A fitness center is an exercise facility that may feature several different amenities, including weights, workout machines like treadmills or stationary bikes, yoga or pilates equipment and other specialized machines.
Fitness centers that are offered as part of an apartment or condominium's amenities can vary in size and features. For smaller apartment complexes, the center may only offer a few machines and sets of dumbbells or just a space to workout.
Larger apartments or condominiums might offer larger, more comprehensive centers outfitted with advanced machines, locker rooms and other features like saunas or steam rooms. While some fitness centers may be open only during certain hours of the day, many are open 24-hours to accommodate people with all kinds of schedules.
Fitness centers are an attractive amenity to many apartment- or condominium-dwelling tenants. Because the cost of having and maintaining a fitness center is usually included in rent prices or home owners' association fees, they can reduce the need for costly gym memberships. They also help save time spent traveling to and from gyms or workout classes for people who workout regularly.
Some condominiums or apartments even offer free fitness classes like yoga, pilates or high intensity interval training (HIIT). These can be great options for people who find working out with weights monotonous.
If you workout often and spend a lot of money on gym memberships or fitness classes, looking to live in a complex with a fitness center will likely be very convenient for you. If you rarely work out or have very specific workout preferences, it might not be worth it to seek out a complex where the fitness center that you don't use is funded by required fees.