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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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July 4th Hours & Schedule Changes
Summer Camp 2015
- Your Guide & Details!
Lose to Win Challenge - 6/1-7/24
Let the Y Host Your Next Meeting
NEW! Stroller Strong & Outdoor Boot Camp
Get a Massage at the Y!
Cooking Classes
Youth & Adult Birthday Parties
History of YMCA Anthony Bowen

4th of July Schedule Changes
Members, please note that YMCA Anthony Bowen will be open from 7am-4pm on Saturday, July 4th. We will resume regular hours on Sunday. Below are program schedules changes for the 4th of July:
  • No swim lessons
  • Pool closes at 3:30pm
  • Child Watch/ Cool Kids Club closed
  • Our modified group exercise schedule: 9am BodyPump, 9am Dharma Yoga, 10am Align & Flow, 10am Cycle, 11am Power Yoga and 12pm Cycle


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 branch. Be sure to sign up early (before space runs out in your camper's favorite program!).

Our 2015 Day Camp Brochure

Now Offering Camp for Kids Ages 2-5! Click here for details.

Week of June 1 - Week of July 20, 2015
Taking place at all of our full-service branches!

Team up with a partner and enter our 8-week challenge to lose weight and embrace a healthier lifestyle! You'll be competing against members from across the DC region for the top prize (based on percentage of weight lost), but everyone will be a winner!

Must weigh in the week of June 1. Must weigh out the week of July 20. Winners will be announced on July 25.

Create your own team of up to 2 persons or let us place you on a team. Must be 16+ years old to participate. Must Register at the Member Service Desk at your respective YMCA Branch. Valid for YMCA of Metropolitan Washington members and employees.

$120 Per Team ($60 per participant)
LOSE TO WIN T-SHIRTS included in the entry fee!

Click here to register online at EZ to Enroll and be sure to enter “lose to win” in the keyword search!

Reserve Our Rooftop Conference Room

YMCA Anthony Bowen offers a 1,500 sq. ft. pristine conference room space for rental with an optional sky-view terrace for meetings, receptions, holiday parties, etc. The conference room features:
  • A customized treated floor terrace (optional)
  • Spectacular windows that overlook DC's historic Shaw community
  • A kitchen which features a refrigerator, sink, counter space, cabinets, and microwave
  • White boards (no need for flip charts!)
  • Customizable tables perfect for trainings and team-building programs for up to 20 people
  • Carpeted floors and lots of space for active programs
  • Advanced audio visual system which includes a 54-inch wall television for presentations
  • Podium
  • Regular 6” tables
Team building packages are also available - including culinary experiences! We are also offering a limited time special to use the fitness area and pool with your rental.

small group training!

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
Two New Programs!
  • TEAM 15 Outdoor Boot Camp: Get out of the gym and onto the next level of fitness with a series of high intensity workouts! Join this outdoor boot camp class filled with fun, strength and sweat.
  • Stroller Strong: Bring your baby along for a one hour workout in this outdoor boot camp class.
Contact Chris Hill, our Associate Wellness Director, at 202-232-6936 or via email to register or learn more! 


We are thrilled to announce that we now offer massage services for rehabilitation and stress relief. A Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage is eager to create a massage program that is tailored to your specific needs at YMCA Anthony Bowen! Therapeutic massage is the systematic manipulation of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue. Massage seeks to restore balance and brings the body to a normal state of relaxation. A Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage services are also available at YMCA Reston and YMCA National Capital. To view the list of services or to make an appointment, go to www.ATouchofHealthMassage.com.

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:

We are bringing you exciting nutrition classes to help you eat and live well! With free classes, six week to one day programs and even cooking for kids, we hope to give you all the tools you need to bring healthy cooking into your home.

youth & adult birthday parties

Looking to throw a party for an upcoming birthday that everyone 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 children at YMCA Anthony Bowen! Adults, we also have party packages for you! Enjoy aerial yoga, rock climbing, a culinary experience in our kitchen and more with all of your closest friends. Bring in a new year in a new way!

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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