According to The Village People, “It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.” Turns out, the 1978 disco video was (kind of) historically accurate. The YMCA was founded in 1844 by George Williams of London, UK, as a place for young men to engage in Christian discussion as an alternative to brothels and saloons

FUN FACT: Both Volleyball and Basketball were invented in YMCA gymnasiums!

YMCA’s Mission remains unchanged:

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL.

On an October Saturday, the Hogan Family YMCA of Madison City, Alabama is a community hot spot. The outdoor fields buzz with soccer. Exercise rooms and gymnasium pulse with activity as sweat-drenched athletes of all ages and genders rush in and out. Children splash in the indoor pool. Patrons purchase smoothies from the Well-Blended bar. YMCA employees offer cheerful encouragement and state-of-the-art instruction.


(L-R): Nicky Cotto, Spin Instructor, Tamera Wright, Front Desk Attendant



The YMCA is more than a fitness center. The YMCA is a place for connections. A way to belong. Longtime YMCA employee and fitness instructor Katharina Edmonds says the YMCA offered her a sense of community during a difficult time in her life. What began as a place to exercise has become her career as well as a second family.


Pictured (L - R): Katharina Edmonds, Body Pump Instructor, and Jessica Castle, Zumba Instructor.

“Our member base is awesome, It’s a really friendly place. People make connections here. You never know who you’re going to run into.” ~Katharina Edmonds


Harlem Globe Trotting Legend, Michael Douglas, (Michael Douglas Youth Foundation) takes the ball for a spin.

Youth Development

Bring on the soccer, basketball, and swim. Send the teens to Leader’s Club. Zumba for kids? Sign ‘em up!

Healthy Living

Weight Watchers meetings, Fit to Fight, a free class for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and the Newcomer’s Group are just a handful of the current offerings that focus on healthy lifestyle change.

Social Responsibility

The Hogan Family YMCA hosted a Zumbathon on September 16, 2017. Proceeds went to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Ongoing charity events are hosted at all YMCA locations.

Classes, Classes, and more classes

Adults can enjoy dance fit classes, water classes, yoga, and much, much more. See the complete list of classes.

Reciprocal Memberships

Get your Y on at any of the three Huntsville sites for the cost of a single membership. Stay tuned travelers: national reciprocity is coming soon!

Downtown Express

The Hogan Family YMCA

Southeast Family YMCA




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