Manila Downtown YMCA or “YMCA Binondo” is probably among one of the oldest fitness organizations/clubs here in the Philippines. Located in the heart of Manila’s Chinatown (Binondo), it is the place where the local Filipino Chinese spend their leisure time for recreational activities. YMCA Binondo offers a wide variety of facilities namely a swimming pool (about half that of an Olympic-size pool), a body building gym, basketball court, table tennis area, badminton court and billiards/pool tables etc. YMCA Binondo also offers instructional classes such as piano lessons, swimming lessons, violin lessons, martial arts classes, drawing lessons, painting and typewriting classes among others. Their membership rates are among the cheapest here around the Metro and I doubt if there are any other facilities that can offer diverse services/facilities at the same price and quality.
The Bodybuilding Gym
YMCA’s bodybuilding gym is one of the few gyms with the most complete set of equipments and free weights in Binondo Manila. The gym has Olympic benches and 7 feet bars to cater to heavy lifters; also it lighter weights and bars for beginners and women. The gym contains various types of cardio equipments such as treadmills, stationary bikes, steppers, elliptical trainers and even a rowing machine(which is rare here in Manila). Even though the equipments may be a decade old, they are properly maintained and still looks pretty good. This is by far the most affordable clean and air-conditioned gym in Metro Manila bar none. (Php 2,100/USD 49 per quarter)
The Swimming Pool
YMCA’s swimming pool quite large considering it is an indoor pool situated in the center of a busy commercial district. The pool size is half that of an Olympic-sized pool. The swimming pool is newly-renovated and very well maintained and the locker rooms are clean. Children (and sometimes adults) often attend swimming classes here. The yearly membership fee is very affordable (less than Php 3,000 / USD 70 as of this writing) and this includes unlimited access to the pool. Guests/non-members may use the pool on a daily basis for less than a hundred bucks when accompanied by a member.
It is located at 945 Gandara St. corner Sabino Padilla St. Binondo Metro Manila.
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