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Duluth Fitness Centers

Does anyone have recommendations for a fitness center in Duluth?  What do you like / not like about a facility and why?

Anytime Fitness (Duluth/Superior/Hermantown)
Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Center
Curves (Duluth/Superior/Hermantown)
Duluth Area Family YMCA
Duluth Snap Fitness
Essentia Health Fitness & Therapy Services
Jungle Boy Boxing Gym
Kinetic Fitness (Superior)
Lorenzi’s Boxing
Marcovich Wellness Center (Superior)
North Star Health & Fitness (Superior)
PhyEd Health Club (Superior)
Superior Kettlebell Gym

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13 Comment(s)

  1. The Y is really nice but parking can be a pain and I’ve found that it’s frequently too busy for its own good. On several occasions, I ended up leaving before I was able to do cardio because all the machines were taken.

    mat | Aug 23, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Essentia Fitness is the only option besides the Y with a pool. It is adults only, no kids or day care. Parking after 5 p.m. or before 8 a.m. is easy and free on the street.

    If you really want to get in shape, check out the Superior Kettlebell Gym.

    Shane | Aug 23, 2012 | New Comment
  3. I always liked Anytime Fitness because I’m pretty awkward and generally like to work out and have people leave me alone. At AF you can show up whenever works for you, no matter how early or late.

    Makoons | Aug 24, 2012 | New Comment
  4. Don’t know if other centers are as bad about this, but I’ve found Snap Fitness to be very unreasonable about suspending membership. It’s a perfectly adequate gym I suppose, but buyer beware in terms of their policies if you don’t expect to keep the membership active 100% of the time.

    In our case, we only really need a membership in the winter. Not sure if there are any centers that are reasonable about that.

    Chickonen | Aug 24, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Chickonen, Essentia’s Center for Personal Fitness allows you to buy daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly passes. Not sure if there are restrictions, but might be a better option if you only want to use a gym in the winter.

    agate1023 | Aug 24, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Superior Kettlebell Gym if you are looking to get ripped and are willing to suffer for it. That place is not for pansies!

    digit3 | Aug 26, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Essentia lets you suspend your membership for the summer. You have to tell them a few weeks in advance if you are on monthly billing.

    Shane | Aug 26, 2012 | New Comment
  8. We got a family membership to the Y, but dropped it, it was such a pain in the neck. First, parking was always a hassle. Also, the kid wanted to use the treadmills and other machines — we had to get her doctor’s permission first, another hassle. She then complained that she felt she was “stared at” in the exercise room when she used the machines, so she didn’t want to go anymore. And the mister never went… So now we have a treadmill at home, which works out well, especially with the crazy hours we keep.

    Claire | Aug 27, 2012 | New Comment
  9. The fitness center at Essentia sells day passes at a discount during the holiday season. If you only want to work out during the winter a few days a week this can be a very inexpensive option and no membership fee and no committment.

    Ruthie | Aug 27, 2012 | New Comment
  10. It all really depends on how you want to use your gym. If you are a go, workout by yourself, and leave without anyone bothering you type of person then Anytime Fitness is perfect, and very reasonably priced.

    If you like to take classes and use the pool then I would go with Essentia. It’s not an extra expense to do the classes and use the pool or hot tub.

    Also, if you have health insurance that reimburses your membership I would check first to see which gyms participate.

    niner | Aug 27, 2012 | New Comment
  11. Superior Kettlebell all the way!! You’ll feel like you did something and Adam’s not gonna run a slack class. He’s the real deal and so is his gym.

    gingerbliss | Aug 27, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Avoid Superior Kettlebell gym if you are a beginner and new to the scene. Adam is clueless on how to work with beginners and will do more harm than good.

    xterrabuzz | Aug 28, 2012 | New Comment
  13. That’s a load of BS @xterrabuzz. Adam is RKG certified and has worked with at least a hundred beginners to safely learn KB technique.

    digit3 | Aug 30, 2012 | New Comment

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