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A weighty decision: Which gym is best?

February 21, 2018

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A weighty decision: Which gym is best?

When working out at home isn't enough, how do you pick a gym?  Check out our local options.

When working out at home isn't enough, how do you pick a gym? Check out our local options.

Kate Muir

When working out at home isn't enough, how do you pick a gym? Check out our local options.

Kate Muir

Kate Muir

When working out at home isn't enough, how do you pick a gym? Check out our local options.

In today’s society, staying fit and in shape is one of the popular trends that young adults and teens like to partake in. While many participate while physical activities like sports or group games to receive their daily dose of exercise, others obtain their dose from the public gym.

But all gyms are not created equal. Different gyms have different offerings than just the basic fitness center. Not only that, but the prices vary depending what the gym offers.

There are five main gyms in Carlisle, PA. Those gyms are Gold’s Gym, Planet Fitness, YMCA, Jim Thorpe Gymnasium, and Indian Field Fitness Center.

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Gwen Almeida

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Gwen Almeida

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YMCA

Location:

311 S West St, Carlisle, PA 17013

Time:

Monday-Friday: 5:30AM-11:00PM

Saturday: 7:30AM-8:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Gym includes:

Full service to over-50 health-driven programs and services that include access to fitness centers and the 25-yard indoor pool.

Website:

http://www.carlislefamilyymca.org/

Price:

For Teens(ages 13-18): $25 a month

For Young Adults(ages 19-29): $33 a month

For Adults(ages 30-61): $39 a month

Quote:

“The gym is very accessible and fun to use because of the weights there that they provide,” said freshman Jacob Kissinger.

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Indian Field Fitness Center

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Indian Field Fitness Center

Indian Field Fitness Center

Indian Field Fitness Center

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Indian Field Fitness Center

Gwen Almeida

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Indian Field Fitness Center

Location:

Carlisle Barracks

Time:

Monday-Friday: 5:00AM-7PM

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Gym includes:

Cardio Equipment, Free Weight Area, Selectorized – Strength Equipment, and Women Only Area (9AM to 11AM Daily)

Website:

http://www.carlislemwr.com/recreation-fitness/sports-fitness/indian-field-fitness-center

Price:

Free with Military ID

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Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

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Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

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Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

Gwen Almeida

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Jim Thorpe Gymnasium

Location:

Carlisle Barracks

Time:

Monday-Friday: 5:00AM-7:30PM

Saturday: 7:00AM-4:00PM

Sunday: 8:00AM-4:00PM

Gym includes:

Cardio Equipment, Free Weight Area, Group Exercise Classes, ⅛ Mile Rubberized Collegiate Indoor Track, Activity Room with Equipment, Men’s and Women’s Saunas, Locker Rooms, Showers, and Free Towel Service.

Website:

http://www.carlislemwr.com/recreation-fitness/sports-fitness/fitness#combatives

Price:

Free with Military ID

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Gold’s Gym

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Gold’s Gym

Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym

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Gold's Gym

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Gold's Gym

Location:

1224 Ritner Hwy, Carlisle, PA 17013

Time:

Monday-Friday:4:30AM-10PM

Saturday & Sunday: 7AM-5PM

Gym includes:

Cardio Equipment, Smoothie Bar, Group Cycle, Functional Training, Free Weights, Locker Rooms, WiFi, Group Exercise, Personal Training, Sauna/Steam Room, Resistance Machines, Kids Club, Cardio Cinema®, BOOTCAMP, Circuit Training, and Tanning.

Website:

https://www.goldsgym.com/carlislepa/

Price:

$19.95 per month

Quote:

“Gold’s Gym is more of a community-type gym; it’s more supportive and it doesn’t really body shame people trying to get healthier,” said freshman Sarah Etter.

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Planet Fitness

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Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness

Gwen Almeida

Planet Fitness

Gwen Almeida

Gwen Almeida

Planet Fitness

Location:

1186 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015

Time:

Open 24 hours

Gym includes:

Unlimited Access to Home Club, Free Fitness Training, (Black Card Benefits) – Reciprocal use of all Planet Fitness® Locations, Unlimited Guest Privileges at All Planet Fitness Location, Use of Tanning, Unlimited Total Body Enhancement, Unlimited Use of Massage Chairs, ½ Price Cooler Drinks, PF Black Card T-Shirt, PF Black Card Key Tag, and 20% off Reebox products

Website:

https://www.planetfitness.com/gyms/carlisle-pa

Price:

Classic – $10 a month

Black Card – $21.99 a month

Why go there? “Some gyms only have [equipment for] upper body and Planet Fitness has everything basically,” said freshman Brandon Barrows.

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One Response to “A weighty decision: Which gym is best?”

  1. William Cantwell on April 10th, 2018 8:50 am

    I ama member of the Carlisle YMCA and both gyms on the Barricks, and have access to the Dickinson Kline Center. I work out 5/6 days a week, which means I have a decent amount of experience between my four options. All of the gyms have their bennifits, Indian Feild is small and usually unpopulated, Gym Thorpehas more open space for sprints/explosive movements, the Kline Center is clean and has excellent equipment, and the Y is simply where I started working out, my foundational gym and favorite by default. Although I have my preferences, I usually end up going to the most convenient or closest one to wherever I am. That means I usually go to the Y or Kline Center during weekdays after school, and Gym Thorpe on the weekends. You meet a lot of interesting people at all locations, and it’s a good way to stay fit and work off some stress, which is why I find working out so enjoyable.

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