Youfit Health Clubs expands in Valley

Youfit Health Clubs is about to open its 8thnew club in the Valley – its second one in Gilbert. And several more are coming soon.

Rick Berks, owner of Youfit, has targeted the Valley for expansion – and he’s making good on his promise.  Youfit Health Clubs ( now has 43 clubs in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. And his first Gilbert club (at 706 North McQueen Road) is doing so well that’s he’s opening a second one there, at 870 E. Williams Field Road. Youfit has a unique concept. And people in the Valley are responding to it; each new club here has registered several thousand members within the first month.

Berks’ business model is much different than those of traditional health clubs. There are no long-term contracts (you pay by the month). No intimidating bodybuilders or gym rats (the clubs are not designed for them). No singles scenes. No pressure to join – there are no salespeople. No pushy instructors. And no carbon footprint. These may be the “greenest” gyms in America — the floors, for example, are made of recycled tires or Nike “grind” (recycled sneakers!).

The “Youfit” name is meant to convey a very strong message. These are clubs where “you” can “fit” in, without feeling uncomfortable and without feeling pressure from salespeople.