Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bally Total Fitness

Adjacent to the Tucson Mall, Bally Total Fitness located at 4690 N. Oracle Road, offers a well-rounded workout experience in an obviously older location. 

Complete with a decently sized cardio area and weight selection, the club attempts to offer members the same amenities as their competitors with a more seasoned appearance. The club has an indoor track, pool, aerobics room, cycling room, hot tub, and sauna, yet it is apparent that they have seen their share of use. 

The locker rooms are especially worn down, with grimy looking showers, cement floors, and metal lockers that look like they belong in a haunted abandoned school. 

However, despite the appearance of the establishment, the equipment is looked after and current. 

"The equipment is always updated every two years," said Daniel Allen, an employee at the Bally's location. "There's probably a good 1,000 machines including free weights." 

The machines include Life Fitness elliptical machines, treadmills, bikes and crew machines. 

The club also offers different classes, including pilates, yoga, cycling, as well as personal training. "We teach them in a certain way," said Allen. 

The club also has a diverse group of people who utilize the classes and amenities in different ways. "The pool is between 80 to 85 degrees," said Allen. "Cause a lot of older people use it." Bally's offers aqua aerobics every other day. 

"We're busiest between about 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., it's a mixed crowd" said Allen. "At 5 a.m. in the morning it's an older crowd." 

In efforts to accommodate the club's diversity, the location has a Spanish speaking staff, and has also collaborated with Silver Sneakers, an organization that assists with health service plans for senior citizens. 

The club is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, open till 9 p.m. on Fridays, and from 6 p.m. till 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

The club is offering a monthly payment plan, starting at $34.99 a month for access to all national Bally's locations, a $24.99 per month one-club access membership, or a flat $279 one time yearly national access payment plan. 

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