La Fitness is a chain of fitness clubs with millions of members across the United States and Canada. They started back in 1984 with just one club, and now have over 500 locations.
They are known as a “super gym”, meaning that they have lots of facilities in each gym, such as swimming pools, squash and basketball courts etc, as well as the usual weight and cardio equipment. This means that La Fitness is well suited to cater for anyone, of any fitness level.
Below is a brief run down of what you will find in a typical La Fitness center.
Free Weights: LA Fitness have a wide variety of free weights available. They start at a very light weight, suitable for women or the elderly, up to extremely heavy weights that a bodybuilder would use. Free weight exercises are one of the best for toning and overall fitness. Free weights include such things as dumbbells and barbells.
Cardio Machines: The cardio area is the go-to spot for weight loss, and fat burning. That’s why cardio machines are a must for any gym. LA Fitness has a wide variety of machines, such as treadmills, rowing machines, ellipticals, bikes, and stair climbers. There are plenty of high quality machines that will be enough to satisfy even the most picky of cardio bunnies.
Group Classes: Sometimes when working out, it’s hard to get motivated. That’s why group classes are ideal because when you are in a group, you don’t want to be the first person to stop so you push yourself harder. All La Fitness gyms will have classes like aerobics, yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, spinning and more. Before you join a group class, make sure you do a lot of stretching, as they can be very intense and you don’t want to pull a muscle. Some classes will cost extra, but many are included in your monthly gym membership.
Swimming Pool: Swimming is one of the best cardio workouts to lose weight because you use your entire body, both upper and lower. It is also low impact, which means there is less stress on your joints and thus less chance of injury. The swimming pools at LA Fitness have three or more lanes, and the water quality is monitored regularly.
Basketball and Racquetball Courts: Basketball workouts are fantastic as cardio. LA Fitness also caters to basketball teams and leagues. If you are into racquetball, their facilities have hard-wood floors spanning the entire length, and glass that is shatter proof for your safety.
Spa and Sauna: After a tough workout, you can wind down and relax in La Fitness’s spa and sauna. Spas are usually found near the swimming pool, and the saunas are segregated and can be found in the mens or ladies locker rooms.
Personal Training: In order to achieve the best you can, some people like to hire personal trainers to help them. You might be concerned about the cost of personal trainers, but if you can afford it, it’s well worth the money. LA Fitness has well trained and qualified trainers that can help you improve your fitness.
Although these are great benefits that every LA Fitness gym offers, there are some downsides to using a large scale chain gym. You may want a more “personal” gym, where you can get to know other members. Smaller gyms with fewer clients will have a more “family” feel, and if this is what you prefer, than a large fitness center like LA Fitness may not be right for you. But if you like having a lot of facilities under the one roof, then give LA Fitness a try.