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So you've decided to join a gym. Good for you! Fitness centers present a convenient way to gain access to all the exercise equipment we need without having to invest in the equipment and then find space for it in our homes. When joining a workout center such as Baileys Gym, there a number of factors to take into account, such as the environment of the gym, the cost, locations available and the people that you'll encounter when you visit.

 Jumping from a treadmill to an elliptical machine and then on to free weights is a seamless experience at a good gym. Accomplishing that would cost thousands of dollars to prepare for in your home. In this article we'll explore a few gyms to see what we have to choose from in the Jacksonville area, Baileys gym included.


What Is Baileys Gym?

Baileys Gym is a fitness club currently located primarily in the Jacksonville area, with a number of locations in the region. The company recommends that, before joining any gym in the area, you stop on by a Baileys Gym to see exactly what they have to offer in one of their many locations. There are 16 locations in the area as we write this review.

According to Baileys Gym representatives, they are committed to their clients.  This quality and variety is incorporated into the equipment and programs available. Baileys gym presents their clients with one of the widest variety of cardiovascular and resistance training options available in the area.

To support the success of members, Baileys gym presents a variety of seminars and workshops through which their members can better learn how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, of which training at Baileys gym is a part. The membership comes with two complimentary orientation sessions with a personal trainer so you can get to know what equipment is available

Overall, we see a clear focus upon making a friendly atmosphere for all members, from beginners to experienced bodybuilders. These good qualities are central to the mission of Baileys Gym.


Product Specs

Baileys gym provides members with 24/7 access to their facilities, although during off-business hours the full staff of the gym and the trainers are not present. The regular hours we found posted are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday,  6 to 8 on Fridays, and 8 to 4 on weekends. The company offers a basic gym membership or an enhanced gym membership which includes fitness classes.

Should you choose not to join, becoming a full member, you can attend some fitness classes can for $10 each, or for $5 as a guest of a current Baileys member.


Pricing

The pricing of gyms can vary widely depending upon the amenities and equipment that are available at the gym. Many gyms today offer base rates around $10 per month but many of these gyms present very limited options in terms of amenities and classes.

Other gyms may cost markedly more per month: anywhere from $50 to hundreds of dollars. However, such gyms may offer free tanning, spa, massage, Olympic pools, and other features that individually would cost quite a bit if used elsewhere. When exploring pricing for these gyms and fitness center chains, we kept our focus on the overall value provided by the gyms explored.


How It Compares

We picked a few similar gyms available in the Jacksonville market and surrounding region to see how they compare.

  • Youfit Health Clubs

  • Snap Fitness

  • Orangetheory Fitness

 

Bailey's Health & Fitness

As explored extensively above, Baileys Gym is a solid choice in terms of fitness centers due to the wide variety of equipment plus supportive staff and environment. If you are an experienced exerciser, the range of equipment available will suit your needs, whatever they might be.

 For the beginner, for whom Baileys Gym can be intimidating given the breadth and depth of equipment and fitness options, two complimentary sessions with a personal trainer are provided. The open atmosphere and accepting and supportive staff make this gym a fine choice among the options available in and around Jacksonville.

Price

The price of a Baileys Gym membership is relatively moderate given the pricing trend within the industry at the current time. For the basic, "plus" membership, which functions at only one location and does not include unlimited group fitness classes, the cost is around $20 each month, with a $99 registration fee and a $39 annual enhancement fee.


The other three membership tiers are Platinum PTK, Platinum, and Platinum plus, at $24.99, $34.99, and $49.99 per month, respectively. Depending upon the location, the registration fee might be discounted for one or more of these plans.

Convenience

The level of convenience of Baileys Gym is considerable, especially if you live, work or choose to work out in the Jacksonville area. In this area there are some 16 locations, making it one of the highest-volume gym chains you can find for convenience. All but one of the 16 locations can be accessed by members 24 hours each day, 7 days a week, making it highly convenient to get your workout in no matter what time works best for you.

Facilities

The facilities of Baileys Gym offer more pieces of equipment with greater diversity than many other gyms in the region. Further, the amenities and features of Baileys Gym are extensive. The gyms offer children's play areas so parents can train while their children are entertained. There is an athletic training room at each location as well as group and personal training options. These gyms also have hydrotherapy options which are available for a per-session cost or else included with the platinum-plus membership package.

Benefits & Options

The benefits and options provided at Baileys Gym locations are expansive. You will see a fully equipped gym with highly qualified support and personal training staff. The four different membership levels are particularly useful in helping you choose a package that fits with your particular needs and desires, whether that includes having access to the entire chain and all 16 locations with unlimited hydrotherapy, or if you'd prefer a more basic membership allowing only one gym with fewer added frills or features.

Member Support       

The member support available at Baileys Gym is strong. New members are provided two free sessions to get to know the gym and how it functions with personal trainers at their wide. The gym keeps regular operating hours during which staff and trainers are available to provide assistance and support to members.

 

PROS 

  • Many membership options available
  • Highly advanced and expansive equipment selection
  • 2 free, introductory sessions with a personal trainer

CONS

  • $49 to $99 registration fees for non-platinum plus members
  • Other annual "enhancement" fees for non-platinum/plus members

Youfit Health Clubs

Youfit Health Clubs present to the consumer a gym chain that strives to deliver a "high-end" fitness club experience at a highly affordable rate. The organization is located in the Jacksonville area and also has locations in other states. The company strives to provide consumers the ability to attend a conveniently located gym with advanced equipment and a supportive staff.

Price

The pricing at Youfit Health Clubs is highly competitive within the industry and service area, with plans starting at about $10 each month.

Convenience

The facilities come with a circuit training area that allows you to get in a targeted and well-structured workout with ease. However, in terms of the Jacksonville region, there are just a few locations for Youfit, with there being a number of other locations elsewhere across the United States. Most clubs are open from 5 a.m. to midnight weekdays, with some closing earlier, and offering weekend hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Facilities

The facilities at Youfit Health Clubs are color-coordinated, bright, and quite clean. Their levels of commitment to coordination and organization makes these workout centers a fine choice for those looking for an entirely modern fitness club experience.

Benefits & Options

The benefits of Youfit are broad. They include the express circuit-training option and fitness assessment mentioned above, as well as group fitness classes and one-on-one personal training.

Member Support

Prospective members are invited to go to a Youfit location to check it out and walk around to make sure it feels like a solid fit. New members are provided with a free fitness assessment to establish a baseline from which to build fitness goals. One-on-one personal training is also provided from certified personal trainers, for a fee, to help you gain further motivation and drive to achieve your fitness goals.

PROS 

  • $10-per-month options available
  • Advanced circuit training options

CONS

  • $20 initiation fee (approximate and may vary)
  • Limited hours
  • Limited number of locations

Snap Fitness

This is a well-known chain of gyms offering cross-fit training, 24/7 access, and a broad range of workout and fitness equipment.

Price

The price of Snap Fitness is unknown to us for this article because one must contact them for package information available at a specific, local location.

 

Convenience

The convenience associated with joining Snap Fitness is high, even for frequent travelers, as there are locations across North America, all of which are open 24/7.

Facilities

You can count on extensive weight training and cardio workout options plus group training and cross-fit training equipment.

 

Benefits & Options

The unique features and cross-training style of Snap Fitness make it a unique experience with a variety of benefits and options. Members are provided with 24/7 access to the facilities, and each offers the option of personal and group training sessions.

Member Support

Snap Fitness has a strong commitment to the advancement of the health and fitness of their members, and to show this, the company offers a 30-day unlimited trial for under $10.

PROS 

  • 24/7 access
  • Extensive selection of equipment

CONS

  • Can be intimidating for those new to gyms and fitness

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness provides members with group classes to optimize their workouts with professional guidance.

Price

If interested, please contact your preferred location of Orangetheory Fitness to explore membership options and pricing. We found references to there being no commitment, options for 4-class and 8-class packages, and a rate for unlimited visits per month.

Convenience

While the group sessions can be highly beneficial for some, the ability to engage in self-directed workouts is what some fitness enthusiasts value most.

Facilities

Orangetheory facilities provide clean, well-constructed, and positive environments in which to advance your fitness.

Benefits & Options

While for those who want to do group fitness Orangetheory is excellent, solo training is not an option.

Member Support

The coaching team is highly committed to supporting the achievements of members.

PROS 

  • Professional coaching
  • Scientifically designed workouts

CONS

  • Only workout coaching; no solo training

Conclusion

Joining a gym is an important decision and one that can concern you for some time if a contract is required. Before joining a gym, make sure that you check it out, explore the equipment, and talk to the staff. Choosing the right gym for you can take a bit of time because there are so many options, but it's better to do so before signing a contract, as many have early termination fees and other such factors to inhibit you from canceling, even if you aren't going anymore. Month-to-month options abound in the current market, however, so this is a rare risk nowadays.

Final Verdict for Baileys Gym:


Baileys Gym is a fine choice from among the many available in the Jacksonville area and beyond. The initial cost of joining the gym for $20/month-level members is currently around $99, which is markedly higher than for some other chains we've reviewed. The ability to access the facilities 24 hours of each day 7 days per week, however, is a huge advantage to this well-appointed gym chain. Overall, Baileys Gym is a solid value for the variety of equipment and services and amenities available, and given the various types and levels of membership, you are likely to find one that works just right for you.