*1) Trial Period
Buffalo Athletic Club (buffaloathletic.com): Three months for $99.
Gold's Gym (goldsgym.com): Free trial ranging between one and 31 days.
World Gym (worldgym.com): $10 day pass or $25 week pass that will be applied to membership if you join within a week.
Curves for Women (curves.com): One week with a guest pass. Bally Total Fitness (ballyfitness.com): Two-week trial.
BAC: Energetic workout environment with a few frills
Gold's: Recent renovations make these gyms shine
World: Total fitness with family atmosphere and women's-only workout at some locations.
Curves: No makeup, no men, no mirrors.
Bally: Complete fitness center including racquetball and track.
*3) Child Care
BAC: Available at all facilities except downtown
BAC: Nautilus, Magnum, Hammer Strength, Canberra (ACT) Gold's: TechnoGym, Matrix, Cybex
World: Body Master, Cybex, Hammer Strength, Star Trac. Full court basketball at some locations.
Curves: Resistance variable hydraulic machines
Bally: LifeFitness, Icarion, Magnum and Hammer Strength
*5) Classes Offered
A representative sampling provided by club spokesperson.
BAC: Spinning, Body Sculpt, Pilates, Yoga, Kardi Kick
Gold's: Les Mills classes including Body Pump, Body Flow, Body
Step and Body Combat. Free-style classes also available including Cardio Circuit, Yoga Stretch, Silver Circuit.
World: Spinning, step, karate, Pilates.
Bally: Yoga, Pilates, Kwando, Step, Zumba.
*6) Membership Fee
Additional fees including start-up, card activation, towel, etc. determined by enrollment plan and vary according to location. BAC: Pricing varies by location, length of membership
Gold's: $39.99 to $59 per month
World: $10 to $29.99 per month
Curves: $34 to $54 per month. One-time service fee ranges up to $149.
Bally: $19 to $47 a month.