Gyms are getting bigger and better with time. Health and fitness are important elements in a person’s life. This has been instilled upon us since our primary school years, which is why we have regular physical education and gym classes side by side with math, science and language. Remaining active and fit after our school years may be harder to achieve. This is why gyms have an important role in one’s life.
The best gyms are the ones that offer different kinds of equipment to help you attain your fitness goals. Some of these equipment include free weights, weight machines, stability devices, cardiovascular equipment, resistance bands and fitness classes. Trainers must also be available to help teach and guide the users.
And the larger the gym, the better the chance that it offers a complete line of equipment. Of course, proper planning is needed to ensure that the equipment are laid out and distributed properly, especially in huge gyms. Hydropark in Kiev, which is reputed to be the largest in the world at 39.2 million square feet, has a vast array of Soviet Union-era equipment. These are heritage items and the old and rusting weights provide Ukrainians the basic requirements of weight training. Hydropark, however, is not a pure gym in the sense that it is actually a public park with beaches.
Here now is a list of the top 10 biggest gyms in the world.
10. American Airlines Center, Dallas – 19,000 square feet
This carpeted facility is adjacent to the locker room and practice court of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. It is considered to be the plushest workout facility in all of professional sports. Mark Cuban is known for spoiling his players, providing them with state of the art gadgets, the softest towels and the most advanced trainers. He certainly did not scrimp on his team’s gym, as the facility houses several Hammer Strength machines, intricate power racks, stationary bikes, modern treadmills, an underwater treadmill, dumbbells and bumper plates. You can use the facility for free, provided that you are good enough to play for the Mavs.
9. Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym, Syoseet, New York – 30,000 square feet
The renowned bodybuilding couple Bev Francis and Steve Weinberger runs this gym. It was established in 1986 and it has since become one of the premier training facilities in the world. The gym features a modern weight room, full cardiovascular center, boxing ring, MMA studio, group fitness center and juice bar. There are a lot of free weights and you can work out every part of the body using every conceivable angle.
8. Pro Gym Serge Moreau, Montreal – 70,000 square feet
This Montreal gym features a lot of benches, Smith machines, power racks, several free weights and cardio equipment. It also has a spacious locker room, a salon and a snack bar. Pro Gym also has rooms specially dedicated for boxing and kickboxing training.
7. Tree House Athlectic Club, Draper, Utah – 72,000 square feet
Aside from the usual weights, machines and cardio equipment, the Tree House Athletic Club also has two large swimming pools and a rock climbing wall with a height of 30 feet. The facility also offers more than 100 fitness classes every week. It also has a department dedicated to the client’s wellness, offering consultations on proper nutrition and treatments such as chiropractor services and massage.
6. Quad’s Gym, Calumet,Chicago – 86,000 square feet
Quad’s Gym traces its roots from a basement gym owned by Dave de Young and Tom Milanovich. It was originally intended as a place where like-minded friends could gather to lift weights. It slowly evolved to a storefront gym before it finally moved to a facility in Calumet in Illinois with floor area of 46,000 square feet. Located south of Chicago, the gym eventually became known as the “Land of the Giants.” In 1988, Quad’s Gym expanded to the north of Chicago with a facility measures 40,000 square feet. This one features 115 cardio equipment, five complete sets of dumbbells, kettle bells, 45 pieces of Hammer Strength equipment and other weight equipment from Cybex, Elite Systems, Nebula, Paramount, Sports Art and Strength Inc. Classes in boxing, martial arts and Pilates are also offered.
5. The Sports Club/LA, Los Angeles – 100,000 square feet
This has a massive weight room with all the equipment you can ever need. This is more than just a sports club, however. It offers valet parking, salon, day spa, executive and spacious locker room and laundry services. All the equipment are state of the art, though you may lose your concentration because of the dizzying array of celebrities who make use of the facilities as well. Mark Wahlberg is known to be a frequent visitor.
4. 24 Hour Fitness Ultra Sport, Irvine, California – 100,000 square feet
The 24 Hour Fitness Club has facilities all over the country, with more than 400 gyms open for its members. The one in Lakeshore Towers in Irvine, California has a floor area of 100,000 square feet. It offers cardio equipment, free weights, kid’s club, basketball court, swimming pool, tanning area, spacious lockers, racquetball club, rock climbing facilities, volleyball courts and massage areas. There are also classes in Pilates, yoga and even Polynesian dance.
3. Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon – 110,000 square feet
The Nike World’s Headquarters in Oregon have a couple of sports centers for its employees and their families. It has free weights, cardio equipment, climbing walls and 25-meter swimming pool. It also offers free fitness assessments and group classes. There are also facilities for racquetball, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis and squash.
2. Life Time Fitness Gym, Tulsa, Oklahoma – 114,000 square feet
The Life Time Fitness Gym in Tulsa offers 400 pieces of exercise equipment, two swimming pools, two basketball courts, cycling facilities and rooms for yoga and Pilates classes. There is also a play area for kids, including a mini-basketball court. The outdoor pool features a couple of twisting water slides.
1. Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Colorado – 142,000 square feet
The facility offers free weights and machines, as well as two swimming pools, a dozen tennis courts and 120 fitness classes. Clients can avail of classes in aerobics, boot camps, kick boxing, Pilates and yoga.