Work It Out: The Top 5 Fitness Clubs in Phoenix

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Shopping around for a new gym? Here are the Top 5 fitness clubs in the Valley that you should be considering.

1 LA Fitness

With 23 locations in the metro Phoenix area (plus three more in Tucson), LA Fitness clubs offer state-of-the-art fitness equipment and first-rate cardio area; a heated lap pool; whirlpool spa and saunas; racquetball, tennis and basketball facilities (teams and leagues available at some locations); full locker facilities; personal trainers; Kids Club (babysitting); juice bar; and open hours seven days a week (with some locations open 24 hours). The list of available classes and programs available is also impressive, with such options as aerobics, cycling, yoga, belly dancing, bootcamps, boxing, hip-hop, kickboxing, mat pilates, senior fit, step circuit, tai chi and more. Go online to print a Guest Pass to the location nearest to you, which will grant you free access to the club for three days.

2 Mountainside Fitness

Mountainside Fitness has eight locations throughout Phoenix outfitted with strength training equipment, cardio equipment, men and women's locker rooms, a basketball court, group fitness studio, childcare facility and cafe. The club offers month-to-month memberships, annual memberships and 18-month memberships, as well as individual, couple and family memberships. (Family memberships even include unlimited childcare.) Members receive 10 free guest passes per year, so friends can tag along with you every once in a while to take advantage of the more than 80 group fitness classes taking place every week. Additionally, the club offers members free towel and locker service, free fitness assessment, and a 15 percent discount at 91 East Salon & Spa (valid for services, including massages). Plus, at Mountainside, all Core Concepts Personal Trainers are degreed and/or certified individuals who know how to create a program tailored to your specific goals and needs. They can work with you on weight loss, golf conditioning, sports-specific training, nutrition programs, buddy sessions, flexibility programs, body building and more. Go online to print a five-day trial pass.

3 Life Time Fitness

Life Time Fitness has six locations in the Valley, each one offering free lockers, free towels, a 14-day money-back guarantee, month-to-month contracts, open hours 24/7 at most locations, the latest in cardio and weight machines, exclusive discounts through Member Advantage program, and a first-rate Child Center (babysitting). Work out according to your own schedule, or take advantage of the club's exceptional programs in the areas of weight loss, group fitness, personal training, cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates, assessments and testing. For each of these categories, you'll find Life Time Fitness offers a wide range of classes, workshops, intensives, bootcamps and one-on-one training, so whatever your level, you'll find what's going to work best for you. Go online to print a coupon for a free trial of the location of your choice.

4 The Village Health Club & Spa

The Village Health Club & Spas include the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, Verrado Village Sport & Health Club. Facilities include basketball, tennis, squash, and racquetball courts, organized mountain biking, day spa, cafe, pro shop boutique, full-service salon and much more. Just a few of your options are swim lessons, adult and junior basketball, golf programs, tennis lessons and leagues, cycling and hiking clubs, a slew of social activities, nutrition programs, personal training, pilates and more.

5 24 Hour Fitness

24 Hour Fitness, trying to be as convenient as possible (suggested by the name), has 11 locations throughout the Valley and offers a free online pass, redeemable for seven free days to help you make up your mind. Classes include aerobic and step, bootcamp, cycling, dance, kickboxing, water exercise, fitness for seniors and a number of other equally as fun and challenging group fitness classes. There  are also personal trainers standing by, ready to help you become the healthiest version of yourself in 2011. Amenities include the very best cardio and strength training equipment, as well as a spa, sauna and whirlpool.

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