Need to Refresh Your Activities this Winter? Try the Y! Register for classes and leagues online at

Dec 21, 2020 - Jan 29, 2021
Countryside YMCA
Countryside YMCA

Exercise and activity are essential to physical and mental health, especially during this pandemic. Countryside YMCA reopened in May and since then has been following CDC guidelines and providing opportunities for members to stay active, helping them to reduce stress and improve fitness. With options to get involved in sports, swim, fitness, and arts local families can be active and healthful at the Y this winter. 

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Lebanon, OH – Exercise and activity are essential to physical and mental health, especially during this pandemic. With options to get involved in sports, swim, fitness, and arts your family can be active and healthful at the Y this winter.

“We are working hard every day to adhere to the guidelines provided by the CDC and the state of Ohio to keep the Y as safe as possible for our staff and our members,” said Countryside YMCA CEO Chris Johnson.

·        Staff wear masks. Members wear masks unless they are exercising or in the pool.

·        Puradigm® Air purifiers have been installed in fitness studios and the cardio strength center to ensure quality air filtration.

·        Equipment in the cardio strength center and fitness class sizes have been adapted to meet physical distancing guidelines.

·        Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility, and the Y is cleaning and disinfecting daily.

“We do these things because we care about the health and well-being of our members,” added Johnson. 

If you have decreased your activity during this pandemic, you aren't alone. But the Y has been open since May, providing opportunities for members to stay active, helping them to reduce stress and improve fitness.

Since reopening, the Y has been offering boxing fitness, Pilates, Yoga, Barre®, Zumba®, Cycle Spin and more. Class sizes have been modified to meet physical distancing requirements, and participants can reserve their space in a class by using the MyZone app. “We are cleaning equipment between all classes, installing air purifiers, and sanitizing daily to help keep members and Y staff as safe as possible,” said Executive Program Director Zach McCollum.

Those who want something different from a studio fitness class could consider water fit or swim lessons. According to the CDC there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools. “Our private swim lessons are really popular now,” said Swim Lesson Director Karla Toye, “and we are still offering progressive swim lessons with smaller class sizes.”

For fans of the American Ninja Warrior show, the Y now has a Ninja Zone program. “Our Ninja program is a fast-moving training program designed to develop strength, coordination, balance, power, agility and self-confidence,” said Gymnastics Director Becca Colemann. “It’s done on an obstacle course and it’s just plain fun for kids and adults!” she added.  

Sports are also available at the Y. Learn Tae Kwon Do (TKD), a Korean-style martial art, and build strength, balance, flexibility, and self-discipline. In these non-contact classes, instructors from the I.K. Kim Tae Kwon Do Centers focus on basic techniques, forms, kicking skills, board breaking skills, and self-defense in a socially distanced format. Besides TKD, registration is open for basketball and soccer.

Not sure where to start?  Plan to meet with one of the YMCA Member Coaches. New members can participate in complimentary Smart Start Member Coaching, a one-on-one coaching experience which helps new members come up with a personalized wellness plan that fits their goals, interests, and lifestyle.  This is followed by periodic check-ins and provides the guidance and support needed for new members to get the most of their membership. Member Coach Elizabeth Doubet said, “New members and their families are important to us. Countryside YMCA is a big place, and we love to work with members to make the Y a little smaller and more accessible.” 

“We work every day to improve the wellbeing of people in our community by providing resources and guidance to improve physical activity, health and wellness,” said Johnson. “Offering fitness classes, water activities, and sports during this pandemic is just one more way to empower people in their efforts toward healthy living,” he added.

More information about membership, programs and class registration can be found at

Countryside YMCA has two locations. The Lebanon location at 1699 Deerfield Rd. Lebanon, OH 45036 is a 230,000 sq. ft. facility, built on 126 acres of land and is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The Landen location at 2894 US 22/3 Maineville OH 45039 is a smaller facility designed to serve Deerfield Township residents with fitness opportunities, before and after school care, and a preschool. Learn more about YMCA membership here

About Countryside YMCA
Since 1978, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that welcome everyone in an environment where people of all ages can achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. Located on a beautiful 126-acre property, Countryside YMCA is one of the world’s largest YMCAs offering eight pools, five gymnasiums, two indoor tracks, a rock climbing wall, a 13,000 square ft. cardio/ weight room, the Arts Center, Stolle Center for active seniors, the Motion Zone for active youth, a wide range of exercise, sports, and creative expression classes, disc golf, summer day camp for kids, and scenic trails.

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Head to the Y for Family Fun and Fitness

If your family togetherness time needs a refresh, consider the Y as a new place for the whole family to hang out. The Y offers lots of family fun activities that don't involve screens.

Splash into the indoor Family Aquatic Center. With fun, interactive water features, a slide and even lap lanes this recreational swim spot is perfect for a few hours of fun.

Exer-gaming is all the rage with youth who want to combine activity and electronics. Let them spend a few hours in our Motion Zone and get moving!

Team up with your family and play basketball, golf, or climb! Set goals and reward yourselves for clocking some active togetherness time.

Train to become Ninja Warriors! That's right - sign up for classes using our new Ninja Training course and bring out the ninja warriors in your family! 


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Boxing Fitness: The new boxing fitness classes at Countryside YMCA are limited in the number of participants so that each person can work through the boxing stations while maintaining social distancing. All equipment is sanitized between classes, and participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves (although the Y can provide them, if needed.)


Ninja Warrior: Entering the Ninja Zone at Countryside YMCA is the funnest new way to exercise. This family is training together during a Ninja Family session, but classes are also available for youth, teens, and adults.


Family Aquatic Center: This indoor pool space is perfect for relaxing water play or lap swimming. With two pools, a family play pool with teaching lanes and a cool lap pool, kids and adults of all ages and abilities can enjoy water fitness and fun. The family play pool ranges from 0 to five feet and features a water slide, spouts, tumble buckets, an interactive water play station, and a Vortex! The water temperature is maintained at 86-88 degrees.



FREE Virtual Diabetes Self-Management Class offered this winter through Countryside YMCA

Jan 14, 2021 - Feb 25, 2021
Free Diabetes
Free Diabetes

Improve the quality of your life in this Free Diabetes
Self-Management class at Countryside YMCA


Free workshop for the community, to help participants manage diabetes.




Lebanon, OH  For those with diabetes, managing the disease can be challenging. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication, and reducing your risk for complications are all daily aspects of diabetes management. Diabetics, pre-diabetics and their caregivers can find support this winter during a free six-week class offered by Countryside YMCA in partnership with the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. Participants will learn ways to maintain their health and manage diabetes through problem solving and building self-confidence. You do not have to be a YMCA member to take this class.




The class will run for six weeks, January 14th- February 25th. Participants meet virtually or over the phone and learn how to overcome barriers to healthy living and how to set manageable, attainable goals. Each week they will report on their progress and make goals for the next week. With the help of our two experienced, certified instructors, an easy-to-read book and the support of their peers, our participants learn ways to overcome barriers to healthy living.  The class is open to anyone with Diabetes (1 or 2), pre-diabetes, or a friend or family of those who have the condition. Limited space is available, and interested participants should contact Cara Ebel at or 513-932-1424 ext 185.




“Type 2 diabetes is a disease of lifestyle which affects not just the person but entire families. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can help people improve their overall health and manage their diabetes,” said Cara Ebel, ACE-Certified Health Coach and instructor at the Y.   


The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that almost 10% of the US population -30.3 million people – has diabetes. Of these, 23.8% don’t even know they have diabetes. Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it.


These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.


Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.


“Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity,” said Ebel.




Tips to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
Countryside YMCA is a leading non-profit providing healthy living tips and classes throughout the year. Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:


· Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.


· Keep a food diary to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.


· Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.


· Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.


· Incorporate more activity in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.


· Speak to your doctor about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.


Learn more healthy living tips at






Countryside YMCA- one of the world’s largest YMCAs – is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the Warren County community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 40 years, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that help people achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. All are welcome to experience the unmatched facilities, outreach, and varied programs available only at the Y.



Anytime Fitness: Join for $1 Now through Feb. 2nd

Jan 22, 2021 - Feb 2, 2021
Anytime Fitness
Anytime Fitness

LHS Captain's Council Food Drive

Jan 25, 2021 - Jan 29, 2021
LHS Captains Council
LHS Captains Council

Lebanon High School Captain's Council & R&L Carriers Host

A Canned Food Drive

for the Lebanon Food Pantry

(Food Drive Ends Friday, Jan. 29th)

If you are interested in participating in this Food Drive, there are several Community Drop-off spots: 

     •Central Office -160 Miller Road Lebanon Ohio 45036

     •Market 640 - 640 Broadway Lebanon Ohio 45036

     •Transportation Office - 502 N. Water Street Lebanon Ohio 45036


Shaker Run Golf Course Feb. Calendar

Feb 1, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021
Shaker Run Golf Course
Shaker Run Golf Course

Old Post Office Flea Market

Feb 12, 2021 - Feb 13, 2021
Flea Market
Flea Market

Trombone Ensemble with The Bones of Cincinnatus

Mar 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Concert Series
Concert Series