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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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Healthy Kids Day - 4/26
Summer Camp 2014
- Your Guide & Details
Women's Self-Defense Workshop - 4/27
Hottest Group Exercise
Future Leaders Youth Academy - Opening Fall 2014
A Look at Our Grand Opening

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10am - 2pm

YMCA Anthony Bowen is offering you more than just a day of play. Join us as we celebrate the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative that inspires families to move and learn all summer long. At our FREE event, you can take part in fun, active play and educational opportunities that will build healthy habits for life.

Schedule of Activities:
Open Rock Wall Climbing
Kids Aqua Zumba (11am & 1pm)
Swim Relays (12pm & 1:30pm)
Ab Lab, Plank-Off, Group Runs & Consultations
Obstacle Course
Senior Exercise Classes (10am)
Kids Zumba (11am)
Hula Hoop Contest (11:15am)
Kids Hip Hop Dance (12pm)
Kids Yoga (1pm)
Jump Rope Contest (1:15pm)
Make-Your-Own Trail Mix & Fruit Kabobs
Visits from the Children's Hospital, Inspired PCS, Shining Stars PCS and more!

We can't wait to see you there!


Summer may seem light-years away, but it'll be here before you know it. And we have fun and adventurous programs planned so your child can experience a summer of exploring nature, creativity, teamwork, new adventures, healthy living and positive friendships.

Click here to see our Summer 2014 Camp Brochure.

Register today before your child's favorite program fills up!

Women's Self-Defense Workshop
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 12pm-4pm

Learn the basic skills necessary to protect yourself. You’ll get practical and hands-on self-defense techniques, tactics and strategies while also exploring how to avoid dangerous situations. what it means to you in your everyday life. This training will be safe, informative and physically demanding… prepare to work!

About Your Instructors
The workshop will be lead by Angela Meyer and Chris Torres. Angela is a specialist in hospice and end of life care as well as a champion of women’s empowerment in DC, and Chris is a self defense expert and Krav Maga Black Belt.

This training is Donation-Based, so please support the YMCA’s Caring for Community fund while learning how to protect yourself. For more information, please contact Angela Meyer, Director of Group Exercise, at angela.meyer@ymcadc.org or 202-232-6936.

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. 

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. 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. 

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. 

Who should join the Budokon Academy Program at YMCA Anthony Bowen?
  • Anyone interested in learning yogic and martial arts for self-mastery, concentration and self-defense in a non-competitive environment.
  • Anyone with a passion for movement and desire for personal growth and lifestyle transformation.
  • Experienced yogis, martial artists, or others with a background in dance, gymnastics or movement art, who want to be re-inspired.
  • Students who are interested in a future career as a Budokon Teacher.


Future Leaders Youth Academy, Opening Sept. 2014

Why wait? Your child can learn and laugh in our Saturday Academy NOW!

With so many demands on today’s families and the urgency of early brain development, kids need all the support they can get. For 160 years, the Y has provided a welcoming environment with caring staff where youth can feel comfortable to express themselves. As needs and trends change, so do we. We are proud to introduce the Future Leaders Youth Academy at YMCA Anthony Bowen, a new preschool enrichment model that will inspire your child’s love for learning, social and emotional development, character and creativity. 

The Academy is a place where kids ages 2.5 to 5 years will learn early on how they can make a sincere contribution to the world around them. At the YMCA, we provide the best chance for our youth to succeed in school and life. 

The Academy is designed to help your child grow through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) and healthy living activities, a safe and nurturing environment, instilling socially-conscious values, and reinforcing positive social skills. Every activity and interaction instills the Y’s core belief that all children have great potential, and deserve the opportunity to discover it. Our inspiring team is committed to not only teach these values and beliefs, but serve as role models. 

Let us help you make sure your child’s is strong and bright! Click here for for our brochure. Space is limited, so call 1-800-473-9622 to request a tour, get more info or register.

a look back at our Inspiring Grand Opening
September 9-13, 2013

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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