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1325 W Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Monday - Thursday • 5:30AM to 11:00PM
Friday • 5:30AM to 10:00PM
Saturday • 7:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday • 7:00AM to 8:00PM

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Branch News

Quick Links:
Community Open House
- Wed., Feb. 18
Summer Camp 2015 - Your Guide & Details!
Small Group Training - Starts Feb. 16!
YMCA Triathlon Training Program
Cooking Classes
Yoga Teacher Training - through June 7, 2015
Birthday Parties at the Y
Hottest Group Exercise
History of YMCA Anthony Bowen

we're open to the community!
Wed., February 18th, 6pm-8pm

Have you tried GRIT with Arnold? Or Barre with Megna? How about a dip in our heated indoor pool?

At our Open House event, you can try all that and more! Meet with a trainer to check your stats and hear how they can help you achieve your fitness goals. Check out our community vendors and their impact in the neighborhood.

Guests Welcome All Day!


Click here to register today for Summer Camp 2015!

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. 

From traditional to specialty, here are the camp programs we are offering at our Y branches across the region. Be sure to sign up early (before space runs out in your camper's favorite program!).

Our 2015 Camp Brochure

Limited Size, Unlimited Results

Small Group Training Started Mon., February 16th!

Small Group Personal Training provides the benefit of a personal trainer with the energy and inspiration of a group. All groups are designed for progressive results and fitness levels. Taught in a fun semi-private environment, these classes build confidence and power—enhancing work capacity in formats designed to burn fat and calories, build upper and lower body strength, and improve endurance.

Each 6-Week Program Includes:
  • Pre-Assessment with goal setting
  • 12, 1-hour training sessions (2 sessions a week)
  • Post-Assessment to measure your success
  • Teamwork, Intensity and Fun!
Choose From One of These Great Groups!
  • Total Body Conditioning (High Intensity Interval Training)
  • Personal Training for Yoga Practitioners
  • Kinesis Strength Circuit Program
  • 5K Training for Beginners
Click here to learn more about each of these programs and the benefits of Small Group Training. Call or stop by the front desk to register today!

Registration started January 8, 2015

"YTri is definitely the best tri program in the DC Area!" - Jessica G.

2015 is your year to take on a triathlon! Join the YMCA's Triathlon Training Program, the only team in DC with a training facility for all 3 disciplines. As part of the program, you will:
  • Train with certified coaches from February through June
  • Receive 3 coached sessions per week
  • Participate in clinics on training and race technique
  • Have weekend training options and social activities
  • Train with a supportive group with all levels and abilities!
For more information, registration and testimonials, visit www.ytriynot.org!

Cooking Classes at the y!

What we eat can have the biggest effect on our stress, energy and overall health. We are thrilled to offer basic, themed and guest-hosted cooking classes in our demo kitchen!

Upcoming Classes:

  • Click here for our upcoming classes in February & March!
  • On March 5th, we're bringing you a new quarterly series: a Ted Talk-style Food Forum! This month, we'll explore why and how to eat local in DC. Click above to learn more!
We are bringing you exciting nutrition classes to help you eat and live well! With free classes, six week programs and even fun for the family, we hope to give you all the tools you need to bring healthy cooking into your home.

yoga teacher TRAINING

Our inaugural Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is underway!

If you'd like to take part in future programs, click here to read more information about the format, instruction and expectations. Be sure to also check out this video of a community building/ acro yoga session during the kick-off weekend! Here's another video that will give you a feel for our program.

To get you started on your journey to becoming a better yogi, here are the 10 Attributes of Great Yoga Teachers.

Birthday Parties at the Y

Looking to throw a party for your child’s upcoming birthday that all the kids and parents will be talking about? We have tons of fun-filled themes and activities for you to choose from! We can also customize a party to fit your child’s favorite subject, character or pastime. Click here to explore the birthday party options we have to offer your child at YMCA Anthony Bowen! 

Explore movement

Introducing our newest and hottest group exercise programs.
Try any of these classes for free! If you have any questions, please email Angela Meyer, our Regional Group Exercise Director.

Aerial Yoga
Sink into your practice, deepen stretches, find proper alignment naturally and reap the benefits of inversions without strain on the joints of the body. Through Aerial Yoga, you will gain core stability, lose weight and enhance full range of motion. The class is therapeutic, yet a great workout! Reserve your hammock today and make time fly at the Y. Read this article from HandStandDC about a recent Aerial Yoga experience! Need more motivation? Here are 5 reasons why you should try Aerial Yoga.

Y-Fit is the most effective Progressive Fitness training the YMCA has to offer, for as low as $6 per class! Every participant will receive a personalized workout that focuses on proper technique. The instructor will meet each participant where they are and take them as far as they want to go. We will keep you safe, educated and motivated to achieve your best results. You will broaden and deepen their fitness experience by training at appropriate levels and intervals with TRX, ViPR, Olympic lifting, Power lifting, H.I.I.T., Tabata and Sandbags. 

For those of you who love our kickboxing classes, sparring classes are the next level! You will work with a partner holding Pads and in a safe environment, learning how to interact with light sparring drills. Wondering if Martial Arts is for you? Click here to learn why Regional Group Exercise Director Angela Meyer practices Martial Arts!

The Legacy Continues...

We've been innovating for 160 years and we're just getting started. This redeveloped YMCA unites the right minds and resources for community interaction, education, healthy living, and our life-changing programs. The unique design celebrates the legacy of YMCA Anthony Bowen as historically the first African American Y, founded in 1853, along with its ability to adapt and serve our community’s evolving needs. It also pays tribute to its famed visitors (such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Poet Langston Hughes and Dr. Charles Drew) and founder Anthony Bowen, a slave who purchased his freedom in 1830 and went on to become a prominent religious and community leader. Click here for a detailed history of this Y's service
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