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Yes, the Gandy Pool is heated.

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Cyndi did a great job answering. I belong to the Y and think it's worth it. I recently did a spinning class and found it lots of fun.

I also know there is public outdoor pools in both Bartow and Winter Haven, but I have no idea what the cost, hours, and programs are.


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Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

At this time, I'll probably only go a couple of times a month (both places are 30 to 45 minutes away - one way) so don't want to commit to the Y. It's something that may work out for me in the future.

Is the Gandy pool heated? I have a chiropractic appointment at 3pm the day after the team dinner so it would work out for me to try the water aerobics from 1 to 2pm.

Winter Haven also has a pool that may be a possibility down the road.

I have a flotation belt made for water aerobics. Would it be worth bringing?

Thanks again. The Y sounds great but I can't justify the money right now.

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The Gandy Pool is outside and had a fixed time class for water aerobics. The last time I was there (several years ago) the cost was $2.50 per class. If you register at the desk, it rains and the class is cancelled, you lose your $$. The other thing is that once the class is over, you must get out of the water immediately. If you want to stay longer, you have to pay another $3 for a full day pool pass. It is a nice pool but the women's locker rooms are open and have no shower curtains during the summer. I tend to be private and modest so that didn't appeal to me at all.

The Cleveland Heights Y has a wide variety of water classes held at various times of the day. For those of us who need to stay out of the sun, it is open on three sides, but has a covered top. If you are over 65, there is a monthly fee of something like $41 . This fee includes all classes offered by the Cleveland Heights Y as well as all the classes over at the Y facility located behind Lakeland square Mall. They offer both day as well as evening classes in water and on land. If your health insurance included Silver Sneakers, the membership is free as long as you use the facility several times per week. There are some special therapy classes that require a doctor's note and cost a special fee per month due to small class size and specialized training by the instructors. There are two cardio rooms at the Cleveland Heights Y. Most of the equipment had been replaced within the past year or so. The equipment is top of the line. Think individual televisions, Multi level type workout programs etc. Personal trainers are available at an additional cost. This Y is in the process of adding new classes since there is a new CEO manager. There are child care facilities during the week, camps in the summer and after school programs available. Currently, the new manager/CEO is working on adding more water classes because some of the classes are so crowded. He is also adding spinning classes, weight workout classes, Zumba, Pilates and yoga as well as several new Silver Sneakers. The gyms hold athletic events for kids on the weekends so this Y is a very high use Y. One interesting fact is that they rent out part of the pool to special groups. The Flamingo Synchro water team from the Y, practices their routines and put on free performances for the public. The Y also has a swim team that practices on Saturdays and an occasional meet is held there on occasional Saturdays. For this event, the pool closes for several hours. The meet is open to the public to watch. The navy seal recruiters also hold trials there and several professional sport personalities do their cross training there. They are awesome to watch; especial the light weight boxers. The Y also Sponcer's special charity round robin fund raisers with loads do fun classes. These events last all day and for a flat charitable donation, you can get a T-shirt and a pass to try any or all of the classes listed on the daily schedule. Did I mention that this Y hosts Live Strong? It is a cancer support group that helps those individual survivors work back into strengthening their bodies to improve basic functioning. I have several workout buddies who had cancer and started building up their stamina that way and soon progressed to being able to do regular types of workouts. The Y often holds fundraisers to keep this program running for those who need it.

There is a women's and men's family locker room with lockers and shower curtains, bath rooms . My favorite is the women only over 21 years old locker room. It is more quiet, no kids at all, carpeted, television, hair dryers, handicapped showers and toilets and lounge chairs. They also have an ironing board in case you need to refresh your outfit before going to work.

Most of the time the gym opens between 5-6 am and closes in the early evening. During the holidays, most classes are cancelled but many of us gather together any how and teach our own classes. All instructors are certified. Since I am only 61, I pay $46 per month and if Mike wants to join at some point, I can give him a full membership for an additional $14 per month. Two memberships for $60 bucks is the best going rate around. There is a beautiful park located behind the Cleveland Heights facility. When I am able, I often go and walk there before my water aerobic classes. Both Marsha and I do our workouts at this facility.

I hope this was a little bit helpful! See you at the team dinner on September 10th!

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While I was visiting with my son, I used his pool to exercise. Now that I'm home, I think I would like to look into exercising in a pool. The drawback for me is the driving time.

I have looked at Lakeland Rec. page. What exactly is the Aquatics program? Is their pool heated. The cost is doable for me.

I looked briefly at the YMCA. The cost is too much for me.

Is there any other pool situations in Polk County?

Thanks all.

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