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National Fitness Center

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LAST UPDATED: August 25th, 2020

National Fitness Center (NFC) currently has locations in these Tennessee cities: Knowville, Maryville, Morristown, Svierville, and Oak Ridge. With a wide variety of amenities, NFC is a hub for familial physical activities. Not only does this center have activities for family exercise, but it also a high-functioning gym with well-qualified personal trainers to provide the best support possible to those seeking to improve their physical fitness and health.

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The Good

  • Amenities
  • Trainers
  • Ladies Gym
  • Classes

Amenities

For established residents in Tennessee near these gyms, the list of amenities alone provides wonderful incentive to purchase a membership. Some of the included amenities are as follows:

  • Cardio theater — a theater filled with cardio equipment for those who enjoy exercising while watching a film
  • Circuit training — builds muscle, stamina, and endurance and can be done by yourself or with personal training
  • Rock climbing — unlike many other fitness centers, this gym sports a rock climbing wall to incorporate outside activities into your workout routine
  • Indoor track — for runners who don’t care to run on a treadmill
  • Cardio training — cardio machines include treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines
  • Strength training — can be done solo or with the guidance of a personal trainer Racquetball — reserve a court by contacting the front desk and ask about any restrictions (type of shoes, rental equipment, court reservations, etc.)
  • Basketball court — for basketball court scheduling, contact the front desk
  • Free weights — a wide variety of free weights are available for membership holders Weight lifting can help increase muscular strength and muscular endurance.
  • Smoothie bar — a smoothie bar is available to purchase your post-workout snack
  • Steam room and dry sauna — for those who like to take a minute to relax after a workout, the steam room and dry sauna are great options
  • Hydromassage — a wonderful perk to being a member at this health and fitness center
  • Tanning — for those who are unable to get out during the day to catch some rays due to their work schedule, the tanning salon is a great way to get ready for the summer

Trainers

Personal trainers are available to help individuals with their personal health and fitness goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight, become more physically fit, or pound on the muscle, NFC is confident that it has a trainer to tailor to your needs. NFC claims that its trainers are highly qualified and ready to help new clients regardless of the activities that they choose. This includes group classes, running, free weights, or cardio training.

Ladies Gym

Going to the gym can be intimidating at times. You may not be as physically fit as others who are there.  People might look at you funny if you don't use the equipment the right way. Some women are concerned that men will constantly be watching them and objectifying them. National Fitness Center created its "Ladies Gym" to ensure that female clients would have a place to work out without the snooping eyes of men present. For many women, knowing that they can exercise in a safe place is a huge perk.

Classes

Each National Fitness Center location sports a number of classes taught by a variety of different instructors. Not all locations offer the same classes, but the following classes are common between gyms:

  • Flow
  • BodyStep
  • BodyPump
  • BodyJam
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Not only are classes provided for adults, but a number of classes are available for kids as well. Depending on location the following classes are offered:

  • Creative Movement
  • Soccer
  • Ballet
  • Ball Sports
  • Fit Kids
  • Step It Up

Not all locations provide kids classes. Contact the location you plan to visit to ensure this is offered if it is important to you.

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The Bad

  • Upfront Pricing
  • Contract and Termination Policy

Upfront Pricing

Trying to find the fees for a membership at the National Fitness Center is like trying heavy weight lifting with no lifting experience. In other words, it is not easily accomplished (if accomplished at all). National Fitness Center does not have its pricing listed on its website. If you are wanting to learn more about the membership plans or contract, you will need to communicate directly with the fitness center you plan to attend.

Contract and Termination Policy

If you pay a visit to a National Fitness Center near you, you will likely be asked to sign a 3-year contract. Yes, three years. In our research, we have not found another gym that requires a 3-year contract. Often times when a contract is signed, we are not overly concerned because it should be able to be canceled. This contract is unique. There is a $195 cancellation fee if you would like to cancel the contract before the three years is up. In order to actually cancel your membership, you have to prove to NFC that you have moved outside a 20-mile radius of its nearest location. To do so you must provide a letter from a new employer, three letters from your new mailing address, paycheck evidence from your new employer, or a number of other documents. Once provided, there is a 30-day cancellation process. All fees due during this 30 days require payment regardless of facility use.

NFC has received a slew of poor reviews due to this binding contract that sucks money from its customers’ pockets. For this reason, if you are not planning on staying in Tennessee within 20 miles of one of the NFC locations and plan to use it regularly, we would not recommend signing this contract.

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The Bottom Line

NFC has many wonderful amenities to offer. From high-quality gym equipment to a variety of classes, personal training, and intramural activities, this gym pretty much has it all. If these are things that you are interested in, this could be a great option. Our word of advice when looking at this gym is to consider how long you plan on living in the area and if you think that the 3-year contract will be worth it for you and your family. If it is, we recommend getting your free trial and seeing if you like the facility. If you are not planning to stay in the area, don't even go. The last thing that you want is to get roped into signing a contract and having to pay thousands of dollars of fees.

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Ameera Alhussein

WONDERFUL!! THEY HAVE EVERYTHING, EVEN A WORKOUT MOVIE THEATRE

2 years ago

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