Whitaker YMCA

Lexington’s newest YMCA is recently opened out in Hamburg. We waited patiently for promises of beautiful equipment, more friendly locker rooms, and better areas for family. And we are rewarded.

Let me start with the family locker room. When you’ve got multiple little kids, having enough space to spread out but not too much space as to lose a kid is wonderful. YMCA’s family locker room is situated down a long corridor, lined on one side by ample changing rooms, large enough to fit the whole family. I estimate that each changing room is 8 x 6 with a door that locks and a bench on which the little can sit and wait.

Family locker room corridor
Family locker room corridor
Family locker room changing room
Family locker room changing room

On the other side of the hallway are family bathrooms with showers. Probably 8 x 16, include a shower, sink, toilet, bench, and hand dryer that can be angled to dry the hair of a kid sitting on the bench. Also provided is a baby changing table that folds down from the wall.

Looking into the family bathroom
Looking into the family bathroom
Shower in family locker room
Shower in family locker room

I’m super excited about these locker rooms as my whole family, mom, dad, and kids, are welcome. It’s not gender segregated as there are plenty of areas for one to have private, locked space.

My only complaint is the locker size. Seriously, what’s the point of these lockers?

Lockers? What am I going to put in here? My purse?
Lockers? What am I going to put in here? My purse?

There is no swimsuit dryer in the family locker room, only in the men’s and women’s so plan accordingly.

We went to the pool which has a step into section that starts at 2 feet deep. There is a couple of water features that are controlled by a button within reach of the pool. The pool itself is a really nice temperature. Not as warm as the therapeutic pool at the Beaumont Gatton Y  but it doesn’t shock your system. It’s a much larger pool at this temperature that includes a small slide, a huge spiral slide, and lap lanes.

There is a steam room, sauna, and whirlpool in the pool area open to those over age 16. I can never get in these things. I get woozy just getting close to them. Know your limitations.

Upstairs is the cardio and weight area with the usual treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, stair climbers and weight machines. There are towels for your use to clean up after yourself… after all it is a shared space.

There is a basketball court, indoor track (16 laps = 1 mile), and three group exercise rooms. I’ve yet to try out the classes yet but I’ve enjoyed them at the other Y’s so expect the same here.

The women’s locker room features many private spaces for those who are concerned about undressing in front of others. There are only 4 shower stalls, which seems too few but every time I’ve gone, there has been at least 2 open. I’m just happy to have a door. The first place I swam was at a university in Ohio. The showers were in an open room which had to be passed through to get to the pool. Uncomfortable but bearable… until that time I got soap in my eyes, had them shut tight for maybe 30 seconds and when I opened them there were 20 7-year olds staring at me. Full frontal.

There are some healthy foods that are purchasable from The Press, salads, wraps, and smoothies, located on the first floor. The combinations sound tasty.

Menu at The Press
Menu at The Press

Map it with your phone for the first visit as it’s a little confusing where it’s located.

Map to the Whitaker YMCA. Screengrab from Google maps 12/30/2016.
Map to the Whitaker YMCA. Screengrab from Google maps 12/30/2016.

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