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*1) Trial Period

Buffalo Athletic Club ( Three months for $99.

Gold's Gym ( Free trial ranging between one and 31 days.

World Gym ( $10 day pass or $25 week pass that will be applied to membership if you join within a week.

Curves for Women ( One week with a guest pass. Bally Total Fitness ( Two-week trial.

*2) Ambience

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

Gold's: Yes

World: Yes

Curves: No

Bally: Yes

*4) Equipment

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.

Curves: No

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.

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