Group and water exercise now free with membership

August 28, 2020

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center has announced a major boost to its membership package.

Fresh off its $4.5 million renovation, the YMCA is now including group and water exercise classes with membership at no additional charge.

“We want to make sure we are always delivering the best value possible for our YMCA members,” Membership and Marketing Director Ron Deuter said. “And we’re thrilled to be able to now include all group and water exercise classes as a free member benefit.”

Prior to this change, YMCA members would pay a monthly membership fee and then additional charges for each group exercise class at a reduced member rate. While the YMCA will still offer a non-member rate for its classes, members can now take classes free of charge.

The YMCA offers dozens of group and water exercise classes in five-week sessions. Classes are designed to accommodate all fitness levels. The upcoming fall session, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, includes classes such as Barre Above, PiYo, A.M. Warrior, Country Heat, Yoga, Fun & Fit, Water In Motion and so much more.

“We’ve really revamped our fitness department in anticipation of this move to free classes,” Deuter noted. “We’ve added new instructors, offered additional trainings and certifications for all of our instructors, and refocused our classes toward the fitness seeker. We want to create a welcoming, non-intimidating and fun atmosphere for people who simply want to improve their health and quality of life.

“In light of all that’s happened this year with the pandemic, it’s become increasingly clear that regular exercise holds so many benefits to one’s health and immune system. We want to be a community leader in providing that opportunity. Free classes for members is a big step toward that goal.”

Group and water exercise classes begin as early as 5 a.m. and run through the evening. A full class schedule is available online at or by stopping by the YMCA. For more information on membership, visit the YMCA or call 774-4076.

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