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Summers at the Los Alamos YMCA are a busy time for the facility. With scores of activities, classes, clinics, events and more, the YMCA has something to keep the entire family busy for the remainder of the season.
The YMCA offers regular dance classes in disciplines ranging from ballet to Belly Dancing to Kathak, a traditional East Indian dance.
Those who want to delve into the world of mixed martial arts are also in luck. Visitors can enjoy cardio classes such as kick boxing or learn the world of traditional martial arts with class offerings such as Tae Kwon Do and Shoshin Ryu Martial Arts all taught by highly trained and experienced martial arts instructors.
The rock climbing wall is also a popular destination for those who wish to hone their climbing skills while escaping the summer heat. The wall contains routes for every climbing level from beginner to advanced. Climbers can take their skills to the next level without fear of meeting up with a hidden snake or melting in the summer heat. The area is open regular hours throughout the week and weekend.
In addition to the regular benefits of the local Y, they have special offerings that keep the local youths busy and occupied throughout their summer break. Y Camp provides a place for kids to stay happy and active during the work day. Fun activities, field trips, games, and snacks help to pass the summer days away. They also offer summer sports clinics for youths in wrestling, basketball, volley ball, and rock climbing, just to name a few. These clinics occur at different intervals throughout the summer. There are also child care services onsite so that busy parents can still slip in their daily workout.
While the Y is well known as a place for physical activity, they also provide youth classes in gardening and host a game of Mah Jong each Sunday. They provided a varied and well-rounded list of activities and programs, truly focusing on the mind and body.
The Y is open hours throughout the summer and have also expanded into a satellite facility, the Y Express, that is located at 140 Central Park Square, which offers new state-of-the-art equipment and a large group exercise facility.
To view the expansive and diverse program schedule, visit laymca.org, or go to the facility at 1450 Iris Street.
Anyone can become a member and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
-April M. Brown