I've done both. Formerly YMCA, now Planet Fitness.
It all depends what you want in a gym & how much support/camaraderie you require.
YMCA was ideal when my kids were younger (baby sitting room) and we did some indoor swimming. Classes galore too but I didn't take advantage of those. Trainers were very friendly & accessible. Cardio room was crowded through, especially between 4-6:30pm when they had a strict limit of 30 minutes per user. There was also a crew of guys that dominated the weight room, didn't feel that welcoming sometimes. I think I paid around $80/month (family).
Planet Fitness works great for me now. Long hours, except on weekends. Quick drive, get my workout in, and head out. Never have had to wait for a machine. No time limits enforced. My PF also has a wider range of equipment, accessories & machines than the Y. Trainer is available rotating M-F hours. Some people who go to my gym are very inspiring - several of them are working to lose large amounts of weight. I pay $10/month.
At some point, I'll probably switch gyms again as my needs change. I'm lucky to have a nice variety near me to choose from.
ETA: my PF doesn't ban deadlifts & there are several guys (and one girl) who do heavy lifting. Perhaps my location turns a blind eye to it? I know PFs are franchises. Hmmm.
Edited by: VIKINGSMOMDE at: 12/19/2012 (06:13)
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