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Active Exercise Recovery

You train hard and recovery is an important part of that program.  Recovery is important for many reasons.  Recovery allows the body time to adapt to a workout program.  It allows time for the body to repair tissue that has been damaged working out as well as replenishing depleted energy stores.  It also allows the body the rest required to keep from over training and eventually burning out.

Active recovery really means a day off – from your program.  That means that you take a day to live your life actively or doing a workout that is less intense.  This could be walking the dog, enjoying a yoga class, going for a swim or bike ride, hiking, stretching, or even grabbing a foam roller for some much needed self-myofascial release (SMR).

Rest and relaxation refers to the down time away from training altogether, allowing the body the needed time to do those tissue repairs, strengthen, and replenish.

 


MEGATHON at the Saddletowne YMCA

Steve & Ginger

Stop by the Saddletowne YMCA today and take part in our MEGATHON fundraising event!  Raise donations by climbing, swimming, walking, running or cycling- all proceeds go to our Strong Kids fund, allowing children from your community to get active, have fun and be healthy at the YMCA!

Donate to Strong Kids today; not all superheroes wear capes!


Century Swim for Strong Kids

Century Swim for Strong Kids 

March 22, 2015                7-11am

 

Y Swim 100x100m? 4StrongKids!

Join the Century Swim for Strong Kids team in support of the launch of the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign.

Swimmers can choose 30/50/70/100 repeats of 100m + we will have a kids4strongkids category.

 

To join the team, click http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=589348&langPref=en-CA

From our Team Page, click on the ‘Join My Team’ button to register and help us fund raise.

We ask that you provide a donation as your registration fee.

 

Be Strong for Strong Kids!

Our $2,500 fundraising goal needs your support!

If you can’t join us in the pool, please support Strong Kids by donating online to ‘Century Swim Supporter’ in the link provided above.

 

Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Fan Wu at 403-781-1683


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.


What Can Someone Expect in a Private Swimming Lesson?

Andrew D

 

Thanks for joining me Andrew Daw, the Aquatics Supervisor at the Saddletowne YMCA!

What’s the difference between a private swimming lesson and a regular swim class?

The main difference is that we are able to really get to know the individual and it allows us to work one-on- one with them.  We can quickly identify their strengths are and opportunities for improvement. The good thing about a private lessons is that the student is the boss- people can decide what they would most likely focus on and the instructor will be able to follow through with it on a lesson-by-lesson basis.

 

What can someone expect in a private swim lesson?

Someone can expect a knowledgeable instructor who is able to identify the needs of the individual. Regardless of someone’s swimming ability, people can expect to grow as a swimmer.  People can expect not only instruction for while they are in the class, but we coach our swimmers individually to practice skills outside of the class.  For example, I will always leave people at the end of their lesson with something to work on before their next lesson.   We see more improvement when people are able to practice outside of the lesson as well.

 

Who would you suggest sign up for a private swim lesson?

There are a few different types of swimmer that could use private swim lessons. First are those who are uncomfortable around water, and feel like they need someone right next to them as they learn to swim. In this type of a lesson we would go over breathing techniques, horizontal body position and kicking technique. These are essential components in developing one’s swimming ability.

Those looking to improve technique, such as people who want to use swimming as a fitness routine, should also sign up. If people aren’t using proper technique they will not get the most of their swim and will not get all the cardiovascular benefits of a good swim.

Children and youth who are uncomfortable in a formal swim lesson will also thrive in private swim lessons. This may be because they are shy or need that extra one-on-one attention. We have had great success building the confidence of children up to the point where they will feel more comfortable in a group lesson with their friends.

I’ve seen children as old as 14 who have done exceptionally well in a private lesson. In a group lesson they may have been placed with younger children due to their swimming experience; in a private swim lesson we can reach their full potential before they move into a regular class with their peers.

 

How can people register- who should they contact?

People can contact me at 403-537-2726 to book a private swim lesson at the Saddletowne YMCA. You can also e-mail me at Andrew.daw@calgary.ymca.ca.

 

What would be the best Aquatics-themed costume choice for Halloween?  

Hmm. Ariel [the Little Mermaid -Steve] is always a popular choice.

 

What would you dress up as if you had to teach a private swim lesson in costume?

I’d probably dress up as Spider Man because I always tell my students when they are doing their back glides that they have to stand on the wall like Spiderman.

 

Thanks Andrew!

 


Pool Schedules & Lane Swim

Did you know that our pools always have at least one lane set apart for lane swimming? Every hour that pools in our locations are open, lane swimming is available.

But, you ask, what about those busy times when one lane just isn’t enough?

It’s true that there are times throughout the day when lane swimming is more in demand. At these times multiple lanes or the entire pool may be designated for lane swimming.

Lane swimming times vary at each location and are outlined in the Pool Schedule found on the Location Pages. These downloadable PDFs can be saved or printed for quick and easy access.

Hover your mouse over the PROGRAMS, LOCATIONS & MEMBERSHIP tab and click the drop-down menu to select your preferred YMCA Calgary location. Then click the Pool or Gym & Pool Schedule for the correct dates.

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If you’re interested in drop-in fitness classes, you can look at the downloadable Gym Schedule on the Locations pages, or you can use our new searchable Drop-In Fitness Class Schedule, but know, lane swimming times can only be found in the Pool Schedule.


Crowfoot YMCA is Hiring

Do you like working with people? Do you want a job that makes a difference every day? Crowfoot YMCA is hiring! Being part of the Y means spending your time positively affecting the lives of others in the community.

View current job opportunities

View current volunteer opportunities

Apply today!


Let The Day-Camp Games Begin!

Today is Day One of 2013 Summer Day Camps at your YMCA!

Things To Remember As A Day Camp Parent:
~Give yourself extra time. The line-up for check-in on day one is always the longest. Remember that ID will be checked before you enter the drop-off zone and again with the councellor. This will happen every day at drop-off and pick-up.
~Anyone who hasn’t completed a med form online will have to fill one out before entering the drop-off zone, no exceptions.
~It’s a hot one out there! Be sure to send your child with a water bottle and lots of sunscreen.
~Bug spray will probably be necessary; it’s going to be a “mosquito” kinda year!

Things To Remember As A General Member:
~Day Camps have a lot of campers that are going to be taking up a lot of space; check the gym pool schedule at your branch for accurate room availability
~These are our future leaders! Patience and kindness and appreciated as our campers roam our halls, swim in our pools, and play in our fields.

Things To Remember As A Camper:
~Have Fun!

Here’s to a wonderful summer!
YMCA Calgary: Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility


Let The Day-Camp Games Begin!

Today is Day One of 2013 Summer Day Camps at your YMCA!

Things To Remember As A Day Camp Parent:
~Give yourself extra time. The line-up for check-in on day one is always the longest. Remember that ID will be checked before you enter the drop-off zone and again with the councellor. This will happen every day at drop-off and pick-up.
~Anyone who hasn’t completed a med form online will have to fill one out before entering the drop-off zone, no exceptions.
~It’s a hot one out there! Be sure to send your child with a water bottle and lots of sunscreen.
~Bug spray will probably be necessary; it’s going to be a “mosquito” kinda year!

Things To Remember As A General Member:
~Day Camps have a lot of campers that are going to be taking up a lot of space; check the gym pool schedule at your branch for accurate room availability
~These are our future leaders! Patience and kindness and appreciated as our campers roam our halls, swim in our pools, and play in our fields.

Things To Remember As A Camper:
~Have Fun!

Here’s to a wonderful summer!
YMCA Calgary: Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility


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