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Stacked Up: Which Gym is Best for You?
The smell of spring makes people flock to the gym in anticipation of working toward that hot bikini bod. It’s important to choose a gym that’s right for you because it’s likely to be a place you’ll spend a lot of time (at least we hope!). Here’s the skinny on some popular gyms to help you choose a place that fits all your needs:
Known for being its “Judgement Free Zone,” Planet Fitness clocks in as one of the most inexpensive locations. Taking pride in the fact that they don’t offer childcare or juice bars, Planet Fitness is the place to go if you’re main focus is the machinery. There are hundreds of locations all around the United States and they’re constantly opening up more. The price is just $15 per month, but there are no fitness classes or extras. Basically, what you see is what you get.
Gold’s Gym is more than 45 years old. Started in Venice Beach, CA, the fitness facility supplies a ton of equipment as well as an array of classes such as yoga, group cycling and mixed martial arts. Depending on the initial investment, a monthly payment will range anywhere from $29.99 to $39.99 per month. This also includes a free training session, fitness assessment and access to the online nutrition program.
24 Hour Fitness
24 Hour Fitness is named after its philosophy, believing that one hour a day in the gym can positively affect the other 23. There are more than 400 health clubs located around the U.S., and all are open up to 24 hours a day. In addition to fitness equipment and group exercise classes, there are various activities to choose from, including basketball, swimming, volleyball and racquetball. Saunas, steam rooms, massages and whirlpools are also frequently available providing you with the full experience. Prices vary by location, so check the website to find a 24 Hour Fitness near you.
Curves is designed for the woman on the go, providing her with a total cardio and strength training workout in just 30 minutes. Don’t let the time be a deterrent, as each session can burn up to 500 calories and work every major muscle group. The price varies based on location, but will hover around $30 to $40 per month, also depending on the plan chosen. You can find a location close to you on the Curves website.
Bally Total Fitness
Bally Total Fitness costs $23.99 per month, and the initial payment includes some free gear. Bally offers a wide array of classes. The gym also makes safety and cleanliness a top priority. There are a series of payment plans available and dozens of clubs around the country. You can purchase a membership at one location or have access to all of them locally and/or nationally.