Facility Types

Facility Types

Fitness centers are diverse and varied, and it is imperative to choose a plan and facility that will work best for you, your health and fitness goals, and your lifestyle. Get to know the different types of facilities available to you through GlobalFit to help you find your best fit.

Traditional Gym/Fitness Center

  • Offers several different types of exercise and workout options in one location including: strength and cardio equipment, a free weights area, group fitness classes, and personal training.
  • Often offers additional amenities like childcare, cafes, tanning, massage, saunas, and/or steam rooms for an additional fee.
  • Good choice for individuals who like lots of variety in their workouts and are looking for extras like tanning, steam rooms, or saunas.

Family/Wellness

  • Offers several different types of exercise and workout options in one location including: strength and cardio equipment, a free weights area, group fitness classes, and personal training.
  • Often offers additional amenities like childcare, cafes, tanning, massage, saunas, and/or steam rooms for an additional fee.
  • Offers dedicated youth classes, programs, and in some cases, targeted exercise areas for kids and teens.
  • Features youth-related sports and recreation activities like swim lessons, kids camps, basketball and/or tennis lessons, and sports leagues at some facilities.
  • Offers health education and condition-specific wellness programming for an additional cost at many facilities.
  • Includes individual and family membership options.
  • Excellent choice for families with children.

Family/Wellness/Non-Profit

Family/Wellness/Non-Profit facilities normally have many of the same amenities and programs as a “’for-profit” Family/Wellness facility. The key difference is that the “non-profit” facilities generally earmark resources for affordable community programs and services that are offered for children, teens, seniors, and single parents.

  • Offers several different types of exercise and workout options in one location including: strength and cardio equipment, a free weights area, group fitness classes, and personal training.
  • Often offers additional amenities like childcare, cafes, tanning, massage, saunas, and/or steam rooms for an additional fee.
  • Offers dedicated youth classes, programs, and in some cases, targeted exercise areas for kids and teens.
  • Features youth-related sports and recreation activities like swim lessons, kids camps, basketball and/or tennis lessons, and sports leagues at some facilities.
  • Offers health education and condition-specific wellness programming for an additional cost at many facilities.
  • Includes individual and family membership options.
  • Excellent choice for families with children.

Medical Fitness/Wellness Center

  • Typically associated with a hospital system or physician practice.
  • Usually has a wide variety of equipment offerings including: strength and cardio equipment, a free weights area, group fitness classes, personal training, aquatic and mind/body classes, childcare, and exercise physiologists to manage, track, and measure progress as members focus on building strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Offers chronic disease management programs to help members who want to prevent or better manage conditions such as hypertension, type II diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
  • Often has on-site physical therapy and other medical services available.
  • Will work directly with a member’s physician to coordinate care and program recommendations.
  • Good option for individuals who have never belonged to a gym or fitness center before, who are recovering from injury, or who have special needs based on a medical condition.

Women's Only

  • Offers programming and equipment geared strictly for women with smaller frames to better fit a woman’s body type.
  • Typically smaller in size and often viewed as less intimidating than traditional gyms, and are typically staffed and run by women.
  • Good choice for individuals who may otherwise feel intimidated by a traditional gym environment.

Open 24 Hours

  • Equipped with the standard equipment package found in traditional health clubs however usually do not offer group fitness classes.
  • Typically smaller facilities with limited staff on-site (which typically translates to a lower price point) with access using key-cards that are usually monitored by a remote surveillance system for round0the-clock safety and security.
  • Good option for individuals who are already comfortable with fitness equipment and need flexibility with hours of operation, access to multiple locations, and a club that is open 365 days a year for convenience.

Specialty Studio

  • Differs from the traditional gym or health club in that they focus on a specific type of class or activity such as CrossFit, barre, yoga, Pilates, personal training, boot camps, kickboxing, and cycling.
  • Almost always a smaller, more intimate design with high quality instructors, up-tempo DJ-inspired music, and specialty niche workouts potentially offering up to 50 classes a week with varying intensity and complexity to specifically target members of different experience and fitness levels.
  • Typically more expensive than traditional gyms due to high quality instruction and the boutique experience usually with the option to purchase individual classes, packages of classes, or monthly memberships that usually permit unlimited access to classes.
  • Good option for individuals who have a love of a specific activity or feel like they are in an exercise rut and are looking to energize themselves with something new.
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