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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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Holiday Hours
New Year's Day Workout - January 1, 2015
Wellness Programs
Cooking Classes in Dec.
Yoga Teacher Training - through June 7, 2015
Birthday Parties at the Y
Hottest Group Exercise
History of YMCA Anthony Bowen

Your Holiday Guide to the Y

The holidays are such a sweet time of sharing memories and showing others you care. At YMCA Anthony Bowen, we want to make sure our staff know how much we appreciate them by giving them time with their families! Below is our holiday schedule, from Christmas to New Year's. 

Hours of Operations
Wed., December 24th -- 5:30am - 6:00pm
Thurs., December 25th -- CLOSED
Wed., December 31st -- 5:30am – 6:00pm
Thurs., January 1st -- 8:00am – 4:00 pm

Group Exercise Schedule
Wed., December 24th -- All classes cancelled after 1pm
Thurs., December 25th -- All classes cancelled
December 26-28 -- All paid classes cancelled
Wed., December 31st -- All classes cancelled after 1pm
Thurs., January 1st -- All classes cancelled (except our New Year's Day Special!)

Child Watch & Cool Kids Club
December 24, 25 & 26 -- Closed
Wed., December 31st -- 9am-1pm (Child Watch open only)
Thurs., January 1st -- Closed

Your Get Fit Resolution
Thurs., January 1, 2015, 10am-12pm

On New Year’s Day, while others are resting up from a late night, you’ll be well on your way to a fit and healthy 2015! We can’t think of a better time to start inspired and stay strong. Join YMCA Anthony Bowen and Michael Ellis two energetic workouts:

10:00-11:00am — Super Strength/Cardio Combo
11:00-12:00pm — Super Spin

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Healthy Living Programs

The holidays are upon us, so make sure your indulgences are not effecting your health goals! Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and metabolism for those festive splurges. Invest in your health and well-being this winter. Below are our featured programs for Personal Training, Small Group Training and Adventure Clubs. Register today! For our class schedules, please click here.

This six-week program is designed to help you end the year with the goal of not gaining any weight, and starting the new year off right. Each week, participants will complete a weekly weigh-in with a wellness coach/trainer, and receive a workout challenge and healthy recipe. At the end of the 6 week period, if you weighed in consistently for 5-6 weeks and have the same or less weight than 11/24, you will receive a t-shirt and be entered into our raffle drawing for a YMCA Swag basket valued at $200. 
  • Registration/Costs: $20 Online or at Front Desk
  • Includes: YMCA T-shirt for participation, Weekly Written Workouts provided by our Training Staff, and Weekly Healthy Recipes provided by our Healthy Eating Specialist 
  • Personal training packages include a Custom Program Plan, Pre/Post Assessments, and tons of fun and encouragement. Our trainers have expertise in general fitness, chronic disease management, sport-specific training and outdoor race training. For more information, please see a Wellness Team Member or email Lisa Horton, Wellness Director!
  • Adventure Race Training has taken DC by storm. This program includes focus on upper body strength, balance, agility, endurance, running and fun! We have individual, partner and small group programs for your needs and budget. All programs are facilitated by one our certified personal training team members. 
  • This 6-week program focuses on correct alignment in the very basic as well as more advanced types of exercises. We’ll also learn a lot of good stretches for all the body parts that help you increase your flexibility and range of motion, and prevent injury. We have individual, partner and small group programs for your needs and budget! 
  • This 6-week program is designed to help women gain a sculpted physique while building confidence with a variety of weight training equipment. Ladies will be led through an innovative strength & core stability program.
  • This Full Body Workout will increase strength and shed body fat. The program entails a healthy combination of Kettlebell Exercises intertwined with interval training and core exercises on our wellness floor. Facilitated by Tyler Brown, one of our talented certified personal trainers.
ACTIVITY CLUB: Anthony Bowen Running Club
  • The running club will be facilitated by the Y’s Certified Personal Trainers and experienced runners. This group meets twice a week (Wed., 7-8pm and Sat., 9-10am) for organized runs in the Shaw/U Street community. All runner skills levels are welcome! There are also several races highlighted that the club may race in to represent Y Anthony Bowen. 

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 and holiday-themed cooking classes this December 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 programs and even fun for the family, we hope to give you all the tools you need to bring healthy cooking into your home. We're even posting seasonal recipes and tips for you to use.

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!

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. 

Krav Maga
Krav Maga, the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces and the preferred system for U.S. Military and law enforcement personnel, is not a traditional martial arts system. There are no rituals. There are no Katas. This reality-based system is based on simple principles and instinctive movements, designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time.

Y-Martial Arts classes are taught under the leadership of DC’s top Krav Maga instructor, self defense expert and 2011 MMA World Champion, Chris Torres (read more about Chris here!). Students will learn a practical approach to self defense together, and through realistic training drills, burn fat and build muscle in uniquely fun and challenging way. Take unlimited classes for only $45 per month. 

Wondering if Martial Arts is for you? Click here to learn why Regional Group Exercise Director Angela Meyer practices Martial Arts!

Budokon Academy Program
The Budokon Academy Program at YMCA Anthony Bowen is open to anyone who is interested in a full education within the Budokon yogic/martial/living arts system. It is open to all levels and is great for yogis, martial artists, and anyone in between. In the Academy, students will start as white belts and work toward their black belt by attending weekly classes. This training package includes all Y Martial Arts classes, Budokon Academy classes and Y-Fit classes. 

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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