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:

Holiday Hustle & Flow

Sweat away holiday stress! Join Coach Joe G. for an indoor/outdoor bootcamp that will have you flipping tires, pushing sleds and climbing ropes! We will end the session with a friendly competitive 3-mile neighborhood route with exercise stations along the way on Saturday, 11/23.

When: Meets Wednesdays, 7pm – 8pm (Ends Wednesday, November 20)
Where: Industrial Strength Fitness Gym
Rate: YWCA Members: $15 per class Non-Members: $20 per class
Register online
Questions? Contact Jody Frazier at

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 will be led by Christopher Kellogg of ‘Krav Maga Southpark. This class is free to YWCA Members and YWCA Staff. 
When: The first Thursday of each month at 5:30pm (November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2)
Where: Multipurpose Room
Rate: Free for YWCA Members and YWCA Staff

Wellness Seminar - Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

November is National Diabetes month. This seminar will take a comprehensive look at what sugar really is down to its
most simple form and how it impacts our metabolic system. We will discuss various forms of sugar from carbohydrates to fruit and why all living things need sugar to survive. Then we’ll take a look at the American diet “full of sugar” which has led to an increase of obesity in the United States that can potentially lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This seminar will be led by YWCA’s Director of Fitness, Starr Gargiullo.

When: Thursday, November 12, 11am – 12pm
Where: Mutli-Purpose Room
Rate: $10
Register online
Questions? Contact Starr Gargiullo at

"The Challenge" - A Holiday Hustle & Flow Event

Industrial Strength Fitness’ Holiday Hustle & Flow Bootcamp ends with a challenge for all participants, but you don’t need to take the bootcamp to join in on the fitness fun! All fitness levels are welcome to join in on the 5K neighborhood run/walk course that has exercise stops along the way!

When: Saturday, November 23 at 9am
Where: Start is located in the ISF Gym of YWCA
Rate: $10 per person
Register online or in person with cash on 11/23
Questions? Jody Frazier at

Mental Health First Aid

We seek help for physical ailments. Why not for our mental health? Join two experts from Atrium Health that will help us learn to identify, understand and respond to the symptoms of mental illness either in ourselves, or someone else we care about. This program is ideal for anyone that works or interacts with adults on a daily basis.
When: Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5 from 12pm to 4pm
Where: YWCA Board Room
Rate: Free (Open to the Public)
Register online
Questions? Contact Starr Gargiullo at

Hillside Light Night

You’re invited to join Industrial Strength Fitness for the annual Hillside Light Night Run/Walk. Non-competitive 2, 3, and 3.6 routes will be available along Hillside Avenue’s beautiful Winter decorations. YWCA Members and Non-Members are welcome. Please dress in reflective clothing. Headlamps encouraged and strollers welcome.

When: Thursday, December 12 at 6:30pm
Where: Meet at the Front Entrance of YWCA Central Carolinas
Rate: FREE
Questions? Jody Frazier at

Wellness Seminar: Holiday Portion Control

Avoiding portion distortion can be hard. How can you get portions under control and how does plate size impact portion size? What are the healthy snack alternatives at a holiday party? We’re diving in to all the questions we face when it comes to the holidays and food. Join YWCA and Profile by Sanford for this wellness seminar. Healthy snacks will be provided.

When: Thursday, December 12, 11am – 12pm
Where: YWCA
Rate: $10
Register online
Questions? Contact Starr Gargiullo at

Scuba Santa

Santa isn’t always on his sleigh, sometimes he spends his free time in YWCA’s indoor pool! Get a picture with Scuba Santa on Friday, December 13 at 5pm. Get an underwater photo with Scuba Santa, receive a 4×6 photo and digital copy as well as a picture frame that the whole family can decorate! All children unable to complete the swim test must be accompanied by an adult in the water. To complete the swim test all children must swim at least 15 yards unassisted and tread water for 30 seconds.
When: Friday, December 13 at 5pm
Where: Indoor Pool
Rate: $10 for YWCA Members and $15 for Non-Members
Register by Friday December 6 online or in person with this completed form.
Questions? Jeff Nerret at

Seasonal Special Programs:

YDub Tri Club

YDub TriClub logo 2019
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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