YMCA Gym Review


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Merivale Road, Ottawa
Telephone: 613.788.5000

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Gym Overall Review Score

Results based on 14 votes. Overall Average Rating of: 7.19/10
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1. Customer Service 2 Equipment Status 3. Cleanliness 4. Mirrors 5. Ab/Stretch Area 6. Water Fountains 7. Bathrooms 8. Changerooms 9. Parking 10. Lighting 11. Music 12. Accessories 13. Friendliness 14. How Busy is it? 15. Payment Plans

Member Reviews

8/10 7.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/107.93/10

Reviewer: Tim

Date: 1/6/2016

Cost of membership: fine
Pros: great location; Chris keeps the place going!
Cons: the rules are not enforced (e.g., cellphones)
Thoughts: I suggest the young people who need to sit on the equipment between sets consulting with the important Tweets their friends are sending them while they work out should leave their phones in the locker room.
The best gym in the city is (and why): YMCA Merivale

7/10 7.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/107.2/10

Reviewer: Jade

Date: 12/7/2014

Cost of membership:Getting a bit high
Pros:mostly nice staff, spacious, never wait
Cons:Christopher Davies should not be working for the Y
The beHe should not be working at a why
The best gym in the city is (and why): The Y are supposed to represent a caring and accepting environment. Colleen and the other staff are nice but Christopher Davies is a monster. I volunteered there thinking I was helping and he treated me like a slave. When I hurt myself he didn't ask how I was but chastised me for missing a shift. Most people dread seeing him and I'm told if you tell the manager Tom he tells you to look for another gym. I don't know why this goes on but please do something for your members and staff.st gym in the city is (and why):

7/10 7.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/107.07/10

Reviewer: Sandra

Date: 12/7/2014

Cost of membership:average
Pros:spacious good equipment
Cons:Christopher Davies at the desk is an awful person
Thoughts:Nice gym is he were not there. Everyone complains about his attitudeand they do nothing. Colleen is very nice though
The best gym in the city is (and why):

8/10 7.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/107.6/10

Reviewer: Nirmal

Date: 1/4/2012

Cost of membership:Depends
Pros:Everything you want from a gym is here
The best gym in the city is (and why): Merivale YMCA is the best place around the city if your looking for resistance traning. Very good cardio section too. I travel 14km to get to this gym.

9/10 8.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/10

Reviewer: Sherry

Date: 5/22/2011

Cost of membership:
My husband and I have a couple membership for 700.00 which is regular cost.
Pros:It is the YMCA which is about the community and it does really important things to enrich it. Like the fact that there is no owner getting rich and staff getting commissions to sell me. Everything is no pressure. Very well set up. Excellent strength training equipmentbest in the City.
Thoughts: I like the fact that it is comfortable, staff are really nice and it has the best fitness equipment and some specialty classes for me. Also the Playcare childminding is amazing for my little one with huge climbing structures!!
The best gym in the city is (and why):

5/10 5/105/105/105/105/105/105/105/105/105/10

Reviewer: Marc

Date: 11/18/2010

can you please tell me your cost and hours open

9/10 8.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/108.67/10

Reviewer: John

Date: 8/18/2010

If you are looking for serious strength training facility the Nepean Y gets my vote. New athletic weight lifting equipment, no hassle of upselling and personal training sales like at Goodlife. The Y isn't the place to be seen or gimmicky and I like that!

7/10 6.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/106.53/10

Reviewer: Gen

Date: 3/10/2010

To start off, all you people who are criticizing the "young muscle heads" should go to a kids playground and work out there. I find that the adults (26+) walk around the gym thinking they own everything and can control everyone. Also, a lot of them just throw used paper towels on the ground (the younger people don't really use them...). You are right about the staff though, they never tell anyone to put their weights away and just walk around, talking to other members/staff.
I've been going there for 3 years. The place was fine until florida fitness went bankrupt and all it's people came to the Y, creating a huge crowd in the weightlifting area. I almost want to switch gyms because of that.
Anyways, I'm gonna come in a tank top and show all you "older folks" that anyone that puts their mind to weights, will have muscle and SHOULD show off their progress in the gym. LIFT HEAVY!

9/10 9/109/109/109/109/109/109/109/109/109/10

Reviewer: Munroe

Date: 1/13/2010

The Nepean Y is amazing now... Best fitness facility in town for athletic training and conditioning. All new developmental Hammerstrength and power racks/heavy duty platforms. Great atmosphere. Great staff. I shouldn't say all these things because it will get too busy with new members!!

8/10 7.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/107.73/10

Reviewer: gymrat

Date: 8/29/2009

as of 8/29/09
Wow, they just upgraded to all new HAMMER machines, new weights, benches, etc. 5 specialized multisquat/bench platforms with wood flooring.

Removed that awful 100m running track

Changerooms are being rennovated.

Currently the newest and best gym on the west side.

I tried the Huntclub Goodlife but its so small and cramped compared to the Merivale Y. Also there are no douchebag trainers and Lululemon headtotoe girls.


not busy at all

prolly going to get a lot busier

No personal TV monitor in the cardio machines, just watch overhead monitors

They play annoying radio music, not too loud, like Goodlife

Goodlife does have better workout studio/classes

6/10 5.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/105.6/10

Reviewer: J

Date: 1/21/2009

Too many muscle boys in the weightlifting area. Younger guys not putting weights away. NO supervision in the gym, no enforcement of the rules. Overall the place is dirty, the men's washroom is gross, the change area dirty, the floors and carpets in the gym are nasty. equipment is fair to middling. Too many staff hanging around the desk and not enough in the gym.

8/10 8.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/108.07/10

Reviewer: Larry Parks

Date: 5/30/2008

I once went to a norther private gym in the east end as a company perk(free). I came back to my friends at the Y. They care for their community. I love them.
Kate Johnson is wonderful. She is a huge asset to the Y.

6/10 5.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/105.53/10

Reviewer: Terry

Too many muscle heads in the weight training area. The machines are OLD. Too many irresposible people not putting the weightts away. Too much swearing! Younger members don't clean the equipment after use. I think the bodybuilders run the place ans management is too weak to enforce the rules!!!

6/10 6/106/106/106/106/106/106/106/106/106/10

Reviewer: Rod

Great Price. Located in the center of the Merivale Mall, this gym geared towards 7-15 years of age.

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