In addition to our Wellness Center reopening, we offer several options for in-person fitness. Click here to jump to 1:1 Personal Training and Nutrition Consultations.


We are now offering outdoor group exercise classes to all of our active, full-facility members. We’re offering HIIT, Zumba, LaBlast, Defend Together, Pilates and more! You can read our guidelines for Outdoor Group Exercise classes here.

Do you need to take your membership off hold? You can easily do so by filling out our form here.

In addition, all virtual group exercise classes are now open to our active, full-facility members only. Before each virtual class, registrants will be emailed the link to join. We plan to keep offering these classes as we transition to more in-person offerings.

Both the outdoor group exercise classes and virtual classes will be available by registration only. Members must register for each individual class they would like to take. Classes will be added weekly to our registration page here.

Outdoor classes will be held in the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Parking Lot and Brookside Park’s Lower Parking Lot (1255 Hetfield Ave., Scotch Plains). The location will be noted on each class registration page.

Space in our classes is limited and wait lists will be available. Please only sign up for classes if you plan on attending to be respectful of others wishing to participate.

For more information on our outdoor and virtual exercise classes and to register, click here.

We look forward to seeing you in class!


Personal Training and Fitness Consultations at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA are back! 1:1 Sessions are now available for our active, full-facility members.

You can view our Personal Training guidelines here.

Do you need to take your membership off hold? You can easily do so by filling out our form here.

We will be offering a variety of training to meet your needs and level. During the sessions, we will be following state guidelines for health and safety protocols.

As a Welcome Back Special, we are offering three 30-minute sessions for $99. The special is one-time use only and can be used by new personal training participants. All 1:1 personal training and nutrition consultations are by appointment only. To learn more or schedule your session, please contact Jennifer Donahue at


Sheri Cognetti is a Senior Program Director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. She is a certified group exercise instructor as well as a personal trainer. Sheri has trained Y members in many modalities, but has most recently specialized in Pilates Core Training. Sheri holds certifications with the Yoga Alliance as well as the Pilates Method Alliance. Sheri likes to incorporate the entire body in exercise execution.

Jennifer Donahue is the Health and Wellness Director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. She began her fitness career as a group exercise instructor teaching cycle, HIIT, BOSU, Defend Together and Strength Train Together. Jennifer is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer. She is also a certified trainer for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.  Jennifer believes there is no better feeling than helping members realize that fitness can not only improve their physical well-being but also their mental well-being.


Donna Peart is the Healthy Living Director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. She holds her personal training certification through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) and focuses on whole body health, strength, endurance and fitness matters surrounding our aging population. Donna is also a group exercise instructor as well as a registered dietitian and runs our wellness programs such as the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, nutrition counseling and Weight Loss Program. “Strengthening and moving our bodies confidently as we age, as well as feeding ourselves what we need to help combat disease, is something we all can strive toward achieving to live our fullest lives,” Donna says.