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Masters Swim program now all year round

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What is the Master Swim Program?

The Masters swim program is a yearlong program running from September to August and covers the four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly –  in a swim club environment. Every swimmer who participated will be a registered Swim Alberta participant and have the opportunity to compete at sanctioned competitions. The workouts vary in distance and intensity.  You should be able to swim 200 meters continuously before participating in this class.  There is a mandatory additional $50 affiliation fee for this course due upon registration to register all swimmers with Swim Alberta.

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New and exciting things are happening with the Masters Swim team programing at the YMCA!

  1. The program is now yearlong running from September through August (excluding interim weeks and statutory holidays).
  2. There are two payment options. A onetime payment or, a payment schedule which allows participants to pay installments throughout the year.
  3. Upon registration, each team member will receive a YMCA Masters swim cap.
  4. There is a $50 Swim Alberta Fee that is required in September which will allow for all participants to be registered with Swim Alberta and compete as part of the YMCA team at sanctioned meets!
  5. It is our YMCA Calgary goal to host an inter-branch competition in late fall and strive towards hosting a first ever YMCA Calgary sanctioned meet sometime in 2017-2018.

Visit Member Services to set up your installment plan or register online!

 


 

swim

What is the Master Swim Program?

The Masters swim program is a yearlong program running from September to August and covers the four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly –  in a swim club environment. Every swimmer who participated will be a registered Swim Alberta participant and have the opportunity to compete at sanctioned competitions. The workouts vary in distance and intensity.  You should be able to swim 200 meters continuously before participating in this class.  There is a mandatory additional $50 affiliation fee for this course due upon registration to register all swimmers with Swim Alberta.

swimmer

New and exciting things are happening with the Masters Swim team programing at the YMCA!

  1. The program is now yearlong running from September through August (excluding interim weeks and statutory holidays).
  2. There are two payment options. A onetime payment or, a payment schedule which allows participants to pay installments throughout the year.
  3. Upon registration, each team member will receive a YMCA Masters swim cap.
  4. There is a $50 Swim Alberta Fee that is required in September which will allow for all participants to be registered with Swim Alberta and compete as part of the YMCA team at sanctioned meets!
  5. It is our YMCA Calgary goal to host an inter-branch competition in late fall and strive towards hosting a first ever YMCA Calgary sanctioned meet sometime in 2017-2018.

Visit Member Services to set up your installment plan or register online!

 


The Four Core Values in Fitness

Weight-Room etiquette is basically the same at every gym or club.  At the YMCA we like to base our etiquette on four core values displayed prominently in every location across Calgary and Canada alike.  Following the basic idea of these core values both personally and within the facility allows all members to show one another the kindness of these core values in our workout areas.

Honesty – Personal – Listen to your body and acknowledge what your limits are; push yourself to those limits.  Hitting below won’t give you the results you desire, and above may lead to injury.  Facility – There isn’t a sign-up for our cardio machines as there once was, but we do ask that members honor the 30-minute maximum during busy or peak times when someone could be waiting.

CaringPersonal – Care for yourself by eating well, sleeping well, and creating a wellness balance in your life.  Facility –  allow others to work-in between your sets.  Working together can help build new relationships and friendships within our YMCA community.

RespectPersonal – Acknowledge that you are being the best version of yourself and stop comparing yourself to others.  Cherish the uniqueness that is you!  Facility – wipe down equipment after use, no one wants to use equipment that hasn’t been cleaned!  The staff and volunteer team has a cleaning list that covers all equipment in the gym and we do our best to keep things are clean as possible for member use.

ResponsibilityPersonal – Hold yourself accountable, don’t blame external forces if you stumble.  It happens to everyone; own it and move past it.  Facility – Clean up after yourself; put weights away, cable attachments back to where they belong, and take pride in being part of our YMCA community.

The YMCA prides itself on delivering four core values in our every day engagements.  As a member of the YMCA, we hope that you feel those core values every time you are in our facilities, as well as paying it forward to one another.

Be Well

 


Norton Rose Fulbright and the Power of Potential Campaign

norton-rose-fulbright-logoAs a global law firm providing full business law services all over the world, Norton Rose Fulbright has deep roots in the communities they work in. In Calgary, Norton Rose Fulbright and its predecessor firm, Macleod Dixon, have had a longstanding relationship with YMCA Calgary, with a succession of partners sitting on the YMCA Calgary Board of Directors as well as assisting with pro bono and discounted legal work. The firm has also supported YMCA Calgary over the years with charitable donations from both the firm and with individual contributions from partners and staff.

When YMCA Calgary approached Norton Rose Fulbright about a donation to its Power of Potential campaign in support of the new Remington YMCA,   the law firm didn’t hesitate to make the commitment. The gift, which is recognized in the naming of the Norton Rose Fulbright Universal Locker Room in the Remington YMCA, was a good fit for the firm.

“We thought the locker room was a fitting space for our name because many of the businesses in the Quarry Park area are our clients, so they would see and recognize our name in that area,” says Norton Rose Fulbright Partner Clarke Hunter. “We believe in giving back to the communities that we work in, through both volunteerism and direct financial support,” explains Clarke; “so the donation was really just a natural fit.”

For Norton Rose Fulbright the location of the Remington YMCA within the new community of Quarry Park is just one more example of how YMCA Calgary continues to expand in ways that meet Calgary’s growing need, not just for recreation facilities, but for ways in which to grow neighbourhood connections and relationships.

“We see Quarry Park as one more illustration of the importance of the YMCA to Calgary as a whole,” says Clarke. “For us, it’s not just about fitness and buildings, but about the contributions the YMCA makes to building communities.”

 

What does the Power of Potential mean to Norton Rose Fulbright?
To us, the Power of Potential is just a way of expressing the importance of giving people the opportunity to become the best version of themselves.  This is particularly important for children and young adults in their formative years, and we know that the YMCA has many programs aimed at this objective.  


Fill ‘er Up!

You wouldn’t attempt to drive your car when it has no fuel.  You know better, and would make sure to put something in the tank before heading out even for a short trip around town, let along a long trip.

Food is our fuel, it’s our energy source that runs all of our body’s systems.  So why do we continually see people trying to workout without enough fuel in the tank? It’s important to make sure that you have a little something to eat before your workout – always.

Round It Out – Plan a pre-workout snack to have a protein, carb, and a fruit or vegetable.  Of course whatever you choose is going to depend on personal preferences, and any dietary restrictions you might have, but some of my favorite pre-workout dining includes milk, eggs, nut butters, cottage cheese, yogurt & granola.  All items high in protein that will help you to feel more satisfied yet keeping it light.  Morning-glory or Bran muffins, oatmeal with fruit or nuts, or high fiber cereals are all carbs that have whole or fuller grains to help you feel fuller without eating a large amount.  Bananas and apples are my favorite go-to fruits to round it out.  They are easy to take on the go, relatively mess-free and provide a decent amount of nutrients and fiber.  Mixed melon, cucumber, and mixed berries are a fresh,  light change as well.  Making a smoothie to go is also a great way to incorporate more than one of these nutrient groups together in a tasty way.  Try adding spinach for a high iron boost in a fruit/veg smoothie!

Did You Know? Cramping when running or swimming after eating a fuller meal is actually your body trying to digest that food.  The blood that supplying your body’s intestinal tract gets redirected to your arms and legs, and the food “stalls” in your intestines.

Don’t let your car sputter out, just make sure you put premium in!


Rainy Camp Riveredge Update

Due to heavy rainfall and the day’s forecast, Camp Riveredge and Aboriginal Camp Riveredge participants will be bussed to the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA location.  All pick-up/drop-off locations and times will remain the same.

Camp Riveredge participants that are dropped off at Camp Riveredge by parents/guardians, will be bussed to the Eau Claire location and will return to Camp Riveredge by bus.

Your camper can look forward to more camp fun at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA location (located 101 3 Street SW) where there is lots to keep them busy and active all day.

 


Be FITT

We’ve all heard of the dreaded workout “plateau” but do we know how to avoid it?  There are many different variables in every workout program that you can change to help avoid hitting that plateau and help your body continue to see the benefits of physical activity.  The four basic areas in which you can change your workout come from the acronym F.I.T.T. – Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type.

The body reacts differently to the different stimuli that you provide it. By changing that stimuli, you help the body avoid adaptation, thus continuing to achieve results.

Frequency – Changing the days you workout or how often

Intensity – Increasing weight when lifting, adding cardio intervals into your program, change your sets and reps to challenge your muscles in different ways and different energy systems

Time – Length of workouts; can work in conjunction with Frequency, try working out more days for less time, or less days for longer

Type – Change the style of cardio you choose (treadmill vs. bike), try a new fitness class, or learn a new piece of equipment

 

Remember, change is a good thing


Why having a workout partner makes you more fit

 

Strong young man spotting another guy while he lifts a barbell at a gym

 

Did you know it’s proven that those who go to the gym with a friend are more motivated, drop out of the exercise routine less and work out harder. Check out these stats on the benefits of a workout partner: 

> Stanford university found that simply receiving check-in phone calls/texts from a partner increased the amount participants exercised by 78% (even after 18 months)

> Indiana University found that couples who worked out separately had a 43% dropout rate.  Those who went to the gym together had a 6.3 dropout rate.

> Another study found that those who worked out with someone more fit, increased motivation to work harder:  Groups who were told they had to hold a plank until their partner stopped, held the plank 160% longer. And 200% longer than with those doing the same exercise without a partner.

Encourage your friend or partner to join you at the gym by sharing the the two-week YMCA pass.  Available through July and August.

For more information and statistics, read the full article here


Youth Handball at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

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Youth Handball

Looking for a fun sport for your 7 – 16 year old?  The Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA offers handball programs on Sunday mornings. Taught by Alberta Handball champions, this program is fun, social and affordable.  The Alberta Handball Association subsidizes  50% of all junior program fees (with the subsidy, your child can participate in this 14-week program for as little as $54.50!) 

Register your child for handball today at the Member Services desk! 

 


New Volunteer Positions Now Open!

 

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Volunteers are the heart of our organization.

Families, individuals and corporations can all give of their time, talents and treasure to help us build strong communities. Our volunteer opportunities are open to individuals 14 years of age and over. YMCA volunteers are given a fun and healthy environment and enjoy these benefits: contribute to the community, thrive as part of a global organization, enhance your leadership skills, gain employment skills and a city-wide YMCA membership. YMCA Calgary is currently recruiting volunteers for several positions:

Mathematics Tutor

YMCA Calgary is seeking energetic volunteer mathematics tutors interested in helping high school youth in a group tutoring setting. The Tutoring Table initiative is one aspect of the All In for Youth initiative through the United Way of Calgary and Area designed to help support youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school. Tutoring has been proven to show positive results in terms of helping youth improve their academic achievement and school attendance, and providing a connection to a positive adult; however many youth cannot afford to access quality tutoring programs, or need assistance connecting with free/subsidized tutoring assistance.

Fitness Instructors

Remington and Saddletowne are looking for fitness leaders to engage and motivate class participants to reach their goals and potential.  YMCA fitness leaders get to share their love and passion for health and wellness with members of the community and contribute to the YMCA’s ability to build healthy, vibrant communities.

Click here to learn how to become a YMCA fitness leader.

Youth Program Instructors

Are you passionate about sports? Do you have experience working with youth? Remington and Saddletowne are both searching for enthusiastic volunteers for a sports and leadership based programs. Sports programs help youth learn teamwork, fair play, and fitness. Volunteers will teach a quality program that will develop a youth’s skills, knowledge and confidence in their chosen sport. Our leadership development programs offers a space for youth to engage in their community and learn new skills. Instructors follow a curriculum and utilize  their own experience and creativity to teach leadership and help youth grow into themselves, and into valuable community members.

Interested?

Full position descriptions are available on our website, if you have any questions please get in touch, email volunteer@ymcacalgary.org


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