Ready, Sweat, Go! Break a sweat, chat with a friend, relax your mind, challenge your body, or reconnect and recharge! The Downtown Oakland YMCA offers over 70 of free classes weekly for members.
We promise to help support you through every stage of life, regardless of age, physical ability, size or shape. We offer group exercise classes for those who enjoy the encouragement of instructors and classmates as well as one on one instruction for those preferring a more personal setting.
Download our latest Group Exercise Schedule here, and learn more about our class offerings below!
During aerobic and cardio workouts you'll notice your body's responses quickly.
During aerobic and cardio workouts you'll notice your body's responses quickly. You'll breathe faster and more deeply. Your heart will beat faster, which increases blood flow to your muscles and back to your lungs. Your body will even release endorphins, natural painkillers that promote an increased sense of well-being. With several choices in aerobic and cardio classes, we are sure the right class is here for you.
Our boot camp workouts attract many people because they offer a challenging and varied workout with extensive camaraderie among the participants.
The goal of a fitness boot camp is to provide a whole-body workout that builds strength and endurance. At the Y, our boot camp workouts attract many people because they offer a challenging and varied workout with extensive camaraderie among the participants.
Use a variety of equipment and plyometric techniques to promote optimal strength training and flexibility.
There is a reason that circuit and interval training is so popular right now, and there is a reason it has been on the Y schedule (though the names have changed) for so many years--they work! Find the right class, at the right level and let's get started!
Dancing is a whole-body workout that is good for your heart, makes you stronger and helps with balance and coordination.
Get ready to hit the dance floor! Dancing is a whole-body workout that is good for your heart, makes you stronger and helps with balance and coordination. Your teacher will lead you through a series of choreographed steps, which may focus on footwork, but a series of leaps, turns, shimmies, and cha-chas will engage the entire body. With dance-inspired workouts ranging from belly dancing to hip-hop, you’ll never be bored!
Aiming to improve our quality of movement and general well-being, Feldenkrais increases awareness of our bodies.
With a focus on mind and body, Feldenkrais is a natural fit at the Downtown Oakland YMCA. This study uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and reduce discomfort. Increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination. These improvement will have a ripple effect throughout all aspects of your life.
We know extra attention needs to be paid to those with arthritis and those who need gentle, modified movement and exercise.
At the Downtown Oakland YMCA, attention is paid to those who need gentle, modified movement and exercise. Whatever your mobility, at the Y we have a group exercise class for you.
Listen to your body, adjust the resistance on your bike and start your ride!
With indoor cycling classes, each one is a little different, and at the Downtown Oakland YMCA, our Y-Cycle courses will always be adaptable to your fitness level. Remember that there's no competition. Listen to your body and adjust the resistance on your bike accordingly and start your ride. If you're a first timer, let your instructor know, so s/he can make sure your bike is properly adjusted.
Strengthen your core, increase flexibility and improve your body alignment through Pilates.
Pilates at Downtown Oakland YMCA will help you to achieve balance of mind and body with flowing exercises based on the work of Joseph Pilates. Strengthen your core, increase flexibility and improve your body alignment. With several options of Pilates scheduled regularly, we are confident the right class for you is available.
Also called weight training, resistance training and body sculpting, this form of exercise uses external weight or resistance or your own body weight to get results.
Strength Training, also called weight training, resistance training or body sculpting, is a form of exercise which uses external weight or resistance or your own body weight to stress the muscles. Body sculpting can help you get in shape, tone the body and lose weight. Some of the benefits are an increase in lean muscle mass, increased strength and stronger bones and joints.
An ancient Chinese tradition of graceful exercise used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition of graceful exercise used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Note, there are many different styles within this practice, some may focus on health maintenance and others may focus on the martial arts aspect.
An exercise discipline that dates back to ancient India, yoga involves moving the body through a series of positions and stretches, while focusing on breathing or specific thoughts.
Yoga at the Downtown Oakland YMCA is a great way to stretch, breathe, focus and feel better. Millions of people do yoga because they love what it does for the mind, body, and spirit.
An exercise discipline that dates back to ancient India, yoga involves moving the body through a series of positions and stretches, while focusing on breathing or specific thoughts. The practice delivers unique and vital benefits which include increased energy levels, lower blood pressure, improved memory, better balance and sense of calm.
Yoga means "Union." With classes available for all levels and experience, you will find your union of body, mind and spirit with a balance of breathing and relaxation.
Downtown Oakland YMCA's zumba classes are a dynamic high energy aerobic workout with Latin moves and rhythms which allows you to burn calories and tone all areas of your body.