Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
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At the Y we know that sometimes it’s hard to find the time for fitness.  That’s why we’re here to help you meet your goals.  From the moment you walk in the door you are surrounded by friends, by your second family.  We’re happy when you’re happy.  At the Y, we’re committed to keeping you on track all year long.  And we aren’t just here for ourselves, we’re here for our community.  When you purchase a YMCA membership, you aren’t just doing something for yourself, you are making a difference.


A program of the Big Sky State Games, Shape Up Montana is a 3 month activity and weight loss challenge to help make Montana a healthier place.

The event runs from February 1 through May 1 and participants track their weekly activity miles and monthly weigh-ins. Participant t-shirt, weekly workout tips, nutrition challenges/recipes, and fitness videos are all scheduled for this year!

Gather some friends, form a team, and compete with-and against the rest of the state!  To keep things fun inside the building, this year we'll again have team 'Helena YMCA Staff' (2012 SUM state champions, then known as the 'Spotted Zebras') and  'Helena YMCA Members.'

For more information, or to sign up by February 1, visit: https://shapeupmontana.orgBigSkyStateGames

Y Tri Class

photoDSC_8973_H7 week triathlon training class at the Helena Family YMCA begins Monday, April 7.  Class meets twice per week with 45 minute conditioning sessions for all three triathlon components: swimming, biking, and running.

Monday: Running, 6-6:45 PM; Friday: Swimming, 5:15-6 PM; Friday: Biking, 6:15-7 PM

Running is again with Sarah Slanger, owner of Tread Lightly, and swimming and biking will be done by Y fitness & aquatics staff. Join us to prepare for a triathlon (East Helena's Queen City Triathlon) or to get fit. Allow us to help you reach your goals!

Enroll @ YMCA Front Desk. Participants receive performance t-shirt, a running log book, and great workouts!

Cost: $75/Member, $140/non-Member


The Queen City Triathlon is a beginner-oriented and USA Triathlon sanctioned event. The race consists of a 1000 yard swim (just over 1/2 a mile), a 12 mile bike, and a 5K run (3.1 miles). Registration is at Big Sky Cycling or online: http://bigskybikes.com/bsc-queencitytriathlon.html

Summer Slam 3-on-3 Basketball

Summer slam pic 21 Day Tournament    Sat, July 19

Summer Slam Registration Form

Summer Slam Rules

The annual Summer Slam 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on the blacktop at the Y parking lot. For those entering 3rd grade through adults, all are invited to participate in Helena's summer basketball tournament.

Summer Slam is Helena's outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament.  Tournament is open to Players of all ages and abilities.

Youth Divisions for each Girls and Boys entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. High School and Adult Divisions both host Female, Male, and Co-ed.

Weekend event includes games, music, food, and Player's and Champion's shirts for each division. Games will be played at YMCA parking lot near Centennial Park. Participants form their own teams of 3 players minimum and 4 players maximum and submit registration form to Helena Family YMCA.

$80 per Youth & High School team, $100 per Adult team. Teams must be registered by 10 AM Monday, July 14, 2014.

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These are the tenets of Taekwondo as taught by Diana Wilson V Dan Instructor.

Classes are taught Mondays & Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  All ages welcome.

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MAX-FIT is a high-intensity, total body sport conditioning workout program incorporating cardio, strength training, weights, plyometric, & agility exercises.  You will be stronger, healthier, lose weight, tone up, & gain confidence!

Classes progress each week building upon 'skills & drills' learned on the speed ladder, through a dynamic warm-up, with dot training and a circuit routine from the week(s) before.  In addition, 'Race Days' are held on Fridays where various components of class are tested and participants are further challenged in a fun, supportive environment.  


SPRING SESSION: April 28 - May 30 

SUMMER SESSION: June 9 - July 11


Monday - Wednesday - Friday 6:00 - 6:45 AM

Members: $30    Prospective-Members: $65


Athlete camp is designed to teach middle school students proper movement mechanics. 

Topics include linear and lateral running, agility drills, increasing muscular strength, improving cardiovascular endurance, enhancing flexibility, healthy eating, and teaching proper progression of plyometrics. 

Class is taught by YMCA fitness director, personal trainer, and former Carroll College student-athlete Ben Wahl.

SESSION I:         June 16-19, 3:30-5 PM

SESSION II:        July 14-17,  9-10:30 AM


Members: $30   Non-members: $65


Teens!  Questions about fitness?

Are you wanting to learn how to use the fitness equipment?      Are you needing instruction on proper lifting technique, using the cardio machines, or learning about free weights?

Our popular Teen Fitness class continues this fall.  Class is led by Helena Family YMCA Health & Wellness Director Ben Wahl and meets three consecutive weeks on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 PM in the Community Room.

Wednesday - May 7th: 4-5 PM (Nutrition & Healthy Eating)

Wednesday - May 14th: 4-5 PM (Muscles & Movements)

Wednesday - May 21st: 4-5 PM (Equipment Orientation & Technique)

** Please note, all 3 classes must be attended **

*Students will receive card entitling use of the YMCA Fitness Center
*Students will learn safe practices and techniques in using workout equipment   *Students will receive a $10 Hastings gift certificate upon completion of the class

A (12) student maximum will be applied to the session.                                 Enroll at the Helena Family YMCA Front Desk.                                                   Total cost $15 for Members, $20 for prospective-Members.


Do you have questions understanding the fitness equipment? Come to our New Member Equipment Orientation.

YMCA Health & Wellness Director Ben Wahl will be your guide offering advice, demonstrations, and instructions on the proper use of all fitness equipment. This knowledge will help you build a better plan in achieving your health and fitness goals.

This is a great way to meet our staff, meet other new Members...and, well, meet your muscles!

Mondays @ 5:30pm                Wednesdays @ 12:00pm

Call or visit the Front Desk to sign up.

See Ben Wahl our Health and Wellness Director  for a free personal orientation!


The Y has something for everyone!  Whether you want to clear your mind (yoga), hit it hard (cycling, kickboxing), take it easy (SilverSneakers®) or move like you've never moved before (Zumba®, Oula) you'll find our classes fit your needs and your lifestyle.  You'll have fun, feel great, meet new people, and stay healthy.  Our instructors love what they do and they love teaching at the Y, where our members feel welcome no matter where they are on their personal fitness journey.

-YMCA Staff

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The Y offers several group fitness classes all year long.   Click below for class descriptions

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Whether your goal is to shed extra pounds, tone up or improve strength; invest in yourself or give the gift of health to someone else!

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Operating Hours

Monday - Friday 5:30am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Wed-Fri 8:30am - 1:15pm, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Tues-Thurs 8:30am - 1:15pm, 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages 6 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577