Has the blistering Summer heat stifled your outside workouts? Or what about those New Year’s Resolutions that you may have put off since about January 2nd? Let’s be honest, working out and staying in shape is not always the most fun thing you can do, but getting healthy and keeping your body in shape is important for your well-being and for your quality of life spent with your family. The Daytona Beach area has many gyms that offer everything from large selections of free-weights, to an array of cardio machines, to tanning, personal training, pools, and even daycare. With many of these gyms open extended hours, it is easier to find a gym that suits your needs both physically and within your busy schedule. Below I will outline several options and discuss the pricing and amenities of each.
4701 City Center Pkwy, Port Orange (386)760-9622
YMCA Port Orange
Monday-Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
The YMCA is much more than a gym, it is a community-building facility that strives to bring a better life to the lives of the members it serves. Offering the typical gym equipment, the Y also others a plethora of programs for children to seniors for any need. The Y has a large outdoor pool, many aerobic studios, and a personal training staff that can help you with any of your fitness goals. The Port Orange YMCA also offers daycare services weekdays. With membership rates based on income level, including family package discounts, the YMCA can be extremely affordable for the amenities included. And if you have a membership in Port Orange, you can still visit any other YMCA you may stumble across so you don’t have to miss a day of fitness training. Visit the website to peruse the endless programs and opportunities that he YMCA provides.
1423 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach (386)253-4300
Planet Fitness Daytona Beach
Ormond Beachside, 910 South Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach (386)677-4000
Planet Fitness Ormond Beach
Monday-Friday open 24 hours (closes Friday 9pm), Saturday & Sunday 7am-7pm
The Planet Fitness chain has found popularity due to its affordable membership options as well as through their strive to be a “Judgement-free zone”. This means working out at your own pace, on your own time, and without the pressure of some more muscle-bound gyms. In fact, if anyone is loudly grunting or dropping large weights, they will really draw attention to themselves when the “Lunk” alarm goes off as a reminder to respect the others working out around them. Planet Fitness offers a large assortment of the newest cardio equipment, free-weights and other fitness training equipment. Planet Fitness also offers tanning and has spacious locker rooms with private showers and lockers to secure your valuables. There are several membership options to choose from, but possibly the most beneficial one is their Black Card Membership which consists of unlimited fitness training at any Planet Fitness location across the country and also allows you to bring a guest with you. Also included is unlimited tanning and massage chair use and a 50% discount on cooler beverages. The Black Card will cost around $20 a month and requires a 12-month contract and an additional annual fee charge of $39.
1300 Beville Road, Daytona Beach (386)310-4949
Powerhouse Gym Daytona
A fairly new gym in the Publix shopping center, Powerhouse offers a wide array of amenities for their members. Plenty of treadmills, elliptical equipment and the largest amount of benches in the area are only the beginning as Powerhouse offers tons of group fitness classes such as Zumba, hip-hop dance, ballroom dance, salsa, kickboxing and much more. There is also tanning and hydro-massage included in the membership price. I was told they don’t quote prices over the phone, but that there are some special rates right now in the $20 range per month. For those that live a little further north, the Powerhouse Gym in Palm Coast will be adding a rock-climbing wall to their member benefits soon.
5537 S. Williamson Ave, Unit 670 Port Orange(386)310-7934
Anytime Fitness Port Orange
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Anytime Fitness really strives to live up to the name, staying open 24-7 and taking away any possibility of excuses. As a member, you will receive a security-access key that will allow unlimited access to Anytime Fitness anytime! There are specific hours that are staffed as well as a great personal training staff that are ready to help you reach your goals. Anytime Fitness is a newer facility and offers wonderful, new equipment and HD TVs. There is a 7-day free trial on their website available as well as offering two free personal training sessions to new members of Anytime Fitness. Memberships range in price and some health insurance options can pay for part or all of some memberships, but most memberships range from $30-40 a month with a contract.
4639 Clyde Morris Blvd. #104, Port Orange (386)788-5678
4Ever Fitness Port Orange
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
4Ever Fitness strives for it’s members to incorporate their 4 steps to fitness: active stretching, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and balanced nutrition. Like above, 4Ever Fitness is open for members anytime (not always staffed) using a special security-access key and is monitored 24-7 with a video-surveillance system. This facility offers the normal equipment but also offers a special “Gold Member Area” with private equipment set and cleaned for it’s members. This area is always staffed and they are their to personally assist you with your fitness goals. 4Ever Fitness also accepts some healthcare plans and membership rates vary greatly. Call or visit them to find out which option is best for you.
3761 South Nova Road, Port Orange (386)756-8282
Get Fitness Port Orange
Monday-Thursday 5am-10pm, Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 7am-7pm
Get Fitness owners recently bought out the old Gold’s Gym, keeping much of their free-weights (over 30,000 lbs) and other equipment, as well as bringing in many new state-of-the-art pieces of exercise equipment. The cardio equipment is equipped with individual 15’ LCD TV screens and has IPod connectivity. Get Fitness provides an emphasis on personal training and group fitness classes, having over 35 classes per week. With non-commitment plans running from $9-20 a month, this is an affordable option without having to sign a long-term contract. There are also specials on their website for a free 7-day trial as well as a free fitness assessment with an experienced personal trainer.