The Hartsfield YMCA will begin offering 24/7 access to members in Jefferson City next month, a change that leaders say will increase flexibility for members to exercise on their own schedule.
Any member of the Jefferson City Area YMCA can register for expanded access, which begins Feb. 1.
Isaac Williams, membership director for the Jefferson City YMCA, said the Hartsfield facility, located at 3507 Amazonas, was chosen because it has the largest fitness center of the city’s three YMCAs.
Williams said the expanded access would allow members to use the facility whenever they wanted rather than rushing to practice before the doors closed, an idea many members had suggested over the years. year.
“We’ve heard from a lot of our members who want this to happen, and we’re doing our best to listen and put the right ideas into action,” Williams told the News Tribune. “Not all of our members work the same shift or have the same schedule, so it gives them the flexibility to come and take care of their health when it suits them best.”
Williams said 24/7 access was becoming increasingly important among area YMCAs; its counterparts in Callaway County and Boonville offer round-the-clock access, as does an Ashland facility that expanded access last August. Williams said the Jefferson City association watched the growth of other branches and discussed their results with them before deciding to implement the change.
Other Jefferson City gyms, such as Anytime Fitness and Capital Fitness, offer similar programs, an opportunity the Y wanted to offer its own members.
There are no plans to expand the change to other Jefferson City locations, Williams said.
Participants will pay an initial fee of $10 for fob access. Individual members will pay $7 per month, couples on the same membership will pay $10, and trios on the same membership will pay $17. The fee will be in addition to the members regular monthly subscription cost.
First responders, including Jefferson City Police Department and Sheriff’s Department officers, paramedics and firefighters can join the program 24/7 for free in addition to their regular membership, Williams said.
“It will be a really big advantage for people who are trying to train at their own pace, anytime, any day,” Williams said. “We are excited to soon be offering this option to our members.”
24-hour access will begin February 1.
Members can currently access the Hartsfield facility from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Knowles’ facility at 424 Stadium Blvd. is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, while the Firley YMCA at 525 Ellis Blvd. is open from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Regular subscriptions start at $30. Williams noted that the January and February Y offers are free for those who sign up that month with the promo code “Newyear.”