Strengthen the muscles around your joints in the comfort of a low impact water setting

The YMCA is proud to offer this low impact water exercise program designed for people with arthritis and related conditions. The water provides gentle resistance to build muscle strength and supports joints to encourage free movement. Participants should be comfortable in the water but do not need to have swimming skills. Please check with your physician before beginning this program.

  • Drop-in class
  • No registration required
  • Ages 13+ may attend unaccompanied by an adult

A Typical Class

Located in the therapeutic Small Pool, participants work with non-impact movements. Occasionally the use of noodles and other equipment are incorporated into the class. Alternating leg and arm movements and balance techniques are used throughout the class period.


  • Increase flexibility and balance
  • Better mobility in joints and range of motion
  • Low impact = gentle movements, easy on joints

Tips + Preparation

  • Wear water shoes if you have trouble walking on the pool floor
  • Only do what your body allows you to do

Equipment Needed

  • Equipment is provided by instructor

Attire and What to Bring

  • Wear water shoes if you have trouble walking on the pool floor
  • Water bottle