Fitness, Heath, and Wellness

The Center has a wide variety of free classes to keep your body fit and well. Below is a sample of the classes we offer throughout the year; visit our monthly calendar to see what's running this month.

Sample Exercise Classes

Balance and Strength Exercise Class
All fitness levels are welcome to develop fall prevention skills. The program improves posture and confidence by awakening core muscles of the abdominals, back, and hips.

This class presents mental and physical activities to improve concentration, memory, verbal skills and more.

Belly Dancing
Belly dancing is based on one of the oldest social dances in world history, originating in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Belly dancing is both a beautiful form of dance and a great way to exercise. It'll help you stay in shape and allow you to express your personal creativity.

Chair Aerobics
Energetic routine utilizes chairs for participants with balance issues. Small balls, stretch bands, and weights are used in the toning section. Music included.

Chinese Relaxation
Simple guided movements are used to improve well being and concentration. The slow sequence of movements emphasize straight spines, abdominal breathing, and natural range of motion. Music included

Line Dancing
Learn all the basics for your favorite group dances, including the Macarena and the Cuban Shuffle.

Morning Exercise with Weights and Bands
A Y tradition since 1980, this class features standing and seated exercises to develop tone and enhance posture. Light weights and bands add intensity. No music.

Shall We Dance
A weekly exploration of ballroom dance steps like tango and salsa prepares you for social events and other dance opportunities.

Supervised Cardio
Switch gears from the daily grind by exercising 10 minutes or longer on our treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. A certified trainer or staff member provides feedback and encouragement as needed.

Supervised Weight Room
Learn the difference between a deltoid and a bicep in this class led by a certified fitness instructor in our weight room.

Swimming/Water Aerobics at the Riverdale Y
Choose either lap swim or low impact water aerobics. The water aerobic classes focus on traditional workouts in waist-to neck-high water in a swimming pool. Water resistance intensifies the workout and cushions impact on joints.

Tai Chi & Tai Chi for Arthritis
Slow motion martial art increases balance awareness and joint flexibility. The slow sequence of movements emphasize straight spines, abdominal breathing, and natural range of motion.

Zumba involves DANCE and AEROBIC elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates HIP-HOP, SOCA, SAMBA, SALSA, MERENGUE, MAMBO, MARTIAL ARTS, and some BOLLYWOOD and BELLY DANCE moves.

Walking Club
The simplest and most popular exercise can curb memory loss and heart disease one step at a time! Start small with “Walk 500 Steps” and “Walk & Talk” and move up to the longer “Walk in the Park.” Each workout features a final stretch and use of a pedometer which counts the number of individual steps.

Walk 500 steps – 30 minutes along the track or indoor gym.
Walk & Talk w/Ann – 30 minutes walking along the track incorporates toning and lively conversation.
A Walk in the Park – 45minutes along Broadway and Fort Tryon Park.


Chair Yoga
East meets West when the 5,000 year-old tradition of yoga combines with the modification of a comfortable chair to encourage all fitness levels in one half-hour segment. Music is used.

Iyangar Yoga on Wednesdays
Stretching, strengthening, and stress-reducing techniques that utilize props like blankets and blocks to realign the whole body. Emphasis is on alignment. No music.

Intro to Therapeutic Yoga
Specific topics feature “Yoga for Good Night’s Sleep”, “Yoga for better balance” “Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain.” Beginners welcome and encouraged!

Sunday Yoga A yoga-based stretch class emphasizing balance, upper and lower-body strength and total relaxation. Music is used.


Blood Pressure
Knowledge is key to preventing or controlling high blood pressure. Get your reading during one of our frequent screenings offered throughout the week.

IRest - Integrative Restoration
A meditation program endorsed by the U.S. Military since 2006 that invites participants to take a nap while an instructor offers guided imagery. Based on the ancient practice of yogic sleep, benefits include pain management and improved memory .

Lite Bites
Food is more than ingredients! This 45-minute discussion group explores all aspects of food, from its nutritional value to its politics.

Together on Diabetes
Weekly diabetes education classes, support groups, and nutrition programs, and individual coaching available. This class will help you work toward a balance of healthy diet, physical activity, and appropriate medical management of your diabetes

Community Health Lectures
Monthly presentations on various health topics lead by a Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist