Saturday, June 13, 2015
The New North West YMCA in Baldwinsville
My first visit to the new Baldwinsville YMCA was just a weight work out visit. I walked in and headed right to the gym. Upon entering the gym, all you see are tread mills, ellipticals, stair climbers, and stationary bikes. Behind them there are Precor machines for circuit training and so much more. This is a place where every part of your body can be worked out and strengthened however you desire. There is a large room of free weights and free weight machines, too. It truly is a gym for all styles of workouts.
Oh, but there is so much more. On my second visit, I rode my bicycle in the rain to the new YMCA. I locked it up to a street sign in the parking lot because there aren't any bike racks yet. The racks are on order, and I was assured that the racks will be ready next week. After checking in I headed to the locker room which is wide open, has plenty of locker space, and has several amenities similar to the Liverpool YMCA on Wetzel Road such as showers, sauna, scales, mirrors and sinks, and the swim suit dryer which I always appreciate.
After finding a locker, I changed into my swim trunks and entered the pool area from the men's locker room, a nice convenience. Upon entering the pool area a whole world opens before your as if stepping into Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory for the first time. There is a six lane lap pool, a children's pool, and a lazy river. Its quite amazing. I slipped int the pool and swam for thirty minutes before meeting up with a buddy to hit the weight room.
The weight room, as I mentioned earlier, has amble equipment for any level of athlete or health conscience individual. I added dead lifts and squats to my exercise routine, to increase my cycling strength. Today, my legs ache. I guess adding these exercises was a good idea. After we worked out some I discovered several new things in the Baldwinsville YMCA: an indoor track circling the gym on the second level, which from above, while running, I realized the gym has another several sections, basketball courts, a twenty yard turf multi purpose field lined for football, soccer, and lacrosse. Wow. This facility is splendid. I look forward to adding thirty minute runs each time I visit the Y on lifting days and as an alternative to running on treadmills during the cold, snowy winter months.
I failed to mention the aerobics room which I saw through the mirrors from the free weight room and spinning room located to the left of the locker rooms. The spinning room has at least 30 or 40 spin bikes. I haven't much to say about them since I have yet to participate, but I will join a spin class. Who doesn't love spin class after all?
I rode my bicycle home in the rain following my workout, and I cannot wait to return. The Baldwinsville YMCA is a workout paradise for all the aforementioned reasons, but the best thing of all, its a workout facility where your children can have as much fun as you while being distracted by the pool, lazy river, and basketball courts. Unlike being at the Wetzel Road YMCA, your kids will never interrupt you due to boredom.
Til next time, I will see you on the road.