Aloha Friday: Do You Y?

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My husband has been telling me since MM was an infant that he wants to get a family membership to the Y – I’ve always said, “Sure sweetie, someday.” You know those things cost money – and it’s not like we used our gym membership enough to have justified buying them – would we use the Y membership?

But about a week ago he pulled up the website for our local Y and showed me all the things we could do there, what it cost, etc. and I have to admit I was tempted. They have free childcare for when Dan or I want to work out or take a class, they even have kids’ programs like, um, preschool and other fun classes the kids could take in art, sports, music, anything really. Swim school – yeah they have it. And the price was shockingly not bad for what you get out of it. But of course I am still sitting halfway on the fence, wondering, is this really the good deal it seems to be? Are their child care centers good enough? Are the classes that good? Would I use them? Is it REALLY as economically sensible as it seems?

So…

  • Do you have a Y membership or have you had one in the past?
  • Did you use it and like it?
  • What were / are your favorite things about the Y? Least favorite?
  • Any advice for Y newbies?

10 thoughts on “Aloha Friday: Do You Y?

  1. Hi! Yes, we had a membership a few years ago. The price was reasonable. I had recently had my last baby and wanted to get back in shape:) I think, though my husband and I mostly used the sauna (we lived in MI for awhile & it was winter!!)Really, though, it was a good deal. I liked the classes. My one concern was the daycare they had there (with a little one, that’s probably important to you, too)The area for kids was clean and the staff was nice–at some point the staff changed & they were too busy for my comfort at the times that worked for me, so I cancelled our membership. Anyway, good luck with it!

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  2. Yes, we used to also have a “Y” membership – loved it, except that sometimes it got very crowed! Now, the neighborhood where we live gives us access to a wonderful sports club and lots of exercise classes every day etc, so we are very lucky.

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  3. Yes, yes yes yes yes! We LOVE our Y. We sent Alex to Pre-K there and Zach was all signed up, until we decided to up and move. Alex will still go to the Y summer camp which starts Monday. We’ve done swim lessons, they have a great class called Swim, Gym and Fun that was an hour of gym time and a half hour swim lesson, we did that with Alex before he was in Pre-K.

    The preschool program is fantastic, and while it’s a bit on the expensive side, it includes many things that are either extra or not available at all at most preschools – swim lessons, yoga, Spanish, sign language, a whole room of computers, not just 1 that they have to share… I would totally look into it for MM.

    The daycare for parents who are working out is not free at ours, so that’s really cool for you.

    They don’t have a Y where we’re moving and I’m really bummed about it. I really recommend looking into it more, you may find it is worth the money. And as someone else said they offer financial assistance if it’s not in your budget.

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  4. YES! Love the Y and I love the child care and I love all the classes. I really like the new FitLinxx work out program they have going. The only thing is the hours. You have to work out within specific hours that match the child watch hours.

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  5. I joined the Y in my small college town because I liked it a lot better than working out at the school gym surrounded by athletes. The price was really reasonable, and it was never super crowded!

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  6. We joined via their “Y Access” program, a financial assistance program. Without it I don’t know whether I would have joined, in Worcester it’s a little over $1K.
    However, some insurance plans reimburse. Ours reimburses up to $400 so we pay little out of pocket.
    We love it. We have access to 2 locations, both with different offerings.
    They gym is great, they have child-watch so it’s free babysitting, one has a rock-climbing wall, tennis courts, a couple of pools, a cool kids gym with a bouncy house…We really are happy with it.

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