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!)
And you can save your workouts for next time.
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.
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
Read more “Blog everyday in October” posts on Helene’s blog