Unique Health Club Design Elements

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Exposed steel beams pay homage to the history of a repurposed steel warehouse that now houses a health club. [Photo courtesy of Steel Fitness Riverport]
Exposed steel beams pay homage to the history of a repurposed steel warehouse that now houses a health club. [Photo courtesy of Steel Fitness Riverport]

I started working out when I was 12 years old. So in the past 20 years (okay, 35 years), I've performed more than my fair share of workouts. One thing I really look forward to is working out in different health clubs.

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to try out other clubs โ€” usually a half-dozen a year. These are often smaller, independent clubs, but sometimes I'm in an area that has only big-box players, so then I visit those. In our area, if I hear about a new club opening anywhere within a 60- to 90-minute drive, I'll take off for a few hours and go work out. I love to see what other clubs are like. Here are a few standouts from my experiences.

Bank vault and barbells
I once visited a club in Columbus, Ohio, that was inside an old bank building. It had those classic features you'd expect in an old bank โ€” marble floors, high ceilings and huge, open areas.

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