 50!

If you have never played and are curious, here is your chance to give it a try! Pete Fasching, YMCA Healthy Living Staff Member, will review the rules and provide an opportunity to play in a safe, fun, and relaxed environment.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2:30-4:00 PM OR Wednesday, October 12, 2:30-4:00 PM

WHERE: Hobbs Gym | Eau Claire YMCA

SPACE: Classes are limited to 4 people. 

REGISTER: Sign up through Laurie Pettis: lpettis@ymca-cv.org or 715-839-4608

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Insurance-Based Memberships

The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley works with a variety of different insurance providers to offer insurance-based memberships for our active older adults. Click below to learn more and to see if you are eligible! 

YMCA360 (Virtual)

Bring the Y to you, wherever you are. Whether it's a current Y favorite or something new to you, Y360 matches your lifestyle with a growing library of online videos for you and your family. Livestreams and on-demand classes/content are available free for current YMCA Members. 

Water Exercise

The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley offers group exercise classes on land as well as in the water. Each week, several group exercise water classes are held at the Y's two membership locations. These water classes are included with your Y membership! Click below to learn more about what is offered at each branch.

Active & Ageless Group Exercise Classes

Sit & Fit, Yoga, Basic Fitness, Zumba, and many more classes are designed with the Active Older Adult in mind! Group exercise classes are a great way to get your workout in and even make some new friends while doing it. Learn about all the classes we offer and what will best fit your needs below.

Complimentary Wellness Consultation

Free to all YMCA members!  Meet with a Wellness professional to determine your fitness goals, receive SMART goal-based assessments, and then be provided individual recommendations on how to best use your YMCA membership to reach your goals.  Body composition testing, heart rate, blood pressure, functional movement screening, flexibility, strength, endurance, and performance testing can all be measured followed by a complimentary personal training session customized to your best course of action. To schedule your consultation please click below.