"Get in shape" hovers near the top of many New Year's resolution lists, right next to "deal with raccoon infestation" and "figure out how raccoons get trapped in the TV." Stop watching so many TV shows starring raccoons with today's Groupon for a membership to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. This Groupon is good at 18 area branch locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $79, you get a two-month family membership, including joining fee (a $317 total value).
- For $49, you get a two-month individual membership, including joining fee (a $253 total value).
Since its founding in 1854, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has kept community members in peak cow-tossing condition with a staggering selection of fitness, sporting, and outreach programs. During your unlimited two-month training montage, you’ll be free to work the weights and machines, bulk up atrophied gills with aquatic activities, or donate sweat socially during group classes such as Zumba, yoga, and cardio kickboxing. Organized sports leagues let adolescent and adult athletes alike test their mettle at basketball, karate, cheerleading, tennis, hockey, and beyond, and the child-care programs keep kids entertained in a safe, relatively ogre-free setting until their parents are finished working out.
The Bliss Drive, Centre Avenue, Bellfield Hall, Chatsworth Avenue, Deer Valley Drive, and Nagel Road branches do not process registrations. Though it cannot be applied toward the purchase of this Groupon, financial assistance through the Building Bridges program is available for ongoing membership.
There are few reviews available online for YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, but Charity Navigator gives them a perfect four stars.
YMCA Adventure Warrior Race
The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.