Not all gyms or fitness studios are created equal. If you're a fellow gym devotee, you will have shopped around a bit before settling on the right fit. But if you're new to the gym game, you may be intimidated by all of your options, especially if you live in a big city where there are so many different types of workout settings. If you're ready to get sweating, but aren't sure where to start, here are 6 unique gym options for you to choose from.
1. A National Chain Gym
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The type of gym we're talking about here includes Gold's Gym, LA Fitness, and Crunch. These are national chains that you can find in most American cities. They are generally pretty inexpensive and offer all of the machinery you could want including bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals. Many of them also offer group fitness classes, but the slots fill up quickly because they are so popular. The downside is you won't get much individual attention unless you pay a trainer for a personal slot. But this may be a good thing for you because you're one of those people who likes to show up, put your headphones on, and zone out.
YMCA's vary from city to city but they are a great option for people with families. They generally offer a lot of different types of fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels, and they offer childcare. The perks generally include a pool, sauna, and a friendly staff, always willing to help. The downside is sometimes classes aren't as challenging as you'd like them to be because they cater to so many fitness levels, but if you talk to the staff about it, they will have some helpful insights as to which classes you should take, and which trainers to stick with. Also, the payment is on a sliding scale depending on your income, so financial aid is available.
3. Yoga/Pilates Studio
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If you are a yoga or Pilates girl, and aren't really into all of the machinery and running that goes on in a normal gym, you might want to try buying a class pack to a local yoga or Pilates studio. The mood is usually zen, and you can get a great workout that makes you sweat, or take a more relaxing stretch class to work out the kinks. These types of classes are generally a bit more expensive than the aforementioned gyms, but if it fit's your fitness style, it's worth the money.
4. Boutique Fitness Classes
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Boutique fitness classes include thing like Soul Cycle, The Bar Method, Kettlebell Kickboxing, and Aerobox. These are specialized workout, usually with VERY enthusiastic trainers and a hardcore following of sweaty devotees. Hey, we're for anything that will keep you excited about working out, even if it does usually cost a pretty penny. The downside is, you might have to start actually buying expensive workout clothes to feel like you fit in with all the other workout fashionistas. JK, that's not really a downside!
5. Upscale Gym
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Upscale gyms like Equinox and Zenergy Health Club & Spa usually cater to a wealthy, and sometimes celebrity clientele and can cost you upwards of $3,000 a year. They aren't just gyms, they are luxurious clubs with a spa atmosphere and the best of the best in personal trainers, and classes. They have a wide variety of equipment, class styles, and amenities, and some pretty serious privacy policies due to the amount of celebs who worship at their helm.
If you really can't decide which gym is right for you, consider ClassPass. ClassPass enables you to try out a huge portion of the gyms and fitness studios in your area by paying a monthly fee for access. Try a Pilates class today and a Zumba class tomorrow. This is a great option if you live in a city with lots of designer classes and gym options. The downside is you are only allowed to take the same class 3 times, so if you love it, you'll have to cop a membership there.