YMCA Membership Benefits & More

From fitness centers and group fitness classes to family events, aquatics, guest passes, and more - there's something for everyone at the YMCA! Learn more about everything that's included in a YMCA membership below.

All member benefits listed are available at both YMCA locations unless specified otherwise.

YMCA Membership Includes:

FItness Centers

Our staffed fitness centers feature a large assortment of strength training and cardiovascular equipment. The Fercho location features a walking track. The Schlossman Fitness Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, if you’re interested in getting better acquainted with the fitness center, getting workout ideas, or simply consulting with a fitness associate, join us for our Smart Start Fitness Center Orientation – FREE for members! 

24/hr Fitness Center Access at the Schlossman YMCA can be utilized anytime outside normal facility hours: 11pm to 5am on weekdays, and 8pm – 6am on weekends. There is a separate entrance to the Fitness Center, located just around the corner from the usual YMCA entrance, marked by a purple and red YMCA logo. There will be a scanner by the door – just scan your membership card, and you’ll be good to go!

Group Fitness

The YMCA offers 100+ group fitness classes (land and water) on a drop-in basis, like Yoga, BODYPUMP®, Ultimate Circuit Training, Aqua Zumba and more! Two group fitness studios are located at the Schlossman YMCA and three are located at the Fercho YMCA, one of which is a Cycle Studio. Class schedules and descriptions are available online and on the mobile app.View Fercho and Schlossman group fitness schedules.

Aquatics - Fercho YMCA

Aquatics  |  Fercho YMCA
Our Aquatic Center includes a six-lane Lap Pool, Small Warm Water Pool, and a Zero-Depth Kids’ Pool. Both lap swim and open swim are available. We also have a climbing wall and starting blocks available in our Lap Pool. Additionally, if you’re interested in learning lap swimming basics, getting workout ideas or want to learn how to use aquatics equipment, join us for our weekly Intro to Lap Swim course – FREE for members! We also offer adaptive programming for members with special needs. View our Aquatic Center schedules.

Climbing Wall - Schlossman YMCA

Open Climb is available on our 32-foot climbing wall. Additionally, if you are interested in becoming belay-certified on the Schlossman YMCA’s Climbing Wall and safely control the ropes, tie knots and communicate commands, join us for our Intro to Belay course – FREE for members! View our Climbing Wall schedule.


Families and youth can experience “exergaming” with our interactive equipment, guaranteed to make you sweat, like Dance Dance Revolution, Four-Way Ping Pong, pull-up bars, basketball hoops and more! View our Fercho and Schlossman Xerzone schedules.

Kids' Gym & Play Loft

Open Family Time is available for families to crawl, climb, and play on our farm and Fargo-Moorhead-themed play structures. View our Play Loft and Kids’ Gym schedules.

Basketball Gyms

Open Gym is available in our Basketball Courts. Adult Member Basketball and Pickle Ball is also available in the Fercho Basketball Gym during scheduled times. Basketball/Pickle Ball equipment is available for rent at the Member Services Desk. View our Fercho and Schlossman Basketball Gym schedules.

Racquetball/Handball Courts - Fercho YMCA

Racquetball/Handball courts are available for reservation for 45-minute blocks by stopping by the Member Services Desk or calling 701.293.9622 up to three days in advance. Over the noon hour, reservations are limited to one 45-minute block. Racquetball/Handball/Wallyball equipment is available for rent at the Member Services Desk.

Locker Rooms/Whirlpools/Saunas

All locker rooms are equipped with showers, bathrooms, and lockers. Whirlpools (Fercho) and saunas are located in adult locker rooms. Towels are provided. We encourage all locker users to bring a day lock (cannot stay on lockers overnight). Lockers are available for rent and are attached to your monthly bank draft or annual payment. Half lockers at $6 per month and kit lockers are $3 per month. Locks are also available for purchase at the Member Services Desk. 

Available locker rooms include: All Ages Male, All Ages Female, Adult Male, and Adult Female. We also offer Private Showers and Changing Rooms, ideal for families or anyone who would prefer a bit more privacy.

Mothers' Room - Fercho YMCA

This is a nice, tucked-away location for mothers looking for a private, quiet, and clean space to nurse and pump. This room will be open every day from open to close and is located across from the Kids’ Gym, in the lower level of the Fercho YMCA.

Free & Discounted Events, Programs & Services

Members have the opportunity to participate in FREE weekly/monthly programs, like Sunday Fun Day, Come With Me, Active Older Adults Exercise Program, Intro Courses and more!

Members receive BIG discounts on additional offerings, like personal trainingswimming lessonsbasketball leaguebirthday party rentalssummer campadult programs, and more! Financial assistance is also available. Members also have the opportunity to purchase apparel to show their YMCA pride!

Mobile App
Stay up-to-date on facility updates, hours, and schedules, scan in at the Member Services Desk, search for program offerings, and more with our mobile app! You can also use your phone to scan in at the Member Services Desk! The Y’s mobile app is convenient and easy – made just for you! Click here to learn how to download the mobile app.

Foundations Workouts & Classes

We want you to feel comfortable using our facilities – that’s why we offer FREE foundational courses to some of our most popular activities and classes! Whether you’ve been a member for twenty years or two weeks, get comfortable with your surroundings at the YMCA with our Smart Start Fitness Center Orientation, Group Fitness Foundations Workshops (including yoga, cycle and more) and Lap Swim Foundations!

Health Club Credit Programs

The YMCA works with many insurance providers to reward you for working out! Members who visit the YMCA the required number of times per month (specified by their insurance group) will receive a monthly reimbursement. Eligible members may qualify for our SilverSneakers or Silver & Fit programs and may receive a YMCA membership at no cost. To find out if your plan qualifies, simply call the number on the back of your insurance card and check with your insurance company to verify eligibility in the reimbursement program.

Guest Passes & Day Passes

Invite your friends to visit the YMCA with you for FREE! Each membership unit includes three guest passes per calendar year (if member is on bank draft of annual payment options). Guests must check in with you and provide photo ID. Once your guest passes run out, your friends receive $5 off day passes when they visit the YMCA with you!

Play Town Short-Term Child Care

Short-term drop-in care for children ages six weeks through eight years is available at both facilities. For up to two hours per day, children can play in a safe and enriching environment while their parents work out! Both locations are staffed during peak usage times. Limit care time is two hours per day and parents/guardians must remain in the building while children are in our care. No reservations required. For more information, visit our PlayTown page.

Nationwide Membership

YMCA members receive 12 passes a year to our partner facility – Family Wellness (near Scheels Arena). Plus, as a YMCA member, you have access to other YMCA’s around the world through the YMCA’s Nationwide Membership program! 

We are happy to welcome YMCA members who are using the Y's Nationwide Membership to visit our facilities. Due to COVID-19, we encourage our members to call the YMCA they are traveling to in advance to make sure that facility is allowing Nationwide reciprocity at this time.

Liability Waiver: By participating in the YMCA Nationwide Membership Program, I agree to release the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations of the United States of America, and its independent and autonomous member associations in the United States and Puerto Rico, from claims of negligence for bodily injury or death in connection with the use of YMCA facilities, and  from any liability for other claims, including loss of property, to the fullest extent of the law.

Referral Program

Refer a new member to the YMCA and receive $10 off your next bank draft! The new member must state the current member’s name and phone number/member ID at time of sign up for the current member to receive the certificate.