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Y vs. NYSC
Okay, does anyone have any experience taking classes at both the YMCA and New York Sports Clubs? How do they compare?
I used to go to the Y years ago and I know it's changed a lot - when I went there, it seemed that a lot of their trainers/instructors got their certification off of a cereal box - but I do know that it's improved. I know there's been a lot of bashing of NYSC here, BUT their spin classes are great; there are also other really good instructors there at different classes-Rachel, Trevor, Angela, Izzie (classes I like are step, body conditioning, spin) - I've heard that Angela teaches a great pilates class - it's just too late at night for me. The Park Slope NYSC doesn't have the best schedule or varied classes, but other NYSCs do (like Cobble Hill).Peanuts
I have to update my post. All the instructors listed in my post are gone and the PS NYSC has cut classes and has gotten worse and worse - it's dirty and looks like a tornado hit it when you go in - no one seems to work there so nothing gets put away.
I just took advantage of the Y's offer of no joiner fee and I'm so glad I did! I love it there - clean, better machines - the only thing I don't like is that the weight room is on another floor but that's minor.
I've been unhappy with this NYSC for quite awhile but I was comfortable there so I stayed. But I got tired of the BS there and managers who did nothing. I am very happy with the Y and am sorry I didn't leave NYSC and go there sooner.Peanuts
Leaving the PS NYSC and going across the street to the Y was one of the best things I've ever done. Adding on the Armory to your membership makes it even better.Starting a list of users names who are actually the same person: west1440, DownwardPuppy, TruthandBeauty, Stretchy, RupaulRox, NarcolepticAbe, QuantumSilence, SoldierSantana, SouljaJuan, TrendPotter, THREEKxdz, HomeEida
We're members of the Y and the Armory. Used to be members of NYSC. Overall, I really like the Y. The machines are new-ish and the facility is clean. Love that there's a pool and a new one is under construction. The only downside to the 9th St Y is the locker room. In desperate need of a makeover. The showers are pretty gross.
The downside of the Armory is that there are no locker rooms or towel service at all.
other than than, much better than NYSC (and cheaper!)
I've been a member of the PS|YMCA for over six years.
In that time it has expanded and changed in all sorts of positive ways.
I will say that it seems like they should pay better attention to their machines. The rowing apparatuses have the seats on backwards which, if you're male, can be very uncomfortable (check 'em out, do the geometry). The back extender machine has slipped for years (I could fix it with a large rubber mallet). Etc., etc..
Complains have been submitted.
They're recently new and there's almost enough of them. While not particularly sophisticated, the job gets done.
I love that you can feel the subway go by in the pool.
If you're a member of the Freelancer's Union you can get a 20% discount. It would be unethical of me to suggest you join the FU (it's free!) just to get that deal. Well, maybe it would.
Say 'hi' if you see me there.