Feeling good at Whittier gyms

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Dylan Conroy, Fitness, Spencer Crew, Whittier Gyms, Working Out, Features - By on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 01:44

Fitness is an essential part of a college student’s life. Whether it is to look good in a new swimsuit for spring break or to relieve stress, many students at Whittier make it part of their daily or weekly routine to workout. To workout, most students will make their way to the Graham Athletic Center located on campus. This state of the art facility gives students access to a fully-equipped weight room, swimming pool and basketball courts. Aside from this facility, students have access to the many sports fields and tennis courts as long as they are not being used by the NCAA teams or being rented out to other groups. For the most part, these facilities cover the average student’s workout needs and allow students to access the facilities for free.

However, some students may want to find places to workout off campus. Students may look for other places for a variety of reasons including: dissatisfied with the school facilities, their schedule only lets them workout when a sports team uses the facility or they just want to get off campus. Luckily for them, the area around Whittier has many fitness centers that cater to a variety of patrons. Whether the student is looking for a conventional gym or something a little more unique, the local area has what they are looking for.

Uptown Gym is located in Uptown Whittier within a walking distance down Philadelphia Street. Open since 1981, Uptown Gym has been servicing the Whittier area for 31 years. The gym offers a full weight room and has a friendly atmosphere. The family-owned gym is one of the last of its kind, as many gyms of this type have been going out of business and closing down due to their inability to compete with places like 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, et cetera. Uptown Gym does not have this issue because it caters to a specific group of people: those that are serious about working out. Open every day of the year, except Christmas, the gym has many different types of memberships with no contracts. These include one-day pass for $7, one-month pass for $45, three-month pass for $99, six-month pass for $165 and one-year pass for $275. Those who get a three-month pass or anything more are offered instruction on how to reach their goals whether it is to lose weight or bulk up on muscle.

For those who are looking for something a little less conventional also have options. Among these is the New Breed Jiu Jitsu Academy located in nearby Santa Fe Springs. This martial arts school has been open since 2000 and has grown a lot with increasing popularity of the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). The school offers classes in a variety of martial arts and fitness programs including: TRX fitness, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, women’s self defense, Judo, wrestling and MMA. New Breed specializes in teaching beginners with no prior experience in martial arts. However, a membership at New Breed or any other mixed martial arts school may be a little expensive for the average college student. Memberships range anywhere from $89 to $199 per month. New Breed also offers a 30-day free trial for anyone interested in giving it a try.

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