Top five gyms in South Florida

Young man maintaining his balance during group session (photo courtesy of Karen Bakula.)

Do you love working out and staying active? Fitness doesn’t have an age limit or a requirement that one is in optimal shape. Better conditioning and healthy living should be on everyone’s to-do list. South Florida gyms provide all the necessary elements to fulfilling that daily goal. 

All across Broward and Miami-Dade counties, residents can train on state-of-the-art machines in an encouraging environment. Here are the top five places to work out in South Florida.

Members of Crunch Fitness posing for a picture after a high intensity workout. (Photo courtesy of Crunch Fitness.)

Crunch Fitness
16024 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
(754) 256-2238
5 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Saturday – Sunday)

Crunch Fitness in west Pembroke Pines opened in August. Alexandra Villa, front desk manager, gives the gym high praise and credited her staff members. “The atmosphere of the gym is great, all of our staff members are nice, and we’re willing to help,” said Villa. Crunch Fitness has a “no judgment” motto and welcomes its members with open arms. This gym offers high-intensity interval training with licensed personal trainers, known as the “HIIT Zone.” It also offers spin and cycle classes for people more comfortable using exercise bikes. However, if you’re not interested in high-intensity workouts, there are accessible weight selections for all members. Hydro massage therapy and indoor tanning are available, too.  Gym users have to pay $300 to become an official member, with a $10 monthly payment.

Club members doing leg raises while listening to the instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. (Photo courtesy of Karen Bakula.)

24 Hour Fitness
19371 NW 27th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(305) 907-5960
5 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Monday – Sunday)

This place has been beneficial for residents in Miami Gardens. Joshua Partridge, the front desk attendant, believes 24-Hour Fitness is a great place for members to let off steam while working out. Many residents love working out at this 24-Hour Fitness due to its accessibility, Partridge said. This gym offers spin and cycle classes. Ladies who are into yoga can join a club and participate in GX24 studio classes. First-time members can have a 30-minute session with personal trainers and members can train virtually through their 24GO app. This gym has an indoor basketball court for members who are interested in playing. Gym users could purchase supplements and energy drinks for better workout performance. The gym also has an indoor swimming pool and a steaming room. Gym users have to pay $189 to become a member. The gym offers monthly passes where members could pay $10 to $40 a month. Senior citizens and high school teachers are offered free membership. 

Gym members working hard in YouFit gym to stay in top-tier shape. (Photo courtesy of YouFit.)

YouFit Gyms
15451 SW 13 Lane.
Sunrise, FL 33326
(954) 371-0789
5 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Monday – Thursday)
5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday)
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Saturday – Sunday)

Similar to other gyms in South Florida, YouFit offers high-intensity interval training sessions and group sessions. First-time members have a 10% discount for the first year of enrollment. Members can schedule an appointment with any trainer of their choice on any day of the week. Adrian Quevedo, assistant general manager, said members love showing up to the gym because of the quiet environment. YouFits offers an affordable price of $9.99 a month. Members who enrolled in their one-year base deal have access to their high-intensity interval training and group sessions while paying $24 a month.  

Club members participating in kickboxing lessons. (Photo courtesy pf UCF Fit.)

UFC FIT
10250 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
(754) 231-2945
5 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Monday)
Open 24 hours (Tuesday – Thursday)
12 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday)
6 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Saturday – Sunday)

If you’re into mixed martial arts, UFC Fit would be the perfect gym. First-time members get a two-day free pass to use the gym. It offers jujitsu, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and weight training sessions for members. Members can receive cryotherapy, red-light therapy, massage therapy, and compression therapy after sessions. It offers affordable membership prices that range from $60 to $100. You even have the chance to meet and work out with famous MMA fighters because of the popularity of the gym.

Club members enjoying high-energy workouts at Amped Fitness (Photo courtesy of Amped Fitness.)

Amped Fitness
8333 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(955) 450-5535
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Saturday)
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sunday)

Amped Fitness offers high-energy training sessions such as spin classes and personal training. The gym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. This gym has an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor basketball court. Members could relieve their muscle soreness, aches, and pains with their hydro massage room. First-time members get a free two-day pass after that time is up, members have to pay a $32 enrollment fee to join.

Jason Oboh is a Florida International University student currently in his senior year and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in digital journalism. He enjoys listening to music and watching sports. He was co-host of a basketball podcast called "The Bench Podcast."