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New and Exciting!

Starting this fall, we’re adding more value to your membership!

At YMCA Calgary, we believe in supporting our communities to be healthy and active. Beginning in Fall 2015, more registered programs will be included with your YMCA membership!

Our goal is to provide quality program experiences that are fun, with just the right challenge and level of progression, to support you in achieving your health and wellness goals and ultimately, help you belong, grow, thrive and lead.

Beginning in September, the following programs will be included with your YMCA Membership:

All Yoga Programs:  Thrive in a peaceful atmosphere while you learn relaxation, breathing and stress management techniques.  Designed to help you on your path to health and wellness, you will develop and improve flexibility, strength, and balance.

Resistance Training Level 1:  Grow your understanding of essential strength training fundamentals. You will learn the benefits of resistance training, safe techniques, and how to develop your own balanced program.

Youth Sport Leagues: Does your child like to bend it like Beckham or shoot hoops and hit birdies by the hour?  He/she will have a blast developing basketball, soccer, or badminton skills and engaging in friendly competition each week.  At the end of each session, your newly skilled player will get to participate in a fun tournament with other YMCAs.  Check your program guide to find out which youth leagues (and age groups) are offered at your local YMCA.

Fitness Training for Youth (12Y – 14Y):  Your child will become motivated to workout at the gym and become healthy and active for life.  He/she will develop gym etiquette and learn proper use of resistance equipment to improve strength, power and agility. A variety of equipment will be introduced including: battle ropes, bosu balls, free weights, and more!

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Starting July 27th, members can register for all fall programs. Members have an advanced registration privilege before it opens up the community. Members can register online using Member Zone or by visiting any YMCA location.


Stay tuned, for more value added offerings coming your way for YMCA Members!



More about YMCA Adult Program Changes

The goal for YMCA Adult Programs is to support adults in being active for life and meet their daily Physical Activity Guidelines, to continue to learn and develop physical skills, to build social networks and experience a sense of belonging.

With this goal in mind, YMCA Calgary is aligning our programming with the Canadian Sport for Life Model (CS4L).

YMCA Adult Programs will be reorganized into three main categories from the CS4L model: Fit For Life, Competitive For Life and Train to Train.


Fit For Life programs encourage fitness and physical activity for health.

Fit For Life program examples:

  • Muscle Works
  • Group Cycle
  • Yoga Programs
  • Resistance Training Level 1


Competitive For Life programs focus on training or preparing for a specific event, competition or performance objective. 

Competitive For Life program examples:

  • Triathlon Swim
  • Masters Swim
  • Adult Sport Leagues


Train to Train programs focus on sport skill development and excellence.

Train to Train program examples:

  • Martial Arts
  • Olympic Powerlifting


What is the Canadian Sports for Life model?

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The CS4L Long-Term Athlete Development framework is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. This model represent a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.


Learn more about the Canadian Sports for Life model


The Importance of Physical Literacy

Physical literacy means acquiring skills and confidence that allows individuals to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities. Having the skills needed to participate in sports and activities is just as important as the ability to read and write. The most important step toward developing physical literacy is mastering fundamental movement skills.

People who are physically literate often make choices that engage them in physical, recreational or sport activities that enhance their physical and psychological well being, and are more likely to be active for life!

Learn more about Physical Literacy