Is YMCA worth it?

Welcome to the ultimate guide to the YMCA. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

2650
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
4.54
Average Google Rating

Welcome to the ultimate guide to the YMCA. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at YMCA

Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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0
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Swimming Pool
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1
Locations
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Basketball
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0
Locations
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Childcare
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3
Locations
)
Steam Room
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0
Locations
)
Tanning
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0
Locations
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Open 24-hours
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0
Locations
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Spa/Hot-Tub
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0
Locations
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Racquetball
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0
Locations
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Pickleball
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0
Locations
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Tennis
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0
Locations
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Squash
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0
Locations
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Retail
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0
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Wi-Fi
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0
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Women-only Workout
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0
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Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
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Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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0
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Cardio Cinema
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0
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Towel Service
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0
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Massage Chairs
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0
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Olympic Lifting
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0
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Functional Turf
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0
Locations
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Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any YMCA location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), a.k.a. the Y, was founded on June 6, 1844, in London, England by Sir George Williams.

The YMCA is not run as a traditional corporation, hence does not have a single worldwide CEO. In the United States, the current President and CEO of YMCA is Kevin Washington.

The current headquarters of YMCA in the United States is located in Chicago, Illinois. For the World Alliance of YMCAs, the headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.

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What time does YMCA open & close?

No YMCA locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 0 of their clubs are open 24/7!

YMCA by the numbers

2650

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

4.54

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

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Total Cities

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What we love about YMCA

What we wish YMCA would improve

How much is YMCA?

Who does YMCA cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

Frequently asked questions about YMCA

Top amenities offered at YMCA

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

0 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 1 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at YMCA.

Practice your shot at 0 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

3 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

0 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 0 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

0 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about YMCA

Final thoughts — Is YMCA worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

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