Introducing the YMCA Universal App

15 September 2022
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Now Available on Your App Store

The YMCA Universal App is a new app whose development is being led by YMCA of the USA with input from local YMCAs. We're excited to announce that this app is now available!

Key Features

  • One secure login using your YMCA account email and password (no more need for two separate accounts!), plus the ability to securely stay logged in using your device's PIN or facial recognition
  • Check-in barcode automatically displays in app after logging in
  • Easy-to-use activity schedules and reservations
  • Training plans designed and created by YMCA personal trainers
  • Connected wearable device tracking
  • News, notifications and special offers
  • Regular feature updates and improvements

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With this new app, YMCA members have the opportunity to provide feedback that will help identify development priorities so that as this app continues to develop, new features and improvements are based on the needs and use of members.

Why do I have to download a new app instead of upgrading?

Because the YMCA of South Hampton Roads is partnering with YMCA of the USA, and moving away from a third party vendor, the app must be downloaded as a new app. Look in your app store for YMCA Universal.

The YMCA SHR app will be retired September 30, and you can continue using that app until that date.

I like the current app. How’s the new app better?
  • Before, you had to maintain a login for your app account and a separate login for your YMCA account to make reservations. You no longer need a separate login from your YMCA account. You’ll now log in using the same email address and password that you use to make reservations, to register for programs and to manage your account. And, you’ll have the option to stay logged in using facial recognition or PIN entry on your phone.

  • You’ll be able to view activity schedules and make and manage reservations more easily in the app without having to log in again.

  • Because this app is being built by the Y nationally, in partnership with local YMCAs, you’ll have opportunities to give feedback and share what’s important to you as a member when using the Y’s app. This feedback will directly impact future development of the Y’s app.

How will I find activities and make reservations?

The Activity Schedules feature makes interacting with the Y's calendar easier than ever. When you look at the schedule, you'll see a list of today's events at the Y and filter to find events that match your interest, by YMCA location, category, studio, instructor and class name. In this feature, you'll also be able to tap to make and cancel reservations, as well as add events to your calendar.

Coming soon: the ability to remember previous filter settings between uses of the app

Can I connect my wearable devices?

Yes! Currently, the app connects with Apple Health*, Fitbit*, Garmin, Strava, Suunto, and Withings. The connection with Myzone devices is in development and will be available soon.

*Due to recent software updates, workout data from Apple Health and Fitbit are not currently feeding into the app. Our app development team is working as quickly as possible to restore the data connection.

How will I track my workouts?

The Y will regularly provide training plans through the app. You can log your workouts by searching for the activity that matches your workout and entering the duration of that activity.

Have questions about a training plan? Reach out to our team by tapping Support in the app menu.

Will there be fitness challenges?

Fitness challenges will return later this year! Our app development team is working to put the final touches on this fun, motivational feature.

What about my workouts that I saved?

Before you delete the YMCA SHR app from your device, we recommend taking screenshots of any workouts you’ve saved in the current app that you wish to keep. Those plans are not available in the new app.

What will happen with my rewards points?

Your rewards points will transfer to the new app in the beginning of October, giving you the full month of September to continue earning points on the current app. 

How can I earn rewards points?

There are several actions you will be able to take to earn rewards points in the new app. The rewards module is still in development, and we'll release more information as soon as it's available.

How can I get help or give feedback?

To get help and to give feedback about the new app, you can tap Support on the app menu or contact us.

What features are still in development?

Bug fixes & improvements in progress

  • Filter memory on activity schedules
  • Apple Health connection
  • Fitbit wearable connection
  • Virtual Y video filters and search
  • Responsive text sizing

New feature development in progress

  • Fitness challenges
  • Goal setting & tracking
  • Activity points & rewards
  • Myzone wearable connection