Saddletowne Training Pool Closure, July 15th – 20th

The Training Pool at the Saddletowne YMCA will be closed until further notice as we  complete important repairs.  Open swim, lane swimming and all swimming lessons will take place in the 25 meter pool for the interim.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to improve your YMCA.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Elliot, Program Manager, at 403-537-2710.

The Saddletowne YMCA Hopes You Have a Rootin’ Tootin’ Calgary Stampede

Yee Haw!  Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors who stopped by the Saddletowne YMCA Monday, July 7th to help us celebrate the Calgary Stampede.

Bret "The Taxman" Ross

Bret “The Taxman” Ross


The Outrageous Outlaw O'Briens

The Outrageous Outlaw O’Briens

"Rawhide" Rosy Rayani

“Rawhide” Rosy Rayani

Kelly "Two Gun" Colson

Kelly “Rapid Fire” Colson

Puja "Prairie Fire" Suri, Nada "Danada" Rustom, and Linda "Two Step" Sakyi-Akameah.

Puja “Prairie Fire” Suri, Nada “Danada” Rustom, and Linda “Two Step” Sakyi-Akameah.

Priscilla "Princess of the Prairies" Lee

Priscilla “Princess of the Prairies” Lee

Danijela "No Hat" Latinovic

Danijela “No Hat” Latinovic

Tanya "Two Horn" Connelly, Joseph "Lone Justice" Peralta and Noshy "Night Rider" Karbani.

Tanya “Two Horn” Connelly, Joseph “Lone Justice” Peralta and Noshy “Night Rider” Karbani.

Adam "The Black Hat Advantage" Luciuk

Adam “The Black Hat Advantage” Luciuk

Steve "The Rattlesnake" Elliot

Steve “The Rattlesnake” Elliot

Ixchel "Wildcat" and Kaia "Kickin' Horse" Kjar

Ixchel “Wildcat” and Kaia “Kickin’ Horse” Kjar

Not pictured- Saddletowne’s most wanted, Brigitte “Bad Apple” Edwards.

Click here to see more Stampede photos, including those from our Wild West Photo Booth, from the Saddletowne YMCA!

Spots Open for 16 Year Olds!


Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s LEADERSHIP 1 Canoe trip still has spots remaining for the July 6-August 1 camp.

Sixteen year old Leadership I campers will participate in a 17-day canoe trip on the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan.

During their first week at camp, these Leadership I campers will plan and prepare for their trip and learn to work as a team.

Throughout their month-long experience, they will develop personal strengths and new abilities. Their focus will be on learning and developing outtripping skills and leadership abilities in the backcountry.

There are currently 3 spots for girls and 3 spots for boys still open.
Register today by calling 1 (866) 430-9622 (YMCA).

When:  Sunday, July 6, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 (27 days)

Where:  Starting and finishing at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

What:  Leadership training with a Canoe Camp Trip for 16 year old youth

Cost: $2710.00

How: Call 1 (866) 430-9622


Stampede Float Team!

We’re Having a Parade Float!

For the first time in a very long time, YMCA Calgary has entered a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade!

It’s being professionally built, is fun and colourful, and of course, will be playing a very recognizable song!


Our Parade Float Team

Our float team this year is made up of YMCA staff, volunteers, and youth leadership students. These folks will be pushing our float, walking and dancing alongside it, and representing YMCA Calgary at one of the most exciting events on Calgary’s calendar!

Say hello when you see us on the route.

Meet some of your 2014 Stampede Parade Float team:

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Poppy, Staff, Shawnessy YMCA Mamta, YMAP Student Ric, Staff, Community YMCA
 Tessa-float Sarah-float tracy-float
Tessa, Staff & Volunteer, Saddletowne YMCA Sarah, Staff, Crowfoot YMCA Tracy, Staff, South Health Campus YMCA
Leonie-float carlie-float trisha-float
Leonie, Staff, Saddletowne YMCA Carlie,Volunteer, Shawnessy YMCA Trisha, Staff, Association Services
brandy-float veronica-float joy-float
Brandy, Staff, Community YMCA Veronica, Staff, Crowfoot YMCA Joy, Staff, Crowfoot & Eau Claire YMCA
Jena-float float Annie carollynefloat
Jena, Volunteer, Shawnessy Y Annie, Volunteer, Camp Chief Hector YMCA Carollyne, Staff, YMCA Association Services
candice-float Nancy sarena
Candice, Staff, YMCA Association Services Nancy, Community YMCA Sarena, Community YMCA
jennie-float   Ian-float
Jennie, Staff, Eau Claire YMCA Ian, Staff, Eau Claire YMCA Lana, Staff, YMCA Association Services
Oscar, Staff, YMCA Association Services  Ken, Staff, YMCA Association Services   Fahim, Staff, YMCA Association Services


The Stampede Parade

The Calgary Stampede Parade kicks off the annual celebration on the first Friday of Stampede. This year’s parade is on Friday, July 4 and begins at 8:55am.

The parade route starts at 6 Ave & 3 St SE and travels west. It turns south at 10 St SW and comes back east on 9 Ave to finish at 4 St SE.

Come join the fun, see some great floats, marching bands, and of course wave to us as our YMCA Calgary float dances past!


2014 Stampede Breakfasts

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It’s that time of year again!

We’ve got lots of fun, pancakes, and celebration scheduled all over the city.

Monday, July 7  – Saddletowne YMCA, 7am-10am
Tuesday, July 8  – South Health Campus YMCA, 7:30am-11am
Tuesday, July 8  – Shawnessy YMCA, 7am-10am
Wednesday, July 9  – Crowfoot YMCA, 7am-9am
Friday, July 11  – Eau Claire YMCA, 7am-9am


The 5 Things Runners Are Scared Of

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Runners at the Starting Line during the 2014 Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Family Fun Run and 10Km 

1 Clouds

Mid-run unpredictable weather is the worst. Every runner mentally shouts at the sky, “WHAT SORCERY DO YOU HOLD WITHIN YOUR PUFF!?”

2. Lack of signal to the GPS wrist watch

If you see a man or a woman wildly waving their arm in the air while going for a run, DO NOT PANIC! There is no bear chasing them nor are they inventing a dance move called the jelly elbow. It is a runner simply trying to get a signal back to the GPS wrist watch. Just feel pity for the poor soul, nothing more, nothing less.

3. Clipping your toenails before a race

Nobody knows fear like this. Toe nail too long? Enjoy the self-loathing and sock snagging for 42 k! Toe nail to short? It will feel like a muskrat is gnawing at your foot for the entire duration of your run.

4. Not having consistent access to the weather network at all times of the day.

If you cannot access live updates of the humidex, temperature, and precipitation forecasts on your TV, tablet, cell phone, a family member’s cell phone as a back-up, computer and an emergency dial-up connection…THIS will send every runner into a fit of panic.

5.  The shoe-shopping vortex

Do I pronate or supinate? Which brand do I choose? How do these support my feet? How do these ones look? Are my feet wonky? Etc.. Etc… By the time you walk out of the store, your car is the only one in the parking lot, it’s nighttime and you don’t know what year it is.


2 Step Program to Weight Loss and Increased Fitness

Hello everybody! It has been a while since I have written due to a bit of craziness at University. Long nights and early mornings and wading through endless emails and assignments forced my writing pen away from me! But hark! I have some more time, so I thought I would give you some more fitness advice to further fulfill my ultimate objective: to make you a better you through fitness.

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I have found the key to weight loss and increased fitness. I promise if you implement my advice, you will see results. Alright…Are you ready for the magic formula?

Chad Baird’s 2-step guide to weight loss and fitness

1. Eat Healthy

2. Workout

Are you disappointed? Did you think that I was going to offer you some quick fix to have you looking like the Hulk in a matter of days? Unfortunately, it is not that simple nor will that quick fix ever exist.

Oprah Winfrey said, “There is no easy way out. If there was, I would have bought it. The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.”

I absolutely love this quote for a variety of reasons. Oprah has immense wealth, resources and contacts. If there is ANYONE on the planet who could find a quick fix for fitness, it would be her. However, that fast-track fitness diet has yet to surface. The magic beans to grow the health benefit beanstalk are yet to be found.

Hard work and dedication are the keys to success, not some pill or program. Have you ever read the fine print for diet pills and quick-fix workout programs? I have taken the time to scan through these documents and one line of fine print on an advertisement particularly grabbed my attention. The focus group who took the diet pill collective lost 2.4 more pounds than the focus groups that did not. 2.4 pounds! Society is spending billions of dollars annually for 2.4 pounds!  You and I can lose 2.4 pounds in one spin class or by eating great salads for a few days. These programs are not the solution.

Another humorous ad I found was on the front of a magazine in a grocery store I was recently at. I kid you not, the ad proudly proclaimed, “Lose 30 pounds eating nothing but cake!”

You know what won’t help you lose 30 pounds? Cake. You know what will help you lose 30 pounds? Eating healthy and working out.

Health is not a destination, it is a journey. To reach your fitness goals you do not need to consume some pill filled with chemicals you can’t pronounce or go on the latest diet fad that won’t help you in the slightest. Being healthy is about a lifestyle choice. Health is about you consciously deciding that YOU are a priority.

Eat lots of salad and lots of colors on your plate. Sweat multiple times a week. Do something active that you actually like to do.

There is no magic program. There is no fitness fairy dust. The cake-palooza plan is not your best action plan.

Eat healthy. Workout. See results. Period.






Exercise and Wellness for Women with Breast Cancer

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Coming to Saddletowne YMCA September 2014!

This FREE program aims to empower women to regain control of their life through physical activity. Offered in partnership with the U of C Health & Wellness Lab, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Wings of Hope, participation includes:

  • A personalized fitness assessment
  • An individualized exercise program
  • Group exercise and healthy lifestyle education classes

Eligibility: Currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment or within three months of treatment completion
Call (403) 210-8482 to enroll


Stay in shape with new things: speed & agility

Do something outside of your regular workout routine. It will improve your body-mind connection, coordination and you will also get an immediate sense of accomplishment! You burn more fat and calories too. Go for outdoor boot camp, trail run, mountain bike ride or try speed and agility training. New things will help you too boost your fitness and performance this summer!

Check out our new programs at Crowfoot YMCA

Learn to be fast, explosive, agile with fun & dynamic work outs. Improve balance and gain confidence through movements. Accessible exercise program: 6 classes out of 8 weeks so you will have time off for vacation

Speed & agility training for fitness and sports: Monday 7:00-8:00pm

Outdoor boot camps: Monday 5:15-6:15pm Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am