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Chandler, Gilbert Youfit starting fitness classes for seniors

Seniors in Chandler and Gilbert stand to benefit greatly from Youfit Health Clubs’ partnership in the nationwide “SilverSneakers” program.

SilverSneakers encourages seniors to take control of their health by enjoying more physical activity. It provides free fitness-club memberships for seniors at any participating club across the country. And many health plans are now offering it as a benefit.

As a result of Youfit’s participation, seniors with healthcare plans such as Humana, AARP, AvMed, and Universal Health Care can now enjoy free membership in any of Youfit’s 10 clubs in the Valley. And they’ll have access to specially-trained SilverSneakers Advisors.

“We’re really excited about our involvement in the SilverSneakers program,” said Rick Berks, President/Founder of Youfit Health Clubs.

“It’s a win-win situation. For seniors, it’s a great chance to get in shape, and enhance their overall health. And for us, it’s a chance to give back to the folks in the Valley of the Sun, who’ve supported us enthusiastically.”

In addition, two Youfit clubs in the Valley – in Chandler and at one of the two Gilbert locations (870 E. Williams Field Rd.) – are now starting free exercise classes for seniors as part of the program. Seniors can move to the music as they increase muscular strength, range of movement, and stamina for daily living activities. The SilverSneakers class uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball for resistance training.

“We’re very interested in helping seniors adopt a program of ‘active aging,’” Rick Berks said. “It helps them live healthier and more-active lives, and there’s a very beneficial social aspect, as well. And seniors are not restricted to seniors-only classes – they can also take classes given to the general membership, such as zumba or yoga.”

YouFit in Scottsdale, Photo: YouFit Health Clubs

YouFit opens 10th club in the Valley

One of America’s fastest-growing fitness companies has just opened its 10th club in the Valley of the Sun.

Youfit Health Clubs already has 69 clubs around the country, and is now opening new ones at the rate of three a month. Youfit’s newest club in the Valley of the Sun has just opened at 10654 N. 32nd St. (Paradise Hills Shopping Center) in Phoenix. And the company’s scouting for more locations.

Youfit operates on a business model that’s unusual in the tradition-bound fitness industry. Its clubs are not geared toward bodybuilders or ‘gym rats’ or singles scenes…but, instead, toward the average person who just wants to stay in shape. There are no long-term contracts; you pay month-to-month. There are no salespeople, so there’s no one pressuring you to join. And the price is probably the lowest you’ll ever see for a first-class club.

“And we believe we have the greenest clubs in America,” says President/Founder Rick Berks, a successful entrepreneur. “For example, when you walk in, you’ll be walking on floors made of recycled tires or Nike ‘grind’ – recycled sneakers! And the heating/cooling, water, and power systems are all green. It costs us more to do it this way, but we believe strongly in being good community citizens.”

The atmosphere at Youfit Health Clubs is inviting, rather than intimidating. Here, “you” can “fit” in, without feeling uncomfortable, and without dealing with pushy salespeople. And most people notice the difference the moment they walk in.

“Believe it or not, I’ve actually had people tell me they’d have to get in shape before walking into a health club,” Berks says. “But we’re building clubs for people who don’t want to deal with the trauma and drama of the usual health club.”

Senior Adult Man Working Out in the Gym.

Youfit joins SilverSneakers program

Youfit Health Clubs is now a partner in the “SilverSneakers” program – and Phoenix-area seniors stand to benefit greatly.

SilverSneakers is a program that encourages seniors to take control of their health, with an emphasis on physical activity. It provides a free fitness-club membership for seniors at any participating club across the country. And many health plans are now offering it as a benefit.

As a result of Youfit Health Clubs’ participation, seniors with healthcare plans such as Humana, AARP, AvMed, and Universal Health Care will now enjoy free membership in any of Youfit’s six clubs in the Valley…as well as the additional new clubs opening soon. They’ll be able to work on their strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. And they’ll have access to a specially trained Program Advisor, to introduce them to SilverSneakers and to help them get started.

“We’re really excited about our involvement in the SilverSneakers program” says Rick Berks, founder and President of Youfit Health Clubs.”It’s a win-win situation. For seniors, it’s a great chance to get in shape, and enhance their overall health. And for us, it’s a chance to give something back to the great Arizona communities that have really supported our clubs.”

Berks founded Youfit Health Clubs in 2008. He now has 41 of the “Greenest” health clubs in America – and big plans for the Valley.

“Today’s seniors want to exercise,” Rick Berks says. “But money is often a consideration to people on fixed incomes. And older people are sometimes uncomfortable walking into a health club. But, with SilverSneakers, there’s no fee. And no one will ever have to be uncomfortable walking into a health club anymore…because there’ll be plenty of other seniors there, too.”

YouFit in Scottsdale, Photo: YouFit Health Clubs

YouFit Health Clubs Take A New Approach To Fitness

Upon walking into the newly opened YouFit Health Club in Scottsdale, I was taken back. All it took was for me to open the door to know this place was unlike any other gym I had ever been in.

With a bright green and purple color scheme, the gym seems ideal for people, like me, who get bored of staring at white walls while they cycle away on a stationary bike. Something about having more to look at kept me motivated.

“We wanted to be different and distinctive,” says Rick Berks, owner of the YouFit franchise, which now has five locations in the Valley, with about five more coming soon. “Part of the goal is to create a non-intimidating environment. The colors lend to that. We aren’t after the bodybuilder guys. If he feels threatened because he sees our lime green equipment, we are okay with that.”

I have to agree with Berks. The vibrancy does create a very non-intimidating environment and no scary bodybuilders were to be found.

In addition, YouFit, which first opened in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2008, has jumped on the environmentally friendly bandwagon — something I greatly appreciate. The lighting and water heaters as efficient as they can be, and the floors are made from old tires and old sneakers, called Nike grind. YouFit is paperless, as well. Berks says these are the kinds of things that ultimately make the gym more financially friendly.

Perhaps the biggest plus to YouFit is the lack of salespeople. Memberships are month-to-month and only $10. Berks says the gym sells itself, but if you ask me, the price and the lack of salesmen at the door is what sells it. The gym manages to keep their price point so low by eliminating things that standard gyms have that few members actually use. These wasted amenities include basketball courts and swimming pools that take up space, time, maintenance and, therefore, money.

Once I actually got into the gym and started exploring, I loved it even more. To be frank, it was clean and didn’t smell. To me, that’s huge. The equipment was nicely spaced out and organized. I didn’t feel confused when I was looking for the leg press in a mess of machines. There weren’t free weights lying on the floor in areas that weren’t dedicated to said weights.

I was in the building around 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. I didn’t have to wait for a single machine nor did I feel the need to scoot over several inches to get away from the person next to me. I can’t say it is always like this in there, but I do believe that it would take a lot more people for it to be considered “crowded” in my book.

Lastly, when it comes to gyms, I am a self-proclaimed “germaphobe.” Gyms are the ultimate melting pot of germs. YouFit had automatic bathroom essentials, which only added to my level of comfort. Also, and possibly most important to me, the water fountains were clean. When I refilled my water, I didn’t feel like I was drinking what other people have left behind. It was clean, cold and, again, comforting.

Overall, I would recommend this to my friends. Mostly because you can try it for a month for such a small cost. It’s convenient and it’s how business should be done. It’s evident Berks has created an environment that is focused on customers.

For more information about YouFit Health Clubs, visit youfithealthclubs.com.

YouFit
4827 E. Greenway Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(602) 732-4022