Choose Your Workout
Joining a fitness facility can be a real commitment, from choosing the type of facility to what workout may suit you best. One must also consider the perks and amenities available to clients, not to mention the monetary implications of signing a contract. To make it easier on you, we’ve highlighted 10 distinct fitness facilities to help you narrow down your choices.
By Angela Bobo
Cost: $190 for 10 classes
Workout: 50-minute indoor cycling workout using cardio, core and weight training
Calories burned: 400 to more than 800 calories
Amenities: $3 shoe rental, water station, showers, hair dryers, towels
Solidcore Cost: $330 for 10 classes
Workout: 50-minute full-body workout using slow and controlled muscle movements. Different class levels, including muscle-specific classes.
Calories burned: An average of 600 calories
Amenities: Luxury toiletries, free towels, filtered water, plus healthy beverages for sale after class
Cost: $210 for 10 classes
Workout: Barre classes can vary from 55 to 70 minutes and usually include a full-body immersion of muscle-sculpting moves that fuse cardio, Pilates and exercises at the ballet barre.
Calories burned: 400 to 1,000 calories
Amenities: Lounge area, shower in-studio, water fountain and changing room. Monthly live DJ class for monthly unlimited members
Title Boxing Club
Cost: $79.99 for a month
Workout: Boxing and kickboxing classes available. Classes can be 30, 60 or 75 minutes. Each Power Hour starts with 15 minutes of high-intensity bodyweight exercises, followed by 30 minutes of strikes on a 100-pound heavy bag, then 15 minutes of core exercises using a medicine ball weighing anywhere from 6-15 pounds.
Calories burned: Up to 1,000 calories per hour
Amenities: Unlimited access during hours of operation, free weights, cable machine, treadmills, row machines, a no-contact ring for technical training, heavy bags and specialty bags, storage shelves, changing rooms, showers
Spark Yoga (Arlington studio only)
Cost: $270 for 10 classes
Workout: 75-minute aerial yoga workout while suspended on a hammock above the ground.
Calories burned: 300 to 400 calories per hour
Amenities: Complimentary parking, shower with full amenities, towels
Cost: $29.95 per month
Classes offered/calories burned: Group fitness classes like Kickbox Cardio (up to 550 calories), Zumba or Yoga (380 calories)
Amenities: Basketball, group fitness classes, indoor cycling, indoor pool, kids club, personal training, sauna, whirlpool spa, juice bar
Cost: Starting at $35 per month
Classes offered/calories burned: Zumba, RPM, BodyPump (up to 590 calories), BodyCombat (up to 740 calories), BodyStep (up to 620 calories), BodyFlow (yoga-based class), CXWORX (30 minutes of core training), GRIT (30-minute high-intensity interval training class with three formats offered: strength, plyo and cardio). Gold’s Gym also offers cycling, yoga and power yoga and is launching a new barre class in January at select locations
Amenities: Certified personal trainers, group exercise classes, cardio equipment, resistance machines, free weights, TRX functional training, cycle studio, boxing studio, locker rooms with showers, kids club, sauna/steam rooms, cardio cinema, nutritional products. Amenities vary by location
Cost: $10-$19.99 per month
Classes offered/calories burned: No group classes. Clients can work with certified Planet Fitness trainers and design a personalized exercise program. Calories burned depends on the client and the workout
Amenities: 12-minute ab circuit with nine stations (six ab machines and three stretch stations) and 30-minute express circuit (10 strength machines and 10 cardio-step stations) led by trainers. Unlimited fitness training with every membership
Cost: $110-$255 per month
Classes offered/calories burned: More than 100 complimentary group fitness classes offered each week including: LifePower Yoga Vinyasa, Studio and EDGE Cycle, BarreFusion, Warrior Sculpt, No Limits Cardio, C9 Challenge, Dance Jam, Fitness Pilates, Shockwave, Core, Barbell Strength, INSANITY, HIIT, Aqua, Zumba, WERQ Dance, RIPPED to the Core, Step and more. Calories burned depends on class and client
Amenities: Child center, indoor and outdoor aquatics centers with lap and leisure pools and water slides, rock climbing, full-service LifeSpa, LifeCafe, LifePower Yoga studio, group fitness studios, cycle studios, basketball courts, more than 300 pieces of cardio and weight equipment and plush locker rooms with several amenities including complimentary towels, hair dryers, shampoo, conditioner, razors and more
Cost: Single memberships range up to $59.99 Classes offered/calories burned: Yoga, Zumba, Spin (500-plus calories)
Amenities: 24-hour gym, TRX bands, hammer strength equipment, life fitness cardio, battle ropes, stair master, climbing rope, push/pull sled (January 2016)