Sports and health clubs also called fitness clubs or gyms are places where people can go to exercise. These clubs range from venues with limited exercise equipment such as free weights, jump ropes, and medicine balls, to expensive cardio and weight equipment and areas with swimming pools, squash tennis, racquet, and handball courts to boxing areas. Some of the more modern and swankier sports and health clubs include juice or snack bars and even cafes and restaurants.
Size of Sports and Health Clubs
Sports and health club seen at Haute Living can range from single small building with extremely limited exercise equipment to a larger indoor/out door complex with fitness rooms, rooms for group exercise classes and programs, and various sports facilities including pools, courts, and even a track for jogging or running.
Today with Americans becoming more health conscious, it is often possible to find a sports and health club in even small towns and rural areas. While larger cities are more apt to have those clubs with full out facilities, including a child care center.
Programs Commonly Offered by Sports and Health Clubs
The programs that are commonly offered by sports and health clubs are as varied as the clubs themselves are. Likely programs you can find in the more modern and larger facilities include: aerobics for teens, adults, and senior citizens including in many cases step and water aerobics. Yoga classes, Zumba classes, and even nutrition classes that are taught periodically. There are also such classes as weight lifting classes, swim classes, spin classes (spin bikes) and in some cases even walking for health classes. From time to time these clubs may offer fun sports activities outside the facility itself for an additional fee such as rock climbing or zip lining, though this is not a common practice.
Many sports and health clubs include family activities or have a special fee for children and teens as well as senior citizens.
Cost of Joining a Club
The cost of becoming a member of a sports and health club can vary greatly depending on the facilities and programs that available to member. Bare bones gyms that only offer a minimum of equipment may offer memberships for as little as $15.00 a month to $100.00 or more. Membership at the same facility can be different for different people. Some clubs offer reduced rates to seniors, or couples and oftentimes a years membership is less expensive than a monthly or 90 day membership. Some clubs also offer a 30 or 90 trial membership at a reduce rate simply to get people to try out the facilities to see if they want to joint.
Some larger clubs also offer guest memberships where you pay for a day or week to work out at their facility while in town on business or vacation.
While sports and health clubs are not for everyone, these facilities usually offer a clean place where you workout, use various fitness equipment and other facilities and get to meet new people who share the same goals of getting or remaining healthy that you do.