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Do health clubs offer more than just weights and cardio?

The variety of equipment and amenities will vary from one healthclub company to another. If you are investigating your general "chain" healthclub with multiple locations you can expect to see a weight room, selectorized resistance training machines, cable/weight bearing apparatus, and alot of cardio equipment. The cardio machines will include treadmills, elliptical trainer, recumbant bikes, upright bikes and possibly incline trainers. All of these are general pieces of fitnees equipment you can expect to see at most facilities.

Healthclubs that are committed to variety will offer, a pool, various classes including but not limited to,yoga, pilates, cardio, kickboxing, and group weight training classes. Some healthclubs will offer, massage, boxing and even cardio theatres where you can get your cardio done while watching sports, concerts, or television programming.

When selecting a healthclubs always get confirmation in writing on your contract what EXACTLY is included in your membership and what EXACTLY is an extra service you have to pay for. Most facilities have experienced sales people on staff to "motivate" to sign up for a membership immediately. I recommend always taking the 3-7 day pass they usally offer and make the facility suits your health and fitness needs.

Yes, it depends on the facility.  I know there are some express gyms that are just cardio equipment and weights, but most of the larger gyms offer a lot more than that.  Gyms usually give members a 7 day guest pass to try out their facility, so take advantage of that and use it to try out different classes, take a swim, and make sure you feel comfortable working out in that facility.  
Absolutely! Most health clubs these days offer a wide variety of activities that go beyond the basic weights and cardio found in the majority of health clubs. Dance classes such as hip-hop and zumba are becoming extremely popular. As are yoga and pilates classes. Swimming pools, racketball courts, basketball courts, and saunas are other popular amenities found within many clubs today. Services such as massage therapy, tanning, and child care are also commonly offered.

Yes! In fact, most workout facilities offer a variety of different fun and engaging activities. Some clubs are generous in their amenities including yoga, Pilates, swimming, sporting facilities, and activity-based fitness like running tracks and rock climbing walls. There are also many health clubs that offer nutrition advice from registered dieticians, child care, retail stores with exercise gear and supplements, juice bars or small cafes, chiropractic and massage services, and even day spa services like hair care and waxing.

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