News for the Week of September 21

Autumn brings GREAT activities to the Rome YMCA!

Autumn officially begins on September 22 and while we are still waiting on cooler mornings, colorful leaves on the trees and pumpkin-spice everything, we have lots of new things at the Y! This fall, and in every season, we are grateful for your membership, interest and support!!!!

September Happenings!


Personal Training and Small Group Training Is Back

Whether you need a little advice to get started or a comprehensive personalized exercise program, we can help! Personal training sessions and small group training sessions are now available.

Learn More

For questions or more information, please contact Mary Ann Pawlowski at

Go Outside with the Y! 

We're adding two NEW outdoor classes this week! Autumn breezes will be Mother Nature's air conditioning as we venture outside the Y for three classes each week. 


Backyard Barre Class

Bring your yoga mat and water bottle and join us under the big tent in the lower parking lot for Barre class on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Check in at the Frond Desk before class as usual, and you will be issued equipment that you will need for class.

Step Forward with the Y

Join us for a new walking class every Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Members of all ages are welcome, however children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Check in at the Front Desk and get ready to enjoy a fitness walk around our community, concluding with a short cool-down and stretching exercise at the Y. No pets are allowed and we ask that you carry a mask and water with you. 

When you walk 150 miles with us you earn a great YMCA prize. 

Backyard Boot Camp

This is a H.I.I.T. style class under the big tent at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays. Check in at the Front Desk prior to class and pick up your equipment for class.  You will need a yoga mat so bring yours along, and don't forget your water bottle!

For more information about our new outdoor classes, contact Lincee Powell at

Fall Activtrax Challenge!

It is not too late to start! Log your fitness activities in your ActiveTrax account and you can win cool prizes! 

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October Fun Coming Soon!

October is CROCK-TOBER FEST at the Y!  Send us you favorite crockpot recipe for a chance to win a fun kitchen-themed prize - including a new crockpot!  Email your favorite recipe and a photo of the dish to Lincee Powell at and be entered to win.  Also, follow us on social media for a great new recipe each day in October. 

Virtual BooFest at the Y! Our traditional BooFest at the Y at Grizzard Park has been cancelled for 2020, but we will have fun activities on our BooFest FaceBook page with chances for the kids to win prizes!  Follow us @BooFestattheY and watch for more detail. We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Southeastern Mills and to Business Water Solutions and the Heritage Auto Group for their support of our virtual event.

Play golf and support the Y! On October 8th the Y will host the 29th Annual Brent L Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament at Coosa Country Club to benefit the Rome YMCA. Shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. To learn more or to enter a  4 person team in this this fun event, email Scott McCreless at Support for this event is provided by Fred Taylor Family.

The Y will host a Halloween Kid's Night Out for YMCA Members only on Friday, October 16. Space is limited to 15 children and pre-registration is required. To learn more, email lpowell@ymarome.ort or register at the Y or online for this fun event.

Cow Patty Bingo as been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24th at 2 p.m. Buy your $50 raffle ticket at the Y on Second Avenue or at the Grizzard Park Concession Stand during practices and games for a chance to win $5,000!  Only 400 tickets will be sold and all proceeds benefit YMCA Arsenal Rome Soccer programs. Louisiana Hot Sauce is our presenting sponsor for this VIRTUAL event! Stay tuned for details on live-streaming of the event. 


COVID-19 Information

We are excited to welcome our members and program participants to our facilities at East Second Avenue and Grizzard Park. It is our goal to provide a clean and safe environment for you to enjoy. 

Please STAY HOME if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19.


Please take a few minutes to re-read and review our guidelines and procedures. At this time, COVID-19 remains a significant health concern in our community and it is imperative that we all follow the guidelines and procedures outlined below. 

At the Second Avenue Facility:

A YMCA Staff Member will take your temperature before you are allowed to enter the building. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you will not be allowed to enter the facility.

We encourage you to use the hand sanitizer that is available before you enter the facility.

Members will be required to wear a mask to enter the facility and in all common areas where other members are present and whenever you are walking to and from the area where you will be working out. Masks do not have to be worn during your workout, but we recommend wearing a mask whenever safely possible to limit the spread of germs. Staff will wear protective masks at all times. Please bring a mask with you.

You will be required to maintain a six-foot social distance. Staff will monitor this distance and ask members to comply with this requirement as needed.

You should sanitize equipment before and after each use. Disinfecting wipes and/or sanitizing spray and paper towels will be stationed near the equipment for this task.

At Grizzard Park:

Coaches and staff will wear masks when not socially distanced from players during all training and games.

Upon arrival for games or practices, all players and staff will have their temperature checked. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you will not be allowed to remain at Grizzard Park.

Please remember to maintain a six-foot social distance. Players and coaches will not hold team huddles, or share share team gear such as training vests. Staff will monitor this distance and ask members to comply with this requirement as needed.

Pool News: Private Swim Lessons Now Available

Teaching children and adults to swim is a long standing and important role the Rome YMCA plays in our community. While group swim lessons are not feasible under current conditions, we are excited to offer Private Swim Lessons. Lessons are scheduled through our Aquatics Department using a quick application that tells us about your private lesson needs and goals. To read more about Private Swim Lessons, click the link below: 


For more information or for questions, please contact our Aquatics Director, Max Rubesch at

Group Fitness Classes 

We are now offering 44 Group Fitness Classes each week! 

We have been, and will continue to be, very intentional structuring classes for your health and safety, and the health and safety of our community. We are strictly following the guidelines and requirements for gyms and group fitness classes, as mandated by the State of Georgia. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • Capacity guidelines based on square footage of individual spaces and the facility as a whole
  • A 10-foot minimum space requirement between group fitness participants
  • Cleaning requirements of rooms between classes

Please remember, members are required to check-in to group fitness classes through the designated check-in line on the front porch of the Y. Should you arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your classes start time, please plan to wait in line.  If you are in the Y exercising in other areas or taking another class, you must exit the building and join this line so that you may check-in.  Please do not enter group fitness areas early to set up equipment or reserve a space. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding our group fitness classes or these guidelines, please reach out to our Healthy Living Director, Lincee Powell at to schedule a time to speak with her.

Facility Hours:

Monday through Friday - 5 am to 8 pm *

Saturday - 8 am to 2 pm

Sunday - Closed for cleaning

Please note we will close for cleaning from 1 to 1:30 pm and open for SENIORS ONLY (age 65+) from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm on weekdays.

For the coming week the following areas and amenities will be open to our members:
  • Cardio and weight equipment
  • 44 classes are now offered each week. Classes facilitate social distancing between people and our exercise spaces and classes have been modified to include floor markers to define each participant’s space, relocation of classes to larger spaces and reduction of class size in some cases. We each have an important role in helping to ensure the health and safety of our Y community!  Please remember to bring your own exercise mat, towel and water. Masks are required to be worn as you check in and move through the building, but not during active exercise. Check the mobile app or the Schedule menu above to see all the details of classes, days and times. 
  • Family Restrooms, including showers
  • Our Men's and Women's Locker Rooms are open. Whirlpools, saunas and the men's steam room will not be open. We respectfully ask that while in the locker rooms, you maintain social distancing. Both locker rooms will CLOSE for cleaning at the following times during the day:  9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • The indoor pool is open. Reservations are required and may be made 24 hours in advance. To make a Reservation, click on the Events menu item. A calendar will pop up, click on the time you wish to reserve and enter the requested information and click submit. If all lanes are reserved, you will not see the reservation form. Please note, the time slots staggered to allow for members to exit and enter the pool while maintaining required social distancing. The pool will be cleared at the end of each time slot and everyone will be required to exit the pool and pool deck.  A lifeguard will be on duty at all times.  Please visit our Events Calendar for information on our pool schedule.

The following areas/amenities will remain inaccessible at this time:

Play Center and The Vault
Racquetball Courts
Basketball Gym
Group Fitness Rooms, except during scheduled classes
Coffee Bar
Towels and yoga mats will not be available. Please bring these items with you.
Please also note, guest passes will not be issued or honored at this time. 


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