About the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
A History of Service
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been providing vital health and wellness programs for local adults, children and families for 160 years. Our deeply-rooted values have served as an anchor for innumerable generations and demographics, ensuring that everyone has the resources to learn, grow, and thrive. Our tenacity in creating a safe and nurturing environment has allowed us to instill hope in those who weren’t given life’s basic necessities, such as love and shelter. Our diverse programs and services help our members grow tall and strong from infancy through seniority. Our operations are always adapting to the needs and well-being of our community, giving us the opportunity to branch out and touch more lives.
Our devoted team of employees and volunteers graciously provide their time and talent day-in and day-out to ensure that we are bringing about lasting personal and social change. We are filled with every-growing resources and readiness to address our community’s needs by designing programs such as Fit & Well Seniors, PHD (Physical, Healthy & Driven), and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.
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I loved being a member at the National Capital Y during my two years in DC. It's a huge old building (7 floors, something like 89,000 square feet?!) with an olympic-sized pool, racquetball/basketball courts, an indoor track, and electronic massage chairs. It feels like a piece of D.C. that's real and doesn't succumb to trends, and other members are prone to chat about politics and D.C. history and culture.
If: you love to exercise (aerobic classes, machinery of every kind, swimming, sauna-ing, lifting weights, etc.) but do not like the typical gym environment with its competitive glances, sweaty grunting men, and scantily clad girls. You like places where old and young, singles and families, black and white, staff and guests mingle. You like space to stretch and no long lines for cross-trainers. You like watching TV while you work out. You like to spend a whole lazy evening lounging, stretching, weight-training, exercising, showering without being rushed away.