Gaston County Family YMCA

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The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free 12-week physical activity and well being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The small group, research-based program offers cancer survivors a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities.

Survivors work with YMCA certified instructors to build muscle mass, strength, flexibility and endurance while improving confidence and self-esteem.  In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community for people impacted by cancer.

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is available at every Gaston County Family YMCA location.

Cherry Blossom 5K

Cherry Blossom 5K


Participate in the Cherry Blossom 5K this year! Proceeds benefit the Cherryville Family YMCA “The Y: So Much More” Annual Giving Campaign.

Friday, April 25th @ 6:00pm; 1 mile Memorial walk 6:05pm

This race  begins and ends at First Presbyterian Church, 107 West Academy Street, Cherryville and is part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. After the race, you can walk downtown to enjoy carnival rides, vendors, and the “Fantastic Shakers” band.

Sponsors: Alray Tire; Don & Carla Beam Foundation;  Cherryville Federal Bank; Cherryville Animal Hospital; Cherryville Golf & Country Club; Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center; Dr. Paul H. Cloninger, DDS; Food Lion; FleetNet America; Ironton Animal Hospital; Medical Center Pharmacy; Mister Sparky; Modern Polymers; Papa’s Pizza; Peak Resources


Register online below or download the race brochure and registration form Cherry Blossom 5K Brochure


» $20 through April 20th, $25 April 21st-23rd & Race Day
» $25 on Race Day

» $10 for Girls On the Run through April 20th

1 Mile Memory and Survivor Walk: 

» $10 donation to LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA suggested,  waiver on race day required. You may purchase a T-shirt after the race if available.

Other Details:

Trophies to top make and female runners.

More medals this year: Medals will be given to top 3 male and female ages 9 and under, and in 5-year increments beginning with age 10.

Run with your dog on a fixed- length leash, and the first dog to finish gets a “Top Dog” tag.

The Cherry Blossom 5K is the 1st race of 5 in the 2014 Gaston County Y Race Series and The Gaston Cup. Save and register for the entire series!

 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

When is  early packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Thursday, April 24th  at First Presbyterian Church from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Can I walk the 10 Mile or 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off traffic 100 percent. Your leashed dog can run with you for no extra charge, and may even win the dog division- just hold on when our New Year Shooter shoots the starting musket! Strollers are allowed.

Where can I find information on the course?

Download the brochure for course directions.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Jyma Atwell at  or (704) 445-9622. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They are listed above and on the brochure, and will be on the back of your shirt.  More sponsors may be added- if you would like to sponsor- give Jyma a call or email!

More questions? Feel free to contact the Cherryville YMCA at or (704) 445-9622

The Y 5K Race Series

The Y 5K Race Series

The Gaston County Family YMCA is proud to announce the 2014 YMCA 5K Race Series, a five race event throughout the county. Series registration includes specialized shirt and bib as well as qualify for Series awards.



Registration for all five races is $111. Individual race registration will begin 90 days prior to each race. Due to race limits, registration through the YMCA 5K Race Series is the only way to ensure your spot.

Register below or download form here


Coaching Connection

Coaching Connection

In this six week program, your coach is committed to giving you the support, knowledge and encouragement you need to motivate and inspire a healthy lifestyle so you can feel and see results.

Stop by the Welcome Center to sign up for a coaching appointment that fits your schedule! You will spend 30 minutes a week with your wellness coach to design a program based on your personal wellness goals.

Coaching Connection is a free program that is included with your monthly membership!

More Information

Group Exercise Classes

Group Exercise Classes

Ages: 12+ (16 for Les Mills BodyPump™ classes)

Whether you’re new to exercise or getting back into it, group exercise is a great way to get moving, make friends and stay motivated. We offer classes for all ages, all levels and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes, stretching and strength training to indoor cycling, water exercise, and yoga, you’ll find a group class that’s fun, supportive and keeps you moving.

Dates & Times:
Schedules here

Cost: Free to all members


Youth Fitness Orientation

Youth Fitness Orientation

Ages: 9 – 15

Youth fitness orientations are 1 on 1 fitness instruction to youth age 9-15 that include weight room, cardio room equipment usage instruction and safety information. The program is intended to introduce youth to exercise in a safe and supervised environment. After completion of the program the youth can use the cardio and/or the weight room with the supervision of a parent or guardian.

Dates & Times: 1 hour scheduled appointments with YMCA fitness staff anytime they are available within the normal operating hours of the Y.

Personal Training

Personal Training

Personal Training (Private)

Ages: 12+

Private personal training is 1 on 1 fitness training with a nationally certified YMCA personal trainer. The trainer trains the client using strength training, cardio training, and nutritional counseling and monitoring. Sessions are 1 hour in length and can be purchased in 1, 5, 10, 15, and 30 session packages.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability.


1 Session – $49
5 Sessions – $205
10 Sessions – $370
15 Sessions – $495
30 Sessions – $975

Personal Training (Small Group Classes)

Ages: 12+

A group personal training class is personal training in a small group setting. The session length is determined by the class specifics and what it dictates the length to be in order for the clients to achieve their goals. Classes are created based on specific branch need and want and trainer experience and availability.

Offered to YMCA members only and must have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 in order to have the sessions.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability. Classes are 4 to 8 weeks in length depending on specific class.

Sessions – $10 per session per client and must be paid in full prior to start of class sessions. For example, if the class meets 2x per week for 4 weeks the total cost to the member is $80 and this must be paid prior to the start of the 4 week program.

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