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Healthy Kids Day - Sat., April 25
Summer Camp 2015 - Your Guide & Details!
Get a Massage at the Y! - launching May 2
Small Group Training
Cooking Classes
Yoga Teacher Training
Birthday Parties at the Y
Hottest Group Exercise
History of YMCA Anthony Bowen

Saturday, April 25th from 10am-2pm

The Y is all about more. The more support, guidance and opportunities we give kids… the more they can achieve growing up. That’s why we celebrate Healthy Kids Day, our biggest day of the year devoted to helping families develop healthy habits! Over 1,300 Ys across the country are taking part in Healthy Kids Day, holding free community events that feature fun games, active play, community vendors, healthy snacks, educational opportunities and MORE. Join us!

Family Exercise
10am - Senior Fit & Well Demo
10:30am - Cheerleading
11am - Spin-Tastic
11:30am - Kids Zumba
12pm - Kids Aqua Boot Camp
12pm - Hip Hop Dance
1p-1:30pm - Family Swim Time

Races/ Contests
10:30am - Senior Fit & Well Bake-Off
11:15am - Hula Hoop Contest
12:30pm - Limbo Contest
12:30pm - Obstacle Course Race
1:15pm - Jump Rope Contest
10am-2pm - Plank Off Contests

Healthy Snacks & Screenings
10am-2pm - Cooking Demo & Samples with Goya Nutritionist MeriTerese Racanelli
10am-2pm - Fruit Kebabs and Fruit Smoothies
10am-2pm - Free Health Screenings
11:30am & 1pm - Healthier Lunch Workshop

Other Activities!
10am-2pm - Guess the Sugar, PHD Activities, Open Rock Climb, Ab Lab, Summer Camp info and more!


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 Day Camp Brochure

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

Take Care of Your Body
Sat, May 2nd

We are thrilled to announce that we now offer massage services for rehabilitation and stress relief. Join us on Saturday, May 2nd for the Grand Opening of A Touch of Health Therapeutic Massage 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 currently available at YMCA Reston and will be available at YMCA National Capital soon. To view the list of services or to make an appointment, go to www.ATouchofHealthMassage.com.

Limited Size, Unlimited Results

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!

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.

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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