"24 Hour Fitness" is a national fitness center and health club, which also has locations in Canada and Mexico. They were voted "The Best Gym in America" by the readers of Fitness Magazine.
They have multiple levels of clubs, offering different levels of amenities, services and equipment, depending on location. They are:
1. "Active/Express/Fit-Lite": Generally over 20,000+ square feet. Amenities include cardio equipment, free weights, and kid's facilities.
2. "Sport": Generally over 35,000+ square feet. Amenities include cardio equipment, free weights, kid's facilities, basketball courts, sauna, steam room, spa and pool.
3. "Super-Sport": Generally over 50,000+ square feet. Amenities include cardio equipment, free Weights, kid's facilities, basketball court, pool, sauna, steam Room, Jacuzzi and tanning beds. Some have racquetball courts. Some do not have a pool and/or tanning beds.
4. "Ultra-Sport": Generally over 100,000+ square feet. Amenities include cardio equipment, free Weights, kid's facilities, basketball court, pool, tanning beds, lockers, massage services, racquetball courts, climbing wall and volleyball court.
Membership to "24 Hour Fitness" varies according to what kind of a plan you select for which type of club, and there are almost always promotions going on. Prices typically range between $30 and $60 per month, with discounts for longer commitments, etc. "24 Hour Fitness" is always open and its facilities are typically excellent.
The real problem when it comes to fitness for weight loss is that most people fail to maintain long-term motivation for health club-style workouts. They are expensive, and can be inconvenient due to the fact you have to commute to their physical location. For many, exercising in a gym is too repetitive, inherently dull and embarrassing when you are overweight and out of shape. In my experience of going to the gym for over 20 years, a vast majority of people are there to socialize and do light exercise which does not burn many calories.
But regular exercise, even gym workouts, are by far the most important variable in long-term weight loss. We prefer lifestyle exercise activities such as tennis, hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing, dancing, etcetera... They are the types of activities that you don't think of as exercise, they create a passion in your life and will lead to a lasting victory over your weight problems. Find a basic food plan or choose one of the inexpensive online weight loss programs for structure and support, add regular exercise and you have all the ingredients for the best possible solution.