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Author: Bigdofthec One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1653  
Subject: YMCA? Date: 2/15/2006 4:07 PM
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I've decided to start working out again. In the past I had used Golds Gym and 24 Hour Fitness. Each of those was ok, but each time I joined, they hit me with start up fees, and initiation fees. A friend suggested the YMCA. Does anyone use them? Did they add on all of the extra fees? Any disadvantages to the YMCA?

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Big D of the C
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Author: TurkeyBreath Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1639 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 2/15/2006 9:33 PM
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...A friend suggested the YMCA. Does anyone use them? Did they add on all of the extra fees? Any disadvantages to the YMCA?

I've been member for more than 20-years. More due to its location. I pass it on the way to and from work with only a slight 1/2 mile detour. Each "Y" is different. The "Y" I attend seems geared for folks like me, "past our prime". Yet, all age groups are represented from swimming toddlers, handicaped, steam room only old folks, and you may be surprised that more females than males are members at "my Y".

No add on fees except yearly adjustments for inflation. However there are several types of membership. Family, single, permanent locker and towel service. I subscribe to the complete package, which because I'm over 65 get it for $35/month. Dat's not cheap but I think it's worth the expense.

The biggest disadvantage I have with it, is that it is not open 7/24; lately the lap pool is so crowded I haven't used it for nearly 2-months. It's also dated. Well I shouldn't complain about that because I'm also dated :))

Good luck,

TB

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Author: joelxwil Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1640 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 2/16/2006 8:24 AM
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The Y may be a good place to work out. However, I have found that they tend to renovate the place and then let it go downhill, renovate again, etc.

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Author: Bigdofthec One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1641 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 2/23/2006 11:21 PM
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Thanks for the replies. The YMCA looked like it was brand new. I signed up and like you said, there were no extra fees.
Fitness here I come.

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Author: tenworlds Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1642 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/3/2006 9:28 AM
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Hi-

I'm not a 'workout' person, but I'm aware of the benefits of staying in shape and do(did*) through a lot of physical activity, e.g. cutting & splitting firewood, using a push instead of a powered mower, regular brisk walking, that kind of stuff. I do have a treadmill I use for aerobics in winter, and an inground lap pool(12'W X 36'L X 6'D) for warmer weather. I usually open the pool earlier than most people, generally at the end of March. The chilly water is a good motivator to swim laps, just to stay warm!
*I say 'did' because of some physical problems over the past coupla years. Recent surgery though, will (hopefully) have fixed those problems. Another month or so will tell.

Anyway I thought I'd offer my (actually DW's, but I pay the bills) bit of gym experience.

There is(was) a nice 'Y' nearby. All the usual equipment, indoor pool, trainers, etc. ('Was' because Shaun (Seattle Seahawks) Alexander and his brother bought it and are in the process of revamping it to start their own business there.) When tenspouse decided she wanted to join a gym a few years back, we looked around. The Y appeared to be OK, but sort of past its prime. A Gold's had just opened a few miles down the road. Both were about the same distance from our home. Money comparison was a bit in favor of the Y, (both around $420-$450/yr) but Gold's had a special intro offer of 18 months for the price of 12. Plus everything was brand spankin' new. Gold's family deal wasn't as good as the Y, but would have been wasted on me anyway since I don't 'do' gyms :-). When the 18 months were up we started to look around again. Gold's asked about renewing and I told them what we were doing. They immediately offered us the 18 month (for the price of 12) deal again, but at $350/yr! Pretty much a no brainer money-wise. The Gold's membership can also be used wherever they have a gym, and being that tenspouse's job involves some travel, that was another plus. She uses the gym regularly, sometimes as much as 5 times a week (the Y actually had some usage limits - pretty high, but still...)
There are some other gyms around (Curves, FitnessWorks, coupla others) but Gold's worked out best for us.

Maybe when the Alexander bros. (Shaun grew up & played HS football around here) get their place up & running we'll check it out, but tenspouse really likes Gold's equipment, trainers, movies in the treadmill room, & spinning class. They keep the place pretty spiffy too. Me? (to borrow a line from the J Geils Band) first I look at the purse.




Rich
-no bodybuilder, but 23.7 BMI (6' @ 175#) http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

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Author: bigpix Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1643 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/3/2006 11:03 PM
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I usually open the pool earlier than most people, generally at the end of March.

Where are you and your pool that you can even consider opening it late March?

We're putting one in this Spring but here in NJ at the beginning of March, tonight, it's hovering in the low teens.

I'm having a tough enough time getting motivated to hit the hot tub tonight.

bigpix

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Author: tenworlds Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1644 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 8:34 AM
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I usually open the pool earlier than most people, generally at the end of March.

Where are you and your pool that you can even consider opening it late March?

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Northern KY (just across the river from Cincinnati, OH). Although I open the pool then, I don't spend much time in it. A quick dip in 60°-70° water is enough to get the blood flowing pretty good! Weather pattern here is similar to the part of NJ where I grew up (Elizabeth), but temps are a bit milder. I know you guys got hammered with snow this winter, and although we're sorta in the same jet stream pattern, it all went north and south of us.

What part of Jersey are you in?


We're putting one in this Spring but here in NJ at the beginning of March, tonight, it's hovering in the low teens.
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We've been hitting around freezing at night here, mid-40's daytime. The weather guessers are saying we'll be in the 70's by this weekend. (temporarily of course, but still...)


I'm having a tough enough time getting motivated to hit the hot tub tonight.
bigpix

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I have an old building on my property (used to be a working farm years ago) that I plan to put a hot tub in. After knocking the front wall out it'll be a large open sheltered area, big enough for a hot tub, changing area(handy for the pool too), and patio set. When I have that done I'll probably use it (hot tub) all year 'round. I'm actually considering heating the pool, but it'll take more work to maintain it then, so...





Rich

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Author: reallyalldone Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1645 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 8:55 AM
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I have an old building on my property (used to be a working farm years ago) that I plan to put a hot tub in. After knocking the front wall out it'll be a large open sheltered area, big enough for a hot tub, changing area(handy for the pool too), and patio set. When I have that done I'll probably use it (hot tub) all year 'round.

I live outside Denver and have a hot tub on our deck. We've had it over 6 years and use it year round. Of course, we have 300 sunny days a year so almost no rain and contrary to popular belief, not much snow.

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Author: bigpix Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1646 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 12:36 PM
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We're in Morris Cty.

We had a cold start to the winter back in Dec. January was warm, lots of rain too. Feb. was a mixed bag. Some more snow a week or so ago and that's it.

Hard to get excited about the ski season with weather like that.

bigpix

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Author: tenworlds Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1647 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 2:49 PM
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We're in Morris Cty.
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Ah... north central. I usta drive thru when going camping in the Gap.


We had a cold start to the winter back in Dec. January was warm, lots of rain too. Feb. was a mixed bag. Some more snow a week or so ago and that's it.
Hard to get excited about the ski season with weather like that.
bigpix

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Hard for me toget excited about snow-sking at all, not my thing. One of my sisters (now liveing in Gibbsboro, near Philly) had a place in Deep Creek, MD. Although Wisp was nearby, I never went. She & hubby did the cross-country thing while me & tenspouse stayed in and made ready with the toddy's while keeping the fire going.
Other sister lives in Little Egg Harbor (south of Atlantic City). Now, water-sking I can deal with.





Rich
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Author: reallyalldone Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1648 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 8:08 PM
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Hard to get excited about the ski season with weather like that.

One of the best ski seasons in years in Colorado - the snow is all landing in the right places :)

rad


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Author: bigpix Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1649 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/6/2006 9:10 PM
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One of the best ski seasons in years in Colorado

Gee, that's great.

Two words _ _ _ _ _ _ _ !

bigpix

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Author: Bigdofthec One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1650 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/27/2006 12:11 PM
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I've been working out at the YMCA and was surprised how nice everyone is there. I had heard stories about huge guys looking for fights at other gyms, but the huge guys at the YMCA seem friendly.

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Author: TurkeyBreath Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1651 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/28/2006 10:38 AM
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I've been working out at the YMCA and was surprised how nice everyone is there. I had heard stories about huge guys looking for fights at other gyms, but the huge guys at the YMCA seem friendly.

The three YMCA's that I'm familiar with are family oriented.

TB


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Author: joelxwil Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1652 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/29/2006 10:29 AM
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Well, years ago at the Waterbury CT YMCA, I was in the showers with this really nice guy I worked out with sometimes. He was complaining that he was getting old - about 25 - and he just could not go out on a Friday night and get into bar fights any more. Hurt too much the next day.

But in the gym he was really mellow.

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Author: tenworlds Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1653 of 1653
Subject: Re: YMCA? Date: 3/30/2006 10:41 AM
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Well, years ago at the Waterbury CT YMCA, I was in the showers with this really nice guy I worked out with sometimes. He was complaining that he was getting old - about 25 - and he just could not go out on a Friday night and get into bar fights any more. Hurt too much the next day.
But in the gym he was really mellow.

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Hmm... sounds like 'Brokeback Healthclub'.






NTTAWWT

;-)

Rich

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