All posts by Steve Elliot

Spring Demo Days at the Saddletowne YMCA


You’ve sprung ahead one hour and your winter jacket is hanging in the back of the closet, unused.  Spring is coming!

Get a head start on the new season by trying out one of the Saddletowne YMCA’s Adult Fitness classes.  March 28th through April 3rd, we will be offering FREE demo classes showcasing martial arts, group fitness, dance and more.  Click here for a complete schedule- we’ll see you then!

YMCA Saddletowne Preschool Open House


Stop by the Saddletowne Preschool Room over the Spring break and meet our friendly teaching team.  Bring your preschooler and get crafty with art, or run, throw, catch and jump in our multipurpose room.

Whether your child is already registered, or you are looking for the right class for your little learner, we look forward to seeing you!


Monday March 28th: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursday March 31st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Friday April 1st: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Big Plans for Students at the Saddletowne YMCA

University of Calgary nursing students are partnering with the Saddletowne YMCA and hosting an event called “Big Plans?” that will raise awareness about career options and pathways to help students in grades 6 to 9 achieve their goals.

This event will be taking place at the Saddletowne YMCA on March 18th, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm.

There will be games and activities for grades 6 to 9 that highlight the importance of post-secondary education and career planning. Refreshments will be provided.

We’ll see you there!

MEGATHON at the Saddletowne YMCA

Steve & Ginger

Stop by the Saddletowne YMCA today and take part in our MEGATHON fundraising event!  Raise donations by climbing, swimming, walking, running or cycling- all proceeds go to our Strong Kids fund, allowing children from your community to get active, have fun and be healthy at the YMCA!

Donate to Strong Kids today; not all superheroes wear capes!

Meet the Saddletowne YMCA’s Youth and Day Camps Director!

Adam Luciuk aka Splinter

Youth, Climbing and Day Camp Director


With so many Summer Day Camps offered throughout the city, why should families choose YMCA Saddletowne Day Camps?

We offer fun, adventurous and safe summer experiences for children of all ages in our vibrant community. They can explore swimming, climbing, off-site day trips, gym activities, arts and crafts, the great outdoors and much more. Very few other camps offer as many different activities within their regular day camps as we do. Let your children discover a new passion with us!

What are you most excited about this summer?

I am very excited about our NEW Sport Development Camps. Our skilled sports coach will help young athletes of any ability to achieve their potential this summer. Whether your child is passionate about soccer or basketball, or wants to try something new and excited this summer, this camp is for them.


When you’re not leading our Day Camps this summer, what will you be doing?

When I’m not at work, I’ll be spending time in the great outdoors, camping and exploring new places. When I’m not spending time in the outdoors, I’ll be working on a project: planning what experience I will embark on next or looking for a creative way to share my knowledge with others.

Thinking back to last summer, what did our Day Campers teach you the most?

That life should be fun!

Y Survive Kick Off at the Saddletowne YMCA

What is Y SURVIVE?

 Y Survive is a friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants. Participants will join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges through Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout, and the tribe with the highest score will win the challenge!

Y Survive officially kicks off Monday, February 2nd.  However, the Saddletowne YMCA we will be hosting a kick-off event Sunday, February 1st from 10:00-11:30 AM.

This event will take place in Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2, and we invite all Saddletowne YMCA Survive participants to come for the following-

  • Pick up your shirt, meet your tribe and your tribe’s captain.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!
  • All participants to the kick-off will earn extra points for their team!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you can participate in this exciting, month-long event.  See Member Services for more details or call 403-237-2393.

Self Defense Classes at the Saddletowne YMCA

Written by Amber McInnis

On Saturday morning, I attended the demonstration of the Self Defense class that is running for five Saturdays starting January 10. The teacher was welcoming and had a very kind demeanor and calming presence.  In our hour together, he focused not only on physical defense (body), but also on mind and spirit, reminding the participants that power comes from all three sources.

Some of the things I learned include how the body changes as a person becomes increasingly agitated, and how to recognize these changes simply by observing the person.  I left the class equipped with many ways to protect myself, and with the confidence that I would be able to take the actions necessary, should I find myself in a threatening situation.

I highly recommend that if you can take this class, do. I feel so empowered after just one hour of new knowledge and I know that all people – women, men, teens, adults – will benefit from this class.


Please contact Kaia, Fitness Director, at 403-537-2720 or for more information.


Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts January 10th 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)


Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts February 21st 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)


FREE Demo Classes at the Saddletowne YMCA

Get Your Move On! Here are a dozen & 1 ways to do it! Attend a free demo class and enter to win a FREE registered class! One ballot provided for each demo class attended. Must attend the full class. Draw will occur on December 24, 2014 at 12:00pm. Winner will be contacted by phone or email.


Saturday, December 13

Pilates Level 1 – 8:00-9:00am – Studio B – Jacqui

Self Defense – 9:30-10:30am – MP1 – Geri

Sunday, December 14

Fitness Kickboxing – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Diane

Monday, December 15

Belly Dance – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Serena

AquaBootcamp – 7:00-7:45pm – Pool – Kristin

Tuesday, December 16

Active Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm – Studio B – Agatha

TRX – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Agatha

Wednesday, December 17

Bellyfit® – 5:30-6:30pm – Studio B – Serena

Active Yoga – 6:00-7:00pm – Studio A – Agatha

Metabolic Conditioning – 7:15-8pm – Studio A – Agatha

Thursday, December 18

Hard Core – 6:00-7:00pm – Studio B – Agatha

Kettlebell Bootcamp – 6:30-7:30pm – MP1 – Jacqui

Monday, December 22

Women’s Resistance – 9:30-10:30am – Studio B – Kaia

Bellyfit SAGE™ – 10:30-11:30am – Studio A – Serena

Elves at Play

Are you feeling the crunch as the Holiday Season approaches?

Take some time to relax this December and let YMCA instructors care for your children while you do some stress-free festive shopping or have a little quiet time to yourself.

This exciting event called Elves at Play is being hosted by the Saddletowne, Crowfoot, Shawnessy and Eau Claire YMCAs on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Children taking part in Elves at Play will be entertained with crafts, games, swimming and more, all within your local YMCA.  All activities will be appropriate for children aged 3-12.

Registration for this fun filled event is only $25 for members and $35 for non-members.  Please contact your local branch to register today.  We’ll see you then!

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What Can Someone Expect in a Private Swimming Lesson?

Andrew D


Thanks for joining me Andrew Daw, the Aquatics Supervisor at the Saddletowne YMCA!

What’s the difference between a private swimming lesson and a regular swim class?

The main difference is that we are able to really get to know the individual and it allows us to work one-on- one with them.  We can quickly identify their strengths are and opportunities for improvement. The good thing about a private lessons is that the student is the boss- people can decide what they would most likely focus on and the instructor will be able to follow through with it on a lesson-by-lesson basis.


What can someone expect in a private swim lesson?

Someone can expect a knowledgeable instructor who is able to identify the needs of the individual. Regardless of someone’s swimming ability, people can expect to grow as a swimmer.  People can expect not only instruction for while they are in the class, but we coach our swimmers individually to practice skills outside of the class.  For example, I will always leave people at the end of their lesson with something to work on before their next lesson.   We see more improvement when people are able to practice outside of the lesson as well.


Who would you suggest sign up for a private swim lesson?

There are a few different types of swimmer that could use private swim lessons. First are those who are uncomfortable around water, and feel like they need someone right next to them as they learn to swim. In this type of a lesson we would go over breathing techniques, horizontal body position and kicking technique. These are essential components in developing one’s swimming ability.

Those looking to improve technique, such as people who want to use swimming as a fitness routine, should also sign up. If people aren’t using proper technique they will not get the most of their swim and will not get all the cardiovascular benefits of a good swim.

Children and youth who are uncomfortable in a formal swim lesson will also thrive in private swim lessons. This may be because they are shy or need that extra one-on-one attention. We have had great success building the confidence of children up to the point where they will feel more comfortable in a group lesson with their friends.

I’ve seen children as old as 14 who have done exceptionally well in a private lesson. In a group lesson they may have been placed with younger children due to their swimming experience; in a private swim lesson we can reach their full potential before they move into a regular class with their peers.


How can people register- who should they contact?

People can contact me at 403-537-2726 to book a private swim lesson at the Saddletowne YMCA. You can also e-mail me at


What would be the best Aquatics-themed costume choice for Halloween?  

Hmm. Ariel [the Little Mermaid -Steve] is always a popular choice.


What would you dress up as if you had to teach a private swim lesson in costume?

I’d probably dress up as Spider Man because I always tell my students when they are doing their back glides that they have to stand on the wall like Spiderman.


Thanks Andrew!