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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.


Dear Calgary: You’re Amazing!

Who is your Everyday Peace Hero?

Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” Robert Fulghum

Think about a time you witnessed someone making our world a better place. Perhaps someone went out of their way to help a neighbor or a newcomer. Or perhaps a complete stranger helped rebuild your home during this year’s flood emergency. An act of peace can come from within your community or half way around the globe. A peacemaker can be a volunteer, an educator, an advocate, or an inspiration to others.

YMCA Calgary Peace Medals recognize local individuals, youth and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace here in our community or in communities elsewhere in the world.

Come celebrate the amazing efforts in Calgary to build stronger communities and a more compassionate world. Tickets include a networking luncheon and plenty of inspiration!

Shawnessy Volunteer Recruitment – June 2013

Areas Actively Recruiting Volunteers
Shawnessy YMCA – June 2013

~Community Programs – LINC
~Group Fitness Instructors
~Weight Room

Areas that your YMCA flourishes with the help of volunteers:
Climbing Wall
Community Programs
Group Fitness Instructors
Membership Services
Laundry Services
Preschool Programming
Teen Night Monitors
Weight Room
Youth Sports & Programming

3 Ways to stay Active with your Family this Summer

#1) Family Fun night at Eau Claire YMCA.
May 25, 4:30pm – 6:30.

Come with your family and enjoy a wide variety of activities. There will be family basketball, Zumba and Yoga. Giant Jenga, Giant Snakes and Ladders and Wii games set up on a 40 foot screen!
Free to Members!

#2) Healthy Kids Day at ALL YMCA Calgary Branches
June 2, 10am – 1pm
Families can come, play and learn together. Each branch will have different activities and areas set up around the branch. Enjoy games, arts and crafts, stories, information, music and more!

#3) Open Y Day – The third Sunday of every month
May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, ALL DAY
Enjoy free access to all our Calgary YMCA locations: Crowfoot YMCA, Eau Claire YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, Shawnessy YMCA, YMCA in South Health Campus. Remember everyone 8 years and older must have ID to access the facility.

Global Youth Summit 2013

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Global Youth Summit!

Join us in creating a world of inclusion as we tackle Equality between Identities”.

Global Youth Summit (GYS) is an annual one-day event which equips students to take local action for a global impact.  Youth inspire, engage, and equip each other about global issues, and then discuss ways to get involved locally.

This is a youth-led event with workshops from the Calgary Youth Anti-D, the YMCA, and the Y7G Aboriginal youth group.  There will be dinner, art projects, and performances! Attached is the registration form, along with this awesome poster made by our youth.

GYS 2013 registration form

For more Global Initiatives, check out: https://www.ymcacalgary.org/blog/ymca-calgary-going-global/

International Women’s Day

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem


International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s! It is now celebrated around the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan,  Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia and many more!

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. (www.internationalwomensday.com)

Today is a day that we recognize that a progressive world needs equality, including gender equality.  We acknowledge the challenges women are facing world-wide and we celebrate the many economic, political, and social achievements of women.

Join us today in celebration of gaining momentum for women’s equality.

Staying Motivated – Tip #10

Picture The End Result.
Whether it’s a distance you want to run, a weight you want to bench or squat, or a pair of pants you just want to wear again, visualize yourself there. Everyday.

Staying Motivated – Tip #10

Picture The End Result.
Whether it’s a distance you want to run, a weight you want to bench or squat, or a pair of pants you just want to wear again, visualize yourself there. Everyday.

Be Your Best in 2013

Starting at the YMCA!

YMCA Calgary offers so many options for you and your entire family to get out of the house, get active, and most of all – have fun together!

Whether you’re looking to learn how to swim, a rock-climbing adventure, somewhere for your children to run off some of that energy, or just want to dance your cares (and holidays goodies) away in Zumba, YMCA Calgary can help you meet your goals.  With both drop-in and registered programming for all ages, YMCA Calgary can help you discover who you are in 2013.

Check us out; with five locations across this great city, there is a YMCA near you!  YMCA Calgary is Building Healthy Communities.

Wishing you and your family a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!