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Private Squash Lessons

Explore the fast-paced game of Squash and develop skills that will make you a better player. Our Nationally Certified instructors have extensive experience playing and coaching squash. No matter your level, private lessons are customized to develop participant’s enjoyment of the game by improving racket skill, court movement, game strategy and overall fitness.

Sign up today to meet your coach!

Wednesdays           6:00 – 9:00pm

Starts October 21st, 2015

M $35            NM $45 (Per 45 minute lesson)

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Private Squash Lessons


Horseback riding lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Horseback riding lessons | 7-8Y and 9-11Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sundays | September 13, 20, 27 and October 4 | 2:30-4pm
$140

Instruction includes how to groom a horse (brushing, picking hooves), how to tack and untack (saddle & bridle), and basic riding skills in the arena. Time will be split evenly between horsemanship and riding. Participants will learn to feel comfortable around horses while having a fun learning experience.

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Horseback riding lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Horseback riding lessons | 7-8Y and 9-11Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sundays | May 10, 24, 31 and June 7 | 2:30-4pm
$140

Instruction includes how to groom a horse (brushing, picking hooves), how to tack and untack (saddle & bridle), and basic riding skills in the arena. Time will be split evenly between horsemanship and riding. Participants will learn to feel comfortable around horses while having a fun learning experience.

June 14 will be used as an alternated date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday.
No class on the Sunday of Victoria Day weekend.

To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Horsemanship Lessons

**September’s Horsemanship lessons are currently full and we are no longer accepting people for the waitlist. Please check back again in the Spring.

Camp Chief Hector YMCA if offering novice riding lessons again this fall! Learn the basic skills of horsemanship on the ground and in the saddle.

  • At Camp Chief Hector YMCA
  • Sundays: September 7, 14, 21 & 28*  | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    *October 5th will be an alternate date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday
  • 7 years and up
  • $140

Novice Riding Lessons Fall 2014


Horsemanship Lessons

Camp Chief Hector YMCA if offering horseback riding lessons this spring! Learn the basic skills of horsemanship on the ground and in the saddle.

  • At Camp Chief Hector YMCA at the base of the Rockies
  • Sundays: May 11 & 25, June 1 & 8* | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    *June15 will be an alternate date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday
  • 7 years and up (a fun activity to do with your kids!)
  • $140

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For more information, or to register, please call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 (toll free).


The Top 5 Things Not To Do In a Running Race: Lesson 4

The Top 5 Things Not To Do In a Running Race
The Tales and Lamentations of the Ill-Prepared Runner

 

May 13, 2013 by Chad Baird

UPDATE – January 13, 2014: I wanted to share with everyone the before and after photos of me doing this race! Happy running!

Lesson 4 – Dress for the Weather

Sometimes living in Calgary is tough! The weather is often cold and unpredictable. In turn, this causes every Calgarian runner to shake their fists at the sky occasionally throughout their lifetime. To properly explain this concept, I shall be explaining my tales and lamentations regarding the 2010 Mother’s Day 10km race. It was a frosty morning. I woke up, looked and fully expected to see a stray reindeer or two. I decided to put on five layers of clothing for my upcoming race. I put on a wool long sleeve, three short sleeve cotton t-shirts, and a warm hoodie. I was set! The cold had no chance against my defence! No chance! Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that overheating had an excellent chance of breaking the defense system…but I didn’t even think about that. I got to the start line and it had warmed up to about zero Celsius but it had begun snowing. Through the fresh falling snow, I saw a guy in front of me wearing nothing more than shorts and a sleeveless shirt. I thought to myself, “This guy is so dumb! He will be so cold!” Negative, this guy was exponentially more enlightened about running races that I was. I started the race and within 500 metres, I could already tell that I was getting way too hot. By 3 kilometres, I standing at the aid station dumping cold water down my back and legs. 5 km in, I had my sweater tied around my waist, old granny style, looking fashionable as ever with my sweater tie swag and a beet red face. At 7km, I had my hoodie still around my waist – and was now carrying three shirts. You know what makes running a race easier? Not carrying a couch cushion sized ball of your extra clothes that you brought along with you for the ride. I continued huffing and puffing down the road, physically steaming because I was so overheated. A person could have cracked an egg on my head and 14 seconds later, enjoyed a fine omelette breakfast because I was as hot as a frying pan. I crossed that finish line 15 seconds shy of an hour and that is nothing short of a miracle. As I walked to the C-Train to head back home, I saw the guy I stood behind in the crowd – Sleeveless Shirt Man. I looked at him, majestic, muscles prominent and graceful, barely had a bead of sweat on him. He won, I lost. As he looked at me, he gazed upon a poor soul who had a face as red as the sun, an absolute mound of clothing burdening his arms, and to top it all off, a sweater tied around his waist. I’m sure if he was preacher, he would have laid hands on me right then and asked the Lord to help me in my time of need. I was a mess, but it was my own fault!

Before

 

…and After!

My advice to you is this – don’t over dress for races. Running Room founder John Stanton states that it is always best to start off a race a little chilly. I always try to follow his wise words. It may seem cold standing at the start line, but when your feet hit the pavement and you have multiple kilometers under your belt, you will warm up I promise!

Don’t overdress for races, come to the start line with a bit of a chill, and please don’t make my same mistakes! Running is beautiful; don’t make a mess of the Mona Lisa.

Stay tuned next week for Lesson 5 – Eating Too Much

Written by Chad Baird | BCMM Public Relations Student | Mount Royal University


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!

 


Do you Even Lift, Bro? Lesson Two

Lesson Two: Learn How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

In my last blog, I explained the issues surrounding my lack of focus during a sports performance class at the YMCA. I want to elaborate on this. Without a doubt, my sports performance class in high school was the most useful class I have ever taken. I learned how to better myself, how to workout at a functional level and how to avoid a multitude of injuries.

I have seen a plethora of poor decisions in the gym across my many years of running and lifting. I have seen people bicep curling 100 pound bars primarily with their lower back. I have witnessed people running in a flailing fashion that is sure to break an ankle during their travels. I have seen people lifting weights in ways that offer no conceivable benefit to their bodies whatsoever. Furthermore, think of all the people you don’t see at the gym.

Two years ago, I got my best friend into running. Recently, I asked him why he doesn’t go to the gym to gain some more muscle to benefit his runs.  His answer made me sad as he told me that the reason he doesn’t go to the gym and previously lived an unhealthy life is because he didn’t know how to workout.

There are so many people out there who are living unhealthy lives simply because they don’t know what to do when they get to the gym. There are many people who feel the gym would be an embarrassing or an unprofitable venture because they have not educated themselves on proper form and gym technique. Maybe this person is you.

I want today to be the day you decide to better yourself. A life of fitness is a beautiful thing. Educate yourself about fitness and join the millions of happy people who decided to learn about fitness to further enhance their time on this earth

  • If you are in high school, take sports performance or any fitness-based class that your school has to offer. I still use the skills I learned in those classes to better myself today.
  • For those of you who are going to post-secondary institutions, take fitness classes at your campus gym to learn how to workout. They are presented at phenomenal student rates and are so beneficial. The YMCA also has discounted rates for students and youth. It helps you so much in your life!
  • For those of you who are working full-time, find a gym that you love and start taking a few personal training sessions just to learn the ropes. The YMCA has awesome personal trainers and offers awesome classes to make you a better you. Also, just to get into the swing of things, start going to the gym with a fitness-oriented friend. Ask questions and engage.

I believe the most important part of fitness is the way in which we educate ourselves about the topic.

See you on the weight floor.

Written by Chad Baird | BCMM Public Relations Student | Mount Royal University

Stay tuned next week for Lesson Three: Hey You! Get Off the Phone!

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Do you Even Lift, Bro? – Lesson One

Lesson One: Bad Things Happen When You Lose Focus

The story I am about to tell you happened in 2008. I was seventeen years old and my follies were due to my overactive teenage brain. Yes, this story does involve a pretty girl and me making a fool of myself. No, I did not get her number and, furthermore, she was less than impressed. I am sure I left her wondering, as she ran away shaking her head, “Do you even lift, bro?”

I was in a sports performance class in high school. I got to learn about health and fitness while getting the opportunity to workout at the YMCA for school credit. I was on my last bicep set and an angel entered the room, lights shone from the heavens. From afar, I could see this majestic woman gallantly striding towards me, choosing music on her iPod as she prepared for her run. “Surely, she must be listening to Beethoven or Chopin,” I thought to myself in the timid stillness of my mind. “Only the stringed quartets of Beethoven could express the elegance of my future wife.” As violins danced and flutes fleeted about my thoughts, I was in awe of the woman getting closer to me with each step. Her flowing hair delicately brushed her face and likely smelled of strawberries and playful kittens. It was in that moment that I made a grave error. I convinced myself that I had to get the attention of the woman in pink for she must tell the tales of my mighty manliness in the gym!

I decided to grab 50 pound dumbbells for my last bicep set in order to impress her. A little background on me, in high school I weighed about 120 pounds and had a problem curling 15 pounds, let alone 50. I could barely get dumbbells off the rack and I nearly burst a vein in my forearm trying to hold on to 50 pounds in each hand. I hobbled and wobbled across the free weight section to make sure that she saw me. It was then that I made eye contact with her. I smiled a smile that told her, “Yes, I am interested in marriage.” She saw me and awkwardly smiled back. Love at first sight.

I felt weak in the knees, my world started spinning and my hands seemed free of the weight I was carrying. I was falling, falling, falling in love.

In fact, what was actually happening was that my legs got abruptly taken out from under me as my kneecaps collided with a flat bench that I didn’t notice in front of me as I was flashing my ‘smooth’ smile. The weakness in my knees was a physical weakness as my legs buckled in the contact with the bench. I felt as if my world was spinning and falling because indeed it was. I fully face planted on the unforgiving gym floor. Not only did I epically fall on the floor, but I was so off balance with the dumbbells that were similar in size to my entire body mass, the weights rocketed out of my hands and rolled across the floor. After that toss, I briefly considered professional shot-put or joining the Team Canada curling team because it had some distance! Unfortunately, the weight rolled right on to the track, and directly in front of my pink princess. Gracefully, she hopped over it and looked at me on the floor with a look of pure disappointment and shame. I will just wrap up this story by stating that I am still single.

The reason I tell you this story is because I see gym antics like this all the time. I have seen guys go on exercise bikes with dumbbells, doing super-fast bicep curls when girls run by on the track. But hark! Men are not the only ones who do this. I see women who come to the gym in full make-up and hair like they are ready for a photo shoot. They smile at every good-looking person they are interested in while burning 6 calories an hour on an elliptical, cruising at a snail’s pace.

My advice: stay focused! Get healthy and well, and be safe on the weight floor. You can seriously injure yourself by using equipment incorrectly. Use weights that your body can handle and remember that it takes work to get results.

See you on the weight floor.

Written by Chad Baird | BCMM Public Relations Student | Mount Royal University

Stay tuned next week for Lesson Two: Learn How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

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Horseback Riding Lessons at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Learn the basic skills of horsemanship on the ground and in the saddle.

Novice Riding Lessons
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Sept 8, 15, 22 & 29 *
2:30 – 4:00pm
7-11Y and 12Y-adult
$140
* Alternate date if needed due to weather Oct 6

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 (toll free).

Wear boots with a 1/2 – 1″ heel. Helmets will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Camp Chief Hector YMCA. Click  for a map and directions.


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