Is the YMCA for me?
January 24, 2008 11:02 AM Subscribe
Please help me determine if the YMCA is the right fit for me.
posted by waraw to sports, hobbies, & recreation (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am heavier, more out of shape, and less social than I'd like to be. The local branch seems to be in good condition and the website
seems to show some attractive programs (getting fit through playing videogames seems too silly to be real, but hey), and the lack of a contract is a plus ("gym culture" is not something I want to be a part of, either). But as a 36-yr old single guy I am not sure at all if this is the right fit for me. I am curious as to others' experiences with the Y in terms of getting/staying fit and meeting new people with the same goals. Can I expect to get what I want out of the monthly membership/joining fee, or am I going to end up needing to spend hundreds of dollars on additional programs?
Also, I am an atheist. Not so militant as to avoid joining an organization with "Christian" in the name, but pretty sure of my belief. The literature I picked up doesn't overflow with religiosity, but does prominently include a section on "Christian Emphasis." I am wary of putting myself in the position of being preached at, or have people point at my tattoos and scream "unclean, unclean" at me in the shower. Thoughts on this aspect would be appreciated as well.