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Important Terms about Health Clubs

Many people who want to improve their physical fitness decide to join a health club. A typical club sports a wide range of equipment, including weights and treadmills, to help members achieve their goals. If you’ve never belonged to a health club, you may be unfamiliar with the terminology you may encounter, so below we’ll define certain words often used in the industry.

  • Gym – The most commonly used term for a health club. Aside from a variety of weights and other athletic equipment, gyms often have areas where one can play sports such as basketball and racquetball. Also called a fitness center.
  • Pilates – A physical fitness system that involves a series of exercises intended to improve flexibility, strength, and endurance. It is usually performed on a mat, sometimes with the aid of props such as exercise balls. The system is named after its inventor, Joseph Pilates.
  • Yoga – An exercise system that originated in India, whose purpose is to promote greater control over the body and mind. Its practitioners often credit it with relieving stress and increasing physical flexibility, among other benefits. Although yoga traditionally has a religious aspect, classes taught in gyms generally emphasize its physical health benefits.
  • Aerobics – A type of workout routine that promotes strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. This is done though a wide variety of sustained athletic exercises, often including but not restricted to jogging, swimming, and cycling.
  • Free weights – Weights, such as dumbbells and barbells, that are not attached to a weightlifting apparatus. They differ from weight machines in allowing a greater range of movement.
    International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Assn.
    Boston, MA 02210
    Rediscover the importance of being healthy and fit through our prestigious association. Dedicated to promoting sports, health, and overall wellness together through our association.
    Health Club Directory
    Saint Charles, MO 63304
    Find the workout that is best for you by trying yoga, zumba, Pilates and kickboxing classes at our local Brooklyn area health centers. Improving your overall health is our main goal.
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    Elite Fitness and Training
    111 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Devoted to providing an environment that will support you in creating physical and mental well being, Elite Fitness is recognized for our passion and expertise.
    (718) 596-0006
    Bowery Crossfit
    285 Grand St., New York, NY 10002
    Bowery CrossFit is a 4600 square foot CrossFit gym in the Lower East Side of NYC. Our goal is help you look better naked. We offer CrossFit classes all throughout the day, 7 days a week.
    (516) 725-5032
    David Barton Gym
    4 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
    Dave Barton Gym's Astor Place location provides a superior experience for fitness enthusiasts who want to work out in an upscale, up-tempo gym, receive personal training, and perform yoga.
    (504) 684-9959
    Fit Crush NYC
    178 Bowery St Apt 3a, New York, NY 10012
    Embrace a healthier new day when you contact our fitness gym in New York, NY, at (855) 464-0967.fitness gym, new york, ny
    (646) 633-8020
    Bally Total Fitness
    2163 Tilden Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
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    (718) 703-6700
    User Review: "Ballys does not open @6am. Openers does not get there untill 6:30 or later at least twice a wk. Management has been told..." - tee (NY)
    Warrior Fitness Bootcamp
    29 W 35th St Fl 3, New York, NY 10001
    A completely different fitness experience! Based on the principles and rigors of the US Marine Corps, this program includes classes with running, stretching, obstacle courses, free weights, and circuit training.
    (212) 967-7977
    David Barton Gym – The Limelight
    656 6th avenue, New York, NY 10010
    David Barton Gym at The Limelight in New York provides a fun and exciting gym experience guaranteed to help you “Look Better Naked.” David Barton Gym has all the latest workout equipment
    (212) 414-2022
    Gt African Trading
    3123 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
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    (347) 596-9111
    User Review: "My comments is looking for prices just need a place for only two days to meet my dauther I miss since 13 years"
    Muscle Mechanic LLC
    150 W 28th Street, #904, New York, NY 10001
    From the time I was ten years old pumping up in the basement with my 25 pound, red, plastic, cement-filled barbell set, and continuing all the way through four years of college football, I sought out.
    (917) 656-1987
    Elena Klimenko, MD
    280 Madison Avenue Suite 905, New York, NY 10016
    Elena Klimenko, MD provides a personalized and balanced approach to medicine. Patients receive well-rounded treatment solutions designed from a fusion of conventional Western.
    (212) 696-4325
    Equinox Brooklyn
    50 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 522-1828
    Lucille Roberts Health Club
    540 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 624-4300
    Golds Gym
    85 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 596-4653
    The Fitness Guru
    77 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 554-3560
    52 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 237-9394

    Health clubs give their members access to gym equipment that they can use to improve their physical health and appearance. Many health clubs also offer exercise classes and personal training services. The specific types of fitness equipment and classes that a gym provides, can differ from one location to another. You should, therefore, consider the specific types of options that an athletic club can offer before joining. Some health clubs have indoor and outdoor pools. Pools help people stay fit by participating in zero impact cardio workouts. The sports club might also use the pool to teach children and adults how to swim or dive. The pool is also often used for aquatic fitness and aerobics Many gyms have free weight sets and workout equipment that gives members the chance to participate in strength training. Some of the equipment allows members to lift weights without a spotter. In many cases, people feel that the machines offer more control than free weights. The option that you choose, however, mostly depends on your preference and ability. If you are interested in taking pilates, yoga or aerobics classes, then you will want to find a gym that offers these classes. Many gyms now offer group athletic classes to encourage their members to visit regularly. In addition to sports and workout facilities, a gym might also have a spa that can help you recover from exercise or physical condition. The spa might offer various services such as massage therapy, hot stone massage, saunas and whirlpools. You can learn more about the health clubs in your area by searching the internet and reading their websites.
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