Gyms and Studios. What’s the Difference?

Man works out in a gymAs of writing this the shelter at home order is being lifted, some businesses across the country are being allowed to open, yay!

But they will have new limitations for several months… more like 6 months to a year, this includes all fitness centers.

With fitness centers starting to open, you’re going to see some options go and others become available, so knowing the difference between everything can help you make a better decision if you decide to get out of the house and look for someplace to workout at.

Big Box Gym

This is your typical LA Fitness, 24-hour Fitness, to name a few. Simply you’re paying to use their equipment during their hours of operation. Some gyms will have free group classes in addition to your membership or personal trainers on-site that you can work with in addition to your membership.

High-End Big Box

This is your Equinox, some Lifetime Fitness, and other specialty gyms. This is no different than your traditional big box gym such as LA Fitness, your paying to use their facility equipment during their hours of operation. The main difference is the membership limit they have and their exclusivity, similar to a country club. You’re going to pay a lot more, but typically more amenities are available to you..

Kiosk Gyms

Think Snap Fitness Anytime Fitness. These are smaller gyms with minimal staff. Just like a big box gym, you are paying to use their equipment during their hours of operation. Some may have classes included with the membership, and some may even have trainers that you can work with in addition to your membership dues.

Boutique and Specialty Studios

Think RTC, CrossFit, Orange Theory, F45, to name a few. You’re only there during a scheduled time to work with an instructor; this can be in a large group, small group, or 1:1 setting. The frequency of your visits all depends on what options the gym has for you.

You may find a few other specialty or one-off kinds of gyms, but this is the majority of what you are going to see when things open back up as of writing this.

Now which one is best for you, I’ll cover next time, and I’ll also go over what you can expect to see different once the gyms open up, the fitness industry is changing.



In Health and Awesomeness,
Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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