Finding the right gym can be a challenge — they are often too crowded, expensive or far away. But a gym membership can play a huge role in helping us lead a healthy lifestyle.
The UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center, conveniently located on Southwest 13th Street, offers a variety of ways to boost our fitness level and improve our health at an affordable rate. Options range from general gym memberships and Turbo Fitness workouts, to personal training sessions and Medical Fitness Programs.
“I enjoy my workouts because of the friendly people, knowledgeable staff, complete line of exercise equipment and staff discount,” said Connie Crawford, a UF Health Communications Marketing team administrative assistant.
Faculty and employees at UF Health are eligible for discounts and memberships starting at only $9.99 per month.
The fitness and wellness center staff provides several offerings to members looking for more than a traditional workout.
“Working with the personal trainers came at my colleague’s recommendation,” said Andre Spiguel, M.D., a UF College of Medicine orthopaedic surgeon at the UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. “I have felt great since beginning and look forward to my workouts with them and I am in better shape today then I have been in a long time.”
Trainers can assist members dealing with a variety of challenges, including orthopaedic, diabetic or metabolic conditions, Parkinson’s disease or cancer remission.
Being active and increasing your level of fitness is proven to reduce injuries and preventable illnesses.
“Various injuries and illnesses occur at alarming rates, such as type 2 diabetes, because of the lack of physical exercise and sedentary jobs,” said Clarence McGehee, UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center clinical coordinator. “It is important people are involved in physical activity and we are here to help because healthier staff are happier staff.”
A series of half-hour weekday workouts in circuit-style sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to target core and upper and lower body.
These sessions offer a more intimate workout routine. Personal training sessions last an hour and are offered for individuals or two people at a time. An individual session with a personal trainer costs $25.