View Full Version : YMCA? What's in it?

01-06-2004, 02:13 AM
Has anyone been to a YMCA?

There promoting themselves around here a lot (Hampton Roads, VA) and it seems like they only advertise cardio stuff, and raquettball.

Do they have weights, squat racks and other good equipment?

There's one right outside of my work (which is about 45 miles from my house), and would be the perfect place for a workout since now I have to go out of my way to get to a military base gym, and they're always over packed with people, and under packed with good equipment.

I know I could just go there one day after work, but I thought I'd get some oppinions here first since when 4:00 comes around, I want to get home ASAP, since it usually takes me 1hr 15min to get home.

Maybe I'll check it out during a lunch some day.

Still would like other's oppinions though. ;) I'll ask on DSR also.

Thanks in advance,

01-07-2004, 12:47 AM
The YMCA by me in college wasn't bad, just way overpriced compared to famed trainer Raymond Long's (trained Evander Holyfield, Sweet Pea Whitaker, many others) gym, which was also near me in DeLand, FL, had even more free weights, and was cheaper. But if YMCA's your *only* option, I don't think it's too bad and they generally do have a good amount of free weights.

01-07-2004, 12:56 AM
Yea, a guy at work said it's expensive if I'm not bringing someone else and getting a family rate.

I'm going to check and see if GOLD's is cheaper/better, and see if it's also fairly close.

Pat also responded on DSR and said that it was good also. I tried replying, but it asked for my password again and I lost what I typed (I'm going to copy and paste this if it happens again).

Just avoiding going to the largest Navy base in the world's gym will make my whole lifting experience much more enjoyable.


01-07-2004, 01:10 AM
I currently have a Y membership, and after checking all the other gyms out there, it's pricing isn't that bad, considering that none of the other gyms have a pool, which I find is nice to dive into after a hard workout. They are really well-equipped, with a huge array of free-weights, and excellent equipment as well. I also found the staff to be really helpful, and there is always someone there to help you out if there's a problem. I found the atmosphere friendlier than the other gyms, too, which is nice to see. I've noticed that many of the gyms out here have that 'look at me, I'm better than you attitude,' which I have never seen yet at any Y I've been to. Not only that, once you get a membership at the Y, you can use it at any Y in any town or city that has one. :)

01-07-2004, 01:12 AM
good points! I'll take them into consideration, especially since I'm going to be moving back to NY soon.


01-07-2004, 04:36 PM
The Y near my house (couple miles) is pretty new and has a lot of nice stuff like free & machine weights, cardio classes, pool...and are fairly comparable to many of the gyms here, but I find them pricey and still doesn't have all the stuff that the 2 gyms I belong to: Lifetime Fitness and LA Fitness.

LA Fitness I pay $99/13 months for everything except childcare (all. types of classes, racquetball, free weights, indoor olympic pool, machine weights, cardio machines, jacuzzi, sauna). I think most people that join now it's at least $30/month. I signed up over 10 yrs ago and negotiated a great deal, so I can't afford to give up this membership. This place is 24/4, but open 7 days/wk.

Lifetime is $51/month (lots of cardio machines, lots of classes, 24/7, large section of free weights, awesome childcare center, indoor & outdoor lap & play pools, jacuzzis, saunas, men's/women's and family dressing rooms that have attendants). There is also a cafe, supplement & clothing shop, salon (pedicures, manicures, massages, hairstyling, etc). This is really a fancy gym that is a bit froo froo and pretty, so for some of you manly men who like it plain & simple, this isn't the place for you.

Both places have personal trainers, but that is extra.

What's appealing about the Y is that they have a lot of kids programs, so if you have kids, it's great.

But, the gyms I go to for me personally are much bigger, have way more stuff, especially LifeTime. I think the Y is in more locations, however, than either of my gyms, which are in limited states.


01-11-2004, 10:54 PM
If there's a Powerhouse gym, check that out. In Florida they were like $35 a month and they were huge.