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About Fitness Centers

[Updated on Saturday November 05 2011]

Information about fitness centers of all sizes and organizational structure.

Fitness centers are also known as athletic clubs, fitness clubs, gyms, health clubs, personal training studios, and workout centers.

Fitness centers range in size from as little as about 800 square feet to over 100,000 square feet.

Smaller fitness centers are often personal training studios that focus on functional training, while large fitness centers offer specific areas and features that include cardio training machines, free weight equipment, selectorized progressive resistance exercise machines, Pilates, group exercise studios, flexibility and stretching areas, multi-use gym floors (basketball, volleyball, badminton, etc.), swimming pool and locker rooms.

Larger fitness centers often include additional features and amenities, such as a pro shop, restaurant, massage therapist, physical therapy/sports medicine department, meeting room, personal training studio within the fitness center, whirlpool, sauna, steamroom, and family locker rooms and private locker rooms.

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