I don't know what the dissatisfied reviewer's other gym experiences have been, but I've been going to gyms and health clubs for 35 years now and I will just say this: 1) you have no idea what noisy is until you're incessantly commanded to buy stuff over the high-powered intercom at a 24hr fitness club, 2) the other phrase for "always under construction" is "actually maintained," and, again, you have no idea what "difficult to quit" is until you've tried opting out of a for-profit gym.
On the contrary, I love this Y because if you want to be left alone, they'll do that and if you want to socialize, the gym members are genuinely friendly--not snobby about money or muscles, which can't generally be said about the gym experience. I also love the diversity--CEO's work out here, as do roofers, students, housewives, Mike Tyson (Yes!), police and fireman, glamourous U. Conn women's basketball players when they're in town and more than one film composer.
This YMCA is a great place for the family. They have great facilities to work out and use. It was not very crowded so I had access to whatever machine/equipment I wanted. Mornings and after work are busy. They clean locker rooms and they great you with a smile everytime I come in. I am definitely going back.
Fourteen years ago I vowed never to set a paying foot in another health club facility after my wallet was stolen and Bally's wanted to charge me $10 for a replacement membership card. When I balked at the charge the rep stonewalled. So instead I cancelled, deciding to let Bally's keep its stupid card and me keep the $24 a month I was paying while NOT using their meatmarket in Studio City. But then after moving out of the valley I kept hearing about how great the Downtown YMCA was. The Y? Turns out it',he business of working out, not showing off.
After 19 years, I left. The mgmt changed 10 years ago and it's a ruin. I'm an aerobics fanatic and there are almost no classes now, the teachers are unqualified, the subs are worse. No hotline, no reliable schedule. They hire anyone willing to accept the below-market abysmally low fee the Y pays them! No manager supervises if the instructors perform to standard, or show up on time ? if at all! Plus, the A/C is NEVER on, so be prepared for over 100 degrees in the "aerobics" room. (In quotes because there is virtually no aerobics in the so-called "aerobics" room.)
Every week, there are big signs posted advertising (yet again) positions open! From membership director to counter clerks (we see new faces every month -- what does that tell you?) And weekly, members receive a "shakedown" brochure hitting the member up for donations to their latest charitable campaign. One senses that one is paying an obscenely overpriced membership fee simply to be a mark on their database.
Join Golds on Figueroa. I did. A serious gym, 5-star instructors, free parking, friendly staff, friendly members, half the price of the Y, no negativity, no donation shakedowns
Pros: Nice views from their many windows
Cons: NOT a gym -- a charitable foundation that uses "members" for their "shakedown database."
I called to put my account on 'suspension' due a terrible accident I have been in and won't be able to go to the gym for a couple of months. I was told they will still charge me $10 a month to hold my account. For what? As a member for two years I would think that is service they would offer to members to accommidate life circumstances beyond my control. What happened to customer service??
I joined the YMCA because it was across the street from my work in Downtown. The fitness room is pretty big. Not cheap at $58 per month plus $150 initiation fee. I agree with the other reviewer and say that the employees at the Y really don't care too much about the members.
Also, be careful. I hear there are people stealing things in the locker room. I heard that a someone clipped off a member's lock with a lock clipper! Not good. I'm probably going to quit and join another gym soon.
Pros: Location, Big Facility
Cons: Unhelpful Staff and Security Issues
We joined this club for about 2 weeks are were very dissatisfied. The employees are always understaffed so we were always waiting to get some attention or check-in. The club felt like a nice community, but it didn't seem like anyone knew about fitness - nutrition, stretching, supplements or posture. Even their computerized workout system was not built for tracking, but to earn T-shirts. Come here to exercise on your own but don't expect educated guidance.
Cons: , Lack of facilities, Unorganized staff