Challenge Yourself- Connect with Friends!

At the YMCA, we know that not every person is motivated by the same things. We also know that having a supportive group of like-minded friends can help you achieve goals you never thought were possible! Our Wellness Challenges are held throughout the year. They focus on different areas of strength, and different types of workouts. Challenges are a great way to get excited about wellness, stay motivated to achieve your goals, and to make new friends along the way (oh, and you could win some great prizes)! These programs are open to members.

Have you been telling yourself that you need to get back into a workout routine after the holidays? Start fresh and crush your goals with the Check-In Challenge! Just check in at any of our four branches- Mattoon, Toledo, Center for Healthy Living, or the Virtual Y. Every check-in or barcode entry on the Virtual Y gives you an entry to win great prizes, including a month of free membership and discounts on your Recharge Challenge registration!

Age:  Any!
Registration: 12/15/21-1/8/22
Program Dates: 1/1/21-1/31/22
Fee: Free for members!

The Recharge Challenge is an eight-week fitness challenge designed to motivate you to exercise regularly and at the appropriate level. The challenge consists of an increasing number of minutes to exercise each week. Participants will receive prizes for achieving weekly goals. The more goals they reach, the more chances they have to win even more prizes in our final raffle drawing!

Age: Any!
Registration: 12/15/21- 2/12/22
Program Dates: 2/6/22-4/2/22
Fee: $10/member

Studies show that true change in our fitness routine happens when we focus on frequency before intensity. We can all make time to move our body for 30 minutes a day. You don’t have to pump iron or run a mile. You could pull weeds, walk the dog, or even scrub the shower! How many days can you be intentional about exercising for 30 minutes? The YMCA encourages you to make it happen for the next 31 days!  Just use the calendar we provide to write down your start and end time on the days you exercise for 15+ minutes. Workouts can take place ANYWHERE. You can start this challenge at any time during the month.

  • 1-14 days wins a Y Swag Voucher
  • 15-24 days wins a Y Swag Voucher & Chapstick
  • 25-31 days wins a Y Swag Voucher & Chapstick, and a YMCA Cinch Bag!
  • All participants who submit their calendar to the desk after completing one or more days will be entered to win a FREE 3-Month YMCA Membership!


  • Attend 4 group fitness classes in the month of July to earn a Y t-shirt!
  • All logs must be turned in by August 6th in order to be eligible for the prizes. You must exercise at least 30 minutes in order for that day to count.
  • Remember to post your workouts on social media and tag us. You can also use #30x31Challenge so we can see your progress!

Age:  Everyone!
Registration:  6/1/21-7/17/21
Program Dates:  7/1/21-7/31/21
Fee:  Free for members

Total wellness is about more than HIIT workouts and pumping iron. At the Y, we believe in healthy living for Mind, Soul, AND Body. The Total-Y Wellness Challenge helps you discover new ways to take care of yourself while you win prizes! The goal of the program is to complete as many daily missions within each dimension of wellness as possible. There are 10 daily missions to choose from (i.e. play a game, journaling, meet up with friends, and drink 8 glasses of water). As you go through the program, you might notice you’re stronger in some dimensions than others. We encourage you to try to get out of your comfort zone and explore all dimensions! As you complete missions, you will earn prizes listed below. This challenge is only open to members of the Mattoon or Neal Center YMCA.

DATES: 11/2/22-11/21/22
COST: $5

  • Each week you will pick up a new log in the lobby to track your progress. Logs will be made available by Friday of the week prior.
  • Logs are required to be turned in each week by the following Monday (i.e. Week 1 log is due by Monday of week 2) to the front desk.
  • You will receive exactly one point for every mission completed within a day’s time. For example, if the challenge is to read 20+ minutes, you must read at least 20 minutes within the day in order for the point to count. If you read for 40 minutes in one day, you still earn exactly 1 point.
  • Missions can be completed multiple times throughout the challenge. However, only one point per mission, per day will be awarded. For example, if you take two relaxing baths in one day, you only receive one point. If you take a relaxing bath yesterday and today, you will receive one point for each day.
  • This program is based on the honor system, but we ask that you not vary the challenges from how they’re listed. For example, if the challenge is to take a relaxing bath, a relaxing shower would not count.
  • Missions do not have to take place at the Y. Because of this, you might not update your log sheet daily.
  • Points cannot be called in over the phone or emailed.
  • There are no minimum weekly requirements. We encourage you to accumulate as many points as possible, but there are no minimum restrictions that could remove you from the program.

PRIZES (awarded as you reach each point goal):
60 points = Guest pass
120 points = YMCA Cinch Bag
180 points = YMCA Towel
240 points = YMCA Tumbler, Mug or Shaker Bottle
Participants who accumulate 300 or more points over the course of the program will also be entered to win a free 3 month membership to the Y!

Need some accountability to stay on track throughout this holiday season?  We’re here to keep you motivated! Participants will weigh in at the beginning and end of the challenge. Participants are invited to weigh in up to 3 times in addition to the initial and final weigh ins. Everyone receives a playing card each time they weigh in. At the end of the challenge, participants will win awesome prizes based on their poker hand! Participants who wish join as partners will be challenged to BOTH maintain their weight in order to receive Y credit. They can also combine their poker hands for more chances to win prizes!

Participants who maintain weight (within two pounds) or lose weight during holidays will receive their money back in Y credit. At the end of the competition, each card will qualify for one entry for a FREE 3-month Y membership!

Registration opens: TBD
Cost: $20 (members only)
Initial weigh in: TBD
Final weigh in: TBD