Special Place. Because it's laid back, the El Camino Y is a comfortable place to workout. But you do need to be patient and chilled, because there are lots of people there only ostensibly working out, which the laid back atmosphere makes all-too easy to do. There are people grappling with health issues; there is a family orientation (which means, well, you know...); there are monstrously out of shape people who install themselves on cardio equipment really only to read books/magazines, do office work, and/or watch TV. Yup, welcome to the YMCA. This a place where the "normal" people are truly weird, and the mentally handicapped offer a sobering and sacred reality check (love them all). Esp since the opening of El Camino Hospital literally directly across the street, parking has been nothing less than a hassle--so ride your bike! All in all, the facility is really nice--towels towels everywhere--and I love the outdoor pool year round!
A nationally recognized recreation and athletic center geared toward community improvement..
The first U.S. branch of the YMCA started in Boston in 1851; there are now more than 2,500 locations nationwide, making it the country's largest nonprofit community service program. Each YMCA reflects the community it's in, offering differing services based on the area. Most include fitness areas with aerobic equipment, classes and racquetball and tennis courts. Many also have day care and after-school programs, as well as summer day camps.
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