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Powerlifting workshop @ Eau Claire YMCA

Powerlifting Workshop @ ECY

Representatives from the strength & conditioning departments of all 5 branches in the Calgary association gathered Thursday for a powerlifting workshop hosted by nationally ranked strength athlete and representative of the Alberta Powerlifting Union, Elaine Huba. The session was structured around answering the question “how do you progress from lifting recreationally to lifting for competition?” To this end participants enjoyed a morning of technique coaching, the finer points of stepping on stage versus stepping on to the weight floor and a lot of Q&A.

The biggest take-home point from the workshop was that you don’t have to be a 300lb gorilla to get involved in the sport of powerlifting. Elaine has been called “one of the top 50 strongest women in the history of Canadian Powerlifting” and still has people offer to carry her groceries. Training for powerlifting is vastly different to bodybuilding and very few people are exceptional at both. “Training for maximal strength doesn’t make you bulky, it makes you strong” said Elaine during the session, “there’s a big difference”. Plus there are weight classes so you’ll only ever be competing against others’ on the same playing field as you.

The three movements that comprise Powerlifting are the bench press, squat and deadlift. Each of which are full-body exercises and completely safe when performed correctly, even with maximal loads. In competition you are required to perform a single repetition of each movement to strict standards e.g. demonstrating complete control of the weight. This isn’t an overnight process either, there is a lot of preparation work involved in building up to performing a single repetition and it could take months before you’re ready both physically and mentally. “It’s quite daunting to get under a squat bar with the fear that you might not make it back up” says Elaine, “but when you do, when you really work for the lift and accomplish it, the feeling is beyond anything I can describe.”

If you’ve ever considered taking that next step in your training or if you’re simply interested in advancing your technique, talk to one of the strength & conditioning team at your local branch or contact Geoff Starling directly on the email address below.


Pumped about YMCA Soccer Tourney!

Soccer, a game played by 250 million people in over 200 countries, making it the most popular sport in the world.

On Saturday March 23, 2013 YMCA Calgary’s International committee is hosting Play it Forward, our first ever soccer marathon for YMCA Strong Kids. This ongoing 4-hour soccer game is a great event for the whole family. Sign-up for a one hour shift to kick a ball around, get a workout and raise funds for a great cause.

Pledges raised can stay local or go to our wonderful YMCA partnerships in Colombia or Ukraine.

Register at any branch or over the phone. For more information or to download
the pledge package (after registration) see below:

Call to register – SPOTS ARE LIMITED!

Crowfoot: 403-547-6576

Eau Claire: 403-269-6701

Saddletowne: 403-237-2393

Shawnessy: 403-256-5533

South Health Campus YMCA: 403-956-3900

Donwload the Play it Forward InfoPackage

Event Details:

  • Play it Forward: Soccer Marathon
  • March 23, 2013
  • 10am-2pm
  • Genesis Centre of Community Wellness (7556 Falconridge Blvd NE)

Parkour @ Eau Claire

Come and join Jim Sinclair on Mondays during our winter session from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Eau Claire YMCA to learn the movements of Parkour. Jim is one of Calgary’s most experienced Parkour instructors and is passionate and dedicated to the sport . Join his class and you’ll be scaling and vaulting over structures in no time!

For more information, contact us at 403-269-6701


FREE All Sport One Day

Sport Calgary’s All Sport One Day, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, provides an opportunity for your children to participate in a sport discovery session at one of ten partner facilities throughout Calgary… for FREE!

Shawnessy YMCA and Saddletowne YMCA are partner facilities and will be hosting this fun event.

If your child is aged 6 to 12, they can choose from 40 sport activities offered by our sport organization partners and participate in 2 of them for FREE!  Check out all the activities and more at www.AllSportOneDay.ca. It promises to be a fun day of sport discovery!

Online registration opens May 23, 2012 at www.AllSportOneDay.ca.

 


Free Sports for Kids

Sport Calgary’s All Sport One Day, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, provides an opportunity for your children to participate in a sport discovery session at one of ten partner facilities throughout Calgary… for FREE!

Shawnessy YMCA and Saddletowne YMCA are partner facilities and will be hosting this fun event.

If your child is aged 6 to 12, they can choose from 40 sport activities offered by our sport organization partners and participate in 2 of them for FREE!  Check out all the activities and more at www.AllSportOneDay.ca. It promises to be a fun day of sport discovery!

Online registration opens May 23, 2012 at www.AllSportOneDay.ca.

 


All Sport One Day

Sport Calgary’s All Sport One Day, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, provides an opportunity for your children to participate in a sport discovery session at one of ten partner facilities throughout Calgary… for FREE!

Shawnessy YMCA and Saddletowne YMCA are partner facilities and will be hosting this fun event.

If your child is aged 6 to 12, they can choose from 40 sport activities offered by our sport organization partners and participate in 2 of them for FREE! Check out all the activities and more at www.AllSportOneDay.ca. It promises to be a fun day of sport discovery!

Online registration opens May 23, 2012 at www.AllSportOneDay.ca.

 


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