Sure, this fitness club has all the perquisites: great pool, knowledgeable staff, good location, and a wide variety of fitness class options. What the brochures and websites don't tell you is that it also happens to be the best option for runners during the winter months. The upper level of the attached field house features the largest indoor running track in the Twin Cities metro area (1 mile = 6 laps). The lower level is available form 5.30a - 8.30a for running as well, giving runners several training options.
The Midtown YWCA might very well be the most diverse spot in all of Minnesota. Spend any time in any of the gym's five tidy locker rooms, and you're bound to overhear conversations in as many as six different languages in a single night. The Midtown Health and Fitness Center is also the country's largest YWCA, sporting a lap and leisure pool, a whirlpool, an aerobics studio, and the city's largest indoor track. And while the Fit Kids' Gym and kids' pool (with its giant curly slide) provide... More »
We're not knocking the other two YWCA facilities in Minneapolis, but let's face it, natural light--which is so essential to the indoor workout, especially in the land of seven-month winters--isn't easy to come by at the Uptown and Downtown locations. At Midtown, the $21.4 million center that opened August 1, windows are everywhere. Staff members are eager to proclaim that this is the largest YWCA in the country, and indeed, spacious simplicity is the rule. There's the solid red brick and... More »
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