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Volunteering at the Y gives you countless opportunities to develop your expertise and leadership skills and make lifelong friends. It's also a great way to give back to your community, by supporting a charity that's been building healthy kids, teens, and families for over 160 years. Learn more about the personal and professional opportunities your volunteer service can unlock:

Kettlebell group fitness class

The YMCA of Greater Toronto currently includes nine Health and Fitness Centres, with ambitious plans to expand into many new communities over the coming years. Each of our Health & Fitness centres is equipped with a pool (or two!), multi-purpose studios, and a conditioning room decked out with the latest cardio and strength training equipment. Our wide variety of fitness offerings means we're always looking for qualified, enthusiastic volunteers to help our members achieve their goals through high-quality classes.

Get started with one of our certification courses, or put your credentials to good use by applying for one of our volunteer opportunities today.


Jump start your career by building leadership, communication, and teamwork skills, all while gaining hands-on experience and learning the ropes from experts in your field.

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Getting Certified

Kettlebell Group Fitness class

The Y is your one-stop shop for the credentials you need to be an exceptional group fitness instructor. Our courses help you teach effectively, and hone your leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills — crucial competencies for building your career.

Kettlebell training
  • This nationally recognized certification gives you the credentials you need to teach Group Fitness classes like CardioFit, Bootcamp, AquaFit, and more.
  • Courses are targeted to the type of class you want to teach: Choreography, Strength, Cycle, Aqua, or Yoga. We also have courses for volunteers to learn Arriba, Barre, MuscleFit and AquaFit – these classes are pre-choreographed so you can start teaching faster!
  • All courses include an apprenticeship: you'll get to practice teaching under the guidance of an experienced mentor, ensuring you learn how to lead a safe, effective and top-notch class.

Register for our certification programs by calling 1-800-223-8024 or visiting your local YMCA.

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