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The Serious Guide to Gyms in Tallahassee

Written by Keith Hansen

May 8, 2017

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UPDATED FOR 2018

Gyms and fitness centers are popping up(and lately, closing) around Tallahassee almost faster than I can keep up with. If you're new to town or new to fitness then you will find this list useful.

If you find yourself googling "gyms near me", "gyms in Tallahassee", or "fitness centers", this list is for you.

It's The Serious Guide to Gyms in Tallahassee.

*DISCLAIMER: THis is an opinion piece. all information was gathered through word of mouth, our own experience visiting the gyms, and speaking to management*

These gyms are all facilities whose focus is weight training and you can have a membership to work out solo. Since our gym, Seriously Strong Training, is a personal training only facility I thought it would be useful to recommend places you can take fitness into your own hands. Obviously you should come here to learn strength training, but since it isn't practical for us to offer regular gym memberships you can use the following list to pick a gym after we've taught you everything you need to know to get strong(it's kind of our specialty).

I've included all the pertinent information you need to narrow down the list of places that fit your needs based on price, location, amenities, and given you my thoughts on the gym.

If you have any corrections, differing opinions, or just found this list useful leave us a comment below and share the article!

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Here is a map with all of the locations

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American Fitness
Anytime Fitness
Atlas Fit
Capital City Barbell
Downtown Fitness
FSU Leach
Gold's Gym
Kinetix
Momentum Fitness
Planet Fitness
Premier Health & Fitness Center
Seminole Strength and Conditioning
Tallahassee Strength Club
YouFit

American Fitness

Address: 6668 Thomasville Rd Tallahassee, FL 32312

Phone Number: 850-907-3555

Hours: 24/7

Website: http://americanfitness247.com

Membership: 12 month commitment $37.99 month $79 1 time enrollment fee

Month to month: $47.99/month, 1 time $79 enrollment fee

Classes: Training packages: $99 unlimited classes + open gym access

1/week small group training, unlimited classes, 24/7 access, $129

Unlimited small group training, unlimited classes, 24/7 access, $229

Gym Specialties: Functional movement

Pros: Access to a wide variety of training equipment. Staff seemed helpful.

Neutral: One location on the north side of town

Cons: We don't know enough about this gym.

Our Take: This is one of the gyms I didn't know existed until research for this post started. The prices are on the higher end for Tallahassee, but with the more expensive memberships that include unlimited classes and small group training it seems very reasonable. The staff was very helpful when we called for information.

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Anytime Fitness

Apalachee Parkway

Address: 3219 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Phone Number: 850-671-2225

Hours: 24/7

Website: www.anytimefitness.com

North Monroe

Address: 1940 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Phone Number: 850-561-1348

Hours: 24/7

East Mahan

Address: 6615 Mahan Dr #310, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone Number: 850-385-2348

Hours: 24/7

Membership: 

Gym Specialties: General fitness.

Pros: Access to one gym grants access to all Tallahassee locations. 24/7 access.

Neutral:  On the smaller side for gyms. You may or may not like that.

Cons: Limited-to-no functional strength training equipment. Not staffed at all hours.

Our Take: This is a basic gym for general fitness. Less amenities than YouFit, Planet Fitness, or Golds. Because of it's franchise nature amenities, hours, and visitation privileges vary by location.

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Atlas Fit

Address: 603 W. Gaines Street Tallahassee, FL 32304

Phone Number: 850-727-0652

Hours: Mon-Thu: 6am-10pm, Fri: 6am-8pm, Sat: 8am-4pm, Sun: Closed

Website: https://www.atlasfit.co/

Membership:

Basic: $20 per month for 12 months up front($240), or $35 for month to month

Premium: $120 per month for membership plus 3 group classes per week. $150 per month for membership plus unlimited group classes.

Gym Specialties: "Adventure Based Fitness"

Pros: New, Clean, A/C, Access to functional training equipment(tires, climbing wall, sleds)

Neutral: Near school so it may be inconveniently located for non-students.

Cons: Very small parking lot. Not 24/7, closed Sundays. No locker rooms. Limited equipment compared to big gyms. Can be difficult to get to because of FSU traffic.

Our Take: Neat concept for a gym. It's well-equipped but overall limited in the amount of equipment available. This is one of the few gyms in town you can push a sled, flip a tire, lift heavy and train for obstacle races. It's kind of a pain to get to if you aren't a student living near the school and most of it's members fit that description. Some daily classes are included in the premium membership.

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Capital City Barbell

Address: 1416 W. Tennessee St. Suite E Tallahassee, FL, 32304

Phone Number: 850-329-6850

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-2pm, Sun: 1pm-4pm

Website: http://www.thecapitalcitybarbell.com

Membership: 12 Month Commitment: $420($35/month), Month to Month: $45/month, Semester: $40/month(4 months)

Gym Specialties: Powerlifting/Olympic Weightlifting

Pros: High end strength training equipment

Neutral: Near school so it may be inconveniently located for non-students.

Cons: Limited machines. No cardio equipment. Limited hours. No showers. No locker room.

Our Take: This gym is for intermediate-to-advanced weightlifters as it is a no frills, almost exclusively free-weight facility. Average age of members is low 20's and comprised largely of students. One of three true powerlifting friendly gyms(the others being Tallahassee Strength Club and Seminole Strength and Conditioning) in town this one is slightly more expensive, cleaner with air conditioning, but limited hours.

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Downtown Fitness

Address: 115 South Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone Number: 850-512-1966

Hours: Mon 6am-9pm, Tue 6am-8pm, Wed 6am-5pm, Thu 6am-8pm, Fri 6am-8pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Sun: Closed

Website: https://downtownfitnesstlh.com/

Membership: $50 Enrollment, $35 Month to Month includes unlimited fitness classes

Gym Specialties: General Fitness

Pros: Unlimited classes, numerous amenities, basketball, volleyball, racquetball courts, leagues

Neutral:

Cons: Limited hours on some days, parking can be difficult at times due to its downtown location

Our Take: We didn't know this club existed so we can't say much. Seems comparable to Premier and Leach but on a smaller scale.

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FSU Leach

Address: 210 Leach Center, 118 Varsity Way Tallahassee, FL 32306

Phone Number: 850.644.0548

Hours: Vary by semester.

Website: http://campusrec.fsu.edu/fitness/

Hours:

Spring

Mon-Thu 6am-10pm

Fri 6am-9pm

Sat-Sun 9am-9pm

Summer

Mon-Thu 6am-10pm

Fri 6am-9pm

Sat-Sun 9am-9pm

Fall(inferred from Spring hours)

Mon-Thu 6am-10pm

Fri 6am-9pm

Sat-Sun 9am-9pm

Membership: Free for active students.

$35 per month for alumni

$25 per month for faculty

$60 per semester for returning students not currently enrolled

Gym Specialties: General Fitness

Pros: The single most well equipped gym in town

Neutral: 

Cons: On campus so parking can be difficult. Very crowded at times.

Our Take: The Leach is incredibly well equipped. Racquetball courts, basketball courts, pool, sauna, steam room, hot tubs, olympic weightlifting, group classes, locker rooms, showers, everything. It's only rival is Premier. Parking at times can be a pain, and the gym is incredibly crowded much of the time. We only recommend this gym if you can workout at off-peak hours, or you are currently a student living on or very near campus. Still, aim for off-peak hours.

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Gold's Gym

University

Address: 2020 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32304

Phone Number: 850-201-9712

Website: www.goldsgym.com/tallahasseenorthfl

Membership: Paid in full: $200-$400.

Basic: month to month. $25/month. Up to $99 enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. No classes included. No guests.

Platinum: Month to month. $35/month. Up to $99 enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. Unlimited guest privileges if they have a local Tallahassee ID.

Gym Specialties: General fitness

Pros: Well-equipped health club. Saunas, tanning, women's fitness center & cardio cinema at Capital Circle location.

Neutral: General fitness.

Cons: Crowded at lunch & after work. Heavy lifting is not encouraged. Staff can be bothersome & pushy with sales at times.

Our Take: 

Update: Gold's Gym on Pensacola is the only location left.

Gold's Gym is a Tallahassee staple. I think everyone has worked out there at some point. As a student I left the Leach in search of greener pastures at Golds, and started my personal training career there. Their prices have gone up in the last few years to compete with the other gyms in town. Gold's is not powerlifting/strength training friendly, and after closing their third location the Capital Circle NE location(now Momentum Fitness) spot has become very crowded. The University location is as badly crowded as the Leach, but with many many more "bros". Gold's Gym is a health club, not the Gold's Gym of times past. If you're looking for powerlifitng/olympic weightlifting, head over to Seminole Strength and Conditioning, Tallahassee Strength Club, or Capital City Barbell. The sales team and management are known for being very aggressive, borderline deceitful at times, and sales driven.

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Kinetix

Northside

Address: 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32309

Phone Number: 850-597-8581

Hours: Mon-Thu 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Website: www.kinetixhealthclub.com/

Southwood

Address: 3196 Merchants Row Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Phone Number: 850-765-4047

Hours: Mon-Thu 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Website: www.kinetixhealthclub.com/

Membership: Silver: $19.99/Month. 1-2 year contracts. $129 enrollment fee. $49 annual fee. Must pay remainder of contract to cancel. Classes not included.

Gold: $29.99/Month. $99 enrollment fee. $49 annual fee. Must pay remainder of contract to cancel. 24/7 gym access. Classes included

Platinum: $42.99/Month. $99 enrollment fee. $49 annual fee. Must pay remainder of contract to cancel. 24/7 gym access. Classes included.

Gym Specialties: General fitness.

Pros: 24/7 access. Classes included in premium memberships.

Neutral:

Cons: Long term commitments only. Too many fees. No locations near city center. Crowded at lunch & after work.

Our Take: The ultimate middle-aged gym. With one nestled in Southwood & the other in Killearn, Kinetix is geared towards Tallahasseeans that have made their way to the suburbs. The gyms are clean & newer, but to our knowledge the management at the Southwood location changes often, for better or worse.

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Momentum Fitness

Address: 2695 Capital Cir NE D, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone Number: 850-385-9712

Hours: Mon-Thu 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 9am-7pm

Website: http://www.momentumfitnesstally.com

Membership: Paid in full: $200-$400.

Basic: month to month. $25/month. Up to $99 enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. No classes included. No guests.

Platinum: Month to month. $35/month. Up to $99 enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. Classes included. Unlimited guest privileges.

Gym Specialties: General fitness

Pros: Well-equipped health club. Saunas, tanning, women's fitness center & cardio cinema.

Neutral: General fitness.

Cons: Crowded at lunch & after work. Heavy lifting is not encouraged. Staff can be bothersome & pushy with sales at times.

Our Take: Here's some industry insider info: This is the same exact gym that was here before(Gold's Gym at Capital Circle NE), but the joint owners of the remaining two Gold's Gym locations split ways. One owns the Pensacola Gold's, and the other person now owns this rebranded Momentum Fitness. As far as we can tell nothing else has changed. Still the same pushy staff as before, still the lack of powerlifting friendly equipment, still the same reasonable prices and variety of amenities. It's a gym, but nothing to write home about.

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Planet Fitness

Apalachee Parkway/Capital Circle SE

Address: 1212 Capital Cir SE Unit C, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone Number: 850-597-7375

Hours: 24/7

Website: www.planetfitness.com

North Monroe

Address: 1925 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Phone Number: 850-329-6091

Hours: 24/7

Website: www.planetfitness.com

Membership: White Card: $10/month + $5 down. $39 annual fee. Month to month commitment. No guest privileges. Limited access to amenities.

Black Card: $19.99/Month+ $0 down. $39 annual fee. Year long commitment with a $58 cancellation fee. Unlimited guest privileges. Unlimited access to all amenities.

Gym Specialties: General Fitness

Pros: Cheap, 24/7 access. Free classes. Good amenities with Black Card membership. Staffed at all times.

Neutral: Geared towards new gym-goers. This can be unintimidating or uninspiring.

Cons: No barbells. Everything is purple.

Our Take: Planet Fitness is known for being a casual gym. They have a "Lunk Alarm" for anyone they deem is being intimidating or douchey. There are no barbells so no real strength training is happening here. That means no deadlifts, no real squats, no real bench pressing. You can use the smith machine to perform the movements but you will not get the benefits of free-weight training because the bar is on a fixed path. This is a large chain and access to one grants you access to all so travel workouts are easy. I have a membership here because they offer a lot that my facility doesn't: tanning, hydromassage beds, massage chairs, machines, cardio equipment, and travel gym privileges. It's just a few minutes from us and cheap. Sometimes it's nice to get out of the gym, hit some machines, and get bronzed. I haven't experienced the pizza yet.

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Premier Health & Fitness Center

Address: 3521 Maclay Blvd S, Tallahassee, FL 32312

Phone Number: 850-431-2348

Website: www.tmh.org/premier 

Hours: Mon-Thu 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm

Membership:  $50.51 + tax monthly for a year contract, $150 termination fee

$45-60 enrollment fee

$62.88 for month to month

$7.00 per guest

90 classes per week included

Gym Specialties: General Fitness

Pros: Most prestigious gym in town. Heated pool, saunas, steam room, basketball court, indoor track.

Neutral: 

Cons: Early Mornings, lunch, and after work is always super packed.

Our Take: This is the Leach for grownups. It's on the north side of town so it can be a bit of a pain to get to for much of Tallahassee therefore it's usual crowd is those living in the Killearn area. Overall, it is a very well-equipped health club. This may be the most expensive gym in town.

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Seminole Strength and Conditioning

Address: 3944 NW Psge, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Phone Number: 352-504-5567

Hours: Staffed Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

24/7 Keycode Access

Website: www.seminolestrengthandconditioning.com

Membership: Single Month: $50

Month to month $35/month, 3 month minimum. No enrollment fees.

Bootcamp classes offered.

Gym Specialties: Powerlifting, bodybuilding, and strongman training.

Pros: Anything goes. Shower. Daily use lockers.

Neutral:

Cons: No a/c. Inconvenient location for much of Tallahassee. Warehouse/grunge feeling.

Our Take: This is the ultimate "no frills" gym in town. No A/C. Tons of powerlifting & strongman equipment. The owner is the world record holder for the bench press so he knows a thing or two about strength equipment. The biggest downside of this gym, aside from the heat making it all but unusable 1/3rd of the year, is that it is on the north west side of town. Not convenient for most Tallahasseans.

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Tallahassee Strength Club

Address: 2815-3 Industrial Plaza Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone Number: 850-251-9887

Hours: 24/7 Key code access

Website: www.tallahasseestrengthclub.com/

Membership: $25 per month

Gym Specialties: Powerlifitng, strongman

Pros: 24/7 access. Wide variety of strength training equipment. Easy parking. Cheap membership.

Neutral: No machines. No cardio equipment. Not staffed at all times.

Cons: Slow communication from management. Not climate controlled. No showers. No locker room. Grungy feeling. Old equipment.

Our Take: This is a "no frills" gym. Heavy lifting is extremely encouraged and there is a great selection of strength training oddities. From June through October the heat is unbearable due to the lack of A/C and isn't conducive to exercise. At times you may be the only person there training which could be great or dangerous. The membership is cheap because of the limited amenities. This is a hardcore gym. Not a health club. If you just want a gym to do heavy lifting 24/7 with like-minded lifters at a good price Tallahassee Strength Club is a good choice. If you want anything more look elsewhere.

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YouFit

Mahan

Address: 3111 Mahan Dr #12, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone Number: 850-241-1300

Hours: Mon-Fri 24 Hours, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm

Website: www.youfit.com 

North Monroe

Address: 2432 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

Phone Number: 850-241-7777

Hours: Mon-Fri 24 Hours, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm

Website: www.youfit.com 

Membership: White Card: $10/month. $10 enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. Month to month contract. No class privileges.

Lime Card: $19.99/Month. No enrollment fee. $39.99 annual fee. Month to month contract. Unlimited guest privileges.

Gym Specialties: General fitness.

Pros: Access to all locations, classes, and guest privileges with premium membership.

Neutral: 

Cons: Everything is an awful green. Minimum access to barbells.

Our Take: YouFit is in the same wheelhouse as Gold's, Planet Fitness, and Kinetix. It's a health club, nothing more, nothing less. The membership prices are reasonable and the gym is perfect if you just want a place to "stay in shape".

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