The ARC is really nice and we were glad to find it since we had an almost identical facility in our hometown before we moved. We are also fortunate that my dh's employer pays for half the cost of our ARC membership (actually his former employer did the same thing, too) which makes it only a bit over $20.00 month for the whole family.
I belonged to the YMCA when I lived in the St. Louis area, and it was very expensive. Our membership was more at the YMCA 15 years ago then our ARC membership now (even without the discount).
The only thing I don't love about the ARC is the pool. I really miss having deep water in which to swim. The ARC pool is only about 4 feet deep at it's deepest part. But other than that I like it a lot and I like that it is family oriented. I'm not big on "health clubs". They seem a bit too much like meat markets. Going to a place like Curves would remedy that, but no one else in the family would be able to go with me, so that's out, too.
Starting BMI 39.7
Current BMI 35.8
*52 Pounds Down (2008)
| Pounds lost: 24.2