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 & weight loss challenge to help make Montanans healthier.

The event runs from February 1 through May 1 and participants track their weekly activity miles and monthly weigh-ins (though weigh-ins are optional). 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-&-against the rest of the state!  To keep things fun inside the building, this year we'll again have team 'Helena YMCA Staff' (2012 &2014 SUM state champions) and  'Helena YMCA Members.'

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


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

SWIM: Fridays 7-7:45 PM BIKE: Saturdays, 8-8:45 AM RUN: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15 PM

Join us to prepare for your 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

The Montana Women's Tri is July 19th in Helena.  The race consists of a 500M swim, 12K bike, and 3K run.  Registration opens April 19th.

Summer Slam 3-on-3 Basketball

1 Day Tournament    Sat, July 18, 2015

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Summer Slam Registration Form

Summer Slam Rules

Helena's 3rd 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 this fun, outdoor 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.

*To guarantee a player t-shirt & correct size, Registration Forms must be received by midnight, Thursday, July 9.

**To be eligible for the tournament, teams must be registered by 10 AM Monday, July 13, 2015.

Visiting from out-of-town?  Check out everything Helena has to offer-         places to stay, where to eat, & things to do!



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.

For More info Click Here



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 13 - May 15

 To register for Max-Fit Click here!

Monday - Wednesday - Friday 6 - 6:45 AM

Members: $30    Prospective-Members: $65


As part of engaging our community in a healthy, active lifestyle the Helena Family YMCA is offering Friday Evening Dancing.



During the winter months of January & February the Y is partnering with several dance studios & clubs in Helena hosting a range of dances to be taught including Tango (Tango Helena), Swing (Carroll College Student Club), & International Folk (Contra Dancing of Helena).  Drop-ins are welcome, no partner necessary.


Friday, February 6, Tango (Tango Helena)

Friday, February 13, Swing Dance (Carroll Swing Dance Club)

Friday, February 20, International Folk Dance (Contra Dance of Helena)

Friday, February 27, TBD

Lessons:  Fridays, 6:30-7:30 PM

Members:  Free      non-Members:  $3 per single, $5 per couple

Open Floor:  Fridays, 7:30-8:30 PM

Spend the rest of the evening practicing your new moves!

Members:  Free      *non-Members:  $3 per single, $5 per couple

*Cost of Open Floor is already covered for non-Members who paid to participate in the Beginning Dancing


Classes are open to all ages and ability levels.

Couples and individuals are invited, although dance partners will be rotated at times throughout the instructional portion.

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes with non-marking soles.  If possible, please avoid rubber soled shoes.


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 winter.  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 - April 8th: 4-5 PM (Nutrition & Healthy Eating)

Wednesday- April 15th: 4-5 PM (Muscles & Movements)

Wednesday - April 22nd: 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

Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM & 5-7 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

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