Gyms of the World – Where is yours?

In a recent post we invited our family of readers (that’s you) to let us know what gym they belong. We want to share because sharing your experiences can help travelers or people new to an area find a gym and feel a little more comfortable that they know a little bit about it before walking in the door.

So, post your comments to the article Gyms of the World and we’ll add your gym here too.

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GYM: Canada, Victoria, BC: Pearkes Recreation Centre

I love the amount of different cardio equipment – treadmills, elliptical and even a rowing machine. Also, big areas for doing weights. I can do cardio and strength training all in the one large room – easy!

GYM: USA, California, San Diego:  True Motion

Very knowledgeable trainers with focus on moving in the right way

Gym: USA, California, San Francisco: Mission Cliffs

I’ve just gotten back into my climbing gym in San Francisco. What I like about “Mission Cliffs” is that they’re owned by a company called Touchstone which has a number of gyms in the area all with slightly different personalities. The one closest to me offers quite a bit of space for climbing while also hosting a bunch of classes (yoga, Pilates, etc.), and brand new weight machines… and my favorite – a sauna, which just has such a pleasant way of bringing a long day to an end and releasing the toxins your body is begging to get rid of. I have’t worked with trainers there – but I know there are some good ones.

GYM: USA, New Jersey, Hoboken:  Cyclebar

TRAINERS: Samantha and Kaitlyn – Both instructors are very similar in that they choose amazing music that matches the rhythm of the song to the speed at which you should be going. Both instructors make the time go incredibly fast and PUSH you at the same time.

I love Cyclebar because they give you your stats of how well you’re doing (speed, hill, etc.). They then come up with an overall “Power” number that is adjusted for your age, gender and weight so that they provide each person with a rank within the class – and creating a very competitive atmosphere! Most times I go to Cyclebar with my husband and this power number certainly keeps the class interesting! The other reason I prefer Cyclebar to a regular session at the gym on my own is because we pay per class, and if I don’t cancel in the allotted time, I know I lose the money. So it forces me to stay on schedule and committed even if other things in my life are quite busy. Very similar to having a personal trainer, but less expensive.

GYM: USA, New Jersey, Hoboken:  Gravity Vault

Rock climbing gym with a huge variety of top rope and bouldering routes. Both a mental and physical challenge which requires technique, full body strength, flexibility, endurance, and perseverance. A great way to decompress, with constant rewards for solving difficult challenges. Very communal with lots of support from other climbers.

GYM: USA, Virginia, McLean:  Capital One Headquarters

(Employees & family only)…

GYM: USA, Texas, Pearland: Dynamic Fitness 

Trainers: Cheryl and Randy – Great workout with both of them! Shout out to Mick who is an occupational therapist who helped me with my Hip Arthritis workout!