Free Beginner Fitness Program Debuts at Berkeley Heights YMCA

Free Beginner Fitness Program Debuts at Berkeley Heights YMCA

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, NOVEMBER, 2018 – Sometimes getting healthier can be difficult and can even be daunting for individuals beginning to exercise—but the Y is here to make it easy and approachable for you! At the Berkeley Heights YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA, we are focused on providing the community with opportunities for every individual to reach their full potential. In order to strengthen the wellness of our community we begin with the individual and their specific health needs and goals. We now offer a free 8 week Beginner Fitness program called BFit which is included at no cost for all Berkeley Heights YMCA memberships. The program aims to help you get healthier by having a personal BFIT Coach work with you to develop a fitness plan to help you achieve your short term fitness goals and then further develop those habits into a healthy lifestyle.

We’ll provide structure and accountability to your workouts, help you overcome personal barriers, keep track of your activities and introduce new options in the fitness center to help you on your wellness journey.

“We found that a lot of times, folks who want to become healthier do not know where to start—Especially at the Y where we offer so many different options and pathways for people to get healthy, sometimes you just don’t know where to begin if it’s all new to you. Do I do weights? Cardio? Which piece of equipment? How many reps should I be doing for my specific body? How do I gain more muscle, or how do I lose weight? All these questions might be running through a person’s head when they’re not familiar with exercise in their daily routine. Or, if you’re recovering from an injury or haven’t exercised in a long time, starting up again can be challenging or overwhelming.” said Lisa McQuilkin, Wellness Director of the Berkeley Heights YMCA. “With the BFit program, BFit coaches help beginners ease into exercise in a way that is personalized to what they need, introducing them to equipment or exercises that help them reach their goal, while making sure that they stay on track. They’re both coach and cheerleader for every member, and this kind of individualized attention sets you up for success.”

BFit program participants will partake in 4 meetings throughout the 8 weeks. The BFit coach will help you determine goals, track progress and more. You will then be introduced to equipment in the fitness center that will help kickstart your routine. Throughout the program, you and your coach can discuss concerns you might have, while introducing new fitness equipment for you to use.

To register for the free BFit program, please visit the Berkeley Heights YMCA front desk, call (908) 464-8373, or register online beginning December 1st. 

In addition to the new BFit program, the Summit Area YMCA also provides a variety of beginner exercise classes ranging from general fitness to enhancing strength and stability, to yoga basics and more. To learn more about Beginner type classes at the Y, visit


As a charitable organization, the Y is focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Supporting individuals and the community in their efforts to strengthen health and wellness is core to the Y’s mission to help all people learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about the Summit Area YMCA’s programs, please visit


Questions about BFit? Contact Lisa McQuilkin,
(P) (908) 464-8373 ext. 2026



About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.