HACKENSACK, NJ - While its fitness center remains closed under the state’s coronavirus restrictions, the Greater Bergen County YMCA has begun to offer outdoor group exercise classes so Y members can continue to stay active and healthy while social distancing. 

Outdoor classes currently include Outdoor Fitness for All. For a weekly schedule, visit the Greater Bergen Y website.

Classes are open to active Y members paying membership fees. Class sizes will be limited, and members must reserve a spot online for each class, as no walk-ins will be permitted. The classes are taught by experienced Y instructors, who have been trained in CPR and First-Aid.

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In order to create a safer experience for all members, all class participants will undergo a brief health screening including a temperature check when they arrive for class. Members must also wear face masks during their check-in process and when leaving, and masks are recommended during the class when possible.

Social distancing will be enforced during the class with members and instructors spaced at least 6 feet apart. Participants are encouraged to bring their own exercise equipment such as yoga mats or weights when appropriate, as well as personal items like water, sunblock, and towels. 

“We’re pleased to offer outdoor fitness classes so that we can help our members work on their health goals while taking advantage of the warm weather,” said Glenn MacAfee, Executive Director of the Greater Bergen Y. “When our doors closed in March, the Y immediately jumped into action to provide virtual workouts for our members, and we are still doing so. This is another way in which we can safely provide fitness instruction and connect with our members in a more personal format.”

Governor Murphy has not yet announced a reopening date for gyms and health centers like the Y. The Greater Bergen Y’s child care programs reopened to families on Monday, June 15 with new health and safety guidelines. The Y has also been preparing to reopen some summer camps on July 6, under new guidance from the state on health and safety measures. 

In addition to providing Emergency Child Care, the Y continues its community outreach during COVID-19, with weekly food distribution, wellness check-ins with senior members, virtual programs, and more. Read about the Y’s response to the crisis at metroymcas.org


Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.