So I’ve been going to the YMCA for the past 5 months, since I first signed up for a membership in October. To be honest, I really love the YMCA! I had a few co-workers at back in Dallas who would go to the YMCA (affectionately referred to as the ‘Y’) during lunch breaks to get their exercise in for the day, so since then I’d been curious about what programs and group classes offered at the Y.
The specific Y that I am a regular member at is the one in downtown Seattle, which is conveniently located right across the street from the Central Library, an awesome convenience for me since I also happen to really love going to the library too XD.
My favorite part about the YMCA is that it really fosters a sense of community. I haven’t been to many other gyms before but the few times I have been to classes at other places, my experience generally has been more of an in-and-out kind of thing where I go to a class, exercise really hard (or sometimes just listen to the instructor say supportive things while lying on my back lol), and then go home.
The experience I’ve been having at the Y has been pretty different though; the front-desk people always are ready to greet people as they come in to the gym, and periodically ask you how you’re workouts/classes are going and if you have questions or comments. They even sent me a welcome postcard when I first joined the gym with the picture of all the YMCA staff as the cover of the postcard, which I thought was a very personalized touch 😀
Aside from the sense of community at the Y, I also have been really enjoying taking the group classes at the center. One of the main reasons I joined a gym was to take group classes and have an instructor tell me what exercises I should be doing, and the Y definitely has not disappointed me in this area :D! The group class schedule also changes a bit each month, which creates a bit of variety and interest every month.
If you’re somebody who’s more interested in just going to the gym and doing workouts on your own or want to play pick-up sports games, the Y also has those available as well as a swimming pool for people who like to swim as their workout 🙂
The YMCA’s membership might be slightly more expensive then usual gyms like 24 Hour Fitness or Gold’s Gym, but I think the number of facilities and the friendly staff really make it worth it. The YMCA also offers sliding scale payments/financial assistance if that is an option that you are interested in.
If you’re interested in giving the Y a try, the Seattle branches offer 3-day guest passes that you can use while deciding if the YMCA is the gym for you! : )