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YMCA is known to be the most affordable place to stay across all corners of the globe. It provides family oriented activities ... More
New City YMCA
YMCA is known to be the most affordable place to stay across all corners of the globe. It provides family oriented activities all over the US. The New City YMCA has taken an active role in putting together fun and educational programs for school children. These include a Young Leaders Club, Teen nights, a tutoring program, a summer camp, Bulls Basketball Camp, and a variety of other sports programs. It also sponsors adult leagues in volleyball, basketball and softball.
I've worked out and taken classes here but I wouldn't sign up for a membership because the facilities are not terribly well kept and I have had some bad interactions with the staff.
The old facilities and machines are par for the course given what you're paying. If you want Bally's or a Multiplex, you've gotta dole out $80-100 a month, but I'd personally rather go to a place that's clean where I feel confident my stuff is going to be in the locker room when I come back.
As for the staff, I had a day where different ppl told me different things within minutes of each other and I was given a lot of attitude. It's one thing to have a bad day, but it's another thing to pass the bad day onto the customer...and if you don't know what you're doing, don't just make stuff up! Sometimes I get the impression no one is in charge.
If you want to do basic work outs for a cheap price with no frills, it's a great place to go. If you want to volunteer with the kids, that looks like even more fun. Just leave your pretension, your own attitude and fort knox at home, 'cause it'll probably be a burden.
Yeah, yeah, so the membership coordinator has the level of customer service usually reserved for city employees. Alright, the clicking sound in the weightroom's speaker system is aggravating (wear headphones -- it's the only way to not go mental). And yes, it's true that this is the only gym, outside of the creepy member's only clubs, in which members sometimes remove their shirts while benching.
BUT you're paying 35 bucks a month people. And if you're paying more, I strongly urge you to "have a little chat" because the New City Y did just sell a couple of pieces of property adding up to at least $60 million. (I'm sure none of that cash was absorbed into any of the higher-ups yearly bonus packages, right? No, no, straight to 'Mazing Kids.)
The thing is, if you're a swimmer, there is no better deal that I have found. And most of the workers are extremely friendly and greet you by name once they see you come in regularly. So the mean age in the morning is 73 & the fellas talk of nothing more than health problems in the locker room. So more people are obese than otherwise. You want to feel good about yourself & your body after working out or worse?
If you are afraid of prople who don't look like you, don't go to the New City Y.
If you like a diverse (ie people of all ages, shapes and ethnicities), comfortable, clean place to workout with lots of machines, a great gym, child care, a pool and whirlpool, etc. and a helpful, polite but not phoney staff, then you'll like New City. Very little spandex, no neon, no overhead music (obnoxious- you can bring your own ipod or walkman), no tanning booths, ...you get the idea.
I've been a member of New City for about 10 of the last 12 years and I've never had anything stolen. I'm there 2-4 times per week too. If you are really afraid of theft, there are free lock boxes in front for wallets or other valuables.
In all those years, I think I've had 3 or 4 unpleasant conversations with staff and over a hundred friendly and helpful ones.
Again, if you want the full "shopping mall" Disney type experience, don't join the New City Ymca.
We aren't perfect, but we have plenty of members. We also solict suggestions for improvement. But we don't need whiney overprivilaged grown up brats.
Oh yea, all classes,( yoga, spinning, pilates, etc.) are now all drop in and free to members.
I use to enjoy the New City YMCA until the past 6-7 months. I feel the leadership is poor. This causes poor customer service from employees which leads to unsatified customers,such as myself.
When customer satisfaction is low it affects the BOTTOM LINE in any organization,be it for profit or not for profit. The leaders at
New City are so hung up on the Bottom Line that they've completely put customer satisfaction out to pasture.
I've been a member at New City for 20 years on and off a few times. I was always lead to believe that the Y was a place for children, adults and famlies. The leaders at New City have managed to destroy one of the largest programs with the most parent participation.I'm speaking of the swim team.
I'm so infuriated with this new leadership that I'm going to cancel my membership just as soon as I can find another facility where I can work out and my children can be part of organized activity. Not only am I going to cancel my membership,but I'm going to start an active campaign to encourage all parents such as myself to cancel family memberships. New City YMCA Leaders are focused on BOTTOM LINE results,not children or families. Why should New City have our family support and/or dollars.
I was a long time member, though I always was on the verge of quiting. However, I lived only a block away so it made it easy to work out.
There are many issues to be aware of.
Crime: My locker was broken into 3 times and wallet stolen once (lesson: lock your wallet in the car or don't bring it).
Noise: Loud, out of control youths are an intimidating factor. If you are afraid of a "ghetto" atmosphere, this place isn't for you.
Equipment: the machines are often broken or not maintained. For example, several of the elipticals have a lumpy motion that "clunks" when you use them; they aren't checked or fixed. A stair climber remained broken for months. No one ever wipes down the equipment either. It's Gross!
Value: at $45 a month you can often find a better deal at Bally's or other places that have far superior equipment and facilities.
Staff: The staff are completely unhelpful and rude. Very poor service. Even the simplist paperwork or request is a pain in the neck.
Classes are extra: You have to pay extra for classes, something that isn't the case most other places.
I work out at another gym and now pay less for much nicer atmosphere, better equipment and friendlier more helpful staff. (BTW, I have complained to the YMCA central office about the New City Y and didn't even get a reply or phone call).
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