By Tim Williams

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — It’s being called the newest and most modern family fitness center in Maryland. The Towson YMCA has just opened its doors.

As Tim Williams explains, it’s not the Y you may be expecting.

It’s a new and improved version of a tried and tested institution.

“Because I’ve been coming to the Y for so long, I’ve seen renderings of what this was going to be. I just really had no idea how cool it was going to be,” said YMCA member Trevor Villet.

The new Towson Y of Central Maryland is recreating the concept of a YMCA.

“We talked to our members, we talked to people from the community, we talked to our volunteers and our staff, kids and families to get their input about what is a Y and what should a Y be like in your life,” said Sara Milstein, Y Of Central Maryland.

And what they wanted was a cruise ship on land, which includes a family game room where children can play unattended or with their parents. There’s also a state-of-the-art pool with salt water, buckets and lap lanes.

“There’s a great juice bar and they’re mixing up crazy concoctions over there,” Villet said.

Yes, a juice bar. It’s near the sandwiches. right next to the fireplace near the lounge in the lobby…the one with the electronic keypad.

At 48,000 square feet, this Y facility is one of the largest in the country and the largest in the state of Maryland. With gymnasiums, swimming pools, fireplaces, juice bars and a host of elliptical and weightlifting machines, it’s designed to take you from one end of the fitness scale to the other.

“We not only want people to come here to get healthy and exercise, but we want them also to be healthy as a community,” Milstein said.

Click here to learn more about the Towson YMCA.

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