Anytime Fitness vs. YMCA

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Matt & I have been members of Anytime Fitness for over 3 years. It is a very nice new & clean gym with private changing rooms... it is right across the street from my work. We chose it because I would go to the gym during my lunch hour. Because of my health issues, I haven't been going very much lately. Matt doesn't go unless it is bad weather because he prefers to run outside.

For the same amount of money, we could switch to a family membership at the Y. The kids could go with us & play basketball or go swimming or walk the track with me. It is dirty though, and isn't open 24 hours like the gym. It is 3 blocks from my work, but you have to walk around in mazes to get to the locker room (not private) and then to the cardio room and then to the weight room and back to the locker room. There are classes though in the mornings & evenings that I could go to... maybe that would be fun.

Anyone have any votes??
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    I learned to swim at the Y. I've also taken many classes with them over the years. I think they are a great organization. Although, I will say that facilities do vary from place to place. Some are better than others.

    And yes, even at my local Y, the lockers are not conveniently located. The gym was well, just like my high school gym ! LOL !! It wasn't particularly spiffy, but it was functional.

    That being said, I've always found the instructors and personal trainers to be excellent. So, if you don't decide to go, don't let their less than perfect facilities be the reason you don't. Not to sound cliche, but all that glitters is not gold. While I do appreciate a clean and tidy gym, I also appreciate good service and good trainers. I've been to fancy gyms that looked great, but had lousy service and instructors. I'm sure the Y is like many companies i.e. cutting service because of the down turned economy. Don't let that be a strike against them.

    2632 days ago
    I'm in agreement with the other posters, you sound like you want to stick w/ the Anytime Fitness, and it sounds like it worked well for you when you were going before your health issues. Do you think you can start up again on a regular basis?

    One other thing you may want to try before deciding is can you get a free trial at the Y? That may help to decide if you would even want a membership there.
    2632 days ago
    Stick with Anytime, Claudia! I was a member of our local Y at one point. Lots of unsupervised, undisciplined kids running around. A friend of mine had a similar experience at another Y location here.
    2634 days ago
  • ELLENS2525
    You have to go where you will be motivated to go... if the Y doesn't really appeal to you then you may not be motivated to go. Besides, sometimes it's nice to do things without the kids. Using your lunch hour is a plus. Even tho you can't go as much now, your health should get straightened out and then you can go more often.

    Whatever choice you make is a good one because you are investing in your health!
    2635 days ago
    Stick with what works.
    2635 days ago
    I would stick with the gym you are in now. Cleanliness is very important. I have a friend with a Y membership who got contact dermatitus from the unclean weights. Who knows what kinds of fungi and bacteria are lurking around in an unclean gym?
    2635 days ago
    You need to do what is best for you guys. Do you think you would bring the kids? Would you do the open swim? Did you check the schedule for the classes (they may not be convenient) It sounds to me like you prefer your current gym, but if you think the girls will go with you and use the Y then go for it. I am a girl who has NO gym membership, so I am not really the one to answer this!! LOL Good luck.
    2635 days ago
    Maybe you can complain to YMCA Director that you would enjoy their membership but cleanliness needs to be addressed first. Explain to them how much you and your children could benefit from going to their YMCA versus the membership you have now. Me, I prefer a clean gym. But talk to someone at the YMCA and see if some things fall in your favor. :)
    2635 days ago
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