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The new Gold's Gym

Start exercising now!
Start exercising now!
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If your image of a gym equals Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alikes sweating and slinging weights, you may want to visit the local Gold’s gym and reconsider. You will find a variety of options for becoming more healthy and active. Having children to take care of is also no longer an excuse because Gold’s offers a fully equipped child-care center.

First of all, there is a ladies only section. A lot of women feel intimidated by exercising next to men and may feel uncomfortable wearing their gym clothes and performing exercises that may put them in suggestive poses. Gold’s Gym has a ladies only section that has cardio machines as well as a full circuit for weight training. You will also find free weights and exercise ball and mats there.

Second, there is a large heated swimming pool with direct access from the locker room. No parading oneself in the swimming suit in front of the other clients coming in to the gym. The swimming pool area includes a hot tub and a sauna. You may swim laps or simply relax in the heat. Don’t know how to swim? Gold’s Gym offers Aqua classes.

Third, Gold’s Gym offers a variety of classes. If you need that extra push to work out, this is an excellent choice for you. The classes include weight training, aerobics, step, abdominal sculpting class, and even modern dance. If you like cycling, the RPM class will get you sweating. Another set of classes focuses of relaxation and stretching such as Yoga and the Body Flow class.

Do you fear the boredom of the never-ending cardio workout? Gold’s Gym has a small TV mounted to every single piece of cardio equipment as well as a whole separate room that looks like a movie theater, where you use the machines while watching a big screen movie. Just look at the movie schedule and pick the day of the movie you want to see.

Besides all of the above-mentioned facts, Gold’s also offers massage and tanning services as well as a fleet of personal trainers and nutritionists standing by for anything you need. Racquetball and basketball courts are also an option if you like to play.

On the way out, grab a healthy smoothie made to order. So, don’t wait any longer and visit the gym. The address is 4502 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206.

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