Thing is, I am in Utah for two months where there is no YMCA. I suppose I could have just opted out of exercise for two months, but exercise makes me happy. Not exercising makes me grumpy. It’s really in everyone’s best interest for me to work out. (Unless you like being yelled at, in public, by a grumpy mother of three.)
So, I headed over to what I thought was a close 2nd in the trueness of gyms. Gold’s Gym. They have childcare, fitness classes, weights, a pool, and cardio equipment. Seems nice right? Well, it ain’t as nice as it sounds. And after my experience there, I would like to help you understand why the YMCA is true and Gold’s Gym is not.
Truths about the YMCA
1.) Truth: Childcare at the Y is AWESOME.
2.) Truth: My children and I are greeted with a smile almost every day. (and sometimes a hug.)
3.) Truth: The employees know me and not just my barcode.
4.) Truth: I don’t have to make a reservation for childcare.
5.) Truth: I’m not charged $2 if I break a reservation because they don’t require you to make a reservation.
6.) Truth: They don’t play movies during childcare hours.
7.) Truth: The cardio equipment is cleaned and repaired regularly.
The list goes on but I’m already getting mad just writing about it and I have to face Gold’s gym tomorrow to work out so I better just suck it up. But let it be known, today and likely forever, that the YMCA is the true gym and Gold’s Gym is not.