I went to Claude Moore Recreation Center for 5 years before moving to NC. The staff and atmosphere is great. I loved the open space main gym, running track and the pool. If you have kids there is a family pool with slides and a number of varying depth pools suitable for any age and skill.
You can enjoy yourself in the main gym, using aerobic equipment, weights machines, do any exercise on the floor you want. If you rather play basketball, or work on your volleyball skills, balls are available and you can do that solo or with friends, or make new friends. For the swimming maniacs, the pool is great, most the time offers short course distances but varying depth. There is some additional equipment that you can use, such as boards, weights etc. And if you wish to do some running, but weather is bad and you hate a treadmill, there is a track, with 13 to 15 laps to a mile.
And for those who love a challenge there is also a rock climbing wall.
I guess the only downsides were occasional swim meets on weekends that made it hard to park and impossible to use the pool.
You can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines, so do not expect a superb meal, but it will sustain you if you need it. There are stores close by if you prefer to buy something you actually like.
I would say it is the best gym around.
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