Winter Session of Livestrong at the YMCA and Healthy Hearts Cardiac Maintenance Programs Begin in January

At the Summit Area YMCA, we are pleased to announce the start of new winter sessions for both our Healthy Hearts Cardio Maintenance Program and The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. Both programs will be offered at the Berkeley Heights YMCA and Summit YMCA branches. We are dedicated to promoting healthy living which includes a holistic approach to wellness and a focus on building a healthy spirit, mind, and body. There are two very unique wellness programs which embody this holistic approach.


The Summit Area YMCA will begin its next session of the Healthy Hearts Cardiac Maintenance Program with a focus on heart disease and cardio health in early January. Healthy Hearts is free and open to the public and designed for people who want to improve their cardiovascular by learning how to exercise independently so they can maintain their cardiovascular health and a life of healthy habits. It is for anyone wishing to improve or maintain cardiovascular health, whether or not they have had a cardiac event. Each session of Healthy Hearts will focus on cardiovascular exercise, building muscle strength and working on flexibility in a small group non-medically supervised setting.



The program is directed by Nationally certified trainers and will meet for 12 weeks with a limit of 10 participants and 2 trainers present at each session. The sessions will utilize the cardio and strength equipment in the fitness center and focus on cardio exercise, strength and flexibility. There will be 4 assessments completed at the beginning and completion of the program to measure cardiovascular endurance, upper body and lower body strength and flexibility. Rate of Perceived Exertion and personal fitness trackers will be utilized to monitor participant’s exertion and heart rate.

• Teach participants how to exercise independently to maintain cardiovascular health.
• Build muscle strength with upper body and lower body exercises.
• Improve overall flexibility.
• Coach participants to continue a lifetime of healthy habits.

Dates: January 8 through March 28
Day & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15PM

To sign up or for more information, please contact:
Lisa McQuilkin
(P) (908) 464-8373 ext. 2026


Dates: February 5 through April 23
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday,  12:00PM

To sign up or for more information, please contact:
Susan Guber
(P) (908) 273-3330

For additional information on Healthy Hearts visit our website at:

Looking for additional ways to get your cardio? The Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of cardio fitness classes to help improve your cardio health, strength and endurance -- from Cardio Core, Cardio Cross Training to Extreme Cardio. To learn more or to see a listing of classes, go


The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program

A new session for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a 12-week cancer recovery program, will begin at both branches in early January. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA helps cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to normality. The Summit Area YMCA staff is trained in supportive cancer care, and works with participants in building muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility, endurance, improving confidence, self-esteem and more.



“I would recommend this program to people who are recovering from cancer and who think that they can’t do any exercises—because The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA staff is so good. They will take you from taking one baby step to really inspiring you to continue and making it a life goal to continue to take care of yourself through exercise. I just can’t say enough about them. They’re caring. They’re empathetic…They seem to know how far to push without going too far and it challenges you. The program had a really wonderful effect on my husband.” – Margaret Lorenzo, Spouse of The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program Participant

Certified Summit Area YMCA trainers and staff guide cancer survivors in exercises that improve their physical strength, flexibility and endurance. The small group setting at the YMCA also helps participants connect and draw from a supportive network of those who have gone through similar life experiences. The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program helps survivors to become healthier and happier individuals. Each session lasts for 12 weeks, where participants and their families receive a free Y membership for full access to YMCA facilities, including KidZone childcare services. There are two 75 minute classes each week within a small group setting of 8-10 participants.

The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program – Berkeley Heights
Dates: January 8 through March 28 
Day & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00PM

The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program - Summit YMCA
Dates: January 8 – March 28 
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM – 2:15PM
Registration for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program is required.

To sign up or for more information, please contact:
Lisa McQuilkin
(P) 908-464-8373

Sue Fieseler
(P) 908-273-3330 ext. 1167

The Summit Area YMCA continues to promote health and wellbeing through programs like Healthy Hearts, The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program and many other fitness and wellness initiatives including small group fitness training, nutritional counseling, group fitness classes and so much more.
Visit us at to view our full menu of offerings or to see our group exercise schedules. Find the class or program that’s right for you and your new goals for 2019!



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.