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.
161 W Wisconsin Ave., (414) 435-9588
18895 W Bluemound Rd. #4, Brookfield, (262) 797-9541
1359 Port Washington Rd., Grafton, (262) 385-4985
2014 W. Silvernail Rd., Waukesha, (262) 574-6909
318 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 967-8778
8907 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 764-6680
15157 W. National Ave., New Berlin, (262) 439-8102
9Round Fitness is Milwaukee’s own 30-minute kickbox fitness center, ready to whip you into shape in a timely fashion. They guarantee a fast, effective workout that allows you to work out every muscle, every time. Membership includes motivating trainers, a virtual nutrition coach and the opportunity to burn up to 500 calories in a mere 30 minutes!
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 $30 10-visit punch card. Tanning fees are separate.
2170 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 319-1111
6015 W Forest Home Ave., (414) 259-9999
1575 N. Water St., (414) 210-2598
12505 W. Bluemound Rd., (262) 786-2800
4009 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-1111
5879 S. Packard Ave., (414) 483-1921
6538 S. 108th St., Franklin, (414) 425-2550
6900 W. Brown Deer Rd., (414) 365-9100
2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, (262) 993-9111
2818 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin, (414) 304-5254
N56 W14108 Silver Spring Dr., Menomenee Falls, (262) 781-3220
W175 N11162 Stonewood Dr., Germantown, (262) 502-1800
W23770, N35 W23986 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 695-9700
8907 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wawautosa, (414) 258-5658
15437 W. National Ave., New Berlin, (262) 784-1280
2144 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 446-6797
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. Check out a location nearest you.
Bay View Fitness
2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-7600
At Bay View Fitness, they believe that variety gives the best results, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get! They provide a wide range of free weights, an open area fit with kettle bells, battle ropes, a TRX trainer, treadmills, spin bikes, and workout machines. Memberships are provided for individuals, couples or a family of 3. Check their website for pricing and details.
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.
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.
Just Breakthrough Personal Fitness
14260 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (414) 899-0064
Breakthrough 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, personal training and open gym in addition to the usual strength training, cardio, weight loss and sports conditioning programs. Registered dietitians are on-staff and available for consultations.
408 W. FLORIDA ST., (414) 207-7851
BrewCity CrossFit has a simple mission of giving their members every opportunity to become fit beyond expectations in an environment that is effective, fun, and quintessentially "Milwaukee." They offer experienced coaches, a robust class schedule, tough and intelligent workout programming, a great facility and a supportive community. You won’t regret joining BrewCity.
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.
Cream City CrossFit
2627 S. Greeley Street, 414-367-9269
Cream City Crossfit is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and athletic performance of all of their members. They believe that only through fitness of body can one also attain fitness of character, family and nation. You’ll be in the best shape of your life in no time!
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?
Elite Sports Clubs
13825 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, (262) 786-0880
2001 W. Good Hope Rd., (414) 352-4900
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 Sports Clubs has five locations in the greater Milwaukee area. The Elite clubs feature extensive fitness areas, equipment, and exercise classes, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, certified instructors and trainers, physical therapy and nutrition services, playrooms and childcare services, and year-round youth activities and lessons. Locally owned and operated since 1986, Elite Sports Clubs celebrate a history of excellence in the Milwaukee area as each club is continually redefined and upgraded.
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.
411 E. Menomonee St., (414) 210-4315
615 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 962-8889
2525 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-6136
18000 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 289-9860
10910 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-3530
524 Milwaukee St. Suite 101, Delafield, (262) 337-9080
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.
731 N. Water St., 414-312-7582
831 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, 262-524-9042
Gold’s Gym began a tradition of commitment, passion and commitment from the day Joe Gold opened the first location in 1965. Along with strength training, they offer a variety of classes such as Zumba, yoga, group cycling, mixed martial arts and more! Go find your strength at Gold’s Gym.
2060 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 265-5606
INVIVO is a resource where the community can access skilled complementary, alternative and medical wellness services under one roof. This health center was founded on the premise that fitness and wellness are not only essential, but should also be inspiring. They offer yoga and fitness classes, physical therapy and massages. Their wellness center overlooks the Milwaukee River and is bathed in sunlight, allowing you to feel the positive energy the moment you walk in.
Ladies Workout Express
3434 W. McKinley Blvd., (414) 831-3434
4427 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., 414-831-3434
Ladies Workout Express allows ladies to maximize their workout on contemporary strength training equipment sized just for women. Their highly motivating and caring personal trainers will make sure that you’re doing your workouts correctly and offer you the moral support you need. Check it out!
Milwaukee Athletic Club
758 N. Broadway, (414) 273-5080
MAC is business and social club founded in 1882, also has separate men's and women's athletic facilities with a co-ed group fitness studio and racquetball/squash courts. They also offer amenities for families and junior members 14 years of age, as well as babysitting services. There are also 17 private meeting rooms, two restaurants, three bars, 68 overnight guest rooms and other amenities.
Monkey Bar Gym Milwaukee
173 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 395-5070
The folks at Monkey Bar Gym Milwaukee want to change the way you look at health and fitness. They're inspired by nature, and it's rooted in what they do as a gym and as trainers. They will have you run, jump, crawl, climb, and build usable skills that yield results and inspire lasting confidence.
Oak Creek Gym & Fitness
1902 W. Ryan Rd., Oak Creek, (414) 764-5464
Group fitness, cardio, weight training, personal training, and the FirstLine Therapy program, Oak Green Fitness has it covered. It's owned by Dr. Ken Krimpelbein, a chiropractor who is also a certified nutritional counselor. Membership is affordable, too - especially for senior citizens.
7 area locations
Orangetheory Fitness is a franchise based in Boca Raton, Florida. Kevin Scharnek opened the first Orangetheory in Wisconsin four years ago in Brookfield. Today there seven locations in the greater Milwaukee area.
"In short, Orangetheory provides personal training in a group environment," says Scharnek. "The workouts are always different, always engaging and always challenging for athletes of all levels." The Orangetheory concept is based on combining fitness, science and technology. The classes are led by a coach and comprise a combination of rowing, strength training and treadmills.
101 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 223-3380
3333 S. 27th St., (414) 382-1900
5700 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 444-3111
709 E. Capitol Dr., (414) 800-7237
2901 S. Chicago Ave., (414) 766-0705
6529 S. 27th St., Franklin (414) 988-9269
15740 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 599-8127
N89 W16899 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-8000
Work on your fitness at Planet Fitness, the ultimate no judgement zone. You can take advantage of their unlimited fitness training programs or simply do your own thing on their wide selection of cardio and weight machines. Love their low prices and avoid gymtimidation!
14999 W. Beloit Rd., New Berlin, (414) 427-1100
This club is all the rage in Madison and finally in 2008, they brought the first location to the Milwaukee area. It's open 24 hours, offers free child care, physical therapy and chiropractic services.
The Shape Up Shoppe
2697 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 481-2108
This women-only fitness club offers a personal training room and group exercise classes in everything from core fusion to Zumba. Private lessons in self-defense, boxing, and tennis are also available - and personal training, of course. They even offer classes for kids. Plus, how could you not love a place that has a "Eucalyptus room," women's day spa and rock sauna?
Over 25 locations in the Milwaukee area
Fast, convenient and affordable fitness option in your area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With state-of-the-art exercise equipment and memberships starting around $1-a-day. You can also get a 30-day trial for just $8.95.
Southridge Athletic Club
6815 W. Edgerton Ave., (414) 421-5770
The Southridge Athletic Club offers some of the most expansive hours of any local fitness center, opening at 5:30 a.m. and locking the doors at 10 p.m. Amenities include an aquatic center, personal training, fitness assessments, massage and tanning.
5311 S. Howell Ave., (414) 769-0772
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Sweeney's offers one-on-one personalized training and state-of-the-art equipment. Located by Mitchell International Airport, Sweeney's is popular with travelers and offers a special Traveler's Membership and day pass. All membership prices are affordable with no joining fees and the gym and is accessible night and day to members with a key card.
Turner Hall & The Milwaukee Turners
1034 N. 4th St., (414) 272-1733
The Milwaukee Turners have played a central role in Milwaukee’s political and social landscape for over 160 years. They offer public forums, gymnastics, rock climbing, yoga and much more--all dedicated to provide a sound mind, body and soul.
United Fitness Center
N85 W15960 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-1421
The United Fitness Center promises to help you "turn your fear into power" with their selection of personal training, aerobics classes (featuring yoga, cardio pump, spin and more) and special workouts customized to senior citizens. They also offer discounts for high school and college students and families.
222 E. Erie St. Suite 150, (414) 272-8482
The mission of Vita Fitness and Physical Therapy is to offer optimal service to each client with any condition that may affect the shape, alignment, or function of the human body throughout life.
West Wood Health & Fitness Center
2900 Golf Rd., Pewaukee, (262) 650-8000
Featuring personal training, specialty training, private swim lessons, and a wellness center, this ProHealth Care affiliate is a one-stop shop for health and fitness. You can register for their wide selection of classes online (choose from yoga, Pilates, T'ai Chi, racquetball, and more) and take advantage of a monthly fitness evaluation included in membership.
Wisconsin Athletic Club
411 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 212-2000
8700 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-5000
1939 S. 108th St., West Allis, (414) 321-2500
5020 S. 110th St., Greenfield, (414) 427-6500
1530 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 544-4111
7601 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, (414) 228-2800
N91W15700 Falls Parkway, Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-5700
WAC took over the former YMCA space at 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. and a number of downtown Y veterans joined the new club in the old location, many citing problems of overcrowding and small lockers at the new downtown Y. But WAC is not simply a haven for refugees of other clubs. Their six area locations are loaded with weight equipment (both free weights and weight machines), aerobics and other classes, sauna, steam rooms and whirlpools, tanning, massage, health education, weight loss programs, a kids club and more. The West Allis location is open 24 hours a day.
6706 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 454-0019
6251 S. 27th St., Greenfield, (414) 269-2677
12575 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 754-3300
5321 S. 108th St., Hales Corners, (414) 858-1700
8601 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 570-0100
120 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha, (262) 522-3777
Xperience Fitness believes that all of the important aspects of life will be much more enriched with an active lifestyle, and they’re willing to provide just that for a low price of $9.99 a month! There’s no long-term commitment, just a chance to enjoy the benefits of being fit and active.
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 291-9622
1350 W. North Ave., (414) 265-9622
4340 N. 46th St., (414) 873-9622
9250 N. Green Bay Rd., (414) 354-9622
9050 N. Swan Rd., (414) 586-9622
The YMCA has a number of locations throughout the city, some with a special focus, like the Schroeder Aquatic Center on the northwest side. But all Ys are well-staffed and well-equipped. There are loads of aerobics and other classes, personal training and the like. But, best of all, you know that when you pay your membership fees, your money is doing more than making someone fat (financially). The YMCA supports many community programs in the city through a wide variety of programs including child care, before and after school care, swim lessons, summer camps and more.
There are, of course, a number of other gyms, aerobic studios and other places to get fit. Here are a few of them. If you don't see your favorite listed, post it using the Talkback feature at the bottom of this story.