YMCA Day of Giving 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The YMCA is launching its annual YMCA Day of Giving on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.  YMCA Day of Giving is an annual one-day giving event that provides an opportunity to give to your local YMCA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 

YMCA Day of Giving was started in 2015 by the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and launched by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas in 2018. In 2022, 68 YMCAs took part in the national one-day giving event. Since its inception in 2015, YMCA Day of Giving has enabled the Y to raise almost $3 MILLION in charitable gifts supporting local communities nationwide.

Funds raised this year will support the community through membership financial assistance, camperships, program funding for adults, seniors, children, and children and families, and community outreach.

Imagine what the Duneland Community would be like if…
  • More kids had a safe place to learn, laugh, and play.
  • More people had the guidance and tools to lead healthier, more balanced lives.
  • More of our neighbors could access the support needed to create a better future for themselves.

What do you Imagine for Tomorrow?

The Y continues to grow and evolve alongside the community they serve, bringing people together from all walks of life. Your help is essential as we adapt to our community’s changing needs. When you support the Duneland Family YMCA with a financial gift, you strengthen your community and advance the mission, vision, and values of the YMCA. As the nation’s leading nonprofit, the YMCA uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own backyard.

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We Love Our Members

When you join the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You are supporting the values and programs that strengthen our community. At the Duneland Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together, and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging. 
Join today through February 28th with only a $14 joiners fee, AND enjoy $14 off any personal training packages. New or returning members!


Only $14 to Join in February

Enjoy no payment to join the Y on Black Friday – up to $130 savings!

This deal is available through Tuesday, Feb. 28th for new or returning members! Use code “LOVE” to purchase online.

$14 OFF Personal Training Packages

For existing and new training clients, enjoy $14 OFF on personal packages.

This deal is available through Tuesday, Feb. 28th. Training packages must be purchased in person or over the phone. Call (219) 926-4204 or visit the Duneland YMCA front desk.


Take advantage of our Black Friday- Cyber Monday deals – our best deals all year! Whether you plan to become a member or commit to personal or small group training, take advantage of these BIG savings starting Friday, Nov. 25, and running until Monday, Nov. 28!


NO JOIN FEE & NO PAYMENT until Dec. 15th

Enjoy no payment to join the Y on Black Friday – up to $130 savings!

This deal is available Friday, Nov. 25th through Monday, Nov. 28th. The regular draft begins on Dec. 15th. Must sign up in person or online. Use code “blackfriday” to purchase online.

Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Personal Training Packages

For existing and new training clients, enjoy a a buy one get one 50% off savings on personal packages.

Training Package deal begins Friday, Nov. 25th and ends Monday, Nov. 28th. Training packages must be purchased in person or over the phone. Call 219) 926-4204 or visit the Duneland YMCA front desk.

Holiday Group Exercise Schedule

Holiday Modified Group Exercise Schedule

Christmas is just around the corner and we all know that the holidays are not only a time for feasting and seeing family and friends, but can also be stressful and tiring for a plethora of reasons, regardless of whether or not you’re the host! Get in a quick and effective workout at the Y to help mentally prepare for the holiday ahead, in mind, body, and spirit, or to get more energy after a big meal! A great workout calms nerves, focuses the mind, relaxes tension, and helps keep you healthy and fit!


The Duneland Family YMCA will be running a modified schedule for the weeks surrounding Christmas:

Dancing Like the Stars 2022


The 2022 Dancing Like the Stars, Duneland Family YMCA’s signature fundraising event, was held at Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center on Saturday, November 5. Over 600 guests attended to cheer for nine local celebrities who performed a variety of dances to raise to provide critical funding that enables the Y to make an impact in the Duneland community and ensure that ALL are welcome and can participate in programs, classes, and activities that build a health spirit, mind and body for all. This year’s theme was “Party Like It’s 199.” Guests were encouraged to add to the fun by breaking out their fanny packs, windbreakers, and best 90’s themed attire. 

The impressive 2022 Stars lineup included Jim Anton, Shepherd Insurance, Jim Crawford, Lakeshore Mechanical; Corey Hecht, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Aimee Monik, Duneland Family YYMCA: Cami Osborn, Precision Dental; Jenny Soffin, The IN Coast; Traci Urban, Duneland School District; Dan Marchetti, Urschel Laboratories, Bri Nguyen, Trinity Displays. These community leaders sought sponsorships and popularity votes, and invited countless guests to be part of their “cheering sections” all in an effort to entertain the crowd, help others, and, of course, win the competition! Each dancer was provided a series of dance lessons at local studios including DanceBizz Dance Center. The performances were dazzling and the entertainment was phenomenal.

At the conclusion of the program, prizes were awarded in appreciation of the contestants’ efforts.  Judges for the evening were Calla Baily, Jessica Amling, and Raeann Trakas. Traci Urban won the Judge’s Choice Award honoring the best performance of the evening. Jenny Soffin was awarded the People’s Choice Award, which was determined by the number of popular votes received by each Star (votes were purchased for $5 each by supporters). Dan Marchetti won the Big Bucks Award by raising the most money for the event, bringing in over $17,000 in sponsorships and donations. Cami Osborn had the loudest cheering section and was awarded the Team Spirit award. New this year, Jim Anton was awarded the “All About the Benjamins Award” raising the most money that evening through donations.

Sponsors for the evening included Platinum Sponsors; Precision Dental, Trinity Displays Northshore Health Centers, Trout Family (Jim and Lindsay), American Licorice, Urschel Laboratories, Bozovich Wellness, Merill Lynch, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Lakeshore Mechanical, Gariup Construction, Paul Boyter McColly Real Estate, Berglund Construction, 1st Source Bank, Kroft Family, Royko Concrete, Cleveland Cliffs, NiSource, Tonn, And Blank Construction, Edmonds & Evans, Monosol, The INCoast, Adelman Trucking, Biggby Coffee, RV Sutton, Ennis Builders, Benjamin F Edwards, Metropolitan Steel, SEI Solutions, CAPTRUST, Tim and Kathy Harris, Shepherd Insurance. Northwest Health, Discovery Charter School, Waxi Taxi, Fit Body Bootcamp, Dig the Dunes, Ronald ‘Red’ Stone, NITCO, Smith Legal Group, Shinn Builders, Chris Frain, Chesterton Feed and Garden.

The Duneland Family YMCA has been serving the Duneland Communities for over 50 years focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y is open 7 days a week. For more information on Y programs, services and membership, visit us online at www.dunelandymca.org, call (219) 926-4204, or visit the & at 215 Roosevelt St. in Chesterton. The Y. Always Here for Our Communities

What is Les Mills?

What is Les Mills?

We all know it can be hard to find the motivation to work out some days. But what if you could hop out of bed excited about your daily exercise class? Les Mills hopes to make this dream a reality by offering modern group workout programs that make fitness more enjoyable and accessible.

Les Mills classes fuse science, movement and music with the latest exercise trends and technology to deliver a workout experience that will change your outlook on exercise. Although available in different exercise styles and intensities, all Les Mills classes focus on one goal: bringing people together to harness the power of group fitness and collective determination.

Whether you’re new to the Les Mills trend or need clarification, this article will explain everything from the origin of Les Mills to the different types of programs and their benefits. Keep reading to find out why Les Mills might be your new exercise program of choice.

Where Did Les Mills Start?

The Les Mills story began in 1968 when Les Mills, a four-time Olympian, started his first gym in Auckland, New Zealand, because he wanted to make athletic workouts more accessible to the public. But the Les Mills method didn’t fully evolve into the cutting-edge group exercise classes we now know and love until Mills’ son Philip became fascinated by the power of group fitness and started the first aerobics group workout in 1980. Those early group workout sessions drew lines that stretched down the street, motivating the younger Mills to keep creating group exercise classes revolving around the sounds of trendy music.

Over the next decade, Philip Mills and his wife Jackie built upon the concept of group workout classes before introducing weights and launching the first BODYPUMP™ class in 1990. Since then, the Les Mills brand has grown to include a variety of exercise styles, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and cycling to martial arts and yoga. Each Les Mills class incorporates contemporary music, movement and technology, with a spirited and knowledgable instructor leading the way.

Currently headed by Philip and Jackie’s children, Les Mills continues to produce heart-pumping fitness classes perfect for group settings that lead to mutual perspiration and inspiration. As an international brand, Les Mills now offers 21 fitness programs in more than 100 countries.

What Are the Different Types of Les Mills Workout Classes offered at the Duneland Family YMCA?

The wide variety of Les Mills group workouts allows athletes of all fitness levels to find a workout that suits their ability. Whether you’re up for a high-intensity cardio class or want to dance your way to fitness, Les Mills has a program for you. At the Duneland Y, we currently offer the following classes on our group ex schedule:

New Group Exercise Classes Starting in September!

Group Exercise Schedule - New Classes & Changes in September

With so many types of GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you. Try cardio classes, strength, cycle, Les Mills, Zumba and more. Drop in to check out different classes to find what you like. Unsure or need modifications? Just ask! Our friendly certified instructors will help you along the way.

New Classes and Changes Beginning September 6th:

  • Zumba
    • Mondays at 9:00-9:50am with Romi in the South Gym
    • Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30pm with Anacel in Fitness Studio 2
    • Thursdays at 6:30-7:30pm with Jenny in Fitness Studio 2
  • Les Mills CORE
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays  at 5:45-6:15pm with Aimee in Fitness Studio 2
  • Bodypump
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm with Dana 
  • Spin Express
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:45-9:15am with Donna in Fitness Studio 1
  • Strength 101
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:10am with Donna 
  • Functional Stretch
    •  Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:15-10:45AM with Donna

New Classes and Changes Beginning September 12th:

  • Pound (NEW DAY AND TIME)
    • Pound – M/F – 9:15-9:45AM. South Gym
    • Pound – Weds. – 8:45-9:15AM. Studio 1
  • Bodycombat
    • Mondays and Fridays  at 10-10:45am with Katie in Studio 1
    • Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30-6:15pm with Jessica in the Fitness Room

New Class Beginning September 19th:

  • Engaging Brains
    • Mondays 1:00-2:00pm with Carlota in the Community Room

Class Descriptions:

  • Bodycombat: A science-backed combo of some of the most empowering and effective martial arts moves. This high-intensity, full body workout incorporates aspects of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics. It is a type of cardio peak training, which is a combination of steady and high-intensity exercise all in 30/45 & 55 mins. format options.
  • Core: A scientific core workout that uses athletic training principles to build strength, stability and endurance in the muscles that support your core. Increase core strength, tone your abs, back, glutes and legs, improve posture and balance, assist injury prevention, improve sports performance and become better at everything you do all with the use of resistance bands and weights in this 30 min class.
  • Functional Stretch: A class for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. It combines gentle stretching and basic yoga poses. This class will help guide your awareness to the muscles that may be associated with your aches and pains. Benefits include; improved flexibility, balance, joint mobility, and breath awareness.
  • Strength 101: Strength 101 consists of basic and beginner cardiovascular and strength training exercises. This class is designed to help participants gain stamina, and build lean muscle mass, while increasing balance and flexibility. Perfect for anyone new to exercise and looking for a low-impact group class.


    • Improved muscular strength & conditioning.
    • Improves cardiovascular endurance.
    • Improved muscular balance & function.
    • Improve form and learn modification techniques.
    • Enhanced variety for a more well-rounded workout.
    • Boosts your metabolism.
  • Engaging Brains: If you are 60+ ENGAGING BRAINS is the class to keep you feeling Younger for Longer! We bring together the joy of dancing with fun and engaging exercises to keep your brain healthy and happy! Classes are designed to combine: “Golden Grooves” – smile and sing along as you dance, sitting in chairs, sharpening your coordination and rhythm; and “Brain Workouts” – stimulating and fun activities to boost your memory, sharpen your attention, visual perception, reasoning, and focus. We will improve your brain connections, increasing the ease to perform daily activities, enhancing your mood, and maintaining your autonomy for a happier, healthier you! 

Duneland YMCA and Duneland School Corporation announce partnership to develop Chesterton Middle School property

Duneland YMCA and Duneland School Corporation announce partnership to develop Chesterton Middle School

August 9th, 2022


CHESTERT0N, IN, AUGUST 9, 2022 – The Duneland School Corporation (DSC) and the Duneland YMCA (YMCA) will begin talks to transform the current Chesterton Middle School (CMS) into an education, health, and wellness hub. Responding to DSC’s request for a community partner, the YMCA is working to be a catalyst for change and collaboration in Chesterton and the Duneland communities through the development of a healthy living campus on the current middle school site.

The YMCA and DSC have a long and successful history of program, service, and facility-based partnership. The development of the CMS site as the new home of the YMCA would be a continuation and expansion of the relationship between the two organizations. The Y is currently engaged in collaborative discussions with a wide variety of non-profit agencies and major employers in the region. Included in this group of potential, collocated partners are: Town of Chesterton, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Franciscan Health, Northshore Health Centers, Jacob’s Ladder, Porter Starke Services, and Visiting Nurses Association.

“To better address the expectations of the Y’s members, and meet the needs of the community, the Y was looking to renovate or replace our current facility,” said YMCA Board Chair Elizabeth Adcock. “The opportunity presented by the Duneland School Corporation, and the middle school site will allow the Y to exceed member expectations as well as meet current and emerging needs in collaboration with providers and employers whose work compliments, supplements and supports our own.”

Chesterton Middle School, located between West Morgan Avenue and Porter Avenue in Chesterton, was previously the site of Chesterton High School from 1922-2000. As part of its long-term capital improvement plan to reduce operational costs, DSC is moving from nine school buildings to eight. Plans call for DSC to continue housing district administrative offices, student programs in early childhood, virtual, and alternative education, a wellness clinic for corporation employees, and a 25-meter competition pool for competitive club and school programs on the east side of the current CMS site. Parts of the building west of the pool are not part of future plans and set to close when construction at the Liberty and Westchester campuses is completed. Due to construction delays, the Liberty and Westchester campuses will not be ready for students in grades 7th & 8th until August 2024. As a result, CMS will continue to host 7th & 8th grade students through May 2024. The facility, in need of extensive renovation and site work, will be reimagined and repurposed by the YMCA and its partners.

“Long-term sustainability, evolving relevance, and transformational impact are strategic priorities for the YMCA,” said YMCA CEO Dave Kasarda. “The opportunity presented to the YMCA and our potential partners allows us to address these mandates as well as collaboratively multiply resources, significantly expand our reach and increase access to needed programs and services across a broader cross-section of the Duneland communities.”

The YMCA has moved through a comprehensive planning and investigative process seeking input and direction from its membership and community leaders, as well as current and potential partners.

This insight, along with information provided by nationally recognized consultants and market research has helped the Y envision itself as a catalyst for positive change and collaboration. The YMCA’s volunteer leadership has chosen to engage the school corporation on the redevelopment of the middle school property as a result of its study, the recommendation of its consultants and the endorsement of potential partners.

“The Y has been very deliberate and disciplined in its approach to identifying community needs, seeking collaborative partners and considering locations that will enhance operations,” said Elizabeth Adcock. “We believe that the CMS site and an expanded relationship with DSC affords the Y the best opportunity to change the way we and are partners support each other and serve the community.”

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization, serving over 5,000 people annually via programs, outreach, and events throughout the Duneland Communities. The Duneland YMCA is part of the national YMCA movement, operating in 10,000 communities across the US. The YMCA, which does not deny services due to an inability to pay, serves the community by providing opportunities for individuals of all walks of life focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

“The school corporation is excited about the possibilities this partnership presents for extended and innovative use of the CMS site in service to the entire community,” said Duneland School Corporation Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chip Pettit. “The School Board and I look forward to participating in the development process with the Y and its impressive list of potential partners.”

Locker Rooms Closed August 1-7

August 1-7, 2022

The Duneland Family YMCA Locker Rooms will be closed from August 1-7. We are excited to continue our facility-wide improvements with the updating of the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms. Both locker rooms will be closed from August 1-7 for cleaning and improvements. If you rent a locker, please remove your items before August 1.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for this disruption and know you have options! Below are answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding the locker room closure. Please call us at (219)926-4204 if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We are grateful for your support and patience as we continue to improve our facility!

How long will the locker rooms be unavailable?

The Locker Rooms will be unavailable beginning Monday, August 1, through Sunday August 7th.

Why are you closing the locker rooms all at once instead of staggering the closures?

Due to contractors and maintenance needed, the Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms must be closed at the same time.

Where can I change clothes?

While we understand the the option is inconvenient, the restrooms located at the front of the building will be available. 

What’s changing in the locker rooms?

We will add new cosmetic touches such as paint and clean the locker rooms. 

We are grateful for your support and understanding! Please continue to check your inbox and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our leadership team with questions or concerns.