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Fall Fitness Etiquette

As the summer winds down, a fair number of us we will be heading back into our favorite fitness classes.  It’s going to be much busier than it has been all summer, and all of these people are going to be at different fitness levels.  Pack your patience with your shoes and post-workout snack!  We will have participants that have kept it up all summer, returning participants that enjoyed a summer off, and new participants that want to be the best version of themselves.   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.


Winter Camp weekend | 10-13Y boys & girls

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

Winter Camp 325

Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

Don Banton: Relationship-Builder


This is a special morning for Eau Claire YMCA’s Don Banton.

It starts like every other morning for the past 14 years. Don comes into work at 5:00 a.m. to the Men’s Plus locker room, to keep the place spic and span as a supervisor. The soap dispensers are full, the counters are clean and the towels are stacked, as they always are under Don’s care. But this morning, Don’s again doing what he’s REALLY good at — smiling. Chatting. Remembering names. Inquiring after members’ loved ones. Connecting. Continue reading

22nd Annual YMCA Calgary Member Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, June 4th as we celebrate all of our 25+ year YMCA Members at a great evening of friendship and fun! 

Member Dinner
Calgary Golf and Country Club
5:30 reception
6:45 dinner and program

This event is not just for members. You can bring your guests, family, friends – it’s really all about visiting and sharing YMCA stories!


Register at the branch of your choice – $50 per person.  All 25-year members may attend at no charge and will be contacted by staff for more information.

If you are a member who has transferred to YMCA Calgary from another city, and have continuous years of membership, please stop by the member services desk to have your start date adjusted so that we can have an accurate record of your years of membership.

Contact Lana Dionne at ldionne@calgary.ymca.ca 403-781-1663 for more information.


Lead a Friend to Health

Because you care about others, build healthy communities, one person at a time.

As a YMCA member, share your YMCA experience with friends, colleagues, family. Encourage them to join and quickly see the rewards. You’ll increase time with the people you care about while getting healthy together. In appreciation, you’ll receive a special thank you gift from YMCA Calgary when they join.

During November 1-30, referring members can earn YCredits as a reward to use towards membership payment or a YMCA program/service.
• YCredit value is based on the member’s current membership
• Must be a current continuous YMCA member
• YCredits do not apply to linked dependents
• Must be redeemed by December 31, 2012
• YCredits have no cash value and are non-refundable

See Member Services for more information.

Lead a Friend to Health

The ‘Lead a Friend to Health’ promotion is back and for all the right reasons. From the goodness of your heart… help others start a healthy lifestyle!

From November 1-30, referring members receive a special thank you gift from YMCA Calgary when friends join. When your friends sign-up, you receive YCredit to use in various ways: put it toward your next membership payment or try a new program or service.

Find out more information.



Celebrating Community

Saturday, June 8th was a great day here at the Saddletowne YMCA.  We kicked things off in the morning with a Stampede Breakfast put on by the amazing folks at the Stampede Board.  Our parking lot was turned into a western wonderland as hundreds of people cameout to enjoy the traditional pancake breakfast as well as many other fun activities
such as chuck wagon rides and rope making.  Traditional square dancing was present along with an infusion of local NE culture with the Punjabi Dance Troop  preforming  as

In the evening Saddletowne Y staff had the chance to support our friends in Martindale as they celebrated 25 years of their local community association.  As relative newcomers to the NE, we have received great support from the local community associations and  were happy to attend this special event.  Community building does not happen through a single
individual, association or organization and we are extremely pleased to part of this collective community in the North East.  We hope to celebrate many more years of collaboration in our community!

Indian and Rodeo Princesses with YMCA staffNikol, Khalil, Kelly, & Noshy






Y Members: Bring a Friend for Free Today!

May 5 is Free Fifth Day at all YMCA locations in Calgary!

On the fifth of every month, members can bring one guest for free-access all day long!

Join us today and let’s get healthy.



Y Members: Bring a Friend for Free Today!

May 5 is Free Fifth Day at all YMCA locations in Calgary!

On the fifth of every month, members can bring one guest for free-access all day long!

Join us today and let’s get healthy.



We’re celebrating Youth Week, April 20-27!

In honour of Youth Week, $3.00 gets you and a friend a Teen Night drop-in at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne or Shawnessy branches between 7:00pm and 10:00pm on April 26, 2013.

Teen Night is for youth aged 12-17. Come by with your friends and get active!