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If you are looking to get fit in the New Year, then a membership at one of the various health clubs may be the way to go. It is important, however, to choose the right club. Here's a quick rundown of the most popular health clubs in the U.S.
One of the top health clubs in the nation is the YMCA. There are clubs in nearly every city on the map, which offer treadmills, group fitness classes, basketball courts, pools and various types of memberships to fit your needs. The YMCA is very affordable and is a great place for the whole family to spend time getting fit together.
24 Hour Fitness is another popular national chain, and is true to its name. It’s open 24 hours a day and offers many different memberships to fit your budget. Be careful of the smaller gyms, which are deceptively not open at all hours of the day.
Gold’s Gym caters to individuals who are passionate about their craft – exercise. You will find the heaviest of weights at Gold’s, but they also offer treadmills, elliptical machines and other cardio equipment. These facilities tend to have various group exercise classes, as well.
MVP Sports Club makes its entire membership base feel like VIPs. At an MVP you will find medical offices, restaurants, and even ice skating rinks. They have so many different amenities, from saunas and steam rooms, to showers and pools. MVP Sports Clubs also have enough exercise equipment for everyone in the facility no more waiting for the elliptical machine!
Equinox fitness centers are, without a doubt, the best health clubs in the business. If you are looking for luxury in your workout, Equinox is a great choice! They offer towel service, cafes and exceptionally clean facilities.
I just recently started lifting weights again and hit a wall in the middle of my workout....wasnt to sure how to use some of the equipment in the gym %28kind of embaressing%29. I made my way to the front desk and asked if there was someone who could show me how to use a few machines. I waited about a minute or so and to my suprise one of the trainers not only offered to answer my questions but took me through a work out as well%21%21%21 needless to say I left the gym feeling a lot more confident and knowledgeable about the equipment%21
Be Warned %0D%0A%0D%0AThe gym has a convienant location for us working dowtown%2C but that is about the only thing positive. I belonged for 5 years. I have seen it go downhill in the last couple%2C especially with current management. They took away a section of machines for one purpose. So their trainers have more room to work and thus make the company more money. Despite repeated requests they will not bring the machines they took out back. When I signed up several years ago I expect to be able to use the machines that I see when I signed up. They also have not replaced si
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