Fitness Programs

Fitness Programs Target Specialized Training

At Charlotte’s YWCA, we provide fit and fun programming for members and non-members in our community. Bookmark this page to easily check out our new programs or sign up for the Fitness Newsletter to keep up with all the YWCA Fitness News.

Current Special Programs:

Self-Defense Classes

Learn the basic fundamentals of self-defense including combative strikes, defense tactics, crime prevention and dynamic responses to common street attacks. Krav Maga teaches students to defend themselves against hostile actions, to avoid injury and to quickly overcome their assailant. This class is led by Christopher Kellogg of Krav Maga South Park. This class is free to YWCA Members and YWCA Staff. 
When: The first Thursday of each month at 5:30pm (February 6, March 5, April 2)
Where: Multipurpose Room
Rate: Free for YWCA Members and YWCA Staff

High School Sports Conditioning & Strength Camp

Join Coach Joe G for an 8-week session focused on sports conditioning with an emphasis on strength training. This is great for those preparing for an upcoming athletic season or who want to get fit and strong. Plan to work hard and push yourself to your limits using ropes, sleds, sandbags, kettle-bells, body weight and barbells. For ages 13 to 19 years old.
Starts: January 9
Ends: February 27
Meets: Thursdays at 6pm – 7pm
Where: Industrial Strength Fitness Gymnasium
Rates: YWCA Members: $80, Non-Members: $120
Register on Industrial Strength Fitness’ site
Questions? Contact Joseph Giarmo at

Master Your Swim

An adult swim program designed as a structured team style workout, for all swim levels 18 years and older. It’s not about how fast you are – join Industrial Strength Fitness for expert coaching, technique instruction, camaraderie, and more! The aim is to have fun while focusing on efficiency, endurance and speed with structured workouts designed for three different swim types: fitness swimming, competitive swimming, and triathlon swimming. Although not required, you may bring paddles, fins, snorkels and other gear. Prerequisite is 100 yard non-stop swim.
Starts: January 14
Ends: March 31
Meets: Tuesdays at 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Indoor Pool
Rates: $100 for all 12 classes, $50 for 5 class drop-ins, $15 for a single class drop-in
Register on Industrial Strength Fitness’ site
Questions? Contact Jody Frazier at

February Wellness Seminar: Healthy Heart

Join YWCA’s Director of Fitness for a comprehensive, educational seminar on how to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and how to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease. Learn how high cholesterol and high blood pressure affect the heart and brain, what cholesterol and blood pressure numbers really mean, what foods raise and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and how important exercise is in prevention and helping counter high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

When: Thursday, February 13, 11am – 12pm
Where: YWCA’s Board Room
Rates: $10 (Open to everyone, YWCA Members & Non-Members alike)
Register online
Questions? Contact Starr Gargiullo, YWCA’s Director of Fitness, at

Seasonal Special Programs:

YDub Tri Club

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YWCA's YDub-tri-club team

Have you ever wanted to compete in a triathlon? From first timers to experienced competitors, we offer seasonal group and 1:1 trainings. Led by certified USAT Coach Jody Frazier and her team of coaches, you’ll be led step-by-step through swimming, biking and running drills over a multi-week period. Build friendships with your fellow athletes and feel the pride of crossing the finish line. The session includes a practice triathlon, preview of the race course and an abundance of support from your fellow YDubbers. Check this page seasonally for training and fee information. For questions, or to be notified of upcoming events, contact Jody Frazier at

Fitness Presentation

Starr In Weight Room

Want our Director of Fitness, Starr Garguillo, to visit your HOA or company meeting to learn more about YWCA offerings?
Contact her directly at

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