Nearly everyone can agree that prioritizing one’s health and fitness is essential to living a longer, happier, and healthier life. Unfortunately, choosing a gym can be a difficult and stressful process. There are so many fitness centers to choose from. They vary in size, price, quality, and specialty. How do you know which one will be best for you? This article will tell you everything you need to know about Chuze Fitness and how their gyms measure up against the competition.

What is Chuze Fitness?

Chuze Fitness is a chain of gyms with locations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. All locations are clean, up-to-date, and comprehensive fitness centers. Chuze Fitness indicates that its mission is to provide a gym that is free from distraction and intimidation, and one where people of all fitness levels are welcome.

Chuze Fitness is committed to employing friendly staff, and it is also dedicated to ensuring its members belong to a high- quality, affordable gym.
Each location offers group fitness classes, an individual or group training area, a designated free-weights space, rows of cardio machines, a daycare center, and a cardio movie theater. Some locations also feature a pool, sauna, and other amenities.

Features

Every Chuze Fitness location has been designed similarly, with each gym offering the same high-quality features. The following features are some of those offered at most Chuze Fitness locations.

Hours

Chuze Fitness gyms are typically open from 4:00 a.m. to midnight on Mondays, 24 hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are limited on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Gyms are closed on Christmas Day. Gyms maintain regular hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day and Memorial Day.

Fitness Features

Chuze Fitness gyms offer access to a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. The Chuze Cinema features a movie-theater-sized screen and Surround Sound as well as treadmills and stationary bicycles. The Chuze Cinema room allows gym users to break up the monotony of a long cardio session by watching the latest blockbuster.

Each gym has a designated weightlifting area filled with rows of free weights and up-to-date weightlifting machines. They also offer a designated cardio machine area. This area contains rows of treadmills, climbers, rowing machines and ellipticals. The variety and abundance of equipment save weightlifters and cardio exercise lovers from having to wait around for the dumbbells or machines they need.

Chuze Fitness gyms provide team training areas. This closed-off room contains different equipment needed for trainer-led HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts. Members who subscribe to team training workouts can opt to register a Chuze heart rate monitor and optimize every workout.

Each location provides a group fitness studio that hosts a number of different fitness classes for its members. Typical classes offered at Chuze Fitness locations include Zumba, Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Boot Camp, Indoor Cycling, and Barre. Some gyms also offer specialized classes like R.I.P.P.E.D®, Insanity®, Turbo Kick® and P90X®. One feature that some Chuze Fitness gyms feature, but others don’t, is an indoor lap pool. Gym locations with a lap pool enable gym members to complete a swim workout regardless of weather.

Amenities

Chuze Fitness locations offer their members top-of-the-line amenities. Amenities provided in some memberships include tanning beds, infrared saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms, and HydroMassage beds. These gyms also offer affordable child care. Members can feel free to come work out and leave their little ones with Chuze Fitness’s high-quality daycare team.

Several Chuze Fitness locations also offer a smoothie bar where Chuze members can conveniently enjoy a pre-workout pick-me-up or post-workout recovery drink. Chuze Fitness smoothie bars offer healthy and delicious smoothies for gym-goers with all levels of fitness goals.

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Pricing

Individuals who want to check out Chuze Fitness without making any commitments can sign up for a free 7-day pass. Once the free trial is over, potential members have a number of membership tiers and varying prices to choose from. Different membership tiers allow Chuze Fitness members to pick what’s best for them. Generally speaking, there are three different membership packages that enable access to more gym features as they increase in price.

“Pretty Much Everything” Membership

This basic membership enables access to one single Chuze Fitness location, including full access to that location’s cardio equipment, strength equipment, Chuze Cinema, Chuze Smoothie Bar and turf training area. This membership comes costs $9.99/month, plus annual fees and startup fees that vary by location.

“Add Even More” Membership

This mid-level membership enables access to all Chuze Fitness locations, including each location's cardio equipment, strength equipment, Chuze Cinema, Chuze Smoothie Bar and Turf Training Area. Also, this membership allows access to some fitness classes, cycling, tanning, HyrdoMassage beds, the lap pool and jacuzzi, the infrared sauna and the steam room. This membership also enables limited guest privileges. The “Add Even More” membership package costs $21.99/month, plus annual fees and startup fees that vary by location.

“Get It All” Membership

This all-access membership enables access to all Chuze Fitness locations and their on-site cardio equipment, strength equipment, Chuze Cinema, Chuze Smoothie Bar and Turf Training Area. This membership allows members access to all fitness classes, cycling, tanning, HyrdoMassage beds, the lap pool and hot tubs, the infrared sauna, and the steam room. This membership also pays for unlimited team training access, which is a $150 value. “Get It All” members also have unlimited guest privileges and receive a free monthly body composition analysis by Inbody. This membership package costs $39.99/month, plus annual fees and startup fees that vary by location.

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar fitness centers in the marketplace to see how they compare.

  • Anytime Fitness
  • Planet Fitness
  • Gold's Gym

Chuze Fitness

Price

Convenience

Facilities

Quality

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Price

The most basic Chuze Fitness membership, “Pretty Much Everything,” starts at the low price of $9.99/month, plus annual fees and startup fees. At the location in Fullerton, California, for example, the startup fee is $69.00, and the annual fee is $39.99. There is no contractual commitment under this membership.

The next membership package, “Add Even More,” costs $21.99/month. The Fullerton location's posted startup fee is $39.00, the annual fee is $39.99, and there is a 12-month contractual commitment. The most expensive package at Chuze is still only $39.99/month. The Fullerton location start up fee is only $1, the annual fee is $39.99, and a 12-month contractual commitment is required.

Convenience

Chuze Fitness is reasonably convenient. It’s open 24 hours on some days of the week, with somewhat limited hours on weekends. While its hours are very good, other comparably priced gyms remain open 24/7 and on holidays, which is hard to beat. Some membership packages include access to all Chuze locations, which can be helpful for gym users who travel frequently. However, Chuze Fitness locations are currently limited to only thirty gyms across California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Facilities

Chuze facilities are excellent, housing equipment and spaces for all types of gym-goers at all fitness levels. Chuze facilities’ wide selection of equipment, studio space, and amenities warrant high marks.

Quality

Chuze gyms have been lauded for their clean, high-quality equipment and excellent fitness classes. While the general quality of classes may vary from location to location, the standard of trainers and teachers hired by Chuze Fitness keeps the quality of classes and team training sessions at a high level. The high-quality nature of Chuze Fitness facilities and membership offerings are a great deal considering this chain's low membership prices.

Pros

  • High-quality facilities and classes
  • Different tiers of membership offered
  • Inexpensive memberships
  • Free 7-day trial
  • Cons

  • Locations are geographically limited
  • Does not offer full 24/7 access
  • Anytime Fitness

    Price

    Convenience

    Facilities

    Quality

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    Anytime Fitness has over 3,000 fitness clubs and 2 million members throughout the United States and abroad. The clubs are typically open 24/7. Each club hosts personal trainers and group classes as well as a variety of up-to-date strength training and cardio equipment. Anytime Fitness clubs do not generally have amenities like pools, saunas, or on-site child care centers. Club membership prices vary by location, and detailed information on what your membership entails is not readily available unless you personally inquire at your Anytime Fitness location.

    Price 

    Memberships at Anytime Fitness vary depending on where you sign up, but they typically cost $30 to $45 per month. Some clubs offer a $44/month single month membership and a $39/month membership with a year-long commitment. Certain clubs also discounted deals for families and couples.

    Convenience

    An inconvenient factor that we observed in reviewing Anytime Fitness is the company's somewhat "hidden" fees and details. People interested in joining an Anytime Fitness cannot simply go online to learn what they’ll be paying to join and use an Anytime Fitness facility. Instead, they must personally inquire at a particular location to see what deal they may get. This lack of upfront information is a turnoff to many gym-goers. However, Anytime Fitness members enjoy the convenience of 24/7 gym access to over 3,000 gym locations worldwide, which can be immeasurably valuable.

    Facilities

    Anytime Fitness is well known in the industry for having top-of-the-line equipment and facilities. While facilities vary from location to location, one pitfall of being open 24/7, but not well staffed 24/7, is that some equipment may go uncleaned for hours. In addition, the higher-priced memberships come without essential amenities like saunas or child care.

    Quality

    Anytime Fitness has been in the fitness industry for a long time. This type of notoriety draws talented trainers and teachers, keeping the quality of classes high across the company's many locations. Anytime Fitness clubs also host vetted personal trainers who bring clients in for specialized workouts. These trainers similarly keep the quality of workouts high at their respective clubs. The high-quality features of Anytime Fitness clubs should be expected because the membership fees are higher than those at comparable fitness centers.

    Pros

  • Over 3,000 locations
  • 24/7 gym access
  • Broadly acclaimed fitness company
  • Cons

  • Unstaffed gyms can get dirty
  • Hidden membership fees
  • No childcare
  • Planet Fitness

    Price

    Convenience

    Facilities

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    Planet Fitness is well known for its low prices and welcoming atmosphere, which appeal to those who are newcomers to fitness. This brand boasts mottos of “No Gymtimidation” and “Judgment Free Zone” to create a culture that welcomes those of all fitness levels.

    Most Planet Fitness locations are open 24/7, and each location offers two different membership tiers. The $10/month membership enables access to one “home" club, free fitness training, and free WiFi. The $21/month “Black Card” membership enables access to your home club and all other Planet Fitness locations, free fitness training, free WiFi, unlimited guest privileges at all Planet Fitness locations, use of tanning, unlimited use of HydroMassage, unlimited use of massage chairs, unlimited Total Body Enhancement, half priced cooler drinks and a 20 percent discount when you purchase select Reebok products.

    Planet Fitness certainly isn’t for the avid bodybuilder or fitness fanatic. The gym’s ultra-inclusive policy leads to special events like serving pizza every first Monday of the month. There is also a “lunk alarm” said to be set off when people grunt, drop weights, or pass judgment on another gym user. Finally, Planet Fitness locations do not offer group classes or childcare. In fact, children under the age of 13 are not welcome in Planet Fitness facilities.

    Price

    Planet Fitness memberships come in two tiers: the $10/month membership and the $21.99/month “Black Card” membership. Startup fees vary from location to location, but annual fees are generally around $39/year.

    Convenience

    Planet Fitness memberships are straightforward across all 1,500 of its locations, making sign-up quick and easy. Most planet fitness locations are open 24/7, and the low $21 monthly price for the Black Card membership gives members access to any of the 1,500 Planet Fitness locations. This is extremely convenient for those who work unconventional hours or travel frequently and don’t want to sacrifice their fitness.

    Unfortunately, Planet Fitness can be very inconvenient for parents of young children. Planet Fitness gyms do not offer childcare and do not allow children under the age of 13 into their facilities.

    Facilities

    Planet Fitness facilities are known for having plentiful cardio machines and strength equipment. Members certainly won’t ever have to wait to use the equipment of their choice. Planet Fitness gyms are also well regarded for their cleanliness. Unfortunately, Planet Fitness gyms do not offer group training areas, and some locations do not have traditional weight lifting equipment like squat racks or barbells. This may have to do with the gym’s aversion to “lunks,” and a heavy emphasis on attracting members who are new to fitness.

    Quality

    Planet Fitness equipment is high in quality. Their memberships offer plenty of bang for your buck. Although a Planet Fitness membership can be great for young adults or frequent travelers, it may not be the best choice for those with young children who require childcare. The gym’s lack of group fitness offerings, along with marketing efforts directed at fitness novices, may ultimately keep the gym from being a viable option for some exercise devotees.

    Pros

  • Multiple membership options and low membership fees
  • 24/7 gym access
  • No waiting for equipment
  • Cons

  • No group fitness classes
  • Encourages bad eating habits
  • No childcare
  • Gold's Gym

    Price

    Convenience

    Facilities

    Quality

    $$$

    Gold’s Gym is the oldest company amongst the gyms in this comparison. Once a haven for hard-core weightlifters, Gold’s has changed its business model to appeal to a wider audience. Gold’s Gym is a seasoned and well-respected fitness franchise with over 700 locations. Its name grants it automatic consideration from those looking for a gym membership.

    Membership prices vary from location to location, as some locations are owned by franchisees, and others are owned by Gold’s Gym. Franchise owners have the ability to set their own prices. For example, the posted membership rates for a Gold’s Gym in Sebring, Florida, are $49.99 on a month-to-month basis or $39.99/month with a 12-month contract. Memberships require a processing fee of $29.95 and a yearly fee of $30.

    Some gym locations offer more detailed membership tiers. Gold’s Gym locations offer strength training equipment, cardio equipment, group training classes, and child care. Child care is $5 per child per visit, or it can be factored into membership fees at locations with tiered membership offerings. Many locations also offer water-based amenities like pools, Jacuzzi hot tubs, and saunas.

    One great perk that can be added to your Gold’s Gym membership is Gold’s AMP, an app-based service that provides daily workouts, fitness advice and a music streaming service for an additional $9.99/month. Some memberships offer access to all Gold’s Gym facilities, but again this varies greatly based on the location you’ve signed up with. Similarly, hours operations vary greatly across Gold Gym locations across the country, and full 24/7 access to a Gold’s Gym is rare.

    Price

    While prices can vary greatly based on location, a general average of $40/month is on the higher end of gyms in this comparison. It is important to note that several locations offer lower-tiered memberships for cheaper rates, and some franchise owners offer more affordable membership deals.

    Convenience

    Most Gold’s Gym locations are open during very reasonable hours even though they are not open 24/7. Still, this lack of 24/7 access can make certain gym locations unworkable for some people. Some membership options do allow access to all Gold’s Gym locations, which can be good for traveling gym goers, depending on the region. Gold’s Gym locations conveniently offer consistent and affordable child care, which can be a "deal maker" for young families.

    Facilities

    Gold’s Gym facilities are historically top notch, providing cutting-edge technology in its fitness machines and the highest quality equipment. Many locations even go above and beyond with swimming lanes, jacuzzis, saunas, and basketball courts. Gold’s Gym employees are known to be highly qualified, with most required to have a personal training or fitness background. These experienced and committed employees keep Gold’s Gym facilities in great condition.

    Quality

    The higher price of a Gold’s Gym membership gets the member a clean, state-of-the-art gym with all the equipment and group training offerings a gym-goer might want, plus a handful of great amenities. With hundreds of locations throughout the United States, a membership that gives access to all locations can be extremely useful. As memberships can be a hassle to obtain due to varying prices, and memberships start at over double the price of comparable gyms, our jury remains out on whether a Gold’s Gym membership is worth the price.

    Pros

  • Great facilities and amenities
  • On-site childcare
  • Qualified staff
  • Cons

  • Confusing membership process
  • Lack of uniform 24/7 gym access
  • Conclusion

    Planet Fitness may be the best choice for the novice workout enthusiast who is looking for an affordable, no-frills membership, and Gold's Gym may be best for a fit family that's able to spend more money per month on their fitness. In our view, Chuze Fitness is perfect for anyone looking for a new gym membership who has a Chuze location nearby. The three-tiered membership offerings allow anyone to pick the right plan, and the variety of classes, equipment, and amenities make the monthly price you end up paying well worth it.