Why The Y?

The YMCA has a gym! Who knew? I’ve walked by the building maybe once a day every day for the past 6 years and never been inside.
I was pleasantly surprised.
And since I was still ruing the fact that I had gotten up early to head there with my friend (and now workout buddy), I’m sure I wasn’t in an easily-impressed kinda mood.
Love the state-of-the-art equipment. Individual TV sets, built into the treadmill, as opposed to screens in the ceiling that determine which machine you choose. Who would have guessed this is the fuzzy image you get when you try to take a picture while running on the treadmill? (Insert note of sarcasm here!)
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And you can save your workouts for next time.

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Loved that there was a mirror on the wall facing me so I could look at myself while I ran on the treadmill or worked on the elliptical. I’m not narcissistic or anything, well, maybe just a tad, considering I was trying to take selfies while I ran, but when I started feeling tired, I could see my form starting to shift and it helped me to regroup and focus on how I was positioning my body and where my feet were landing. Who knew, looking at myself would be the answer to maintaining proper running form? Now if only I could have someone run in front of me with a full length mirror when I run in the park tomorrow! I’ll have to work on a plan for that.
We did some of the weight machines and then some chair dips, modified push-ups and stretches.
An hour passed fast!
Other things I loved. The antibacterial wipes for the machines, as opposed to brown paper towels and a spray bottle.
The water cooler is operated by automatic sensor so I could fill my bottle without touching anything.
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And the counter on the cooler indicates how many bottles have been saved from a landfill. Getting healthy and saving the environment.
They provided towels, although I didn’t stay to shower, it’s nice to know.
At 7 am, there were just a few people in the gym so we could use just about any machine we wanted. No coordinating your exercise while you stalk out a machine you want. And the classes were going on. I could hear the step class and see the yoga-doers in another room.
And swimming! I can’t forget swimming. How cool is that!
The price is a little steep – triple the Planet Fitness fee, but since it includes classes which PF doesn’t, and a pool, and the machines are nice, and you can save your workouts so you login next time to track your progress, and there are lots of good classes, it makes The Y all worth it.
Why the Y? Lots of reasons why.
I’m still going to check out Planet Fitness because I need to join a gym for the winter months so I can maintain my fitness level. But after today, The Y is looking good.
Getting up early turned out to be a treat so I’m linking with Nicole for Treat Yo’Self Thursdays
and I have to confess that although I’ve been rebelling against gyms for a long time, I had a fantastic time today. Cue confessions on Bella’s blog and Nat’s blog and Amanda’s blog
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8 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the Y.. Been my gym for almost 7 years now.. Gotta get us one of those water coolers though.. That’s pretty awesome.

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    1. runwright says:

      It was. I gotta tell you, I’m shopping around but right now the Y is a front runner. I see why you love it.

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  2. You seriously didn’t know that? They all have exercise facilities otherwise why would you “join” one?

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    1. runwright says:

      Haha. Thanks for the comment. I knew it was a gym. I was just being sarcastic. I knew what the Y was but I had never tried it out or even visited.

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  3. 1977leo says:

    Great blog! Remember when you join the Y, you are joining a charity that helps strengthen the community! If you join Planet Fitness, you are helping the owner get rich! When you look at it like that, it should be an easy decision!

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    1. runwright says:

      That’s good point and thanks for weighing in but it’s hard to consolidate the difference in price. $10 per month to about $60 per month. I wish there wasn’t such a disparity.

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      1. 1977leo says:

        Absolutely! That’s a huge difference. At my Y, all of the classes and programs are included with the membership. So is the pool, and wellness coaching with one of their personal trainers. Sometimes at other gyms (i don’t know if planet fitness is like this), but you don’t get an all-inclusive membership. You pay extra for many other things that you may want to do).

        Also, a. friend of mine that joined with me had a low income, and she applied for membership assistance. All she had to take in was her tax return and she is paying a rate that she can afford.

        Just food for thought!

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      2. runwright says:

        Thanks for the follow-up and the info. You have indeed given me a lot to think about 🙂

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