Join the STRONG Challenge

Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The YMCA of Western North Carolina invites you to participate in a free six-week STRONG Challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body.

Refresh and recharge your life by moving 20 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks! Every movement counts – walking, running, strength training, cycling, an in-person or virtual group fitness class. What matters is getting active. Name your goals, track your successes, and celebrate your victories. Make your health a priority and reset your life with the STRONG Challenge!

Opt-in to the free challenge on the YMCA of WNC’s mobile app (download here). From there, create an app account if you don’t already have one, then click the Challenges tile. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you regular motivation, challenges, workouts and more, so be sure to turn on your app notifications to stay connected.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate in the STRONG Challenge. Y membership is not required. Nonmembers who sign up are eligible for a free seven-day trial to the Y to enjoy swimming, working out and a variety of classes.


Continue your STRONG Challenge by rediscovering play! Research affirms that we are stronger when we’re having fun. Remember the number of times in a day you laughed as a kid? Remember feeling invincible? What about now? This week we’ll add fun to our fitness goals. We’re designed to smile, laugh and joke. Rediscovering your joy will add to your foundation of strength. You were made to PLAY! Watch this video to get inspiration for week 2 of the STRONG Challenge, and get ready to laugh like a kid again! We invite you to join our local Facebook community to share the joy with others. Have a great week!


Your STRONG Challenge begins with setting fitness goals. Although we'll be encouraging you in other areas of your life, we want to start by focusing on physical health and wellness. Start by setting goals to achieve during the next six weeks. Whether you are at the "walk around the block" level or at the "run the next marathon" level, start where you are, and we'll grow from there. Achieving goals will set the foundation for healthier habits for life. You were made for more!

Challenge details

The STRONG Challenge officially begins Monday, Oct. 19, and you can participate from anywhere. Registration is open now in our mobile app. Click here to learn how to manually track workouts.

  • This FREE six-week challenge is open to all
  • You’ll receive regular messages outlining new activities
  • The commitment is only 20 minutes a day
  • There are plenty of ways to participate outside the Y, including outdoor and virtual classes
  • Complete the challenge and earn a T-shirt

Sign up today on our mobile app*, join our Facebook Group, and get ready to get moving with the community on Monday, Oct. 19!

*If you would like to participate, but do not have a smartphone, click here to sign up for the challenge online!