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Health club guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 16, 2010 at 11:12 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Anyone who has ever belonged to a health club knows that when the new year begins, working out becomes quite a travail. For a few months you'll have trouble getting that stairmaster or treadmill to which you've grown accustomed.

That's because the new year's resolution folks have all signed up (or dug out their membership cards from beneath that pile of Big Mac wrappers) and decided to work toward fitting into next summer's bathing suit.

With that in mind, we've decided to give you a little guide to area health clubs, with some info on aerobic studios added, for good measure.

Animal House Gym
2030 S. 55th St., (414) 672-0233

The Animal House offers 7500 sq ft. of workout space that features cardio equipment like treadmills, Stairmasters, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes. Also available is a full line of supplements, energy drinks and protein bars. If you want to show off your new toned muscles, head to the tanning bed. Regular 1-month, 6-month and 12-month memberships are available but you can also get a $5.00 1-day pass or a $40 10-visit punch card. Tanning fees are separate.

Anytime Fitness
2170 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 319-1111
6519 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 259-9999
N35 W23770 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 695-9700
4009 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 350-3196
5879 S. Packard Ave., (414) 483-1921
2205 N. Calhoun Rd., (414) 993-9111
6900 W. Brown Deer Rd.,
(414) 365-9100
8907 W. North Ave, Wawautosa (414) 258-5658
2818 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin (414) 304-5254
15437 W. National Ave., New Berlin (262) 784-1280
N112 W16274 Mequon Rd., Germantown (262) 251-1457
W61 N297 Washington Ave., Cedarburg (262) 375-9300

Open 24 hours a day, Anytime Fitness is especially suited to those who need to squeeze their workouts into a busy schedule at non-traditional times. New locations in Mequon, Menomonee Falls and Whitefish Bay are listed as "coming soon."

Axiom Fitness
1770 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield (262) 781-0418
Axiom Fitness wants to change your lifestyle. Their fitness coaches have a 30-day guarantee of increased strength and endurance and focus on nutrition, core strengthening, muscle building and toning, and cardiovascular and aerobic health. They also offer fitness camps and maintain a blog filled with helpful exercise and nutrition tips.

Bally's Total Fitness
Various locations
(800) 846-0256

Of course, everyone knows about Bally's, unless they never watch TV, where this chain advertises heavily. There's always some kind of membership deal going on and the Bally's clubs are high-energy, social places to exercise. For some, that's great and for others, not so. But regardless of your take on the vibe, Bally's is decked out with state-of-the-art equipment, lots of classes, running tracks and more.

be fitness
405 Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 646-4727

Offering personal training, strength training, group exercise, plus karate, yoga and Pilates classes, this gym has you covered. They also have a spa featuring massage therapy, facials and hair removal services. If you want to look stylish while getting fit, visit their pro-shop for all your fitness wear needs. And don't worry - there's babysitting, too.

Body Mechanics
807 N. Jefferson St., (414) 224-8219
1177 Quail Court, Suite 200, Pewaukee (262) 695-3057

With two locations, Body Mechanics tackles physical therapy, personal training, massage and has a fully equipped gym. The Pewaukee location is the newest facility for this group and brings what the downtown location has to the suburbs.

Body Tuning Aerobic Studio
6421 W. North Ave., (414) 453-6622

If you're serious about cardiovascular fitness, this is the place for you. If you're not sure you can get a free 1-week trial. Membership fees are based on classes (this gym is centered on group exercise) and offers many payment plans, including a pay-as-you-go rate. We love the annual Turkey Trot Workout Day on Thanksgiving to get you ready for those holiday indulgences!

Breakthrough Health and Fitness
3560 S. Mooreland Rd., New Berlin, (414) 852-5676
Breakthough Fitness wants to customize your workout to your needs, and every membership starts with a free personalized training and nutrition session. They offer boot camps, Zumba, and yoga classes in addition to the usual strength training, cardio, weight loss and sports conditioning programs. There's even pre and post-natal classes to help you shed that baby weight! Registered dietitians are on-staff and available for consultations.

Brickyard Gym
2651 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 481-7113

For those who are serious about bulking up or getting toned - or who just want their gym owner to know them by their first name - visit the Brickyard Gym in Bay View. The equipment there will help you develop all areas of your body - and there's tanning services, too. Personal training is also available, as well as a free diet consultation.

Curves for Women
Almost 40 locations in the Milwaukee area

Over 4 million women nationwide love this ladies-only fitness haven, and it's not hard to see why. Offering affordable diet and exercise resources, Curves will focus on every muscle group - strength training, cardio, stretching - in a 30-minute workout just three times a week. You can also utilize the CurvesSmart personal workout system, which customizes your exercise intensity to your own needs and goals. And who wants to sweat in front of guys, anyway?

CYGA Cycling+Yoga
3575 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-2942
Like cycling? Like yoga? The folks at CYGA think the ideal workout is a combination of both - but if just one of the other floats your boat, they're happy to help with that, too. Yoga classes and cycling classes are offered for all experience levels, as well as hour-long combinations of the two. Private instruction is also available, and membership packages offer student discounts.

Elite Fitness & Racquet Clubs
13825 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, (414) 273-1076
600 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield, (262) 786-3330
5750 N. Glen Park Rd., Glendale, (414) 273-1114
11616 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-4250
Elite Fitness & Racquet Clubs has four locations: Highlander in Brookfield, Glendale's North Shore Elite, Bluemound Elite in Brookfield and Mequon Racquet & Fitness Center in Mequon. All locations boast state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor and outdoor tennis, full court basketball, massage and physical therapy, personal trainers, dieticians, aerobics classes, racquetball courts and a pools at their Highlander and Mequon locations. Pools feature a salt water system that is less harmful to the hair and skin than liquid chlorine.

Energy-Personal Fitness
207 E. Buffalo St., suite 206
(414) 270-9770

This sunny and spacious gym in the Historic Third Ward is a great environment to set and reach your fitness goals. It's a private and semi-private facility which focuses on one-on-one personal training that personalized to your needs and goals. There is no cost to join but a session by session fee.

Fitness Together
411 E. Menomonee St., (414) 223-3482
10974 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-3530
615 East Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 962-8889
17280 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (262) 780-6350
524 Milwaukee St., Delafield, (262) 646-5444
2525 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-9800

Fitness Together offers clients personal private training sessions and total fitness training in unique, innovative one-on-one settings. Training is private, but cardio machines are open to members at anytime. Massage also is offered in a private and relaxing setting. Complete nutritional services are available; evaluation, teaching and follow-up are included.

LA Fitness
501 W. Northshore Dr., Suite 200, (414) 322-2286

Wisconsin's only LA Fitness location is on the second floor at Bayshore Town Centre. Open 24 hours, this reasonably priced gym offers personal trainers, racquetball courts, aerobic classes, a pool and sauna, juice bar, spa and babysitting for your convenience.

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kgolyzniak | Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:35 p.m. (report)

If you have a child, look very closely at the childcare at the clubs. after I had a baby I went back to the gym (my second time away from my little guy) and the women at the WAC dropped him on his head and fractured his skull. I WOULD NEVER leave my child there again. Beware!!!!!

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bornoffire1 | Jan. 18, 2010 at 12:43 p.m. (report)

Cardinal Fitness - 2 locations in Milwaukee area that's I'm aware of (at least) for $20 a month and a low joining fee and minimal equipment fees every year........ Clearly OMC is not the only people that need to check their facts and listings......

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DowntownRed | Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:24 a.m. (report)

WOW! This is the ultimate example of how lazy OnMilwaukee is. Running an article from '07 and claiming it was updated on Jan. 16, 2010. If you had truly updated it, you would have realized that Cardinal Fitness pulled out of Wisconsin over a year ago! And to ignore other gyms that have opened including LA Fitness, Princeton Club and the North Shore location of the WAC is just incredibly stupid. And to mention Midtown Spa in the same article as legitimate health clubs just proves you have no idea what your writing about. You're not doing any one a favor by running this article. Take it down and actually put some effort behind it.

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PlayerGotGame | Jan. 16, 2010 at 6:16 p.m. (report)

Just to be clear, Fitness Together isn't a health club. It is by appointment only and you work with a trainer every time you go. It is really nice for people who are intimidated to work out in a crowded gym and for those who really need a guiding hand to keep them on task. I got a free pass and tried it out in the Third Ward location. I liked it, but would rather spend on numerous other indulgences.

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speakthetruth | Jan. 16, 2010 at 11:59 a.m. (report)

If you are a Marquette alum, you can work out at either the RecPlex or RecCenter for $5/visit (includes locker, towel, and parking) or join for between $15-20/month, depending upon the term.

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