As a member of both UFC gym and LA Fitness in Corona, CA, I’ve decided to compare the two, because I’m often asked which one is better. Although your choice of which gym to join should really depend on your personal preference and your goals are, I find that both gyms have pros and cons. This overview might help you get you closer to making a decision of which gym to join.
The name alone can be intimidating, especially to women. When you enter the facility, you instantly notice the red and black color scheme, which I find quite masculine. Because UFC is associated with ultimate fighting, you expect to see many wannabe fighters and not a lot of females. It pleasantly surprised me to find out that this isn’t true; both men and women workout at this gym. I must admit, many of the men and some of the women, especially some of the trainers, are quite muscular and look like they’ve just walked of the stage from a bodybuilding competition. In addition to standard gym equipment, such as free weights, cardio and weightlifting machines, you’ll also find oversize tires to flip, large ropes to train your arms, and an octagon where fight training takes place. With my $25/month membership, the available classes are quite extreme and can be intimidating to newbies. They range from yoga and zumba to spinning, boot camp and barbell classes. If you get an ultimate membership for $75/month, you can get access to other classes, such as self-defense classes and MMA training. UFC gym doesn’t have a pool and you won’t find a racquetball or basketball court. It’s a more serious training environment, and compared to LA Fitness, the members tend to be in better shape. I don’t think this is because they work harder, I think it’s simply because this gym doesn’t really attract people that are trying to lose weight.
The blue, yellow and white color scheme of this club is inviting and pleasant. This gym isn’t intimidating, because you see people of all shapes and sizes; some are underweight, some are overweight, and some are muscular. You easily fit in, even in sweats and a T-shirt. The trainers come across as regular fit people who know their stuff and are there to make a living. The only negative point for me would be that the machines are quite close together, making it seem as if the gym is too small to hold all the equipment. For $29.95/month you have access to free weights and cardio and weightlifting machines, all the classes, the pool, the basketball court and the racquetball courts. I find their class instructors to be somewhat better than UFC, because they take time to explain the moves better and they’re consistent, so you know what you can expect. Overall the atmosphere is more family-oriented, which also makes the classes more pleasant . You’ll find the housewife or mom, working out next to the business owner. Young and old frequent this gym. LA Fitness also has more facilities compared to UFC, so there’s always a gym nearby.
If you’re already in somewhat of a good shape and want to take your fitness to the next level, UFC might be the gym for you. If you could stand to lose a few pounds without unnecessary pressure, LA Fitness is the best choice