This four-floor facility is loaded with cutting edge equipment, an indoor track, a full-length basketball court, and a quality lap pool. Downtown Birmingham actually has two YMCA's: Downtown and Five Points. The Downtown location is larger, provides better equipment, has longer hours, and is within walking distance of three downtown hotels. It also allows guests to use the facility without a member to vouch for them.
The bright and stylish third-floor fitness room is stocked with 26 stack-loaded weight stations, 8 Life Fitness 9500 treadmills and 4 each of uprights, recumbents, and ellipticals. Free weights are here in force along with pulley systems and a full set of dumbbells. For those with a penchant for group training, this Y offers a broad range of classes including aerobics and spin.
Swimmers will be satisfied by the 25-yard lap pool with 6 lanes separated by floating lane lines and bottom stripes. A high ceiling and plenty of windows give the indoor rectangle an outdoor vibe. To be safe, bring a swim cap because many Y's will not let you swim without one.
Guests of the Tutwiler get in for free. $15 for everyone else.
The YMCA is closed on Sunday and has limited Saturday hours.