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Let the Rhythm Move You!

Inspiration comes in many forms, for me music is a huge motivator.  I’ve always been a musically inclined person, even if I didn’t know it.  I started in elementary school playing the recorder, graduated to the clarinet for junior and senior high school, and I still play the clarinet today, mind you not nearly as well anymore.  I have always been able to feel and move to the beat of the song but don’t be mistaken, I dance like Elaine from “Seinfeld”.  There I go dating myself again.

Music is an expression of feeling or mood, even an expression of identity for some.  I have several playlists that I listen to when working out, and they’re all based what my program of the day consists of as well as the mood I am in walking into my workout.  I edit my playlists about once a month to update my motivation and keep from overplaying these delightful gems.

When I want to hit the cardio hard, I focus on pop music, whether it’s current top 40 or from another generation all together, if it makes me smile and want to dance, it makes the cut.  This week’s current cardio-killer favorites include Justin Timberlake’s “Cant Stop The Feeling”, Will.I.Am and Britney Spears “Scream & Shout”, Nicki Manaj “Super Bass”, and Men Without Hats “Safety Dance”. Love them or hate them my friends, but they make me smile and move a little bit faster.

Weight lifting/resistance training is a completely different beast for me.  My focus and mindset changes, as I suddenly have to pay close attention to my posture and form as well as breathing and core engagement.  With so many more factors to be considered, I need something rock to focus..  My favorite lifting anthems right now include Rise Against “Prayer Of The Refugee”, Metallica “Better Than You”, and Social Distortion “Story Of My Life”.

Cool down and stretching are important components of fitness that are forgotten or skipped quite frequently.  I have made my self an amazing chill playlist to enjoy at the end of my workout to inspire me to stay those five minutes longer and work on my balance, range of motion, and relaxation.  Current favorites include The Gaslight Anthem’s “Bring It On”, Pearl Jam’s “Release”, and Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”.

I’m pretty passionate about both wellness and music, so I’m elated that the two can go hand in hand for me.  I feel like my musical tastes are a part of me and I’m happy to share a snippet of myself in the form of musical identity with you.  Take the time to build a stellar playlist.  Keep a list in your “notes” app on your phone of songs you hear and decide you love so you can download and add it later.  Something that makes you want to dance, sing and have a great time.  It’ll brighten up your day, kick up the intensity in your workout, and leave you feeling refreshed and in a better mood walking out of the gym.

Shake it Off!

Youth Open Mic Night!

Kicking off Youth Week with Youth Open Mic Night!

April 28 from 4:30pm – 6pm

Youth are encouraged to bring in their own instruments to perform in front of their peers and share their talent! A microphone and amp will be provided, you bring the rest! For those who don’t have something prepared or are just taking their first steps to stardom we will have Karaoke going and Just Dance on Wii, and popcorn!

Meet in Multi-Purpose Room 1

Come with your friends to sing, dance, eat popcorn and support these brave performers!

This is a Free Youth Week event for members. Non-members need only pay the YMCA drop-in fee.

Please register online or at the desk with the Barcode #102717

Remember! All through Youth Week we are having a Photo Scavenger hunt! Post your selfies and team photos on Instagram with the hashtag #CFYYouthWeek to win prizes!

Halloween Howler

Join us for a SPOOK-tacular event! Dress up in costume for a fun, fantastic and howling good time. Look forward to arts and crafts, music and a Halloween treat. Great fun for all on Saturday, October 26th at the following locations.

Eau Claire YMCA – from 2:00  to 3:30 pm
Saddletowne YMCA – from 2:00  to 3:30 pm
Crowfoot YMCA – from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Please note: Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Register now at any YMCA location.

What is Capoeira? …So much more than you might think! Give it a try & find out!

Many people watch capoeira and think it is just a dance, when in reality, it is many things simultaneously – martial art, dance, music, self-defense. Developed over 500 years ago by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira has its roots in Afro-Brazilian culture and was said to be both a form of cultural expression and self-defense. During the last two decades, Capoeira has grown immensely as a martial art and artistic activity that incorporates rhythmic and physical expression, and can now be seen in diverse settings across the globe.

Students begin to practice capoeira for different reasons; maybe they are looking to change up their exercise routine, learn more about Brazilian culture or meet new people. Yet, because capoeira involves such a variety of elements, students inevitably discover a new interest or talent.

Besides the unique and extraordinary physical benefits of capoeira (muscle tone, core strength, balance, flexibility, speed – to name a few), capoeira is a means of developing discipline and confidence, as well as personal identity and expression.

Played in the middle of a circle called a roda, Capoeira involves a countless variety of movements – from kicks and escapes, to handstands and cartwheels – that create a dialogue between two people. This dialogue is further influenced by music created by instruments, such as the berimbau, atabaque (drum) and the pandeiro (tambourine) and singing by all people in the circle. All these elements combine to create a Capoeira roda, or circle, in which various forms of communication converge to create improvised and communal expression. Capoeiristas (people who practice capoeira) interact with one another and become active participants in the capoeira roda both physically and
musically. Students quickly realize that capoeira is much more than just a martial art, or a dance, or a fitness class – it is everything all at once.
-Axe Society for Capoeira

Saddletowne YMCA offers Capoeira for Youth & Adults on Tuesday evenings:
Capoeira – Youth (6-11Y)
April 2- June 18 (12 classes)
M$96 NM$144
FREE DEMO CLASS 6:30-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Capoeira – Adult (12Y+)
April 2 – June 18
M$120 NM$180 (12 classes)
FREE DEMO CLASS 7:30-8:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013

YMCA Winter Break Day Camps

Are your children on winter break? Do you have to work?! Do you need a break from winter break? The YMCA is offering Winter School-Break Day camps.  Day camps will run from Dec 24, 27, 28, 31st and Jan 2 -4th!

Your children will be engaged in a wide variety of activities that include Swimming, Crafts, Games in the Gym, Outdoor Adventures (weather permitting). Please ensure that your children are dress appropriately for the weather, boots, shoes, scarf’s, mittens, hats, a winter jacket, snow pants, as Day camps may include out trips.

Winter Day Camps are daily registration camps so you only need to register your child(ren) for days you require care. Spaces still available at all branches, please phone your nearest location for details.

Ethical Holiday Shopping

The YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of war. It requires the presence of something – the recognition of basic human rights and the provision of basic human needs. Since 1984, YMCAs across Canada have spent the third week in November organizing special activities to engage children, youth and adults in exploring peace from local and global perspectives.

We have joined forces with Ten Thousand Villages to build a culture of Peace, globally and locally. Join us on November 10 in celebration of YMCA Peace Week and Fair Trade initiatives. If you bring in a YMCA voucher at any point on the day, 15% of your purchase goes to support our International partnerships.


220 Crowchild Trail, NW
Calgary, AB T2N2R2

8318 Fairmount Drive S.E.
Calgary, AB T2H0Y8

Partnerships promote sharing of knowledge and resources with international YMCAs and provide opportunities to support local community development work abroad.

YMCA Ukraine helps children and youth participate in healthy and safe activities, make new friends and learn positive values through sports, arts and the outdoors.

YMCA Bogotá works to improve social conditions and build healthy communities through values-based programming with children, youth and families.

YMCA Mexico established Homes for Migrant Youth (Casas) to respond to needs of youth who are sent back to Mexico after attempting to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

You can also enjoy the beautiful music of Vi An Diep & Matt Hanson at the Crowchild location from 10am – 1pm and the Heritage location from 1:30pm – 5pm


Halloween Inspired Workout

Try bringing some spooky tunes and moves into your workout to get in the Halloween spirit! You’ll be suprised how inspiring fun little changes to your workout can be. Plus you will feel even more part of this great holiday often thought of as only for children!

LAST CHANCE: WIN Vouchers to Sesame Street Live!

YMCA Calgary has two sets of two vouchers to give away to Sesame Street LiveElmo Makes Music’ at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

How to Enter:
Visit the YMCA Calgary Facebook page. Get creative! Provide a funny short caption (maximum 200 characters) to the Hula Hoop Hopscotch photo. Write your caption in the comments just below the photo.

Vouchers are good for show times:

  • Friday July 27 7pm
  • Saturday July 28 10:30am & 2pm
  • Sunday July 29 1pm & 4:30pm

Deadline to enter is 1pm on Monday, July 23, 2012. Winners (2) will be chosen randomly from entries.

Winners (2) will be announced on the YMCA Calgary blog (link to the posting will be put on the YMCA Calgary Facebook page) by 3pm on Monday, July 23, 2012 and winner(s) will have 24-hours to respond to the blog posting. If winner(s) does not respond to the blog posting within 24-hours, a new winner(s) will be chosen and posted on the YMCA Calgary blog, with another 24-hours to respond.

One entry per person. Vouchers have no cash value. Offer subject to ticket availability. Facebook does not sponsor, endorse nor administer this promotion. Not open to YMCA employees or volunteers.