Tucson has more than 60 gyms and fitness centers, including popular chains like LA Fitness, locally owned establishments, and facilities geared toward specific members of the community. Some offer a range of activities, while others focus on a few fitness classes. I enjoy working out at home with DVDs; however, I sometimes take classes or use equipment at centers to add a little variety.
LA Fitness, a national fitness chain, has three Tucson locations. These gyms feature a variety of equipment and classes, including spinning classes at 5:30 a.m. If you’ve never worked out and want to try a well-known workout facility, people of different body types work out at LA Fitness locations in the city. Members range from the super fit to people who have never worked out. Staff members are constantly walking around to see if anyone needs help with equipment. Visitors must join the gym or pay by the day.
4240 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719, 520-888-4900
240 S. Wilmot Ave., Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-748-1295
2950 W. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741, 520-742-2881
FitCenter specializes in fitness programs for adults over 50 years old, those with medical needs and people who don’t want to train in a big gym. It offers more than 100 classes each week, including water fitness classes. The facility features the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program, a program designed for senior citizens. The gym features a warm water pool next to steam and sauna rooms, a cardio-weight room, an aerobics studio, a cycling studio, a Pilates space, a wheelchair fitness area and body treatment rooms. Other services include nutrition, fitness evaluation and beauty. FitCenter offers senior, student and corporate memberships, either short-term on a month-by-month basis or annually.
5555 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711, 520-571-7000
Bally’s Total Fitness
Bally’s Total Fitness boast two Tucson locations, and although they admit both men and women, a large percentage of the Tucson clientele is women. The gym’s classes include Pilates, martial arts, sculpting, cycling, and hip hop aerobics. Bally’s also offers the Silver Sneakers Fitness program. Bally’s schedules tours for potential clientele and offers one-week fee passes. At select times a year, the gym provides free monthly passes. The kid’s club provides a place where parents can drop off their little ones while they work out.
2475 N. Swan Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712, 520-323-1238
4690 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705, 520-293-2330
O2 Modern Fitness
O2 Modern Fitness is dedicated to indoor spinning classes, as well as yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Though it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of larger fitness centers, it’s a good place for people who are just interested in specific classes. I like this center because I rarely use the equipment at gyms, and I enjoy spinning and Pilates classes. It offers combination spinning/Pilates and spinning/boot camp classes. Two of the instructors actually inspire you to work out regularly. One of the spinning instructors is over 60 years old. The Zumba instructor once weighed more than 200 pounds. She carries a picture of herself to encourage her students.
186 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701, 520-623-2245
Tucson has gyms and fitness centers for all community members, whether they are seasoned athletes or new to exercise. The trainers are certified and many have not always been in shape. All of these centers offer a trial periods and address specific fitness needs. So, even if you work out at home, have several options for a change of pace in your fitness routine.