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Old 07-30-2009, 08:56 PM
 
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I am new to Katy and looking for a place to workout. I would love to get opinions on which one of the two mentioned is better. Also, any other gyms I should consider? Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:35 PM
 
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Default About half the price for the whole family...

Kids pool, adult pool, they will watch your kids (if you have any), and other programs offered to members. You can also go to any YMCA and use their facilities.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:28 PM
 
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I would opt for the YMCA.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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24 Hour Fitness. Many locations. Lifetime is a Ripoff!
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:19 AM
 
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It depends on what you are looking for.

Lifetime tends to cater towards a more family environment. Great if you have kids.

They also offer a lot of group fitness class. I notice that the Cinco Ranch location it tends to have a more younger crowd (i.e. teenagers), while the City Centre location has more adults (where I usually go). They have more equipment that is useful if you work out during peak hours. It has more of a country club feel.

The Katy YMCA is has lower prices and they have expanded more (indoor pool and room for more class and equipment spinning and cardio).

I have a membership for both, but I use my Lifetime membership more. They each serve their purpose.

My suggestion is to take a tour of both and see what best suits your personal interest (more adults, more family, more amenities, group classes, up keep, cleanliness and clientele).
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:48 AM
 
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Family environment? Lol. I go to a gym to workout not hangout. 24 Hour Fitness has a Kid's Club.

24 Hour Fitness has classes too.

Weights weigh the same at any club unless another club is on Mars or something.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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The OP is asking about Lifetime vs. Katy YMCA (probably because they are both closer to his home- 24 hour if further away, on Mason)

I've been to both and just recently cancelled my membership to Lifetime due to the cost. With tax it was 140.00 for myself and spouse. It is nice, large, always has enough machines for everyone- have towels, steam room, sauna, 2 whirlpool spas, 3 pools. Lots of classes, but beware that some you have to pay for. Lifetime also has a cafe and salon for hair/massage/facials, etc (but you don't have to be a member to use those services)

The Y is nice, but not quite as nice as Lifetime, but as someone else said, it is 1/2 the cost. For a family I think it is 77.00 per month (no tax) The hours are more restrictive, though.

I would tour both before deciding. I think both will give you a free pass for several days.
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Old 07-31-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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I paid $700 for 3 years for 24 hour fitness all clubs then $49 a year for the rest of my life.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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Pretty good price. I see where Costco has a coupon for 299 for 2 years at 24 Hour. Was your a special deal?
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. I am married with 4 kids 14 to 15 months, so definitely need to be family friendly. Also, a single income family, so cost is a consideration. I am actually close to the 24 fitness on Mason, too. I am looking for classes and great child care. I have been a boot camp devotee for over 2 years, but have found the ones in Katy to be alot more expensive than what I was used to. Right now, I am leaning toward the Y.
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