Most YMCAs include the use of their gyms under general membership fees. Depending on the YMCA, its gym facilities may include strength-training equipment, cardio machines and scales. Other YMCA amenities typically include racquetball courts, indoor tracks, swimming pools, saunas and locker rooms.
The cost of membership for most YMCAs depends on whether the applicant qualifies for a youth or adult membership. There are also discounts available for an applicant joining as part of a couple or family. Memberships entitle holders to use the gym facilities as well as attend many YMCA classes and workout sessions, such as step aerobics and Pilates.
In general, YMCAs do not offer partial memberships, meaning that it is not possible to pay a lower rate for restricted use of a facility, such as gym-only use. However, there are drop-in rates available for applicants who wish to use a YMCA gym on an occasional basis but prefer not to pay for a full annual or monthly membership.
In some communities, the YMCA offers financial assistance to those who are unable to afford a standard membership. Financial assistance is available to applicants of all ages, as well as families whose incomes are deemed low enough to qualify.