Like geese flying south for the winter, exercise enthusiasts tend to flock indoors during the coldest, darkest days.
Warm and bright in early morning and late evening, health clubs represent a refuge from the season's inclement weather, hectic pace and parade of feast foods.
Whether you're contemplating joining a club in the Rogue Valley, switching venues or haven't explored all the options your club has to offer, Oregon Healthy Living can show you the way.
Our staff defined health clubs as facilities that offer more than a place to lift weights and log hours on the treadmill. From their group exercise classes or one-on-one training to their focus on seniors or women only, these 10 clubs provide a wide array of amenities that promote well-being and help members check their cares at the door.
Ashland Family YMCA
Location: 540 YMCA Way, Ashland
Size: 68,000 square feet
Members: More than 7,400
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Main attractions: fitness center with weight and cardiovascular machines and free weights; dividable aerobics studio has wooden floors; wellness studio for other classes; full-sized, indoor basketball/volleyball court; gymnastics area with spring floor and gymnastics equipment; elevator access to aquatics center and lower floor; locker rooms with showers and saunas.
Pool: Indoors, 25 yards long, three lanes wide; saline system; separate hot-water therapy pool at 102 degrees; swimming lessons available.
Classes: Step, salsa and low-impact aerobics; circuit training, senior circuit, youth strength, keeping fit, total toning and women with weights; group cycling, Pilates, t'ai chi, cardio kickboxing, yoga, Zumba and a variety of water-fitness classes all included with membership; TRX suspension training additional $10 fee per eight classes with membership.
Monthly fees: $37 per individual member; $17.50 per teen 13 to 17; $10.50 per youth 12 and younger; $32 per senior; family rates are $37 for one adult, $22 for second adult, $9 per child younger than 18; financial assistance and scholarships available for low-income individuals and families.
Personal training: $45 per one-hour session
Extras: Child care; year-round preschool for 3- to 5-year-olds; after-school programs; youth sports programs; day-trips for older adults; card games Wednesday afternoons and coffee klatch Friday mornings in the lobby; monthly birthday celebrations.
Testimonial: "It's done wonders for me — absolutely! I'm so well and healthy and pliable." — centenarian Molly Gruber, Ashland
Ashland Tennis and Fitness Club
Location: 735 Jefferson Ave., Ashland
Size: 30,000 square feet
Hours: 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekends
Main attractions: Four indoor tennis courts, three tennis pros, private lessons and clinics, junior tennis program, Life Fitness equipment; private men's and women's spa and saunas.
Pool: Indoors, 25 yards long, four lanes wide; standard chlorination system; maintained at 80 degrees.
Classes: Cardio power hour, high-intensity interval training, BOSU ball, kettlebells, "hot stops," yoga, Pilates
Monthly fees: From $47 per young adult (35 and younger) for fitness and swim only to $167 for full-facility use; couples/families and junior rates available for tennis, fitness and swim or full-facility.
Employees: 15 paid, 14 volunteers
Personal training: $25 per half-hour, $45 per hour
Extras: Massage, pro shop stocks demo racquets, stringing services and other gear.
Testimonial: "I'm not going to go anywhere else and there is nowhere else to go for what we get here. We moved here for Shakespeare, the chamber music and the mountains, but when we found this club, this is where we spend most of our free time." — Gary Farnham, Ashland
Avamere Health & Fitness Club
Location: 760 Spring St., Medford
Size: 12,000 square feet
Members: More than 500, age 65 on average, two-thirds of whom are women
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays
Main attractions: Programs designed for adults 40 and older by medical-exercise specialists who coordinate efforts with health care providers; Keiser and Nautilus strength-training equipment; locker rooms with large, private showers.
Pool: Indoors, 20 meters long, 25 feet wide, standard chlorination system; maintained at 86 degrees; jetted therapeutic spa; swimming lessons available.
Classes: Posture-focused back class, high-energy "life fitness," chair-based "sit-fit," toning for osteoporosis and pre-osteroporosis patients, Tufts University's "Strong Women, Strong Bones" program and a variety of water-fitness classes; all included with membership.
Monthly fees: $45 per individual member, $70 per couple (discounts available for preferred referral sources, employers and physicians)
Personal training: $30 per half-hour and $50 per hour for members; $40 and $70, respectively, for nonmembers.
Extras: Outpatient therapy services; pre-surgical and post-surgical rehabilitation programs; "neuro-logic" for patients of neurologic injury or disease; special, members-only and social events.
Testimonial: "When I started, a 20-minute walk outside was all I could manage. Now it's an hour and a half." — Shirley Houston, Talent
Location: 2160 N.W. Vine St., Grants Pass.
Size: 60,000 square feet indoors, 40,000 outdoors, including basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts
Members: About 6,000
Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.
Main attractions: Cardiovascular machines, three floors for weights, women's-only workout area, indoor climbing wall, three championship racquetball courts, NASA-inspired GyroGym, locker rooms with showers, steam rooms and saunas; children's gym and activity area.
Pool: Indoors, 25 yards long, five lanes wide; saline system; maintained from 80 to 82 degrees; separate pool maintained at 90 to 92 degrees; hot tub; swimming lessons available.
Classes: Step, "pump," "jam" and low-impact aerobics, ballroom dance, CrossFit, cycling, martial arts, rapid body sculpting, total-body conditioning, TRX suspension training, yoga, Zumba and a variety of water-fitness classes; all included with membership.
Monthly fees: $65 per individual, $82 per couple, $99 per family.
Personal training: Fees vary depending on services and trainer, from $30 to $45 per half-hour per member to $540 for eight, 55-minute sessions.
Extras: Art gallery, book store, juice bar, coffee and "pro" gear shops, nutrition and supplement center, New Well weight-loss center, full-service spa and salon using all-natural beauty products.
Testimonial: "These employees go around talking to the members. I've never been to a gym where they do that." — Toni Richardson, Applegate
Grants Pass Family YMCA
Location: 1000 Redwood Ave., Grants Pass
Size: 58,000 square feet
Members: About 5,800
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Main attractions: Weight and cardio rooms, two exercise classrooms, 10,000-square-foot basketball/volleyball gymnasium; 30-foot indoor, rock-climbing wall.
Pool: Indoors, 25 meters by 25 yards, with six lanes and diving board, saline system; swim lessons available.
Classes: Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, yoga, t'ai chi, "boot camp," group cycling, martial arts, belly dance, traditional Hawaiian, hoop and hip-hop dance; most included with membership.
Monthly fees: $47.50 per individual member, $37.50 per senior, $30.25 per young adult, $20.25 per youth, $67 per couple ($56.50 if senior), $75 per family ($56.50 if one-parent); financial assistance and scholarships available for low-income individuals and families.
Personal training: $30 per one-hour session
Extras: Child care, parenting classes, baby sitter- and lifeguard-certification courses, after-school programs, homeschool and preschool physical education, day camps and sports camps and day trips for active, older adults.
Testimonial: "It's got caring leaders and administration that provide us with a variety of healthy-living options." — Lowell Stutzman, Grants Pass
Oz Fitness Medford
Location: 567 Medford Center, Medford
Established: Corporate branch in Medford since 2004
Size: 40,000 square feet
Members: Number not disclosed
Hours: 4 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. weekdays, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends
Main attractions: Cardiovascular and weight machines, free weights, basketball court, coed spa, sauna and steam room, locker rooms with private showers.
Pool: Indoors, 25 yards long, three lanes wide; standard chlorination system.
Classes: Step, high- and low-impact aerobics, group cycling, weight and athletic training, "boot camp," 15 minutes for abdominals, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and water workout; all included with membership.
Monthly fees: Information not disclosed
Employees: 27 to 29
Personal training: Information not disclosed
Extras: Pro shop with workout clothing and gear, child care, tanning
Testimonial: "They have pretty much everything you need. I wish I could say that I used more of it." — Jack Tompkins, Medford
Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Location: 522 W. Sixth St., Medford
Size: 50,000 square feet
Members: About 5,000
Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Main attractions: Fitness center with cardiovascular machines, weight-lifting circuit and free weights; adult-only fitness area; youth center; gymnasium, racquetball courts; rock-climbing gym; locker rooms with showers and saunas in adult-only areas.
Pool: Indoors, 25 yards long, eight lanes wide; ultraviolet-sanitation system; maintained at 83 degrees; separate therapy pool maintained at 97 degrees; swimming lessons available.
Classes: Step and easy-does-it aerobics, cardio belly dance, core conditioning, group cycling, gut busters, Pilates, t'ai chi, turbo kick, yoga, Zumba and a variety of water-fitness classes; all included with membership.
Monthly fees: $37 per individual member, $25 per youth, $32 per senior, $65 per family; financial assistance and scholarships available for low-income individuals and families.
Employees: 15 full-time, 185 part-time, 400 volunteers.
Personal training: $35 per hour per member or $40 per hour for a group of two to four people.
Extras: Child care for ages 6 months to 6 years, youth sports programs and camps and special entrance for people with limited mobility.
Testimonial: "My heart rate felt good, I sweated, my body was burning. I got a great workout." — Carl Moore, Medford
Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club
Location: 709 N. Phoenix Road, Medford
Size: 54,000 square feet
Memberships: More than 200 (some families and couples)
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 7:30 p.m. Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Main attractions: Tennis facility with five indoor courts, one outdoor hard court and two outdoor clay courts; fitness center with weights and cardiovascular machines.
Pool: Outdoors, L-shaped, 40 feet by 50 feet, open May 15 to Sept. 15; swimming lessons available.
Classes: Tennis lessons for adults and children; fitness classes include spinning, strength-training and yoga/Pilates.
Monthly fees: From $55 per individual for fitness only, $80 for tennis only and $120 for full membership; couples, seniors, family and youth rates available; one-time initiation fee from $125 per individual for fitness only to $1,000 per full family membership.
Personal training: $35 per hour for members, $40 for nonmembers.
Extras: Tennis pro shop with racket-stringing; nutrition counseling.
Testimonial: "They have things that they offer socially, and there are leagues that go on throughout the year. We always get compliments
Superior Athletic Club, Superior Athletic Club II, Superior Fitness
Three Locations: 727 Cardley Ave., Medford; 2500 E. Barnett Road, Medford; 111 Alta Vista Road, Eagle Point.
Phone: 541-779-7529, 541-779-7640, 541-826-1910
Established: 1978, 1995 and 2005
Size: 60,000 square feet, 18,000 square feet and 8,000 square feet
Memberships: About 4,800 (some families and couples)
Hours: Cardley — 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays; Barnett — 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; Eagle Point — 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Main attractions: Cardiovascular and weight machines, locker rooms with showers (and saunas at Medford locations); Cardley — basketball and racquetball courts, women's-only area, cycling and rowing rooms, "oxygen and iron room" (kettlebells, ropes, self-propelled treadmills, TRX suspension) and rock-climbing treads; Barnett — kinesis, EFI Gravity and semiprivate and private personal-training studios.
Pool: Indoors at Cardley location, 25 yards long, 6 lanes wide; saline system, swimming lessons available, swim team; hot tub.
Classes: Cardley — step, dance and aqua aerobics, weight, circuit, abdominals and TRX suspension training, group cycling, yoga, t'ai chi, Pilates, Zumba; Barnett — step and dance aerobics, weight and circuit training; yoga, t'ai chi and Zumba; Eagle Point — step and dance aerobics, weight training, group cycling and yoga; most included in membership.
Monthly fees: $40 per individual member, $34 for seniors and students, $67 per couple, $55 per senior couple and $84 per family (unlimited use of both Medford clubs); Barnett — $34 per individual member, $58 per couple, $70 per family; Eagle Point — $33 per individual member, $58 per couple, $70 per family.
Employees: 100 among all locations
Personal training: $50 per hour, $30 for 30 minutes; $400 for 10 one-hour sessions, $800 pack of 20 one-hour sessions.
Extras: Massage, nutrition counseling, child care, pro shop with workout clothing and gear and snack bar at all locations.
Testimonial: "I think I've been a member two years, and I find the staff very friendly, helpful. I swim — do laps — so I really like the pool." — Sheila Couey, Central Point
Women's Fitness Co.
Location: 539 Stevens St., Medford
Size: 10,000 square feet
Members: Number not disclosed; exclusively women
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
Main attractions: Facility for women only, including the staff; membership fee structure promotes personal training for motivation, accountability, safety, efficiency and special needs.
Classes: Step and dance aerobics, weight training, group cycling, kickboxing, sports conditioning, easy toning, yoga/Pilates and Zumba; all included with membership.
Monthly fees: $39 per member for 12 months or $29 for 18 months; $69 or $59, respectively, for unlimited group personal-training classes.
Employees: More than 20
Personal training: $25 to $55 per one-hour session
Extras: Day spa with tanning, massage, skin care and hydro massage, 10-week "biggest loser" program, nutrition and goal assessments, bicycle and running clubs, juice bar and child care (check hours).
Testimonial: "I've learned so much more than weight loss. It's not even about the weight loss anymore. I eat such clean food; I don't even eat much that's processed right now." — Manette Aplin, Central Point