YWCA York will close its fitness center in September.
CEO Jean Treuthart said competition from larger gyms has kept the fitness center’s membership at a standstill. YWCA fitness centers in Harrisburg and Lancaster have already closed.
YWCA York is looking to change its fitness model. It plans to add a mindfulness yoga program to its aquatic center, which is not closing.
“Mindfulness is yoga,” Treuthart said. “It can be meditation and it can be opportunities for our staff for self-care, which is one of our primary purposes, but we also know that people are living in a really busy challenging world these days, and we think there’s going to be great interest in that as well.”
Members who have already paid for a year-long membership will be refunded if they choose not to continue with the yoga and aquatic club. The new yoga program will be introduced in January.