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Top 10 Gyms

author image Matthew Potak
Matthew Potak has been writing sports and fitness articles since 2006. His work has been published in "St. Augustine Record," "Elite FTS" and "Aggresive Strength." Potak is currently attending Florida State College and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business management.
Top 10 Gyms
Top gyms include more than weights and cardio equipment. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Gyms play an important role for workout progress for fitness enthusiasts. The best gyms have a variety of fitness equipment that helps people achieve their fitness goals. The top gyms have equipment such as free weights, weight machines, stability devices, cardiovascular equipment, resistance bands and workout classes. The top gyms also have fitness trainers who direct workout enthusiasts in a positive manner.

24 Hour Fitness Club

24 Hour Fitness Clubs are located around the country that stay stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are more than 400 gyms nationwide. The gyms are 100,000 square feet and include fitness devices such as free weights, cardiovascular equipment and multiple fitness classes that include dance, boot-camp training, yoga variations and Pilates. Another top feature of this gym is the Polynesian style core-sculpting dance workout that is performed with live drumming.

Institute of Human Performance

Institute of Human Performance is a gym in Boca Raton, Florida. This gym is 7,200 square feet. The gym includes equipment such as resistance bands, dumbbells, barbells, stability balls and other cardiovascular equipment. The gym is family-owned and was founded by Juan Carlos Santana. The gym trains people of all levels. Santana is a consultant to strength-equipment manufacturers and purchases top-of-the-line equipment. This gym also has nationally known stability and balancing classes.

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, located in New York City, is a top gym that is beneficial for athletes and regular fitness enthusiasts. The top features of this facility include a boxing ring, rock climbing wall, Olympic swimming pool, sand volleyball court, a quarter-mile indoor track, and a 14,000-square-foot weightlifting area. The gym also has a spa and cafe.

Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym has more than 500 locations nationwide. Gold's Gym offers various fitness classes that are taught by certified instructors. Some of the classes include yoga, Pilates, circuit training and dance. The gym is also known for its free weight selections of barbells and dumbbells. Golds gym also includes top features such as rock climbing walls, cardio cinemas, free child care and on-site physical therapists.

Muscle Beach

Muscle Beach is an outdoor gym in Venice, California. Muscle Beach is across the street from the ocean. Popular professional bodybuilders such as Jay Cutler and Phil Heath have trained at Muscle Beach.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is located in 40 states. It is a friendly gym that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The gym's top feature is its judgment free zone, which is a gym rule that tells members that they cannot make loud noises or judge anyone while he works out. If a member does this, he will be asked to leave the gym. The gym includes free weights, cardiovascular equipment, stability balls, machines and resistance bands.

The East Bank Club

The East Bank Club is in Chicago, Illinois. The gym's features include two indoor pools, eight indoor tennis courts, three racquetball courts, a quarter-mile indoor track, golf center and a cycling room. Trainers are included in each area for members. The gym also consists of 450 pieces of cardio workout equipment as well as free weights and machines. Fitness magazine states that The East Bank Club is like Disney World for sports settings.

Treehouse Athletic Club

Treehouse Athletic Club is in Draper, Utah. The 72,000-square-foot facility includes equipment such as two large swimming pools, a 30-foot rock-climbing wall, weights, machines and cardio equipment. It offers more than 100 fitness classes per week. Treehouse also has a wellness department that includes nutrition consultations, chiropractic and massage treatments. According to gym member Lisa Newell, "There's something for everyone here, and the instructors do an awesome job of really pushing you."

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The gym is open to all fitness levels. The gym is 142,000 square feet and contains equipment such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, free weights, machines and 120 fitness classes in a week. The classes include kick boxing, yoga, Pilates, boot camps and aerobics.

Cooper Aerobics Center

Cooper Aerobics Center is a gym in Dallas, Texas. The gym does more than just aerobic training. The gym is loaded with resistance training equipment and is nationally known for its intense workout classes. The gym also has a running track, pools and a cafe that includes healthy foods. The gym includes weight loss classes twice a month and has registered dietitians on staff.

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