Fit or Fat, Houston?

We don't have to live up to our reputation around the world as "Fat City." Sure, there are plenty of strikes against us -- cheap food and drinks, year-round hot weather and a dearth of green space -- but there are plenty of gyms. You'll find one in every corner of the city, and they're all equipped with what we love best: air conditioning. From big to small, from personal to meat market, there's a gym -- and a workout routine -- for everyone.

American Fitness for Women

1401 Yale St., 713-457-8406; 915 N. Shepherd Dr., 713-457-8407

American Lady Spa & Men's Gym

9301 Bissonnet St., 713-270-0300

American Lady Spa & Men's Gym caters to professionals, individuals and families. So get your kid off the Xbox and get in there. They offer cutting-edge workout facilities with a child-friendly environment.

Bally Total Fitness

430 W. Greens Rd., 281-872-1130; 5215 FM 1960 Road W., ste. B, 281-440-9835; 7255 Clarewood Dr., ste. 250, 713-771-8395; 2500 Dunstan Rd., 713-521-3113; 15415 Katy Fwy., 281-578-9191; 3936 N. Shepherd Dr., 713-695-5824; 9801 Katy Fwy., 713-467-8181; 1980 Post Oak Blvd., ste. A, 713-960-1037; 7737 W. Bellfort St., 713-729-7049; 13350 Northwest Fwy., 713-690-1006

Built with your workout in mind. Whether you're looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers or nutritional products, Bally's has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities and support you need to help you get the results you want.

BeneFIT Personal Training


BeneFIT Personal Training provides affordable, in-home personal fitness training services throughout the country. Since its founding in 1996, BeneFIT's personal trainers have helped hundreds of people reach their health and fitness goals.

Bennington Fitness

1407 Richmond Ave., 713-528-2488

Body & Soul Nutrition & Fitness

14085 Main St., 713-721-7099,

They've got it all down there on the south side: free weights, universal equipment, circuit training, supervised weight training, personal trainers, corporate fitness program, juice and smoothie bar, apparel boutique, sauna and massages.

B.O.N.A. Fitness

10640 W.heimer Rd., 832-251-8080,

Houston's newest fitness club offers some of the area's best personal trainers with incredible track records. Whether you work out with a personal trainer or just need a great place to exercise, you'll be certain to get results at B.O.N.A. Fitness. Experience a motivating atmosphere with a wide range of free weights and exercise equipment to fit your needs.

Champions Fitness Together

5505 FM 1960 Road W., ste. 516, 281-583-2348,

You might see lots of weight machines in this facility, but it's far from the ordinary gym. We're told they smell much better, too. The emphasis at Fitness Together is personal training; the rooms are private. In fact, they guarantee that you will never have to wait in line for a machine or feel like anyone else is judging your physical ability. That's because every time you enter the facility, your personal trainer will take you to your private room and guide you through your entire exercise routine.

Choice Fitness Resources

1627 Fall Valley Dr., 281-497-3726

Fitness consulting firm specializing in helping black females with exercise, nutritional, health and fitness information and related issues.

Clear Lakes Fitness Studios

17049 El Camino Real, ste. 102, 281-280-0619

Copperfield Jazzercise

15420 FM 529 Rd., Bear Creek, 281-855-3488

You know you've still got those leg warmers you used to sport in the '80s. Dig 'em out and feel the revolution that is Jazzercise.

Costa's Gym Fitness & Aerobics Inc

No. 1: 10850 Jones Rd., 281-890-7378; No. 2: 16460 Kuykendahl, ste. 190, 281-537-5222

Curves International


N. Shore, 13301 East Fwy., ste. 221, 713-330-1200; 17550 W. Little York, ste. 9, 281-463-1939; Jones Road N., 12218 Jones Rd., ste. I, 281-890-5900; 5125 FM 1960 W., 281-537-3000; Jersey Village, 11300 W. Rd., 281-477-8855; Mission Bend, 14641 Beechnut, 832-328-0779; Clear Lake, 1956 El Dorado Blvd., 281-990-9636; Galleria, 7575 San Felipe St., ste. 101, 713-975-0500; W. University, 5326 Weslayan, 713-839-0500; Spring Valley, 1330 Wirt Rd., ste. L, 713-956-4846; Royal Oaks, 12002 Richmond, #400, 281-531-1302; Spring Branch, 2600 Gessner, ste. 114, 713-939-8088; Garden Oaks, 1225 W. 43rd St., 713-957-2003; Houston Heights, 444 W. 19th St., 713-861-9602; Greenspoint, 12124 Greenspoint Dr., 281-875-9999; Memorial, 14749 Memorial Dr., 281-920-3300; Northwest 249, 13420 Tomball Pkwy., ste. C, 281-272-9292; 8592 Highway 6 N., 281-861-9854; Sagemont Park, 11003 Fuqua St., 713-910-8500; Northwest Crossing, 13147 Northwest Fwy., ste. 130, 713-460-4846; Medical Center N., 4916 S. Main St., ste. 120, 713-524-5005; Humble, 259 FM 1960 E. Bypass, 281-446-1122

Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world, with more than 8,000 locations. They are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women, and they started right here in Houston. Only one place can give you the strength of more than four million women. The concept of 30-minute fitness, strength training, weight-loss guidance and a comfortable environment designed for women appeals to ladies on the go.

DJ's Better Body Fitness

1987 W. T.C. Jester Blvd., 713-864-1231,

This studio offers weights, cardio, supplements and top-notch personal training.

E & CO Fitness

2294 W. Holcombe Blvd., 713-663-7622,

Exposure Indoor Rock Climbing

6970 FM 1960 W., 281-397-9520,

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