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.

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

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

Have you been telling yourself that you need to get back into a workout routine after the holidays? Has quarantine led to some bad habits? 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 free Y memberships!

Age:  Any!
Registration Opens: TBD
Program Dates: TBD
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 Opens: 12/1/20
Program Dates: 2/7/21-4/3/21
Fee: $6/member