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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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Quick Links: Join YMCA Anthony Bowen
What's Happening at the Y
200 Hour Power Flow Yoga Teacher Training
Private Swim Lessons
School Days Out Camps
Celebrate Your Party at Our Culinary Studio 
Cooking Classes
Book the Conference Room
History of YMCA Anthony Bowen


Exercise your heart in more ways than one at YMCA. When you join this month, you will have an opportunity to help support the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. On average, over 60% of the participants that take this program require financial support from YMCA members. Join the Y to strengthen your community and achieve your healthy living goals at the same time! For more information about YMCA membership, the YMCA's impact on your community and ways that you can be involved, please click here.


Thank you for your support of the Y!

Private Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is a great exercise; it builds strength and endurance all at the same time! Being safe around water is a lifelong skill that you can learn at any age. Take advantage of our flexible schedules and our terrific instructors. Learn from the best! Contact Radovan.Mijuskovic@ymcadc.org.

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: Drop-In: $25
Community Members: Drop-In: $32

Group Exercise Classes Coming to the Schedule!
  • Tae Kwon DoTae 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. 
  • Pilates ChairPilates Chair classes creates a unique and challenging way to build strength in the core, improve balance and increase muscle coordination and control.

200 Hour Power Flow Yoga Teacher Training
The 405 YOGA 200HR Teacher Training program supports students in deepening their Power Flow practice and prepares students to teach Power Flow and Vinyasa yoga. This program is for yoga students ready to transform their practice. Students will learn the philosophy and history of yoga, breathing, postures, teaching, + more, and graduate prepared to teach Power Flow and Vinyasa yoga classes through the Yoga Alliance (YA) national certification of YTT. Click here for more info

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.


We want to make sure that your birthday is just what you have dreamed of, so we will be working with
 you each step of the way. Parties can range from hands-on cooking to demos, and can accommodate any dietary restriction. Parties are open to a maximum of 15 participants. Click here for more information.


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 Nicole Green at Nicole.Green@ymcadc.org 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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