Fitness Kickboxing is a great way to build strength & confidence while relieving stress.

I attended the Fitness Kickboxing demo class here at Saddletowne a little while ago and I found the class to be invigorating and fun. After the warm up, the instructor taught us a variety of punching techniques and combinations which we then got to practice with a partner using gloves and pads. Afterwards she led us through some kicking techniques and combinations which we practiced again. By the end of the class we put it all together in punching and kicking combinations with our partners.

I worked up a good sweat in the class and definitely felt my muscles the next day. The exercises especially helped to challenge my core strength and coordination as well as my mental focus and reflexes. I loved being able to engage in a contact sport with another person, express some playful aggression and let off  steam in a way that was safe, fun and empowering.

I definitely recommend Fitness Kickboxing as a different kind of fitness class that will produce great results, increase your confidence and challenge you in new ways.

Fitness Kickboxing is offered at the Saddletowne YMCA on Sundays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning January 11th. To register call 403-237-2393 and quote barcode # 96569.


Women’s Only Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Calling all ladies! How about some time out with the girls to be healthy and have fun in a supportive, female environment?

Saddletowne YMCA offers 9 different types of fitness classes for women only:

Belly Dance Level 1 & 2
Bellyfit Sage
Post-Natal Fitness
Prenatal Aquatic Fitness
Prenatal Fitness
Prenatal Yoga
Women’s Resistance Training
Yoga for Women

Read below for class descriptions, times & course codes:

Belly Dance Level 1 & 2 Combo
Explore the cultural and artistic components of Belly Dance by focusing on Egyptian styles, learning about music through interpretation, and choreography. This is for women who really want to dig deep into the technique and style of Belly Dance, and get personal feedback from an experienced instructor. This class combines levels 1 & 2 offering beginner progressions as well as more advanced options for returning students.
Mondays starting January 5th
6:30-7:30pm (Barcode 95525)

Bellyfit offers a full workout utilizing elements of dance, yoga and pilates. If you want a class where you can dance, sweat, breathe, and liberate yourself from the daily grind then Bellyfit is the class for you! The cardio dance portion of Bellyfit incorporates movements from belly dance, East Indian, Bollywood and African dance. The core and stretch portions are inspired by yoga and pilates.  Bellyfit is one hour of continuous movement flow without pauses in the music. Each movement in the cardio segments is broken down to give students time to get into the rhythm before moving on to the next section. There are also different layers of movement and levels of intensity, so it is up to the student how she wants to use these levels and layers to produce the intensity she desires. Bellyfit will inspire you laugh, smile, glow and feel genuinely good about yourself afterwards.
Wednesdays starting January 7th
5:30-6:30pm (Barcode 96572)

Bellyfit Sage™
From the creators of Bellyfit® comes a brand new low impact format designed for wise and mature or recovering bodies. Combining inspiration from Fitness, Belly Dance, Hula Dance, Yoga and Meditation, Bellyfit Sage is a mindful and gentle yet powerful class. Move your body with sensuality, ease and grace, and then let build stamina and serenity with a balance, core and stretch sequence using the support of a chair. Set to world-fusion music that will uplift your heart and spirit. Come join a community of women and celebrate the vibrancy and wisdom of your inner Sage!
Mondays starting January 19th
10:30-11:30am (Barcode 96573)

Post-Natal Fitness
Bring your baby to this fitness class for Moms. The class will incorporate cardio, resistance, core and stretching exercises appropriate for post-natal women. Babies aged 2-12 months are welcome. Post-natal women may attend with or without baby.
Mondays starting January 5th
12:00-1:00pm (Barcode 95680)
Thursdays starting January 8th
9:30-10:30am (Barcode 96949)

Prenatal Aquatic Fitness
Experience the benefits and relief of weightlessness in this refreshing deep water workout designed specifically with the needs of pregnant women in mind. This class will help strengthen upper body, lower body and core muscles without the impact of land-based exercise. Participants must bring a Par Med X for Pregnancy Form signed by their doctor/midwife indicating that they have clearance to participate. Participants should feel comfortable in deep water with the assistance of a flotation device.
Wednesdays starting January 7th
6:00-6:45pm (Barcode 96566)

Prenatal Fitness
Experience a fit pregnancy and meet other moms-to-be in this fun fitness class designed with the unique needs of pregnant women in mind. Pre Natal Fitness will incorporate cardio, resistance, core and stretching exercises suitable for pregnant women of all fitness levels.
Mondays starting January 5th
6:00-6:45pm (Barcode 96566)

Prenatal Yoga
Experience Hatha yoga to help with a healthy pregnancy, delivery and recovery.  This course will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit throughout your pregnancy.
Tuesdays starting January 6th
7:15-8:15pm (Barcode 96561)

Women’s Resistance Training
Learn all about the benefits of resistance training (training with weights) for women including how it can help you lose weight, reduce pain and improve physical function. In this class you will learn proper weight training form and technique with a variety of equipment types and without the intimidation factor of trying to figure things out on your own!
Mondays & Wednesdays starting January 5th
9:30-10:30am (Barcode 96945)
1:15-2:15pm (Barcode 96946)
Tuesdays starting January 6th
1:15-2:15pm (Barcode 96950)

Yoga for Women
Strengthen, lengthen, balance and release in this active yoga class for women only that will guide you to find strength, flexibility and calm from within. Release your stress and tension and leave feeling radiant, refreshed and ready for life!
Tuesdays starting January 6th
5:15-6:15pm (Barcode 96555)


YMCA Child Minding

YMCA Calgary’s Child Minding is available to members and non-members who require short term care for their children while they are in the facility pursuing their health and fitness goals. Children, aged six-weeks to 10 years, may be booked in for a maximum of 2 hours per day.

The Child Minding environment is often a young child’s first introduction to the YMCA. Caregivers take the well-being and safety of the children very seriously, aiming to ensure that their experience is a positive one. Through providing a warm welcome, ensuring an effective check-in and helping to ensure children settle comfortably into the area, caregivers set the tone for each child to have a positive and engaging time.


Recognizing that Child Minding can be a busy place, our caregivers want to maintain a calm, welcoming and supportive environment. They do this through:

– careful management of our booking system to maintain staff:child ratios that meet children’s developmental, health and safety needs

– utilizing wonderful volunteers within the area who are available to provide extra cuddles and attention to our young charges

– providing age-appropriate toys and equipment for children of all ages

– utilizing additional space, where available, during busy periods so that smaller group sizes can be maintained

For more information about our Child Minding service please visit our website or contact us at one of our participating branches – Crowfoot YMCA, Eau Claire YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Shawnessy YMCA

YSurvive is Coming in February

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Keep your motivation going after the New Year with some friendly and healthy competition.

Yes YSurvive is back for its sixth year! This is a great way to meet new people, try new activities, shake up your routine and stick with fitness goals.

All YMCA Calgary members, volunteers and staff are welcome to join this fun event. Just stop by Member Services to register, get your t-shirt and be placed on a tribe with a captain. The tribe that earns the MOST points during the competition wins bragging rights and special recognition on the YSurvive Cup!

To earn points you can run, swim, lift weights, climb, shoot basketball, play badminton or participate in yoga and fitness classes. There will also be special challenges, themes and prizes!

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Registration starts in January and the competition runs February 2 through March 9. Watch for details in displays at all locations.

New Exciting Programs for 2015

Now that January is almost here, it’s a great time to resume a healthy active lifestyle. YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs for all ages and fitness levels. You can still find all of your favourite programs plus get inspired with some new choices to keep you moving towards your 2015 wellness goals!

  • Self Defense at Crowfoot YMCA
  • Bellyfit® at Saddletowne YMCA
  • Western Dance at Eau Claire YMCA
  • Tae Kwon Do at South Health Campus YMCA
  • Preschool Yoga at Shawnessy YMCA

Please call Member Services at your branch for more information and to register.

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Tips to Keep You and Your Family Well and Safe


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When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.

But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.

Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.

Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.

Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safety Equipment
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.

Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.

Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.

We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.

  • Go easy with new exercise and activities
  • Get enough food and sleep
  • Remember to take necessary medication
  • Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
  • Secure personal belongings in the locker room

As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.

Self Defense Classes at the Saddletowne YMCA

Written by Amber McInnis

On Saturday morning, I attended the demonstration of the Self Defense class that is running for five Saturdays starting January 10. The teacher was welcoming and had a very kind demeanor and calming presence.  In our hour together, he focused not only on physical defense (body), but also on mind and spirit, reminding the participants that power comes from all three sources.

Some of the things I learned include how the body changes as a person becomes increasingly agitated, and how to recognize these changes simply by observing the person.  I left the class equipped with many ways to protect myself, and with the confidence that I would be able to take the actions necessary, should I find myself in a threatening situation.

I highly recommend that if you can take this class, do. I feel so empowered after just one hour of new knowledge and I know that all people – women, men, teens, adults – will benefit from this class.


Please contact Kaia, Fitness Director, at 403-537-2720 or for more information.


Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts January 10th 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)


Saturdays| 9:30–10:30am

Starts February 21st 2015

M $45 NM $60 (5 classes)


FREE Demo Classes at the Saddletowne YMCA

Get Your Move On! Here are a dozen & 1 ways to do it! Attend a free demo class and enter to win a FREE registered class! One ballot provided for each demo class attended. Must attend the full class. Draw will occur on December 24, 2014 at 12:00pm. Winner will be contacted by phone or email.


Saturday, December 13

Pilates Level 1 – 8:00-9:00am – Studio B – Jacqui

Self Defense – 9:30-10:30am – MP1 – Geri

Sunday, December 14

Fitness Kickboxing – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Diane

Monday, December 15

Belly Dance – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Serena

AquaBootcamp – 7:00-7:45pm – Pool – Kristin

Tuesday, December 16

Active Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm – Studio B – Agatha

TRX – 6:30-7:30pm – Studio B – Agatha

Wednesday, December 17

Bellyfit® – 5:30-6:30pm – Studio B – Serena

Active Yoga – 6:00-7:00pm – Studio A – Agatha

Metabolic Conditioning – 7:15-8pm – Studio A – Agatha

Thursday, December 18

Hard Core – 6:00-7:00pm – Studio B – Agatha

Kettlebell Bootcamp – 6:30-7:30pm – MP1 – Jacqui

Monday, December 22

Women’s Resistance – 9:30-10:30am – Studio B – Kaia

Bellyfit SAGE™ – 10:30-11:30am – Studio A – Serena

Thank you, Nurses!

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We’ve wrapped up another fantastic semester working with the U of C nurses here in the North LINC program! The LINC students wrote letters to the nurses in beautiful handmade cards to say goodbye. These thoughtful notes really illustrate the impact of the partnership, and highlight the importance of building relationships between the newcomers and health care professionals in our community. Check out what they had to say!

Every week, I learnt something special. In the first week, I learnt physical exercises to make our heart stronger. In the second week, I learnt to eat less sugar, salt and fat, and also choose healthier fats. In the third week, I learnt to look for fresh products at the grocery store. -Najeeba, Pakistan

Now I know how to read the labels that I can understand what I’m buying. Your presentation also help me improve my English. I also want to thank YMCA for inviting the nurses for the health guide, and making it possible to learn how to be healthy.   -Tram, Vietnam

I’m glad I got the chance to meet you. I like to thank you for your positive attitude and vibrant energy. I’ll always remember your nice smiles. -Sarita, India

I learn from your class many different things that I didn’t know before. How much percent of sugar, fat, sodium, are dangerous, and I know how many percent are useful. I now know how to know your heart rate without medical things. -Esrael, Eritria

I like the time spent with you in the gym. I appreciate you give us knowledge about healthy living and importance of gym. I hope you will become successful women in future. – Mehwish, Pakistan

All of you tried your best to guide every single person about their heart beat, sugar level, and blood pressure. We appreciate your positive attitude, to help us get to know about things in the facility. – Rehama, Pakistan

I begin to drink more water and I use iron, and vegetables. When I go to the grocery store, I begin to look for fresh products. – Faride, Iran

I’m glad to meet such patient and professional people like you, with whom I enjoyed speaking during gym exercises, and your letting me know how my English speaking improved. –Soufia, Morocco

I learned more English. I enjoyed so much with you nurses. I learn about less salt. Now I begin to drink 1% milk. I eat whole wheat bread. – Mandeep, India

I appreciate you coming to my class. It is rare to find such kind friends. With your help I learned about exercises, activity, heart beat, sodium, high blood pressure, cholesterol, fat, and also healthy food. I didn’t know anything about these before and I never read the labels. I’m grateful for you coming to our class. We hope you enjoyed having us as much as we enjoyed being with you. –Ravinder, India

Thank you, Nurses! We hope to see you again soon!