CHILDREN & THE GYM: Does it Matter?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 25, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    Here in Wichita most people opt for either the YMCA facilities (which are incredible, some of the best in the country) or a multiple location Gym called "Genesis" (which is also very good).

    Fees for Genesis are higher each month (the facilites are nice but not like the YMCA's), but I hear from friends that join Genesis.... "There aren't kids running around".

    The YMCA's are "family friendly" and have areas such as the "Kids Zone" for kids specifically. I rarely notice children running around the fitness equipment or are really much of an issue.

    What do you think about kids at your gym or your comfort level with that?
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    Jan 25, 2008 6:25 AM GMT

    I love kids. icon_razz.gif So I wouldn't mind them around. Plus I'd expect they'd defuse the ubermasculine, preening, shoulder-slapping, etc atmosphere of most gyms.

    Having children around (especially babies and toddlers) kinda brings out the 'Dad' hormones in me. LOL. Makes me happier. Especially the precocious ones. icon_wink.gif One thing I can't stand though... Is stupid kids raised wrong by stupid parents. icon_rolleyes.gif

    So it would most likely depend on your personality. I wouldn't mind em. But then again, I don't go to a gym. LOL
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    Jan 25, 2008 7:22 AM GMT
    I go to the YMCA in central London. Which has good facilities, classes, is convenient and inexpensive.

    However like your YMCA there are children's things there, like groups every weekend and classes during the school breaks. So you have lots of kids screaming and running around.

    It can be irritating, but they don't use machines or go into the weights areas, and as we have an increasing problem with Child obesity in the UK, I'm glad that children are allowed as it gets them used to exercise and shows them what fun it can be.

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    Jan 25, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    Makes me nervous they will get hurt so I end up keeping an eye on them with the parents but I think everyone does. Great atmosphere and habit to get into. Keeps kids out of trouble.
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    Jan 28, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    My gym...Lifetime Fitness....not only allows, but encourages brining children to the gym. They have "family hours" particularly in the pool areas. The rest of the facility is plainly marked that children under 12 are not allowed outside of family hours" and then must be under direct control of parent or guardian. They even have a child care area for "baby sitting"...
    Personally, I sometimes feel the parents are not watching closely enough and the gym management is being a bit too slack on enforcing the rules and the place starts to feel like a huge "playground" or "child care center". In the summer, it somedays feels that parents drop their kids off in the AM with $50 and a cell phone, for the day until they come back in the evening and pick them up after work...