The preferred place for keeping in shape among Readers' Choice voters is Superior Athletic Club this year.

The preferred place for keeping in shape among Readers' Choice voters is Superior Athletic Club this year.

Superior opened in 1978 as a racquetball facility at 727 Cardley Ave., Medford, later expanding to add weight rooms, pool, gym, snack bar and other amenities for a total of 60,000 square feet.

It added a second, 17,000-square-foot facility at 2500 E. Barnett Road in 1995, and a third, 8,600-square-foot gym at 111 Alta Vista Road, Eagle Point, in 2005.

The club offers both youth and senior programs and includes special services such as a nutritional fitness program, in which dietary guidance and personal trainers are provided.

A 25-yard pool at the Cardley Avenue facility was one of the valley's first non-chlorine options.

Other favorites: Oz Fitness Center, Medford, and Ashland Family YMCA, Ashland.