Keeping Fit in Worcester: Worcester Fitness

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By Ryan Rushton

Worcester, which is the second largest city in New England (behind Boston) is home to more than 181 thousand people. Within the area, residents have voted Worcester Fitness the “Best Gym in Worcester” for its cleanliness, helpful and attentive staff, and wide variety of exercise classes. With two different locations included with one membership, Worcester Fitness has been dedicated to delivering and exceeding the fitness needs of the Worcester area since 1978.

One thing that Tim MacDonald, General Manager of Worcester Fitness has seen over the past 36 years is that everyone wants to capitalize on people’s desire to get fit. “Hundreds of mega-technologies, pseudo-sciences, and quick-fix pharmaceuticals jump into the wellness arena in an attempt to profit on people’s goals to stay healthy and live longer, happier lives.” Yet, as these new “cutting-edge” products come and go, we need to keep in mind that regular exercise and eating right are the best ways to stay healthy.

MacDonald sees his fitness center as a leader in the fitness movement, explaining that Worcester Fitness hires the best fitness professionals in the area to teach people how to get in shape- and stay in shape. It is also the only independently-owned health-club company in the city with two independent health clubs right in Worcester.

The access to both locations with one membership is a nice perk. At the Grove Street location, you’ll find a cardio room, weight room, pool, two racquetball courts, four rooms dedicated to fitness classes, and a cycling room. If you’re looking for a change of scenery for your next workout, try the Summer St. location on the 6th floor of St. Vincent’s Hospital, which offers a spectacular view over the city.

Another great feature that you’ll find with Worcester Fitness is the ability to fully customize your membership. For instance, if you really enjoy small group classes, you can just purchase the small group classes that you would like to participate in. If you’re under the age of 25, you can sign up for a Young Adult Membership that offers a significant discount.

Many members enjoy the wide variety of group classes that are offered. MacDonald says that, “Right now, the power of group exercise is coming from two categories of fitness: the bootcamp style classes and water fitness program.” With each attracting hundreds of participants each week, more and more people are signing up after they see a class in action. At Worcester Fitness, you’ll notice that the inclusive atmosphere does a great job of accommodating both beginners and long-time participants.

Worcester Fitness gives back to the Worcester community by dedicating hundreds of hours each year to support local charitable organizations. One such organization is Planting the Seed Foundation, which is a Worcester-based group that supplies homeless children with clothing, holiday toys, and school supplies.


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No matter what fitness activities you are interested in, Worcester Fitness has a membership that will fit perfectly for you.