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Wellmark YMCA (Downtown)

501 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Area: Downtown
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This YMCA is at the top of the YMCA food chain with its 1/8 mile track, skywalk access, open and airy space, newer equipment, loads of classes, sport courts, upscale locker facilities (with hot tub and sauna) and a triathlon training center!! The decor is impressive with light hardwood flooring, bright colors and high ceilings. This place is unique. The Y also houses a "performance center" for adult and student athletes looking to improve performance and race times.  

Cardio fiends have everything and then some at this place. The multi-tiered cycling studio, two squash courts, 5 racquetball/handball courts, basketball courts and the aforementioned track combine with large group fitness rooms to ensure that exercisers have something to do all of the time. The class variety is deep.

Lap swimmers also are treated like royalty. Two pools now grace the space; both are top notch.  The 50 meter Prairie Meadows Pool features 8x 50-meter lanes (19 on 25y short course).  The 25-yard warm-up or Program Pool boasts 4 x 25-yeard lanes. The Prairie Meadows Pool has lap swim and Masters swim. Lap swim is offered each day and often! Hooray for our fishy friends. And M-F, it starts bright and early at 4:30a! But always check via the Y's site or this link to a schedule.

The onsite Life Cafe offers quick menu items such as smoothies, wild caught fish, sandwiches and salads.

There is a parking garage on the eastside of 5th next to the Y. Bring the parking ticket in for validation. Do not forget your picture I.D. to ensure the $10 admission fee. Without an I.D., you will not get in.

Work Out Onsite

Upright BikeYes
Recumbent BikeYes
Dumbbells5-120 lbs
Free WeightsYes
Machines~ 16 Strive + others
Hours - poolLap swim starts as early as 4:30a!
In / OutIndoor
Lap-Swim GradeA
Lanes8x50m; 4x25y
Length50 meters & 25 yards
Temperature 82 to 84 degrees
ToysKickboards, Pull-buoys, Pace clock
HoursM-Th 4:30a-10p, Fri 4:30a-9p; Sat 7a-5p, Sun 9a-6p
Cost$10/day with photo ID
Extras1/8-mile indoor track, Basketball, Racquetball, Cycling, Cafe, Bouldering Wall

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