What makes an exercise space exceptional? How can you tell if a gym is "good"?
The answers to these questions are different for everyone.
We often forget that as individuals, we each have different needs when it comes to exercise and fitness, and that's because we all have different goals and priorities.
Some exercisers can appreciate a small, simple gym space so long as its location makes getting there convenient.
On the other hand, some may need a space that's more sophisticated, or a gym that can provide top-tier coaching services.
It all depends on your goals, your priorities, and since most gyms aren't free, your budget, too. That's why we asked you to vote for your favorite gyms. No one knows a fitness center better than the members who use it every day.
As a whole, you represent all of the different goals, needs, and priorities of the many different types of exercisers in America.
Our survey also asked you, the reader, about what factors are most important to you in a gym.
This year you listed cleanliness, community, and membership cost, in that order, as the most important aspects. This helped us to create our ranking of the 31 best gyms in America for 2015.
Starting with our original list of about 51 gyms (compiled from our round-up of the best gyms of 2013, publicly available stats, and other expert lists), we asked you to vote for your favorites -- also allowing write-in votes to account for any gyms that weren't mentioned on the preliminary list.
In compiling our ranking, we considered your votes with the most weight and from there gave points to the gyms that best exemplified the factors you said were most important.
The results represent a healthy mix of all different types of gyms across the U.S.
From well-known fitness franchises and small town training centers to some of the most upscale and exclusive clubs in the country, these are 2015's best American gyms.
- The Editors, The Active Times