Which gym should i go to?

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    Jan 12, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    I am assuming these are all major gyms and I dont know which one is the best. There are no real local ones but just major chains in minnesota. I tried googling it before posting a topic but I couldn't find anything. Anyways here are the major chains in minnesota.
    la fitness
    lifetime fitness
    bally
    ymca.

    If you know of any more please let me know. Which one is the best?

  • Jan 12, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    The only chain I have had any experience with is Anytime Fitness. I really liked that one. I am now at a local gym at my location.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 12, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    You should check out each one, see what the facility has to offer and see how comfortable you feel there.
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    Jan 12, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    Personally, Lifetime Fitness, but the real answer is go to ALL of them. Ask to try it out for a day or two days (most gyms do 3-7 day passes). Give them a fake e-mail so you don't get spammed (you can always unsubscribe. The best thing to do is go to a gym where you like to workout.

    Over the Christmas Holiday I was at Urban Active Fitness, Lifetime, and Gold's. I heard different people at Urban and Gold's say that they don't like to workout there anymore so it is difficult to find the motivation.

    Please go where you feel comfortable, can afford, and think offers you what you need.
  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Jan 12, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    As a minnesota boy... i would say the best one to go to is Lifetime Fitness. It will probably be one of the best gyms you go to and it has everything you could have ever wanted.
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    Jan 12, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    chris8787 saidI am assuming these are all major gyms and I dont know which one is the best. There are no real local ones but just major chains in minnesota. I tried googling it before posting a topic but I couldn't find anything. Anyways here are the major chains in minnesota.
    la fitness
    lifetime fitness
    bally
    ymca.

    If you know of any more please let me know. Which one is the best?


    There's also Anytime Fitness which is based there... it's open 24/7 and is half the cost of Lifetime...
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    Jan 12, 2010 6:44 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 said
    chris8787 saidI am assuming these are all major gyms and I dont know which one is the best. There are no real local ones but just major chains in minnesota. I tried googling it before posting a topic but I couldn't find anything. Anyways here are the major chains in minnesota.
    la fitness
    lifetime fitness
    bally
    ymca.

    If you know of any more please let me know. Which one is the best?


    There's also Anytime Fitness which is based there... it's open 24/7 and is half the cost of Lifetime...


    Lifetime is also 24/7 but way more equipped with things. Also a Gold membership is about $45 (well the one i went to) And if you have health insurance it will knock off another $20.

    Sorry i will always defend my Lifetime icon_smile.gif lol They treat me very well
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    Jan 12, 2010 6:46 PM GMT
    8Always_Hard8 said
    Brandon112586 said
    chris8787 saidI am assuming these are all major gyms and I dont know which one is the best. There are no real local ones but just major chains in minnesota. I tried googling it before posting a topic but I couldn't find anything. Anyways here are the major chains in minnesota.
    la fitness
    lifetime fitness
    bally
    ymca.

    If you know of any more please let me know. Which one is the best?


    There's also Anytime Fitness which is based there... it's open 24/7 and is half the cost of Lifetime...


    Lifetime is also 24/7 but way more equipped with things. Also a Gold membership is about $45 (well the one i went to) And if you have health insurance it will knock off another $20.

    Sorry i will always defend my Lifetime icon_smile.gif lol They treat me very well


    Lifetime is nice, I was simply presenting another option.
  • michxman

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    Jan 12, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    i cast my vote for lifetime fitness. i am a member here in michigan. nice equipment and tons of amenities.
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    Jan 12, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    been to lifetime, it is nice, expensive though
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    Jan 12, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    haha it's funny how I never herd of some of those gym names.

    Maybe my gym is like "Anytime Gym," but mine is

    24hr Fitness

    I love it, ALTHOUGH

    at times it's so ridiculously crowded I just want to leave because all the machines I want to use are OF COURSE being used at the same time...
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    Jan 12, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    seems like alot of people like lifetime fitness.
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    Jan 12, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    8Always_Hard8 said
    Brandon112586 said
    chris8787 saidI am assuming these are all major gyms and I dont know which one is the best. There are no real local ones but just major chains in minnesota. I tried googling it before posting a topic but I couldn't find anything. Anyways here are the major chains in minnesota.
    la fitness
    lifetime fitness
    bally
    ymca.

    If you know of any more please let me know. Which one is the best?


    There's also Anytime Fitness which is based there... it's open 24/7 and is half the cost of Lifetime...


    Lifetime is also 24/7 but way more equipped with things. Also a Gold membership is about $45 (well the one i went to) And if you have health insurance it will knock off another $20.

    Sorry i will always defend my Lifetime icon_smile.gif lol They treat me very well


    They don't knock off any money from my membership for having insurance! icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 13, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    I like Gold's Gym. They have a lot of fitness classes and some great personal trainers.
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    Jan 13, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    Each fitness center varies--depends who manages them, the employees, and clientel they have. Some Gold's Gym are good and some are bad. It;s nice though because you can use any of them.
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    Jan 13, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    most companies and insurance companies offer discounts to selected gyms they made contracts with. I know this for fact. If you work for any major corporation you most likely get a discount on a gym membership. Unfortunately my work my discount is at ballys and I dont like that one so I am not going to that one.
  • neon4u

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    Feb 01, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    Check them out individually. I've found vast differences in chain gyms. Like Bally's is the worst gym I've ever been inside. What you see on their commercials are not what you get in these gyms. I've been to probably two dozen Bally's... out of those there was only one that was nice. The others suck... and I mean big time. Weights are strewn all over the place... broken equipment... I think they are in bankruptcy....

    Just check them out... if they look nice when you work out via a week pass then it's probably ok to join,.
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    There is a lifetime fitness like 3 minute drive from me.

    Sorry to revise a old thread. I just didn't feel it was necessary for me to start a new thread since I made one in the past.

    I just want to know if anyone here uses lifetime fitness and what was it like?
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I go to Lifestyle Family Fitness. I'm assuming that's completely different from Lifetime. Agree with posters, though. You can't assume that b/c one gym in the chain is good, that the others will be. Not always true. Anytime is a good bargain. But also check out your membership options with any gym. I live in Tampa, work in St Pete, and drive all over Florida for personal reasons. So my membership gives me the option to go to any location in the chain, rather than just one by my house. And forget about that "bring a friend" gimmick that comes with certain membership levels. It's crap. All they want to do is harass your friend into buying a membership. If they don't play along and the salesmen have seen your friend before, they'll charge your friend to work out. What a sham.
  • darkeyedresol...

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    Jun 16, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    As someone who works at a YMCA, you are better off avoiding it. Unless you have a family, you are going to be paying for a lot you are not going to use like child watch and what not.

    They usually do offer a wide range of classes but if you are mostly going to lift, you are still paying for things you won't use.

    The hours of the YMCA usually aren't as good when it comes to commercial, some cut them down during the summer as well.
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    The one I am looking at is. !00 dollars and then 50 dollars a month. I don't know what I will be doing They have some trainers for the first 2 hours if you purchase a membership. currently I can't even run a block and the most sit ups I can do is 10 before I am completely out of breath.