Youth - Health & Wellness

Our Y's youth wellness programs encourage children to make healthier choices about what they eat and what they do to establish lifelong healthy habits. 

Metuchen YMCA

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Karate (Ages 7+ years)
Instructor is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, blends traditional Shaolin Kempo Karate training and martial arts philosophy with modern self-defense and fitness in a disciplined and structured, yet very fun, atmosphere. Students develop greater self-confidence and ability to concentrate while building strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and improved cardiovascular conditioning. Students begin as white belts and progress through colored belt ranks as they achieve greater proficiency. Ask for details on uniform.
  • Karate (Ages 7+ years)

Karate (Ages 13-Adult)
  • Karate (Ages 13+ -Adult )

Youth and Teen Fitness
Get ready to break a sweat, work out to your favorite music, and HAVE FUN while exercising! It is never too early to develop healthy exercise habits! Our new youth fitness program is designed to inspire an early love for sports and fitness that will serve as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Led by trained Youth Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer, Ara McKay, children and teens will learn... Safe stretching techniques, how to structure a workout, and strength training routines that will increase endurance and muscle mass for any sport or overall fitness. The class will wrap up with a fitness orientation, introducing participants on how to use cardiovascular and strength machines safely!
  • YFit Kids

    Mondays-5:00pm-6:00pm  for Grades- 6th-8th

    Strong Girls (ages 13-17 years)
    A safe place for young girls to come together with their pals, make new friends, and talk with role models and each other about whatever's on their mind -- all while staying ACTIVE and EXERCISING with a personal trainer! Teen girls will learn about various fitness equipment including weights and TRX! This NEW program is great for girls to make friends and socialize, while learning to always be mindful of their health and wellness.
    Saturdays -9:00am-9:45am 

Edison YMCA

South Amboy YMCA

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Basketball (Ages 5-12)
Emphasis is placed on learning fundamentals of basketball while having a great time with friends.  Develop individual skills of dribbling, shooting, and passing.
  • Basketball (Ages 5-9)

  • Triple Threat Basketball (Ages 10-14)

Youth Archery (Ages 7+)
  • Youth Archery

    Using our equipment the instructor will guide beginners of all ages to develop skills from range safety to accuracy through fun interactive archery exercises.
Tennis (Ages 5-12)
Game, Set, Match! Learn all about tennis, build skills, and play modified matches. Follows USTA Curriculum.
  • Tennis ((Ages 5-12)

Eating Healthy Cooking Classes (Ages 8-12 years)
Children will learn food safety while learning how to make easy recipes for foods that are not only delicious but also nutritious.  The class will be led by a certified Chef who will make cooking fun for everyone.
  • Eating Healthy Cooking Class