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Friday • 5:30AM to 10:00PM
Saturday • 7:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday • 7:00AM to 8:00PM

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What's happening at the y

New Pilates Reformer/Chair Classes 
Boost strength and balance, increase your flexibility and coordination through our new Pilates Reformer and Pilates Chair classes! Through a series of pushing and pulling exercises, you'll challenge yourself in a new way

Full-Privilege Members: $168/month for eight classes; Drop-In: $25
Community Members: $224/month for eight classes; Drop-In: $32

New Group Exercise Classes Coming to the Schedule!
  • Tae Kwon Do - Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Students will develop discipline and confidence as well as incredible levels of fitness through self-defense. 
  • Capoeira - A Brazilian martial art known for its quick and complex, yet graceful moves, Capoeira blends power, speed, and leverage to improve participants’ mobility and coordination. This is a great class if you are looking to improve your stamina, gain confidence, and learn about a new culture. 
  • Pilates Chair - Pilates Chair classes creates a unique and challenging way to build strength in the core, improve balance and increase muscle coordination and control.

Register for Group Ex Classes through MindBody

We're going green! Our new MINDBODY system makes it easier for you to view our monthly group exercise schedule, and to register for your favorite classes! All you need to do is to create an account to get started! 

personal training - get more with 12 & 24 sessions!

Whether you are a competitive athlete or you just want to lose a few pounds, our personal trainers can help you achieve your goals. Our certified trainers’ expert advice and personalized attention can keep you motivated, and help you overcome hurdles and plateaus. 

Now offering our best value for training. With the Y's 12 and 24 packs, you will get more training, have even greater results and achieve long-lasting fitness goals! Save over $100 with the 12 pack and over $300 with the 24 pack. Packages include one-hour sessions, a full fitness assessment, goal setting and evaluation.

Package Prices:
  • 12 sessions for $720 (plus tax)
  • 24 sessions for $1,396 (plus tax)
Contact Chris Hill, Associate Wellness Director, at 202-232-6936 or via email to register or learn more! 

School's Out? Come to the Y!

When school is closed for holidays, spring break, administrative days, etc., the Y offers fun and enriching programs that support your child’s continued growth and exploration. YMCA Anthony Bowen's School Days Out camps include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, homework assistance and tutoring, nutrition and more! Your child will enjoy also physical activity, problem-solving games and making new friends. Camps run from 9am to 6:30pm. Due to limited space, our School Days Out camps are currently full. For more information, please contact Kathyn.Higgins@ymcadc.org.

Cooking Classes at the y!

Whether you're looking for a unique date night, girl's night out, a better understanding of nutrition or more freedom and confidence in the kitchen, our cooking classes are just the answer. We are thrilled to offer beginner, seasonal and guest-hosted Cooking Classes in our culinary studio!

Click here to see our upcoming classes

We are bringing you exciting new classes each month to help you prepare delicacies in the comfort of your own kitchen.


Are you looking for an inspired space to host your upcoming party or meeting? YMCA Anthony Bowen’s conference room and terrace is available to rent! It’s ideal for birthday parties, holiday parties, receptions, trainings and other meeting needs. It hosts 80 people seated and 120 people reception-style. Rates are:

Morning Half Day
Conference Room Only - $600
Terrace Only - $400
Room & Terrace - $900

Full Day
Conference Room Only - $1,200
Terrace Only - $800
Room & Terrace - $1,800

Evening Half Day
Conference Room Only - $600
Terrace Only - $400
Room & Terrace - $900

Includes white board screen, TV monitors, podium, A/V system, kitchen space, access to the rooftop terrace and a preferred vendors list for catering options. Contact Linda Blake for more information and availability.  Team building packages are also available - including culinary experiences!

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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