All posts by Janette Couch

Mega-Fit Classes, Monday March 9

Fitness for all tastes! Please join us for a variety of Mega-Fitness classes throughout the day! These are longer classes (90 minutes) with multiple instructors for high energy, fun-filled workouts.
9:00-10:30am AND 7:00-8:30pm: Mega Fit will include Zumba, Step, Intervals, Bosu, Strength Training, Yoga
2:15-3:45pm: Mega H20 will be a Shallow Water Workout
4:45-6:15pm: Mega Cycle with multiple instructors!
These classes are in support of YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Healthy Breakfast Recipe

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Veggie Omelette

This recipe is one of my favourites. It can be adapted to use whatever you have in your fridge.

Chop one handful each of the following items:  peppers (any colour), zucchini, mushrooms, onions. Omit or add any veggies you like.

Saute the above in 1 to 1.5 teaspoons canola oil in a large wok or frying pan. Once they start to soften, add enough fresh baby spinach to fill the pan. Cook until the spinach wilts.

Beat one egg and ½ cup egg whites and then add veggies and mix.

Pour into non-stick omelet pan and add a few tablespoons grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar or crumbled feta).

Cook until it starts to set (about 2-3 minutes) and then carefully flip and cook the other side.

Divide into 4 and serve with salsa and whole-grain toast. Delicious, filling and healthy!

Written by Janette Couch, Fitness Director at Crowfoot YMCA

Christmas Tree Sales

From November 27 until December 24, Crowfoot YMCA will be selling Christmas Trees!

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Funds raised will support two of our important initiatives: YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Leaders in Training Leadership Retreat.

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides much-needed resources to support YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities to reach their full potential.

YMCA Strong Kids includes: helping a struggling family enjoy fun-filled activities regardless of their background or financial situation; helping a child learn to swim; helping a teen learn to lead, enabling a child/teen to participate in a recreation or physical activity.

The Leadership Retreat gives our young leaders and leaders-in-training a weekend in the mountains with other YMCA groups from across the prairies. This conference emphasizes community and stewardship and is the ultimate reward for their dedication to the leadership program.

Come buy your tree at Crowfoot YMCA, 8100 John Laurie Blvd. NW between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Weighted Hooping Free Demo Class

Remember the fun you had with a hula hoop as a child? Now you can rediscover your inner child and get a great workout with a weighted hoop! Join us Monday, November 24 5:15-6:15pm to try this exciting new class for free. Please arrive early as space will be limited. We will begin hand-stamping to reserve places at 4:45pm.

National Child Day

Thursday, November 20 is a celebration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme this year is “It’s our Right to Play”.
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Children learn, develop and grow through play; in recognition of this important day, the Crowfoot YMCA is pleased to offer our Pre-school Drop-in Gym free for the community. Please join us between 11:30am and 2:15pm for an active and fun time.

Fitting Health and Wellness into Your Day

Many people are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but did you know that health and wellness means much more than one hour a day at the gym? If you dutifully put in your hour of exercise, but spend the other 23 hours of your day sitting, you are still considered to have a sedentary lifestyle with all of the risk factors that entails. See the following link for details: Sedentary Behaviour Risks

If you have a sedentary occupation, how can you overcome this challenge? Try getting up from your desk and walking around the office for 5 or 10 minutes every hour or two. You may feel that you’re too busy to add this into your day, however, you will likely find that these mini-breaks increase your productivity when you return to your desk. Walk to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question, rather than phoning or emailing. Even standing up at your desk and stretching once in a while will be helpful. If you are having a small meeting with just two or three people, suggest a walking meeting to your colleagues. Pedometers are an excellent way to track your activity over a day to ensure that you get in your minimum number of steps each day.


Stay-at-home parents have a great opportunity for activity; dance with your children, play tag, go for a walk to the park and push them on the swing. Not only will you enhance your own health with activity, you will set a great example for your kids and perhaps even deepen your parent-child bond!

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Community Wellness Day at Crowfoot YMCA!

Our Community Wellness Day is underway from now until 6pm. This event is in conjunction with Robert Thirsk High School and the Crowfoot branch of the Calgary Public Library. There are many exciting events happening at all three places, including mini-golf, foosball, air hockey, story time, Henna, face painting, a movie, pie eating contest, floor hockey, video gaming, meditation, fitness classes and much much more! Get your free passport stamped at each location and enter to win prizes!

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Free Demo Class Week!

Come into the Crowfoot YMCA during the week of September 2-6 and try out one of the following registered programs for free!

Fitness Programs:
Dance Fitness
Metabolic Conditioning: Tuesday 6:00-7:00am
Olympic and Platform Lifting: Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Baby & Me H2O: Tuesday 3:00-3:45pm
My First Bootcamp: Tuesday 5:15-6:15pm
Yoga Active: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Hard Core: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
Tabata: Wednesday 6:00-7:00am
Swimfit: Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Active Older Adult: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm
Fitness Kickboxing: Wednesday 5:30-6:15pm
Yoga Passive: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Zumba: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga Passive: Saturday 8:00-9:00am

Youth Programs:
Indoor Soccer (6-7 years): Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Youth Yoga (6-13 years): Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
Floor Hockey (8-9 years): Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Backyard Games (2-3 years): Wednesday 10:30-11:15am
Homeschool Sports (6-8 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Homeschool Sports (9-11 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Preschool Sports (3-5 years): Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm
Volleyball (10-13 years): Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
Badminton (10-13 years): Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Badminton (8-9 years): Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Y Skip (6-16 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Y’D World of Sports (6-9 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Floor Hockey (10-13 years): Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Cookie Monsters (3-5 years): Friday 11:00-11:45am
Homeschool Sports (12-15 years): Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (8-9 years): Friday 4:00-5:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (10-13 years): Friday 5:00-6:00pm
Floor Hockey (6-7 years): Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Indoor Soccer (8-9 years): Saturday 11:30-12:30pm

Self-Defense Class at Crowfoot YMCA!

Hap Ki Do is a Korean Martial Art roughly translated as the Art of Coordinating Energy. The focus of Hap Ki Do is on self-defense through redirection of opponents’ energy to overcome adversity or violence. Participants will learn joint locks, pressure points, throws, strikes, rolls and mental concepts among other techniques.  You will grow in strength and confidence in a respectful and supportive environment.  Class is offered Tuesdays 10:45-11:45am, beginning January 7; registration is on-going through the session.

Contributing to a Healthy Community

Sometimes it can be challenging to get your workout in during peak hours on our weight floor.  Take note of other people around you in workout areas.  Help reduce wait time and maximize resources by sharing exercise equipment, machines and space to ensure everyone has the best possible experience during each visit.

If you let someone else use the machine while you have your “rest” period, several people can use the same piece of equipment at the same time.

It’s all part of the respectful and caring culture we promote and build at YMCA Calgary.  And who knows, while exchanging pleasantries during interactions, you may even meet a new workout buddy!