For me, this Y is a happy place. It is so convenient and it has all I need. I love the pool and I also like to workout in the gym upstairs. Everyone that works there, like Tony, is exceptionally nice.
It can get crowded after work and can be tough to find the dumbbells you need. It's never a problem to get a cardio machine and the locker rooms are never too crowded. If the classroom studio is open, there are lots more dumbbells in the lighter range in there. I do wish they would have another dumbbell rack of the commonly used lighter weights (10, 15, 20lbs) in the main area.
I gave four stars versus five to be clear that it is nothing fancy because I know some people will be looking for somewhere more sleek and shiny and new. I actually like that it feels more like a community center, which is sort of the idea of the Y, than some trendy gym. I grew up going to Ys and even worked at one for two years. I do hope they fix the pool hot water heater, though! Otherwise, it is way too cold for swimming in the coming winter months 🥶
Feb 21, 2023
Member here for the last year, staff is super friendly and overall a great gym. Pool, basketball courts and track were awesome. Some of the equipment is a little dated in the workout area, but it still works and is well taken care of.
Feb 7, 2023
The front desk team is always so nice and helpful. You can stop and talk or just say hello on your way through.
Gym equipment is old but maintained. Plenty of room to get a solid workout in.
Love the pool, carpeted locker rooms, and steam room.
Walking track is great for warming up or just getting out of the house to walk around.
Jan 6, 2023
I've only been a member for a week, but my experience so far feels like the life change I've been so badly desiring. The facility is great, but the staff (i.e., LaRoy- front desk, and Bob- swim instructor) and the members make me feel so welcome and part of this community. I can't say enough about my experience so far.
Dec 27, 2022
Clean Y with modern, well-maintained facilities. Excellent service at the front desk from Shakeema, who connected me with a guest pass while I was in town. Made good use of weight room, basketball court and sauna.
Dec 25, 2022
The Durham Downtown Y is a wonderful place. The clientele is all different kinds of folks, different shades, different economic conditions etc. The Y serves everyone. It is the world like I would want it to be. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Yes, the building is worn but I love it for who is there and the inclusive, friendly atmosphere. And, they are building a new bigger, better building on the same spot starting in Dec 2022 or Jan 2023.