Is Fitness Connection worth it?

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Fitness Connection. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

40
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
3.74
Average Google Rating

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Fitness Connection. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at Fitness Connection

Fitness Connection is a very well rounded, amenity happy fitness chain with 40 locations of fun. Members there are spoiled—here's what they can access:

  • 95% of their gyms have a sauna! That's 38 locations with hot hot heat.
  • 95% of their locations have free childcare/daycare services. That's also 38 gyms where parents can workout without worry. 
  • 85% of their locations have a women's only workout area. That's 34 gyms with an extra welcome environment for the ladies.

You can of course expect all your standard gym equipment at Fitness Connection too:

  • Benches and free weight sections
  • Strength machines to isolate and target different muscles 
  • Cardio equipment of various sorts (stair-masters, treadmills, ellipticals)
  • Kettle bells, yoga mats and stretching equipment
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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38
Locations
)
Swimming Pool
(
2
Locations
)
Basketball
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27
Locations
)
Childcare
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38
Locations
)
Steam Room
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0
Locations
)
Tanning
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0
Locations
)
Open 24-hours
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0
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
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2
Locations
)
Racquetball
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3
Locations
)
Pickleball
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1
Locations
)
Tennis
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0
Locations
)
Squash
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0
Locations
)
Retail
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39
Locations
)
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Wi-Fi
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40
Locations
)
Women-only Workout
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34
Locations
)
Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
Locations
)
Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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0
Locations
)
Cardio Cinema
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19
Locations
)
Towel Service
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0
Locations
)
Massage Chairs
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0
Locations
)
Olympic Lifting
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0
Locations
)
Functional Turf
(
28
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any Fitness Connection location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

Fitness Connection was founded in 1998 and its headquarters are located in McLean, Virginia, USA. The current CEO of Fitness Connection is Patrick Flanagan.

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What time does Fitness Connection open & close?

No Fitness Connection locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 0 of their clubs are open 24/7!

The exact opening hours for each location is different, but the most common we've seen:

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Fitness Connection by the numbers

40

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

3.74

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$10.00

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

7

Total Cities

Find a Fitness Connection in this many cities.

What we love about Fitness Connection

A gym chain that knows what their customers want is a simple concept that many simply can't execute. Fitness Connection has this nailed down. Read on for more of what we love.

  • Nearly all of their locations (all but just two) have childcare and saunas. By the way: childcare is free(!) for members on their Plus membership package, typically $21.99. This perk alone is unheard of in the fitness industry.

  • A dedicated women's-only workout area, available at 34 of their gyms. This is a rare amenity in the industry, and a great option for those women who would prefer to workout in a separate environment.

  • 28 locations with a turf area for stretching, sledding, bodyweight exercises and more. Don't forget about the 19 that have a cardio cinema, too.

What we wish Fitness Connection would improve

Most folks should be quite content with the various offerings at Fitness Connection. Would we change a few things though? Of course.

  • None of their locations are open 24/7. For those who prefer a midnight or early early morning workout, Fitness Connection can't help you—sorry!

  • Exactly 2 clubs have a pool, and exactly 2 have a hot tub. Water amenities aren't a priority with this gym chain.

  • At their value price point of around $10 a month, other gym chains bring in massage chair options and tanning booths. Fitness Connection has exactly zero of both these amenities.

How much is Fitness Connection?

They've almost nearly standardized their pricing across the country, with just a couple outliers. We checked pricing with these clubs: Durham, NC, Mesquite, TX, Sparks, NV. Here's how it's structured:

  • $10 Flex membership - single club, $79 down. No commitment aka no contract
  • $15 Basic membership - single club, $19 down. 12-month contract
  • $21.99 Plus membership - all clubs, $0 down, 12-month contract, extra amenities

Annual fee comes in at $49, and billed about 30-days from initial sign-up. We suspect most folks would opt for the Plus membership, since group exercise, basketball, functional turf and (free!) kids club is included. We're actually a bit unsure how the $10 Flex works for access (can people just sneak off to play basketball?) but we're looking into it.

  • Annual fee is $49, and billed about 30-days from the start of your membership.
  • Enrollment fee ranges from $0 on their Plus membership, to $79 on their cheapest Flex membership. We see promos to cut that enrollment fee in half, as of December 2023.
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Who does Fitness Connection cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

Frequently asked questions about Fitness Connection

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Top amenities offered at Fitness Connection

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

38 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 2 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at Fitness Connection.

Practice your shot at 27 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

38 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

0 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 28 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

2 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about Fitness Connection

Final thoughts — Is Fitness Connection worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

Use our guides to help inform and educate what a gym can offer your fitness lifestyle. Only you can truly decide if a gym is worth it!

Fitness Connection gyms are well stocked, modernized and actually—a bit too colorful! (We'll get back to that later).

They're a solid option for those in Reno, many cities in Texas, as well as multiple locations in North Carolina. We have a feeling they're going to—or should—expand. Why? Because everything screams they've got their act together. 

The majority of their locations have (free!) childcare and saunas, two of our most asked about amenities. Don't forget about functional turf, Olympic lifting platforms and basketball. These last three are all the rage, and a clear sign that Fitness Connection understands their younger audiences.

All is not perfect though, with pools only available in 2 clubs. They also don't have steam rooms, nor have any location open 24-hours-a-day.

They've also structured pricing nearly identical across the country, which makes it easier to compare. Access to most amenities we featured will put you at the $21.99/monthly "Plus" membership. That's a very strong deal compared to an LA Fitness, for example, that would run you $39.99/month. Or, a weaker offering at Anytime Fitness Durham, at $59.98/month. 

One last word about their childcare: we can't name a single gym out there that provides this for free. Busy parents know a gym who can watch your kids is a gamechanger. This alone makes Fitness Connection 100% worth it!

So, looks like they nailed it on both sides: solid and well-rounded amenity sets, plus a price-point that'll make it difficult to look anywhere else. Now, we just need to get past their walls being painted like a kindergarten classroom. (Didn't we say it's a bit too colorful?) With a compelling, affordable package, we're sure you'll get used to it. 

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