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Skip the Line and Register Online!

It’s time for Fall Program Registration!

YMCA members can register starting Monday, July 28. Non-member registration begins Monday, August 18.

 Enjoy great programs like:

  • children’s & adult swimming classes
  • wall climbing
  • deep water running
  • basketball
  • outdoor bootcamp
  • floor hockey
  • belly dancing
  • fitness instructor training
  • sport conditioning
  • martial arts like capoeira and hap ki do
  • yoga
  • pre and post-natal fitness classes
  • power lifting
  • and more!

Check out our Program Guides for descriptions, dates, and times.

3 Ways to Register

You can register by phone, in person, or online on Member Zone (YMCA Members only).

Member Zone is your online hub to register online, print receipts, and view or change YMCA account information.

Online Registration Tips:

        • As a YMCA member, you already have a Login account.
        • You need to know your Login ID and Family PIN.

Get your Login Information

Call your YMCA Calgary location to get your LogIn information OR:

1.  Visit www.ymcacalgary.org/memberzone. Click on Login.


2.  Click on Forgot Login Information?


3.  Enter your email address and your Login info will be sent to you. If you do not know the email address you signed up with, contact your YMCA location and they will be happy to send you your Login ID and Family PIN.


6 Water Safety Tips for Summer

Swimming at Saddletowne YMCA
Summer weather has begun to arrive in Calgary and many families are heading out to the lake to enjoy sunshine, sand, and water activities. Before you grab your boogie boards, beach balls, and brightly coloured towels remind yourself of some water safety tips.

1 – Make sure everyone knows how to float and swim. Teaching kids some basic swimming skills and how to properly float can save lives. The YMCA offers swim lessons for people all ages.

2 – Wear a lifejacket. Even if you know how to swim. Even if you’re not in a boat. Even if the water doesn’t seem all that deep. Red Cross Alberta suggests that wearing a lifejacket could eliminate up to 90% of all boating-related drownings.

3 – Always supervise and never go alone. Practice the buddy system when going on or in open water and always supervise children when around water, even if it’s just a kiddie pool or bathtub.

4 – Recognize the current. It’s easy for someone to get swept away in a current or surprised by sudden drop-off. Be cautious when swimming in open water.

5 – Respect wildlife. Nature and bodies of water are home to a lot of wildlife. For your safety and theirs, respect their space and keep your distance from them.

6 – Protect your skin. Playing out in the water and sunshine is a lot of fun, but it also exposes your skin to rays and reflections. Slather on a high SPF and reapply every few hours.

As always, keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.

LINC Volunteer Wins Volunteer of the Year

Blog post by Kelly Colson, LINC Director

We are happy to announce that one of our LINC Volunteers, Zobia Asif, won Community YMCA Adult Volunteer of the Year!  Zobia was honored at the YMCA Annual General Meeting on April 30th, along with the other amazing Volunteer of the Year recipients.

Zobia - Volunteer of the Year

Zobia’s YMCA experience began with a membership at the Saddletowne YMCA about three years ago. She started helping out with translation in a fitness class, which sparked her interest in community involvement and volunteering. After learning about the LINC program and Community YMCA, Zobia knew that her personal experience as a newcomer could help others.  Zobia became dedicated LINC volunteer, and we’ve been incredibly lucky to have her as part of our team since September 2012.

Zobia’s experience as an immigrant woman in Canada has made her a fantastic role model for the LINC participants.  She is always willing to help out a newcomer who may be struggling to adapt to life in Canada, and to share her story in order to inspire and motivate others.

Congratulations, Zobia! We are so proud of you!

To see Zobia’s Volunteer of the Year video, check out our Youtube page. You can also check out the interactive Annual Report on our website for more amazing YMCA stories. Look for Zobia’s cartoon above the Y logo … Happy reading!

Beginner Bootcamp

Are you a new exerciser?

Do you want to be a healthier you?

Do you want to have fun on your journey in that direction?

Join our new Beginner Bootcamp class.

Beginner Bootcamp Poster

Designed for the new exerciser, Beginner Bootcamp will take you through small steps on your way to being a healthier you.

Class starts Friday May 16 | 12:05-12:50pm | for 6 Weeks | at Eau Claire YMCA

Register at Member Services (403-269-6701) with course code 88715.



Youth Week Has Arrived!

YMCA Locations are offering inexpensive and FREE activities for youth ages 12-17. This is a week to celebrate youth!

Eau Claire YMCA staff are jumping up and down with excitement.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-7pm | Eau Claire YMCA Lobby |$6.50
A special 2 hour edition of Art in the City featuring a guided art walk throughout downtown Calgary’s Urban Art Scene. This will include public pieces, studios and chats with local artists as well as a chance to practice our own Urban Art

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-9pm | Eau Claire Gym | $4
5 on 5 Basketball Tournament. Sign up from 1pm-6pm, tournament starts at 7:00pm. Slots for 40 youth will be filled then randomly selected to create teams of 5. Tournament will be half court followed by a full court final.

Saturday April 26 | 12pm-3pm | Eau Claire 3rd Floor | Free
Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre and YMCA Eau Claire have teamed up to bring you the Global Café. We will transform one of the studios into a serene café like setting, complete with nut free sweets and hot beverages. Discussions and self-reflection surrounding a spiritual approach to self and Earth Day will be facilitated by Nora from Calgary Brahma Kumaris.


Crowfoot YMCA staff are stoked to offer tons of free events.

Monday, April 21 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Hip Hop dance class.

Monday, April 21 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP1 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Improv class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Parkour lessons.

Friday, April 25 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free

Friday, April 25 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Weight Floor | Free
Youth Resistance Training

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-10pm | Crowfoot YMCA | $4
Teen Night: Drop-in Basketball, Drop-in Dance, Drop-in Ping Pong, Open workout on the weight floor, open swim in the pool.

Saturday, April 26 | 2pm-2:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Parkour lessons.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Scatterball game.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Youth Yoga class.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Drop-in Soccer.

Saturday, April 26 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Breakdancing and hip hop class.


Come check out all the cool stuff, try something new, and meet some other youth!

See youthcentral.com/youthweek/ for more activities and events happening around the city.

hip hop dance girls

Bridal Bootcamp for Couples

Do you know anyone getting married in the summer that would like that extra push?

Eau Claire YMCA Fitness Director Cathi Molson is starting a Bridal Bootcamp for 10 couples staring Monday, May 19 at 5:30pm.

Monday nights 5:30-6:30pm

May 19-June 23  (6 weeks)
Register with course code 93269

June 30-Aug 4 (6 weeks)
Register with course code 93270

Get Fit Together! Perfect for couples who are planning to get married and want to begin the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Cost (per person): YMCA Members $60.00 | Non-members $72.00

couples exercising together

Preschool Graduations, Spring Term just around the corner!

The Saddletowne Preschool department is proud to celebrate another round graduates! Our Winter Term is coming to an end, with songs, games, and smiles. We are very proud of all of our students and all that they have accomplished. We have a strong focus on early literacy and playing to learn; and our students strongly embody these elements.

Our Spring Term will begin on March 31st. If you would like to register your child in a fun, and engaging class: please contact our Member Services Desk for descriptions, times and costs, or contact Preschool Director, Shay O’Brien at 403-537-2712

Some exciting classes:

Cookie Monsters: Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm

Let your preschooler learn the basics of baking and cooking in a fun, age-appropriate, and messy class!

Imagination Station: Saturdays from 11:00 -12:00 pm

Allow your child to explore their imagination through art, games, and songs! An hour of wonderful play with fantastic instructors; you could hit the gym while your child enjoys Imagination Station



Research Shows Practicing Tai Chi Improves Some Chronic Conditions

A number of studies have been conducted in recent years on the effect that practicing Tai Chi has on patients with various chronic health conditions. The results provide positive evidence that Tai Chi can be beneficial in improving patient outcomes on a variety of levels having physical, psychological and behavioural impacts. Here is a basic summary of some of the research findings:
Philip W.H. Peng published a review article on Tai Chi and Chronic Pain in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2012. He found that Tai Chi is beneficial for providing pain relief and improving physical and psychological well-being for people with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Low Back Pain. Tai Chi’s effects on muscular strength, cardiovascular health, bone health, stress reduction and quality of life may also prove benefical to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Jun-Hong Yan, et al. conducted a study in 2013 on the Effects of Tai Chi in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and found that practicing Tai Chi significantly improved patients’ total scores on the Chronic Respiratory Disease Quesitonnaire and the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnare.
Hui-Ming Lo, et al (2012) conducted a study on Tai Chi and patients with Hypertension. The study concluded that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were reduced and exercise behaviour and exercise time were improved when hospital outpatients with hypertension participated in an 8-week Tai Chi exercise program.
Sukhee Ahn, et al (2012) conducted a study on the effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Glucose Control, Neuropathy Scores, Balance and Quality of Life in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy. The results indicate that total symptom scores, glucose control, balance and quality of life were significantly better in the Tai Chi group than in the control (nonintervention) group.
Whether you live with a chronic health condition or not, you can improve your health with Tai Chi! Sign up for a class and find strength, balance, coordination, improved digestion & circulation, greater mental clarity and relief for stress.
Saddletowne YMCA offers the following Tai Chi course:
Tai Chi Level 1
Saturdays 11:00-12:30pm
Beginning April 5
M: $108 NM: $162 (12 classes)

Call 403-237-2393 to register or visit ymcacalgary.org for full course listings.

Ahn, S., Song, R. (2012). Effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dec;18(12), 1172-8.
Lo, H.M. et al (2012). A Tai Chi exercise programme improved exercise behavior and reduced blood pressure in outpatients with hypertension. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18(6), 545-551.
Peng, P.W.H. (2012). Tai Chi and chronic pain. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Jul-Aug; 37(4):372-82.
Yan, J.H., Guo, Y.Z, Yao, H.M., Pan, L. (2013). Effects of Tai Chi in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PLOS ONE (10), 1371.

Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Did you know that Saddletowne YMCA offers Pre & Post Natal fitness classes including a brand new Prenatal Yoga class?

Skip to the end of this article for Pre/Post-Natal course offerings or read on for program descriptions.

Pre-Natal Fitness classes are a great way to maintain fitness, core strength, mobility and proper posture throughout one’s pregnancy. Engaging in regular physical activity during pregnancy offers health benefits for both mom and baby. It helps to prevent or reduce some the uncomfortable side effects such as back pain, constipation, swelling and fatigue and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pre-Natal Yoga classes will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit in creating a healthy pregnancy, delivery and post-partum recovery.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness classes offer the added benefit of buoyancy and the feeling of weightlessness which can be a great relief during mid-late pregnancy. The water has a massaging effect on sore muscles and swollen joints and is a great way to work out without adding further strain on the body. It is not necessary to know how to swim or to put your face in the water when participating in Prenatal AquaFitness, however, women should feel comfortable in the deep water with assistance from a flotation support (noodle).

After baby arrives, Post-Natal classes are a great opportunity to get out of the house with your baby and work out with other new moms and their babies in a class specifically designed for post-partum recovery. These classes offer a combination of cardiovascular and strengthening exercises that target major muscles groups and re-condition the core.

Pregnancy and post-partum can be lonely and challenging times for many women. Attending a class that is specially designed for pre & post natal women provides the opportunity to meet other moms & moms-to-be, share experiences and improve one’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Sign up for a class today!

Spring Session Pre & Post-Natal Classes:

Pre-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 92318
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Yoga *NEW*
Mondays | 7:00-8:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 93132
M$99 NM$154 (11 classes x 60 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness
Wednesdays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning April 2
Barcode: 92319
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Post-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 12:00-1:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 88950
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes x 60 minutes)

Post-Natal Fitness
Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 88951
M$96 NM$144 (12 classes x 60 minutes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and full course listings.

FREE Community Wellness Day at Saddletowne YMCA

Community Wellness Day Invite

Saddletowne YMCA and the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness will host a Community Wellness Day on Saturday, March 29, 2014. This event is made possible by support from the Norlien Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

It’s an opportunity for community members to gather and enjoy a day of fun activities and learn about healthy child development and life-long health and wellbeing. The Community Wellness Day will connect participants to relevant community services and provide an opportunity to learn from experts in health and wellness.

What: Free activities and workshops for families

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 12pm-6pm

Where: Saddletowne YMCA in the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness, 7556 Falconridge Blvd NE

Who: Families – adults, youth, kids. Anyone can come!

Activities and services will include:

  • Fun programs for children, youth and adults like preschool open gym, martial arts demonstrations, pre and post natal fitness classes, open family swimming, floorball and open climbing
  • Workshops and presentations from experts in health and wellness  focused on healthy child development, brain development, mental health, heart health and more
  • Representatives from Mount Royal University, University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine, Norlien Foundation, Alberta Health Services, Man Van (free Prostate Cancer Screening), Mosaic Primary Care Network, and Calgary Public Library
  • Information takeaways from various service providers in the community

Mark your calendar today to bring your family to learn about health and wellness through fun, free activities!