Best Fitness Center Chains and Gym Franchises

Fitness and health are an important aspect determining a good quality of life. Having the equipment to workout on your own can be both expensive and take up room you may not have. The other option, if you want to use specific equipment, is to go to a commercial gym.

Unless you live in a small town (and even then in many cases), you are going to have multiple choices. Some are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while others are centered around specific hours or even appointments.

Below are the top ten fitness centers and gym franchises. The rankings are centered around the available services, the variety of equipment, and their level of customer service.

The Top Ten

1 Anytime Fitness

They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free weights, machines, and classes are available to keep you occupied and working hard. With over 2400 franchises in 19 countries, you'll undoubtedly have a location nearby.

I like this place, it's almost like Golds with been overcrowded. I don't have 10 to 15 minutes for a dumbbell.

Best in the world


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2 Planet Fitness

Deadlifting is arguably the most essential lifting movement. If your gym does not allow deadlifting you are running the wrong kind of gym. If you are intimidated by somebody deadlifting and trying to improve themselves and reach their own personal goals, well then I guess there is no helping you.

I'd been to several fitness center and always feels like I need to find and try another one. My reasons are, it's either smelly, staff are not friendly or just the people who works out there. When I tried Planet fitness, I feel like I am at home and for the first time, I am always looking forward to working out. If I can't work out, I miss the place.

There Is A planet Fitness Right Near My House! I've never been there but When I look on images It Looks really Nice I Love It! Now in Days I go To Planet Fitness To Loose weight And look Skinny! I Love Planet fitness

Looks like Tumblr got their own gym

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3 Gold's Gym

Known as the Mecca of bodybuilding, they have more than just iron to lift. They are a full service fitness center that caters to everyone. 400 locations in 37 US states and 20 other countries.

How would this legendary gym not be #1? This is where the legends are made.

This is where Arnold and the other big boys trained. Legendary place!

Legends were bred here.!

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4 24 Hour Fitness

Hell, My Dad has a membership here, and he can get me in for free as a guest every now and then. Also, regarding the "No air! If you like stuffy overcrowded gyms; this one is for you! " Comment: Most of the 24 hour fitness locations aren't stuffy or overcrowded at all. - DJHonore

Your not tied down to long contracts (first & last mo only to give 30 days notice). Some have VIP locker areas for extra charge. Clean - really important. Free towels. Most days open 24 hours. Friendly people.

No air! If you like stuffy overcrowded gyms; this one is for you!

This place is definitely overcrowded and quite smelly. Last and worst, not a clean place. I complained before switching to LA Fitness which to me is the best!

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5 Talwalkars

Best Gym with Best Trainers.

Great gym and modern equipments..dedicated and enthusiastic staff!

Talwalkars Best Fitness Gym in World
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They've been around forever and everyone knows about them. From pools, to weights, to basketball courts, you'll have it all. Go and try them out and you won't be bored.

The YMCA has everything that you could possibly think of under 1 roof. Pleasant atmosphere, great group fitness, trainers, swimming, gym, rock climbing, dance classes, cycling, etc...

They are the best! I have been to so many different chains but YMCA is by far the best. They have awesome classes, plenty of weights and machines and it's a great atmosphere. They do camp for kids as well and it's a great place for the kids to hang out.

If your interested in individual fitness, I would suggest anytime fitness or world gym. If you want to bring the whole family, choose the YMCA. It has basketball courts, tennis, and a pool in almost every single one! And some even have waterslides. Not to mention: ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA, ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA HEY, YOU CAN GET YOURSELF CLEAN, YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD MEAL, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU FEL! (I know it's a gym but there are showers, there is a café, so the song is still correct)

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7 CrossFit Gyms

Every CrossFit gym has its own unique name and pay scale but if it's fitness you're after, you can't go wrong with these guys. You'll most likely have a gym in your town. You'll have to "qualify" of sorts to do the workouts but once you do, you'll be in the best shape you can be in.

Wherever it's good to find trim

CrossFit beats out all other types of Gyms

Seventh place?

8 Equinox Fitness

48 locations nationwide with trainers who not only have to have fitness certifications, but also receive continuing education to keep current. They have equipment as well as group fitness classes.

9 In-Shape

Good gym

10 Island Gym & Fitness

This is where I go. The price is good and I get what I pay for - Sabbath

The Contenders

11 Blink Fitness
12 Bally Total Fitness
13 Barbell Brigade
14 American Family Fitness
15 Powerhouse Gym

Something about most of these gyms is simply classic.

16 Retro Fitness

Tons of locations and a huge variety or equipment, classes, and services. They even have a juice bar that offers you some after-workout nutrition.

McDonalds atmosphere will have your head spinning to nausea.

Retro have the potential to be the only game in town love it.

I love retro fitness they give really good smoothies

17 L.A Fitness

My mom used to go to L.A fitness and she said that it was good, but, they had a special limit that you had to stay inside there for like as many hours as they said for you to stay on the paperwork you sign, I was kinda surprised, but if you want to go to a normal/weight losing gym then yeah. - Ana501

LA fitness should be #1 you people don't know what you are talking about

LA Fitness is great, no bull, they don't hassle you if you don't like it. This should be #1

The best in my opinion! Staff is very friendly and helpful...most of all, EVERYTHING is included in the membership price. Lastly, always clean...hands down.

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18 Life Time Fitness

The approach that Lifetime takes is different than most others. They want you to feel healthy and change all your life habits to BE healthy. They encourage a variety of different activities to keep fit rather than just one certain way. They are pro-active in contacting their member base about upcoming activities and frequently have competitions that are easy to participate in. This holistic approach is what draws me to Lifetime!

I think it is the best

Best club, great variety.

Best gym EVER!

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19 Big Sky
20 YouFit

Nice staff, good equipment, and overall makes working out an enjoyable experience

21 Metroflex Gym

The gym that is home to over 100 professional bobybuilders is about more than just testosterone. Equipment for all shapes and sizes and plenty of locations to make it convenient.

This is a real gym.

Metroflex is the real deal! No fancy stuff, no BS, just big bodybuilders!

Metroflex Gym, Arlington Texas! The Home of the Greatest of All-time, The One, The Only, The Incredible, 8 x time Mr. Olympia RONNIE COLEMAN!

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22 Snap Fitness

A 24 hour fitness center with cardio, weights, classes, and lots of locations. Inexpensive membership packages make this one an easy choice.

A affordable 24/7 gym that has the best of the equipment, best trainers, best atmosphere,best people and is the biggest chain of gyms so it's likely available where most other gyms on the list aren't

By far the best one in my town
It's got it all

Love snap

23 McFit


24 Fitness First

One of the best gyms.

25 Orange Theory Fitness
26 Just Fit
27 Fitness 19
28 GoodLife Fitness
29 UFC Gym
30 Virgin Active

Great equipment and it

31 Crunch Fitness

10 bucks a month. Who could argue with that?

32 Jewish Community Center
33 DW Fitness
34 Merritt Athletic Clubs

yay - supergeekslayer346

35 FitnessLand


36 Spectrum Fitness Club
37 Lucille Roberts
38 Experience Fitness
39 Life Fitness
40 Lift Wellness Center of Jackson
41 Iron Sport Gym Inc
42 Workout World
43 Healthtrax
44 Soulcycle
45 One Training Center

Best Gym whole world

46 InJoy
47 WellNess

An Indian chain of superb Gyms

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