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Great classes. I go the Body Business - Anderson for the Yoga and Pilates. The Yoga class taught by Mary Esther is so good I feel relaxed the whole day afterwards (...and much cheaper than therapy :-) I don't use/care about the machines very much - don't really know about those - but the classes I've been to are perfect for me.
I Miss You Body Business!!!!. After seeing all the recent awards and great reviews I am absolutely certain that I will be rejoining Body Business after my current gym membership is over. The gym I go to now is cheaper and has more availability in regards to hours, but those are the ONLY advantages. Everyone at BB makes you feel welcome and are genuinely happy you are there. If you are intimidated by gyms and the "mascots" that parade around at other gyms, then BB is the place to feel safe and actually grow and get healthy in a comprehensive way. The staff are very helpful and you really do look forward to working out! The members are also friendly and they have big open windows with a great outdoor view and beautiful scenery. My current gym has NO windows and lots of obnoxious televisions playing the latest J-Lo song, it's filthy and the staff could care less that you are there. If you are looking for cheap that's what you'll get, but if you want genuine quality and better overall health, then BB is well worth EVERY penny. I miss you terribly Body Business. You're the BEST in town!
May not be the gym for you.... I've been a member a lot of different types of gyms in different states/areas. This gym is focused on the elderly population of Austin! They have no tv's and do not allow cell phones. If you are under 60 yrs. old, you may want to check around. The staff was very nice but the equipment is far from state of the art and there are very few machines... All in all, a pretty odd gym.
A Great Neighborhood Place. You walk in this place and immediately feel at home. A great place to go before or after work and feel welcomed, and people really get to know you! If I hadn't moved downtown, I would've been pressed to keep my membership here. Classes all rock, great enthusiasm in staff and other members...a really fun place to be.
Healthy Lifestyle. I have been a member of Body Business for over 5 years. I am most attracted to how this club promotes a healthy mind and body. Not everyone is born with the "skinny gene" and some are just "wired" to carry more weight. I have always been greeted with a smile at the front door and called by my first name. I like the intimacy that it offers. This makes all members feel more comfortable no matter what they weigh. The club is ALWAYS clean and never has a stinch in the air that you find at other facilities. Overall I enjoy the intimacy of this club and the knowledge that the staff possess to help if I have questions. I have tried several different aspects of the club; aerobic classes, spa, personal training, cardio equipment and this club is second to none when it comes to delivering the best available equipment and knowledge. The music is always upbeat and never offensive, the staff are readily available for questions and the patrons working out are friendly, happy and geared toward a healthier body and mind not just bigger muslces to match a spray on tan! I would recommend Body Business to anyone!
1. Sometimes the equipment is not particularly well-maintained, esp. the cardio stuff - rattles & squeaks galore.
2. At least 1/3 of their staff are clearly overweight. A couple are just plain fat. They don't appear to use their own equipment very much.
3. Although they have quite a bit of real estate, most of that is dedicated to things besides the cardio and weight training equipment that usually dominates a gym, so during busy hours it's not easy to get access to such. Much of the cardio equipment has a 30-minute time limit, and you have to sign up in advance, although it's nice that you can call in to sign up before you get there.
4. They keep shorter hours than just about any other gym in Austin, esp. on weekends. Lately they close at 4pm on saturday and open at 10am on sunday.
5. I concur with other comments on the music. Though I appreciate the lack of gangster rap (Gold's gym), there's only so much Tears for Fears and Backstreet Boys you can take.
6. It's expensive. For the price, you can probably do better elsewhere, depending on your needs.
1 Many people who are intimidated by the yuppie/musclehead/meat market atmosphere at most gyms feel much more comfortable here. You'll see a lot of middle-aged, senior and (sometimes seriously) overweight clients. Given the lack of adequate weight training facilities, you will rarely see gigantic bodybuilders. It's a great place to start building your confidence before you're ready to sweat it out alongside the body gods elsewhere.
2 If you live in the neighborhood, it beats fighting freeway traffic to get to other gyms. There's always someplace to park too.
This full-service coed gym has been a local Austin favorite since 1984..
Body Business offers a nonthreatening atmosphere for health-minded people. Facilities include locker rooms, showers, whirlpool and Jacuzzi, a steam room and dry sauna. Dietary and nutritional consultants are also on hand. There are both free weight and Cybex machine rooms, but the emphasis is more on health and fitness than competitive muscle building. The on-site spa offers shiatsu and sports massages as well as body wraps, facials and waxing services.
Look Out!. The initial allure of the gym is its most impressive features--you can sign up for machines 24 hours in advance and it caps its members so that the gym is comfortable. However, there are significant drawbacks--it has only a limited number of cardio machines (for the price, I'd expect A LOT more), you can only sign up for a particular kind of machine for 30 minutes (and watch out, if you mistakenly sign up for longer, a hawk-eyed member will tell the front desk) and the music they play is from the 50's and 80's. Overall, not as impressive as I thought it was going to be after seeing it a citysearch winner.
you guys rock!. body business is located in a great area. the staff is outstanding! the equipment is wonderful! the place is clean!
Great Health Club.
I have been a member of BodyBusiness almost since it opened. Having belonged to several gym in Austin prior to that, I can honestly say that this place is by far superior to all the others. The staff is very competent and friendly. The aerobics classes are great and offer a lot of variety. And, you won't find a cleaner health club facility in town.
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