What to Expect at Indoor Group Exercise



Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to welcome members ages 16+ back to socially-distanced indoor group exercise class favorites like yoga, by appointment only, in our studios at Somerset Hills YMCA. Members virtually check in to the Y to access our new online appointment system. It’s easy! Check gscymca.org/schedules to see your options, then book your class at gscymca.org/appointments. 



We all have an important role to play in the health and safety of our Y community. We’ve implemented some new policies and procedures in the interest of looking out for everyone’s safety. Be ready to go and make the most of your visit to the Y when you know What to Expect at our Indoor Group Exercise Classes:

  • Come prepared in appropriate fitness attire with your own water and towel, if necessary, in a gym bag that will stay with you at the Y at all times—no lockers/cubbies at this time
  • Arrive at the Y and put on your face mask/covering as you exit your vehicle  
  • Head to the main entrance for member check-in to have your temperature taken, hand sanitize, and answer a few simple questions 
  • Proceed to the appropriate group exercise studio in the Y
  • Maintain 6-foot distance between you and other members at all times
  • Your mask must remain on while inside the facility, including while working out
  • Enjoy your workout!
  • Follow the directional signage to exit—being mindful to maintain distance from other members—and depart to your vehicle  
  • Thanks for coming to the Y and we’ll see you soon!

Ready? Grab your key fob, check gscymca.org/schedules to see your options, then virtually check in to the Y to book your indoor group exercise appointment!




See what members like you can expect at each of our branches offering Indoor Group Exercise Classes in our studio spaces:




Visit gscymca.org/whattoexpect and learn more about what the Y is doing and what all members and participants will do to help ensure a safe experience for all. Together, we’re a better us.


As we continue to reopen our doors in conjunction with the phases of New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan, please be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers – is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices.


Note: The information on this page is subject to change at any time as new information and resources become available.





Q:At which branches can members enjoy indoor group exercise classes?
A: Greater Somerset County YMCA branches offering socially-distanced indoor group exercise classes include Somerset Hills YMCA.

Q: When is the Y open for members?
A: Our Wellness Centers at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA are open daily for members! Below are our new modified hours of operation:

  • Monday to Friday 5:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 1:00pm

Q: Is there a limit to how many people may be in the Y building?
A: Yes, each part of our YMCA facilities are operating under a temporary revised maximum occupancy as mandated by state and local officials.

Q: Do I have to make an appointment before visiting the Y?
A: At this time, members looking to utilize our aquatics facilities for lap swimming and/or our indoor group exercise classes must book an appointment at least one hour in advance. This is in order to accommodate as many members as possible within mandated maximum capacities. Members make their appointment by visiting: https://gscymca.org/appointments

Q: Are locker rooms open?
A: No. For the safety of our members and staff, locker rooms remain closed at this time. Cubbies/storage for belongings in the Wellness Center are also unavailable at this time. Members should enter the Y ready to work out in appropriate fitness attire and carry their belongings in a small gym bag that stays with them.

Q: Are restrooms open?
A: Yes, but restrooms are NOT to serve as changing areas.

Q: Are water fountains available?
A: Yes, but only for the purpose of refilling reusable water bottles.

Q: Is Kidz Korner babysitting open?
A: No. To comply with mandated maximum occupancies, we have reserved all facility access to members visiting to utilize our Wellness Centers and aquatics facilities for personal fitness purposes.

Q: Why are some services not available?
A: We’ve been carefully planning to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs in the safest manner possible so you can access the services and support you miss and need the most. Some services like café/vending machine/coffee service will not be available until local health officials deem them safe to resume. Similarly, locker rooms, showers, and saunas will be temporarily unavailable and members will notice seating removed from common areas. These efforts are for the health and safety of all. 

Q: What safety measures is the Y taking to help protect members from COVID-19?
A: As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. Where there are no guarantees, the YMCA has put in place measures to keep staff and members safe. We have taken all steps recommended by state and local officials to ensure the safety of our members, program participants, volunteers and staff. This means things will look and feel a little different. When you come back to the Y, this is what you can expect: 

  • All members and staff will be screened before being allowed to enter the facilities
  • All staff will wear PPE and members are required to wear face masks/coverings as well
  • Hand sanitization stations are located throughout the building
  • Equipment is limited and signage is on the equipment and floors to distinguish 6 foot social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning of equipment and spaces with higher frequency, please be patient if your workout has a short delay for cleaning

Learn more about what to expect when you visit the Y! Visit gscymca.org/whattoexpect 



We’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. The Y isn’t a building. It’s people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community, together.

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The Y will continue to offer live virtual fitness options for our members in addition to an ever-increasing lineup of in-person offerings at our branches—including outdoor group exercise! It’s all included with your Y membership. Your Y. Your way. We’re in this together!