YMCA Health and Wellness offers a wide range of classes to cater to the diverse needs of our community across 14 locations around Canberra.
Our primary location is the YMCA Chifley Health and Wellness centre. This facility is located within the Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub and has a fully equipped gym and group fitness room with classes conducted in both rooms.
Where are we?
9/71 MacLaurin Street, Chifley ACT 2606
YMCA Chifley Health and Wellness Centre
The YMCA Chifley Health and Wellness Centre is a community-based gym with a focus to make our community happier and healthier. We offer a fully equipped gym and group fitness room with various classes catering for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
For those choosing to do their own workout in the gym, there is always a qualified instructor on the floor to help with advice on using machines, technique, stretches and your personal program. If you are looking for that extra motivation and edge you can take advantage of the personal training or exercise physiology options available.
The YMCA provides the flexibility of multiple membership packages for all to access our facility including:
PrYme Mover (+50 seniors)
All memberships include a health assessment and personalised program on joining, reassessment every 3 months as requested, access to all group fitness classes and the gym and free locker hire (subject to availability). The YMCA wants to make it simpler for you to access a facility that meets your Health and Wellness needs so we do not apply any joining fees!
All classes operate on a drop-in basis and shown in the table below. Detailed class descriptions are available in our 'Gym Program' section below or please click here to download.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle as an older adult can help to prevent disease, prevent functional decline and promote a longer and better quality of life. So come and get active with the Y - remain strong and stable, sleep better, feel better, meet new people. YMCA of Canberra is the leading provider of older adult exercise classes in Canberra, so you are in good hands. Most of our participants are looking for a friendly, fun and engaging class that will provide them with a level of challenge that makes them work but is not pushy or confronting.
We offer PrYme mover discounted memberships and programs at our Chifley Health and Wellness Centre and through our Community PrYme Movers initiative (see below).
This class is a gym-based program specifically designed for people with a physical disability including stroke, Parkinson’s, amputations, MS, MD, visual disability, para or quadriplegic. Mobilisers offers individualised programs in a gym setting.
2pm - 3pm
2pm - 3pm
11am - 12pm
This program is a group format gym-based fitness class of one-hour duration - consisting of a gentle progressive group warm-up, followed by individually designed programs using machine or weight based equipment which focuses on functional strength and conditioning and finishing with a group cool-down stretch either on the floor or standing. This class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels your individual program will be designed to suit your fitness needs.
Y weights session is as follows:
9.30am - 10.30am
9.20am - 10.20am
Cancer Recovery Yoga
Cancer Recovery Yoga is a program designed to meet the individual needs of people who are living with chronic illness or disability, including those who have been diagnosed with, are being treated for or are in remission from any form of cancer. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA Canberra - Chifley Health and Wellness Centre to attend. Cancer Recovery Yoga is a group class that focuses on gentle stretching and relaxation in a supportive environment. All levels of physical ability are catered for while you stretch and energise your whole body and relax your mind with our experienced instructors.
This class is available to individuals living with chronic illness or in remission from cancer. YMCA Canberra - Chifley Health & Wellness Centre members scan in at the desk whilst participation by non-members is by donation.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Men's Fit for Living
Each participant would undergo an initial assessment to outline a full medical history by the fitness instructor prior to participation of the exercise class. The primary aim of the process is to ensure the safety of all participants.
This men's 10 week program will help you increase your strength, fitness and muscular endurance and build lifelong healthy habits! There are TWO sessions a week and you participants get on going support and expert nutritional and exercise advice from our qualified fitness professionals.
Men aged 35 to 55
Living around the Woden Area
Interest in building life long healthy habits
10 week program
2 x one hour sessions a week
$400 non-members, $300 for members
All participants must complete the Fitness Assessment and Screening requirements (including returning participants) for the program
Focus on strength and conditioning in the gym
Conditioning and functional fitness in the gym
YMCA Canberra and the NDIS
YMCA Canberra is also proud National Disability Insurance Scheme Registered Provider as we focus on helping all achieve their goals!
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS, or National Disability Insurance Scheme, is a new way to fund support for people with disability. It aims to optimise the social and economic independence and participation of people with disability and give them choice and control in the pursuit of their goals. For more information on the NDIS, please visit the NDIS website
Where does the Y fit in?
The Y has a history in and commitment to disability services in the ACT that is aligned with the aims of the NDIS:
we support the social and economic independence and participation of people with disability through our programs; and
encourage people to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals.
We have become an NDIS Registered Provider of supports that improve your Health and Wellbeing and support your Social and Community Participation.
Use your NDIS funding at the Y!
Depending on your NDIS Plan (which you will get when you join the NDIS), you may be able to use your funding to participate in our existing programs.
We already offer:
A Community Gym. At the Chifley Health and Fitness Centre, you’ll be part of a friendly community. We tailor our programs to your needs and give you the assistance that you need. We also offer group-based classes that specifically address improving mobility and balance.
Personal Training. Our personal trainers are experienced in working with clients with disability and will work closely with you to help achieve your goals.
Exercise Physiology. Our Exercise Physiologist is passionate about achieving meaningful outcomes for people with disability. Exercise Physiologists are university trained allied health professionals, who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury.
Can I access the NDIS?
The ACT is one of the trial sites for the NDIS, and it is being made available according to “ages and stages”. Many ACT residents are already able to participate in the NDIS, and the ACT will be the very first location to achieve full rollout! To find out if the NDIS is for you contact the ACT Trial Site Team by calling 1800 800 110 and asking to speak to the ACT Trial Site or email Braddon@ndis.gov.au.
The general requirements to access the NDIS are:
You must live in Australia and be:
An Australian Citizen; or
A permanent resident, or
Hold a Protected Special Category Visa; and
You must be under 65 years old.
To meet the NDIS disability rules, you need to have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong), and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself.
To meet the NDIS early intervention rules you need to:
have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong), or
be a child under 6 years of age with a developmental delay, and the delay means you usually need more help with your self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.
YMCA Community PrYme Movers Initiative
As part of our Community PrYme Movers Initiative, we offer various PrYme Mover classes across 14 different locations around Canberra.
PrYme Mover classes cater for a broad range of abilities and fitness levels that are friendly, fun and engaging and will provide a challenge that makes without being too pushy or confronting. If you haven't participated in formal exercise for a long time, don't worry your instructor will help you to work only within your capacity.
Our classes have different focus areas such as cardiovascular health, strengthening, balance and core stability. We also run classes tailored to people who are living with mobility limitations or chronic illness.
In most of our locations, there is an opportunity for participants to linger after class for a cuppa and a chat at a local coffee shop. Many of our participants take advantage of this social opportunity. Anyone 50 years or over can get involved. The only requirement for participation in our PrYme mover programs is your age and a willingness to give it a go.
Offsite Class Timetable
Off-site Community Fitness programs run by the YMCA of Canberra
For people with mobility limitations - using a walking aid
The YMCA of Canberra aims to include all people in programs and services. Volunteer Op Shops generously raise funds to support access and inclusion. Please ask our staff if you require any support or assistant, you can contact the coordinator on (02) 6281 0124 or via email on this link.
You can contact Chifley Health and Wellness Centre by phone or email; or by simply dropping into the centre.
Centre Name: YMCA Chifley Health and Wellness Centre