The YMCA is also a heck of a lot nicer than it was when I was a kid. I went in expecting something a notch under "Average Joe's" gym in Dodgeball. Instead, the Northeast branch looked just as nice as the Louisville Athletic Club - only with a larger pool and more family activities.
"We strive not to turn anyone away due to an inabily to pay. If someone comes in and says they'd love to join but can't afford $50 a month, we can say, 'You know what? Don't walk out the door. We have an opportunity to help you.' It's what I love about this job. It blows your mind to see a lady on the treadmill who's lost 40 pounds. She could barely walk when she came in, and now she's on there for 45 minutes and her doctor says it's saving her life. That's what we're all about," said Madden.