It’s not you, it’s Gym: YMCA is one of Mankato’s best facilities

This week, Dr. Seong-Jin (Tommy) Kim, will be evaluating The Mankato YMCA.

Though Tommy frequents the YMCA at routine times, “there is always plenty of room and equipment to use.”

Tommy favors the treadmill and free weights.

His evaluation follows:

Regarding the parking structures, is there sufficient parking? Is it free or included in the rate of the membership? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the parking structure. One being the worst, five being the best.

Rating: 5 – “There is sufficient parking and it is free.”

In your opinion, are the membership fees/rates reasonable? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the membership fee prices.

Rating: 5 – “It is very reasonable compared to others I have been before.”

What are your thoughts regarding the size of the facility? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the size of the facility.

Rating: 5

What are your thoughts regarding the gym staff, are they helpful, do they answer your questions-if you’ve had any? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the staff.

Rating: 5 – “They are very friendly and knowledgeable.”

What are your thoughts regarding the equipment availability, let’s say, the machines? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the equipment availability.

Rating: 5 – “There is no time limit like somewhere else. There is plenty of equipment you can work on.”

What are your thoughts regarding the non-machine equipment? (dumbbells, z-curl bars, mats, dip/pull-up bars, cardio-what type of cardio equipment do they have) On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the equipment.

Rating: 4 – “I like their free weight area. I wish the area would be a little bit larger than now.”

What are your thoughts regarding the locker room, plenty of lockers, showers, etc.? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the locker rooms/showers/bathrooms.

Rating: 5 – I love the Y’s locker room.

Is the cleanliness of the facility satisfactory, above standards, or exceptional? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the locker rooms/showers/bathrooms.

Rating: 5 – “You can see a staff member cleaning the facilities on a regular basis.”

In your opinion, what is the environment like, are people friendly, or mainly keep to themselves and focus on their workouts? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate gym atmosphere.

Rating: 4 – “In general, I love the place and people over there.”

What are your thoughts on the additional amenities, like tanning, massage chairs? Beverages, food, apparel? On a scale of 1 to 5, rate the amenities.

Rating: 4 – S”ome of vending machine sometimes do not work properly.”

Tommy’s Evaluation

Gym Facility Grade: 47/50, 94%, average score: 4.7

Highest Scores (scored 5/5);
Parking, Membership Fees, Size of Facility, Gym Staff, Equipment Availability, Locker Rooms, Cleanliness

Lowest Scores (scored 4/5); Non-Machine Equipment, Environment, Additional Amenities.

Tommy mentioned that the dumbbell weight sizes are sufficient.

“One thing very beneficial to members is that you can go to any YMCA in the state once you are a member of any Y,” he said. “It is a nice, reasonable place to work out and meet some new people in the town, especially seniors.”

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