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I have a… well, let’s call it complicated relationship with gyms and fitness facilities. On the one hand, I love them. There is a ton of equipment, lots of space to stretch and do ab work, great cardio options and just going there for a workout gives me the energy I need to really break a sweat.
Plus, there are trainers and showers and group exercise classes and big mirrors and weird stretching machines and sometimes even racks of clean towels and pools and saunas and WHOA!
But in my experience, there are a lot of tradeoffs. There’s the awful initiation into the gym where you’re weighed and poked and prodded and analyzed and given a weight loss plan even if you don’t want to lose weight. There are the meatheads and their awful grunts, and people who don’t wipe their sweat off the machines and free weights left everywhere to trip on and annoying music piped in.
I’ve joined small places. I’ve joined big places. I’ve had good experiences and bad.
And now, I have my best one yet.
As noted above, I was given a FREE membership to YouFit as part of this review. Also as noted above, I’m not paid or required to give a positive review, or to tell you how amazing YouFit is, or how much I love going, or how pressure-free the entire experience has been, and how clean the facility is.
So when I do tell you all of those things and more, please know that it’s sincere.
Not only would I pay my own money to join — and at $10 or $20 a month, it’s by far the lowest amount I’ve ever paid — I most likely will continue my membership once this free trial is up.
A few quick hits:
- While each YouFit is different, the facility I go to in Pinellas Park, outside of St. Petersburg, Florida, is large, spotless, filled with great equipment and has employees that seem genuinely excited to see you show up. They remember my name, ask how I’m doing and remind me to holler if I need help. Then they LEAVE ME ALONE.
- The $10/month fee does not require a contract, and for just $10 more, you get a long list of additional benefits (most notably for me, unlimited group exercise classes, which at my gym include PiYo Strength, Turbo Kick, Zumba and yoga).
- The additional $10 also gets you unlimited guest privileges, which basically means you can bring anyone you want, as much as you want and as long as you’re in the club, he/she is free. Lucas could come every day with me and it would be a 2-for-1 special, and I could still come back later that day with a friend…which I’m thinking of doing as a trade for Starbucks meetings (I brainstorm better while walking on a treadmill than I do over $5 coffees anyway).
- The equipment is cutting-edge. I have fallen in love with the ARC trainer, but YouFit’s Express Circuit also holds a special place in my heart. There are 10 weight stations and 10 cardio stations. You watch a stoplight on the wall and when it’s green, you work out. When it’s red, you take a break. It’s interval training that gives you strength and cardio in 30 minutes. And there’s no figuring out where to go. Just follow the numbers.
- I had the pleasure of working with one of their head trainers (and by the way, all of the trainers are NASM certified which is AWESOME) and never felt any pressure to sign on for additional workouts or sessions, even though they’re available at a really fair price. I was taken on a tour of all the equipment, asked about my goals (and was not told I needed to lose weight thankyouverymuch), taught that the You in YouFit really means something. They want people to come in and enjoy their workout, and feel like they’re a part of the community. The founder, in fact, started YouFit with the philosophy that fitness clubs should be welcoming and not intimidating. (The trainers are actually called YouCoaches, by the way.)
- YouFit is green like WHOA. They use recycled materials in the clubs (floors are made from recycled tires or ground-up Nike sneakers), and all of the heating and cooling systems are energy-efficient. My facility even held a special Earth Day celebration where not only did people get to come for free, they worked with a local school to help plant some new trees and educate kids about the environment.
Listen, I know. Joining a gym is scary. I’ve advised some of you not to do it, given your individual needs and circumstances. I truly wouldn’t recommend this one had my experience not been so amazing. I love it so much that I’m applying to work as a group fitness instructor!
I hope you’ll take a look for yourself. My perception of YouFit before I walked in was much different than what it is today. I don’t know that I would have considered joining. Now I want everyone around me to put it on the list. So, visit:
Or just stop in and say hi. Tell them what you’re looking for. I think and hope you’ll enjoy the experience as much as I did.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Youfit.