Gym Vs Health Club
A gym, neighborhood gym, or local gym is an inexpensive private indoor gym where almost anyone can use. Many gyms and fitness clubs are also often complimentary, but most often they are located in public buildings like community centers, schools, and churches. They may have a locker, steam room, a pool, exercise room, and even other exercise equipment like treadmills and bikes. Some gyms may have private trainers. Most gyms provide different levels of membership. There are also some that are for children only.
Some health clubs have gyms attached to them. These are often called gymnasiums. Gymnasiums offer exercise programs similar to those at a health club except that the people in a gymnasium do not go to the gym as frequently as those at a health club. Most gymnasiums also have facilities like basketball courts, volleyball courts, and multipurpose rooms for children.
Community centres or recreation centres have gyms attached to them, but these are not generally part of a larger centre. They are typically smaller than a gym but can be as large as a country club. Community centres tend to offer smaller classes and have small numbers of participants. They are commonly referred to as rec centers or recreation centres.
Specialty fitness centres are privately owned clubs that cater to specific physical activity needs. Some offer competitive sports and exercise programs, while others focus on certain types of workouts. Most specialize in weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, and aerobics. Some offer yoga and other forms of alternative exercises as well as weight training. You can find specialized gyms for children and adults, but they tend to be smaller and more exclusive than health clubs.
Specialty gyms tend to have a higher perceived value than regular gym membership fees, because members are considered more likely to use the gym. They also tend to have a long waiting list, since members often spend longer hours there than at a regular location. In contrast, health clubs are more convenient because there is no need to wait on a lengthy list and there is no need to buy a membership. Health clubs can sometimes offer more expensive equipment and there is more opportunity to try new exercise equipment or get personal trainers.
When considering a gym versus a health club, consider whether the equipment and workouts offered will benefit you more. If you have chronic pain or have limited mobility, joining a gym is not likely to give you the results you want. Health clubs are usually more affordable and you have access to a wide variety of professionals who can help you with your fitness goals.