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How to Find the Best Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA


Most of us spend a lot of time sitting. When you've had enough of the sedentary life and want to firm up your muscles, tone your body and perhaps increase your fitness with Pilates, aerobics programs, weight training, spinning classes, nautilus machines or more, it's time to find good health clubs in Ventura County. Several good fitness centers offer personal trainers in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA, while others are class scheduled fitness studios.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best fitness centers in Ventura County and issues related to health clubs & fitness studios.

 

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Health Clubs & Fitness Studios in Ventura County CA

Pierpont Racquet Club
(805) 648-5161
500 San Jon Rd
Ventura, CA 93001

Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Santa Paula CA, Ojai CA

Mind & Body Wellness Studio
(805) 654-8354
1445 Donlon St # 9
Ventura, CA 93003

Areas Served: Ventura County, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA

Oakridge Athletic Club
(805) 522-5454
2655 Erringer Rd
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Camarillo CA, Moorpark CA

Cross Fit Conejo Valley
(818) 292-6352
31143 Via Colinas # 510
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Areas Served: Westlake Village CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA

Simi Valley Workout
(805) 520-7400
5750 E Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Camarillo CA, Ojai CA

Pro Active Pilates Studio
(805) 557-1524
860 Hampshire Rd # V
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Areas Served: Ventura CA, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Moorpark CA

How to Find the Best Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA 

 

The state of California doesn't require any state license required of fitness centers in Ventura County and so there's no state standard for safety or competency. Likewise, there is no legal requirement that they have liability insurance from which you can be reimbursed if you suffer an injury due to a mistake or negligence, however all  health clubs or fitness centers bearing The Prime Buyer's ReportTOP 10 symbol do have that liability insurance for your protection, in addition to passing all of the other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous members to verify high satisfaction, sufficient length of time in business, clean complaint record, hiring only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more. 

 

Fitness in Ventura County CA

The local gym was once the domain of only professional boxers or sweaty weight lifters. It was not a place most people—especially women—went. In fact, most people didn't actually do much regular exercise. In the seventies and eighties that began to change as people's consciousness began to focus on health and natural living. The running (jogging) craze hit and aerobics classes became very popular. People who had never heard of yoga began attending yoga classes. Richard Simmons broke out the short shorts. Leg warmers appeared on women's legs across America, even when they were just going to the grocery store.

Fitness and fitness wear became a new fashion statement. And to answer this craving for healthy living, businesses began popping up in towns across America. They didn't call themselves gymnasiums any more (though doing so might have brought even more business—the original meaning of the Greek word gymnasium was to "exercise naked"). These new businesses called themselves health clubs or family fitness centers. Offering a safe, convenient place to use weight-lifting equipment, attend exercise classes with like-minded friends and perhaps lose a few pounds, health clubs became, for many, a part of daily life.

A Variety of Exercise Programs Available at Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA
Health clubs and fitness centers in Ventura County have come a long way. The range of options has widened from weight training and aerobic classes to encompass every special interest a client may have. There is equipment that specifically targets cardio training, getting the heart rate up, nutritional programs with certified nutritionists, personal trainers who will work with you individually to address specific needs and goals, yoga classes, spin classes, therapeutic saunas and hot tubs, Jazzercize, massage, tai chi classes, physical therapy, recuperative classes, adapted physical education and more.

Some of the best health clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA have broadened their offerings to include indoor rock wall climbing, aerobic kick boxing, group cycling on modern exercise bikes and treadmills (often with televisions so you can watch your favorite show while exercising) children's exercise and fitness programs, martial arts, racquetball, basketball and even boxing, hearkening back to the old-school gyms where it all started.

Some health clubs offer special seniors-only or women-only classes, specifically designed for that demographic for comfort and privacy. Most health clubs offer free weights as well as exercise and weight machines. Most gyms offer the services of personal, certified fitness trainers who will show you the proper use of the machines and help you, based on your weight and experience, design an exercise program tailored just for you. Many health centers are open 24 hours a day.

Other health clubs offer Pilates classes in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA to strengthen muscles at the body's core. Pilates training is one of the most popular exercise methods in the world and is known to improve flexibility and create lean, strong muscles. Because of its low-impact fitness routines and emphasis on gentle body conditioning, the Pilates method is effective for people of all ages and of various physical abilities.

Some Pilates studios in Ventura County area teach Pilates mat work classes, which are performed on the floor without equipment or with small exercise props. Other gyms feature Pilates equipment, which use a system of pulleys, springs and body weight for resistance training. The most common piece of Pilates apparatus is the Reformer, and other equipment and props used in Pilates exercises include the Magic Circle, small weighted balls, foam rollers, large exercise balls and resistance bands.

Different Pilates teachers have modified the original Pilates technique, so various Pilates methods are offered at the fitness studios in Ventura County, including Fletcher Pilates, an innovative exercise program based on the original Pilates matwork, Stott Pilates, which incorporates contemporary exercise techniques and emphasizes rehabilitation, Power Pilates, a classic method taught by Pilates instructors, Winsor Pilates, which is faster-paced and includes some cardio benefits, and Gyrotronic Pilates, which offers full range of motion exercises by incorporating Pilates movements on a Gyrotronic machine.

Gym Memberships at Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA
Most Ventura County health clubs offer memberships. Typically, in order to use their facilities, one must pay an initial sign-up fee, then a monthly fee thereafter. Memberships may vary widely depending on how often you wish to come and what services you are seeking. Ventura County health clubs and fitness centers often run special introductory prices so be sure to ask. Many offer complimentary guest passes, or steeply reduced start-up rates, allowing you to try them out once or twice before committing.

Good health clubs and fitness centers provide a way to utilize the latest equipment and fitness trends without having to buy that equipment and have it sitting in your living room. They are a great place to socialize while staying healthy, and they provide the incentive to continue your healthy lifestyle.


Personal Fitness Trainers in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA

Fitness trainers or personal trainers in Ventura County CA are people who give you personalized attention and motivation to help you reach your fitness goals. The quality of personal fitness trainers varies widely. Standard health clubs often give you an option to sign on with a personal fitness trainer. Other fitness trainers freelance and are hired by you directly, not through a particular health club. 

Fitness Studios in Ventura County
Fitness studios are different from health clubs or gyms in that they are often not "come-and-go" like a gym, meaning you attend the fitness studio for scheduled sessions either in small groups or for individual sessions with a personal fitness trainer.

Some Health Clubs in Ventura County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these health clubs in Ventura County CA: Oakridge Athletic Club, Pierpont Racquet Club, Simi Valley Workout, Pro Active Pilates Studio, Mind & Body Wellness Studio, Cross Fit Conejo Valley. Other fitness centers in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

How to Choose the Best Health Clubs in Ventura County CA 

In general, most people who join health clubs are motivated by one of two reasons: They want to tone up and be healthier, or they are recovering from an injury, surgery, or other health issue. These goals often go together, of course, but it's important to know what your goals are before choosing a health club. Trainers and exercise professionals often have very different approaches to the same stated goals. Your objective is to find the health club that most closely matches your goals and your comfort level. Sit down and write out exactly what you're hoping to accomplish by joining a health club, even if you're not completely sure. That way, when you go in, you'll be able to give each health club representative the same list of goals. This will make it easier for you to compare their responses to your consistent description.

Although many health clubs in Ventura County may have similar equipment and classes, there are differences of style, temperament and interest. Some don't have a lot of compassion for those just starting out; some emphasize comfort and privacy. Ideally the health club representative will show a great deal of interest and ask relevant questions, perhaps pointing out things you hadn't yet considered. If, after meeting them, you've gotten a good initial impression, ask some questions about the club's facilities and credentialing. Use the list of questions below as a guideline to develop your own.


• How long have the fitness centers' trainers and employees been in the health club industry?

• How many members do each of the Ventura County health clubs have?

• What are the hours the health clubs are open?

• Are there "peak" hours of use at the health centers?

• Do the health clubs provide child care?

• Will someone at the health clubs be able to train you on the use of the exercise equipment? Does this cost more?

• What does the gym membership fee include? (personal training, classes, pool, towel service, lockers, childcare, etc.)

• Are there extra costs for additional services at the Ventura County health clubs?

• Can you speak with members of the health clubs and ask them questions before you join?

• Is there a certain time-frame minimum at the gyms or can you quit anytime?

• Are the trainers/employees at each of the Ventura County health clubs trained in first-aid and CPR?

• What industry certifications do the personal trainers at the health centers have?


Through this question-and-answer period, consider first impressions, the cleanliness and overall look of the health club, experience levels and compatible styles. Visit the health clubs at different times. Many fitness centers have high-density use times or "peak" hours.  Are there long lines at equipment during the times you would be at the gyms in Ventura County CA? Do the health clubs offer a wide enough variety of equipment types to help you achieve your fitness goals?

When you've chosen the health club most suitable for you, make sure they are experienced enough to meet your fitness goals. Before you sign up, insist that there be a written contract that details pricing and all details of the gym membership, including how to opt out should you change your mind.

 

 

Tips for Choosing Good Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA 

Take Time Choosing Between Ventura County Health Clubs.
Whatever it is that you're trying to accomplish by joining a health club, take your time choosing. Different gyms and fitness centers have different skill sets, specialties and experience so it's important to be sure the health club you choose can actually provide you with what you need to achieve your goals. If you shop around a little you'll have better odds of finding the right fitness club for you.

Write Down Your Fitness Goals.
Think about the fitness goals you have in mind. What do you want to do? Tone up? Change your entire lifestyle? Restore your health? Write everything down that comes to mind. That way you'll be able to hand each health club representative a clear, consistent summary of what you're after.  If you give each health club the same information, it will be easier to compare apples to apples when you learn what each has to offer.

Talk to and Visit Several Gyms in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA.
It's not about just finding the lowest price, or nearest-to-work location. Comparison shopping for pricing help you get an idea of the median price for gym memberships and it will give you a chance to sound out the personalities and policies and customer service of the different health clubs before joining. It will also give you a chance to see the facility and get an impression of whether or not you'd be comfortable there.

Get the Gym Membership Terms in Writing.
Nothing is official until it is written and signed. So insist that the health club you choose provides you with a detailed document that describes the pricing in detail. Make sure you understand what you're agreeing to. Is it a month-to-month fitness club membership? An annual gym membership? (Don't sign up for a lifetime gym membership: They are illegal in most states.) Three-quarters of the states have specific legislation regarding the maximum length of health club contracts and provisions for cancellation. There is usually a "cooling off" period offered on all contracts, typically three days, during which you can cancel your agreement without penalty. Be sure you understand the cancellation provisions in the contract. To learn more, call the California State Department of Consumer Affairs. (See our article, "Resources About Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA).

Do Your Homework Before Joining a Ventura County CA Health Club.
To narrow down your choices, do some detective work. Research the club's licensing, insurance and reputation. See if there have been complaints about the health club with the Better Business Bureau. To help with this, see our article: Resources About Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA. Verify all of this information before signing the contract.

 

 

Health Clubs in Ventura County Offer Many of the Best Exercise Equipment and Brands 

Health clubs in Ventura County CA offer many of the best exercise equipment and brands including Bowflex, Nautilus, Precor USA, NordicTrack, Advanced Fitness, Inc., HealthRider, Inc., Cybex International, Inc., Eloton Exercise Equipment, Sohn, Benter Ball, Cableflex, Butt Blaster, Cardiosport, Orbitrek, TrackMaster, StairMaster, Sportline, Jumpking, Empower, Altus, Variflex, Valeo, Powertec, Infiniti Fitness, Textrix, Unisen, Scifit, Versa, Intek Strength, Sportsart and Quinton.

 

 

Resources About Health Clubs in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura CA  


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Health Clubs & Fitness Centers in Ventura County
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Consumer Reports on Health (http://www.consumerreports.org/oh/index.htm)



Media Related to Health Clubs in Ventura County

National Health and Wellness Club (http://www.healthandwellnessclub.com/)
International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association (http://cms.ihrsa.org/)
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (http://www.fitness.gov/)
National Gym Association (http://www.nationalgym.com/nga/index.php)
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (http://www.ncpad.org/)
Association of Women's Fitness (http://www.association-of-womens-fitness.org/)
PRO Pulse Magazine (http://public.proclub.com/PROPulseMagazine/tabid/77/Default.aspx)
Club Solutions Magazine (www.clubsolutionsmagazine.com)
Natural Health Magazine(www.naturalhealthmag.com)
Women's Health Magazine (www.womenshealthmag.com)
Men's Fitness Magazine (www.mensfitness.com)



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Health Clubs in Ventura County within the following zip codes:

93022, 93020, 91320, 91358, 91361, 93006, 93041, 91362, 93023, 93016, 93099, 93062, 93066, 93021, 93042, 93001, 93065, 93060, 93036, 93007, 93034, 93033, 93010, 93035, 93031, 93003, 93005, 93061, 93044, 93064, 93063, 93011, 93009, 93030, 91359, 91319, 93004, 91360, 93012, 93015, 93032, 93024, 93043, 93002, 93040 and 93094

 


 

Fitness Health Clubs Camarillo CA

24 Hour Fitness Camarillo CA 93010

B Real Fitness Camarillo CA 93010

Camarillo Pilates Camarillo CA 93010

Curves Camarillo CA 93012

George Erb Fitness Center Camarillo CA 93012

L A Workout Camarillo CA 93010

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Fillmore CA

Body Image Fitness Center Fillmore CA 93015

Curves Fillmore CA 93015

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Newbury Park CA

Curves Newbury Park CA 91320

Future Fit Inc Newbury Park CA 91320

Newbury Park Athletic Club Newbury Park CA 91320

Studio Newbury Park CA 91320

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Oak Park CA

Total Body Fitness Inc Oak Park CA 91377

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Ojai CA

Bryant Street Gym Ojai CA 93023

Curves Ojai CA 93023

Don's Gym-Ojai Ojai CA 93023

Ojai Pilates & Wellness Center Ojai CA 93023

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Oxnard CA

24 Hour Fitness Oxnard CA 93035

Bally Total Fitness Oxnard CA 93036

Edge Fitness Clubs Oxnard CA 93035

Family Fitness Training Consultants Oxnard CA 93033

Forever Fit! Oxnard CA 93035

Future Fitness Oxnard CA 93030

Gold's Gym Oxnard CA 93036

Hand Works Oxnard CA 93036

La Workout Oxnard CA 93030

Physical Adventures Oxnard CA 93036

Physique Inc Oxnard CA 93036

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Port Hueneme CA

Curves Port Hueneme CA 93041

Q Spa Port Hueneme CA 93041

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Santa Paula CA

Santa Paula Health & Fitness Santa Paula CA 93060

Curves Santa Paula CA 93060

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Simi Valley CA

24 Hour Fitness Simi Valley CA 93065

805 Boot Camp Simi Valley CA 93062

AM Health Corp Simi Valley CA 93063

Body Exchange Health Club Simi Valley CA 93065

Cardio Barre Simi Valley CA 93065

Cross Fit Simi Valley Simi Valley CA 93065

Curves Simi Valley CA 93063

Curves Simi Valley CA 93065

Kid Gloves Simi Valley CA 93065

Oakridge Athletic Club Simi Valley CA 93065

Simi Valley Workout Simi Valley CA 93063

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Thousand Oaks CA

24 Hour Fitness Thousand Oaks CA 91362

America Health & Fitness Team Thousand Oaks CA 91360

Bodysattva Pilates Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Cross Fit Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks CA 91360

Curves Thousand Oaks CA 91360

Depaz Energie Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Gold's Gym Thousand Oaks CA 91360

M 6 Fitness Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Rebel Fitness Thousand Oaks CA 91361

Specialty Fitness Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Spectrum Athletic Club Thousand Oaks CA 91361

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Ventura CA

Club Hollywood Fitness Studios Ventura CA 93001

Cross Fit Ventura Ventura CA 93003

Curves Ventura CA 93003

Curves Ventura CA 93004

Daniel L Mackey Ventura CA 93003

Fastrac Fitness Center Ventura CA 93003

Gym Ventura CA 93003

Maverick's Sports Club Ventura CA 93006

Mavericks Gym Ventura CA 93003

Mind & Body Wellness Studio Ventura CA 93003

Pierpont Racquet Club Ventura CA 93001

Restorative Exercise Institute Ventura CA 93003

Ventura Pilates Studio Ventura CA 93001

 

 

Fitness Health Clubs Westlake Village CA

24 Hour Fitness Westlake Village CA 91362

Chea's Fitness-Pilates Westlake Village CA 91362

Cross Fit Conejo Valley Westlake Village CA 91362

Drenched Fitness Westlake Village CA 91361

Elite Athletics Westlake Village CA 91361

Elite Fitness Plus Westlake Village CA 91361

Gus Gates Kung Fu & Fitness Westlake Village CA 91362

Ko Boxing & Fitness Studio Westlake Village CA 91361

Pro Active Pilates Studio Westlake Village CA 91361

Total Woman Westlake Village CA 91362

Westlake Fitness Connection Westlake Village CA 91361

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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