By Meredith Lane, City Scout


Lexingtonians — especially those living and/or working in the eastern corridor of the city — have been anxiously awaiting the new YMCA opening in Hamburg Place!  And alas, it is finally open!  Located at 2681 Old Rosebud Road, the new Whitaker Family YMCA is a 62,000-square-feet state-of-the-art facility near Hamburg Pavilion.  Believe me, you will get excited about this place even driving into the parking lot!  The building is incredible. 
The new Y features a whopping 10,000-square-feet in their Wellness Center, which includes premium cardio equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, ARC Trainers, rowers, recumbent bikes, spin bikes, stair climbers and more.  There’s also a wide variety of strength and free-weight equipment including multiple circuits, plate loaded pieces and free weights. 
If you’re like me and work out better in a group atmosphere, enjoy one of the more than 300 group exercise classes that are offered each week at the YMCAs across Lexington.  There’s truly something for everyone, including Mat Pilates, Boot Camp, Zumba®, Step, R.I.P.P.E.D., Body Pump, PiYo®, Vinyasa Flow, Indoor Cycling, TRX®, Kickboxing, Insanity®, Kettlebell, Water Fitness and more.  There are also special classes for seniors such as Gentle Yoga, SilverSneakers® Circuit and SilverSneakers® Classic.
If you like to work out on your own or with a personal trainer, no problem!  The new Y’s got you covered there too, with a 3,000-square-foot performance and functional training room that allows for a variety of body weight exercises, as well as the use of many functional training accessories such as resistance bands, suspension trainers, medicine balls, training ropes and more. This room is available for personal training, small group training and sports specific training.  Youth fitness camps and clinics can utilize it for an additional fee. Members can enjoy the gymnasium for pick-up basketball, sports leagues and more.  On the second level, runners and walkers can enjoy the three-lane track, with a view that overlooks the gymnasium. 
Then there’s the stunning Aquatic Complex, with a 25-yard lap pool, a recreational pool with spray features and slides and a relaxing spa area which includes a sauna, steam room and a whirlpool.  There are four lap lanes available for use along with water fitness classes, plus swim lessons, for the whole family to enjoy in their fantastic new pool.  There’s also the Splash Pad, which is an interactive, zero-depth water park designed for all ages. Splash Pad activities include spraying, splashing, dumping and walk-through features. There is also comfortable seating and tables for families and individuals to use during the warmer months while enjoying the outdoor space. 
The Y’s youth development wing is perfect for the kiddos to enjoy after school programs, camps and academic activities. Members can also drop their kids off in the Child Watch area, which is a free fun and safe place for children to play while parents and guardians enjoy the Y. 
Membership at the YMCA of Central Kentucky offers a lot of perks.  Members can enjoy access to all of the YMCA of Central Kentucky facilities, free new member fitness orientation, drop-in child care when you use the facility, A.W.A.Y. member privileges plus statewide reciprocity to use at other Ys, priority registration and reduced fees for all programs they offer like Youth and Adult Sports, Youth and Adult Swim Lessons, Pilates Reformer, Personal and Small Group Training and much more. On top of that, if you are in need of a healthy meal or mid-day pick me up, the Press Juice and Health Bar is located in the lobby of the Y. There is also free WiFi throughout the facility, making it easy to stay connected.
Membership can be purchased online or on-site at, but if guests can’t afford a membership, the Y offers financial assistance to those unable to pay those costs. An important part of the YMCA’s membership is that no one is denied membership because of inability to pay. The Whitaker Family YMCA is open Monday - Friday from 5:30 am -10 pm, Saturday 6 am - 8 pm and Sunday 10 am – 8 pm.