Supporting You Safely into 2021!

Serving you safely - YMCA Covid response. The Y is so much more than a gym - we're a cause.

Torrington, December 23rd, 2020 – January 1st is traditionally a symbolic day to refocus the priorities in your life. For many, that means focusing on your personal well-being, and more specifically, committing to exercising or attending the gym more. The Northwest CT YMCA is eager and ready to help you safely and conveniently navigate your wellness journey so you can feel your best. The YMCA offers in-person and online options to help you reach your goals, connect with others, and get the support you need in 2021.

Member safety is our top priority and the YMCA is clean, safe, and in full compliance with all DECD and public health guidelines regarding cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing. “At our YMCA, our new staff motto is “We don’t lean, we clean”, says Greg Brisco, CEO. “We know that even more than friendly staff and great classes, our members are most concerned about the safety and cleanliness of the facility. Beyond cleanliness, all of our staff are trained on how to lead and monitor activities following the most current guidelines in a friendly, welcoming way.”

At the YMCAs, located in Torrington, Winsted & Canaan, members have access to the following amenities: Cardio & strength centers, lap & family swimming, unlimited group exercise classes, as well as locker rooms & showers. The saunas remain closed at this time.

In addition to all of the modified amenities, the YMCA offers virtual programming for members who prefer to connect with their friends and exercise from the convenience of their home. “I miss going to the YMCA, and the online classes have been a blessing for me. Not only can I exercise from home and see my Y friends, I now do classes I could never try in person any time I want. I’ve done more classes online than ever before,” says YMCA member Gail Stanton.

“We are proud of our ability to adapt our traditional activities in innovative ways and will continue to do so. More importantly, we have been able adapt to our community’s needs and provide service in new ways,” says Greg Brisco, CEO. To support families during the pandemic since March, the YMCA has:

  • Offered hybrid & distance learning programs to support working parents
  • Delivered groceries to families in need
  • Counseled youth who are stressed and need someone to talk to
  • Provided housing & homeless shelter programs for individuals & families
  • Supported families who are in crisis


Starting January 1st, 2021, we are launching the RE-START Membership! To take advantage of this 2021 offer for $21 and begin your new year on the right foot, visit the Torrington, Winsted or Canaan YMCA today – before it’s too late! We can’t wait to see you 🙂

To learn more about the Northwest CT YMCA or to join, visit or call 860-489-3133.


About the Y: The Northwest CT YMCA is part of a 176-year-old worldwide organization that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With locations in Torrington, Canaan and Winsted, as well as its summer camps, the Y has a long-standing relationship and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. The Northwest CT YMCA has served Northwest Connecticut for over 130 years, currently serving more than 10,000 individuals annually through its programs and services, which include: health and wellness, swimming and sports, Ninja Warrior Training Center, day camps, infant through school age childcare, Torrington Youth Service Bureau, Winchester Youth Service Bureau, Torrington Trails Network, Winsted Trails, Literacy Volunteers of NWCT, low-income housing and an emergency homeless shelter.