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Introducing the WIBIT!

We’re excited to bring on-board the WIBIT, a new aquatic obstacle course at YMCA!

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A Wibit is an inflatable obstacle course for the swimming pool.  It’s a chance for both children and adults to have some fun and enjoy the swimming pool in a new way!

The WIBIT is available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:

  • Fridays 6:30-8:30pm Open
  • Sundays 3:00-5:00pm Open

Now Booking WIBIT Birthday Parties!

Looking for a fun party idea?   Host a WIBIT birthday party at the YMCA! Available on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.  Party room also available.

Learn more about birthday parties at the YMCA.


Staying cool in the pool

Swimming has always been one of my favourite things to do during the summer months and it isn’t often I have the opportunity to go swimming during the winter. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to expand upon my role as the YMCA Childcare Administrator by participating in recreational swim time with the adventurous children of the Saddletowne Child Development Centre. I had such a great time experiencing how the children and staff interacted with one another in the playful and exciting pool environment.

When people imagine young children in the pool they can easily envision a formal lesson or playful splashing fun. What I saw was a wonderful combination of children having fun while also having an educational experience. Children encouraged each other to try new things such as jumping off the ledge into the water or using the slide to enter the pool. Some children were a bit timid but, with encouragement and support from their teachers and friends, everyone either took the leap or slide. And, most importantly, everyone had a great time and experienced a true sense of accomplishment.

What I found most interesting during my time in the pool was how the caregivers blended play with the teaching of water safety habits – walk on the pool deck to avoid injury, jump into the pool feet first, sit on your bottom to use the slide and tips for floating while wearing a life jacket. All of this was accomplished with gentle reminders inserted at just the right moment during activity time.

I really enjoyed making some new friends and look forward to the next time an opportunity presents itself for me to join one of our childcare groups on a play-filled adventure.

YMCA Calgary currently operates three licensed childcare centres. Days are filled with intentional play-based activities that provide for developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. Recreational swim time is one way we support young children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Century Swim for Strong Kids

Century Swim for Strong Kids 

March 22, 2015                7-11am

 

Y Swim 100x100m? 4StrongKids!

Join the Century Swim for Strong Kids team in support of the launch of the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign.

Swimmers can choose 30/50/70/100 repeats of 100m + we will have a kids4strongkids category.

 

To join the team, click http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=589348&langPref=en-CA

From our Team Page, click on the ‘Join My Team’ button to register and help us fund raise.

We ask that you provide a donation as your registration fee.

 

Be Strong for Strong Kids!

Our $2,500 fundraising goal needs your support!

If you can’t join us in the pool, please support Strong Kids by donating online to ‘Century Swim Supporter’ in the link provided above.

 

Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Fan Wu at 403-781-1683


Pool Schedules & Lane Swim

Did you know that our pools always have at least one lane set apart for lane swimming? Every hour that pools in our locations are open, lane swimming is available.

But, you ask, what about those busy times when one lane just isn’t enough?

It’s true that there are times throughout the day when lane swimming is more in demand. At these times multiple lanes or the entire pool may be designated for lane swimming.

Lane swimming times vary at each location and are outlined in the Pool Schedule found on the Location Pages. These downloadable PDFs can be saved or printed for quick and easy access.

Hover your mouse over the PROGRAMS, LOCATIONS & MEMBERSHIP tab and click the drop-down menu to select your preferred YMCA Calgary location. Then click the Pool or Gym & Pool Schedule for the correct dates.

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If you’re interested in drop-in fitness classes, you can look at the downloadable Gym Schedule on the Locations pages, or you can use our new searchable Drop-In Fitness Class Schedule, but know, lane swimming times can only be found in the Pool Schedule.


Swimming Lessons at the Saddletowne YMCA

Make a splash this Winter at the Saddletowne YMCA!  Swimming lessons are offered for people of all ages and experience levels, from parented Preschool classes for children as young as 3 months to classes for adults.  Spaces are limited, so register today!

Please visit our program page or chat with our friendly Member Services staff for more information, including lesson times and pricing.  Classes start the week of January 6th, 2014; we’ll see you then!

 


Crowfoot YMCA Training Pool Closure

Please note the Crowfoot YMCA training pool is closed for maintenance. The date to re-open has been extended to Tuesday, December 31 at 5:30AM.

During this time the 25 metre pool will remain open and unaffected.

Please feel free to enjoy the other wonderful parts of our facility such as the weight-floor or the gymnasium, where you can play basketball, badminton or even volleyball.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we continue to make the Crowfoot YMCA a better place for everyone.


Shake It Up!

2014 is a great time to switch up your workout or wellness routine.  Whether you are a beginner, or are seasoned to your workout routine, a simple change of how you’re working out can really make a difference.

A routine is just that; the same thing every day, every week.  When working the same muscle groups in the same order and in the same way your body will learn this pattern and adapt to it; expecting it.  By changing the modality of training, you can shock your muscles and body systems which can once again achieving a higher rate of results, like you once did when you began your current routine.

At the YMCA, we try to offer a variety of options for all levels of fitness and experience. Programming, classes, and other wellness options are available to both members and non-members alike.

Getting Started

New to the Y?  Consider registering at Membership Services for a wellness appointment. Available to YMCA Members, a wellness appointment gives you an hour of personalized time with one of our certified wellness coaches.  The coach will help determine which course of activity is right for you, Coach Approach©, Fitlinxx, or Personal Training, as well as recommend any fitness classes that suit your interests and wellness goals.  Some group fitness classes that are geared towards beginner/intermediate level are:

Group Cycle*, Turn & Burn*, Step Fit*, YBO*, Muscle Works*, Barbell Blast*, Karma*, Cardio & Core*, Hi/Lo*, First Ascents Climbing, Shallow H2O Aqua-Fit*, Gentle H2O Aqua-Fit*, Yoga Passive – Stress Reduction & Meditation, Fusion, Zumba, Social Dance Level One (partner required), Belly Dance Level One, Triathlon Training, Individual Conditioning Level One, and Pilates Level One

The Fitness Veteran

As noted above, changing what, how and when you work out will definitely enhance results and help get you out of that workout rut.  Getting past that plateau and changing your routine will invigorate your workouts and reenergize you in a whole new way!  Try a group fitness class that interests you, climb out of that box you’re in and experience a whole new world!  Some fitness classes that are geared more towards intermediate/advanced level are:

Performance Cycle*, HEAT*, The Worx*, Cardio & Core, YBO Plus*, Cardio & Sculpt*, Hi/Lo*, Turn & Burn*, Yoga-Active, Yoga Level Two, Zumba, TRX, Metabolic Conditioning, Triathlon Training, Deep H2O Aqua-Fit*, Shallow H2O Aqua-Fit*, Appalachians Climbing, Individual Conditioning Level Two, Boxer’s Workout, and Pilates Level Two

Not a Member?

That’s OK, we’re happy to welcome you.  Options for non-members include any of our registered and drop-in programming, as well as Personal Training services.  If interested in a drop-in fitness class or open gym, badminton etc… simply pay the drop-in fee at Membership Services and come on in!

Good luck shaking it up, and please don’t be shy; ask us any questions you might have to ensure you’ve found the right fit for you!  It is important to note that everyone is welcome in any fitness class.  However, you will find you need to take advantage of modifications offered by the instructor and listen to your body.

*Denotes a drop-in fitness class, registration is required in all others.  The Fitness Flex Pass is available for most registered programs.  The Fitness Flex  Pass allows attendance to a registered class to try it out before committing to a full session, to ensure it’s right for you.

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Fitness Class Etiquette Reminders

As the weather gets a little bit cooler this fall, a lot of people are returning to the YMCA gyms, studios, and their favorite fitness classes to keep up their wellness routine.  As our classes begin to thrive, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with five Fitness Class Etiquette Tips to make the experience smooth for everyone.

1. Arrive on Time – joining a class late* can be both distracting and unsafe.  Please respect your fellow attendees as well as your instructor and arrive to classes a bit early or right on time.  This will also allow you a proper warm-up, reducing your chance of injury.  *If lateness is unavoidable, please go to the back of the class.

2. Choose Proper Footwear – closed toed shoes (running shoes, cross-trainers etc…) will provide a non-slip grip on the floor and any equipment utilized in your class.  Ensure that your footwear is clean of all dirt and debris.  If you wouldn’t wear it in your house, please don’t wear it in our workout areas.

3.  Make your Workout Your Own – The instructor is there to guide you through YOUR workout; listen to your body and modify as you see fit.  If you are going to modify your workout significantly from the instructor’s planned program, please move to the back of the room as to not distract others from the instructor’s guidance.

4. Socializing – should be done either before or after the class.  Talking throughout the class can be viewed as disrespect to not only the other participants, but to the instructor as well.  If you can talk, you’re not working hard enough!

5. Stay for the Whole Class – Flexibility is a large part of your overall wellness!  Be sure to take the time to stretch out the muscles you’re worked.  Not only will it reduce soreness in the day(s) after, but it will reduce risk for injury down the road.


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