Health/Fitness Review: Gold’s Gym

My review of Gold’s Gym (Village at Sandhill in Columbia, SC)

The facility is a good size, with 3 main workout areas. The largest one has around 15 treadmills, 15 elliptical machines, 8 stationary bikes, 3 stair climbers, 1 upper body bike and a lot of machine weights. 
The second area has around 8 treadmills, 8 elliptical machines, machine weights, small dumbbells (2-15 lbs), exercise balls, medicine balls and mats.
The third area has all the free weights plus some machine weights. Very few women exercise in that area of the gym. Next to the free weights area is a basketball court.
There is a 3-lane pool, which is a comfortable temperature for swimming laps or doing water aerobics. When the water classes are in session, there is only 1 lane for lap swimming.
There is 1 large room for classes, including Zumba, body pump, aerobics, yoga, etc. The Zumba class (at least in the evenings) is always jam-packed! Classes are offered various times of the day and appear to be sufficient for the demand.
Another workout space is the cinema room, which plays movies and stays very dark. So bring your flashlight so you can see the buttons to start the treadmills. This room includes around 5 treadmills, 5 ellipticals and 5 recumbent bikes.
There is a small spinning room, which I have not yet used. It does not appear to get over-filled though.
For the more athletic type, there are 2 raquetball courts, which stay booked every evening and frequently at lunchtimes also. They can be booked ahead, if you call first! Good luck beating the veterans to the calendar!
The non-exercise areas include tanning, water massage table, whirlpool, steam room, sauna room, locker rooms, and the huge Kids Care room. I have been 100% pleased with the childcare providers there! The childcare hours are reasonable.
The staff are friendly and helpful. And there is a large staff of personal trainers available for an added cost.
The location of the gym is good, with easy access from Two Notch Rd, Clemson Rd or North Springs Rd. It is located in the Village at Sandhill mall, which makes it close to shopping and eating venues.
So…do I recommend Gold’s Gym? Yes! The membership price is comparable to the other gyms and if you pay up-front for 1-2 year memberships you get quite a good rate. The price may even be lower than other gyms, depending on which specials you catch.
Is there a down side? Yes. The gym is very full in the early evening hours, making it difficult to find your cardio machine of choice. But that is expected, and you can always vary your workout by using a different machine until a treadmill opens up.

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I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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  1. I started out at the Sandhills location, then went to the Forest Drive, 1. It's closer to me, 2. Their pool is bigger and allows kids in it. Sandhills won't let my daughter use their tiny pool. 3. Forest Drive one is 3 levels and doesn't feel claustrophobic. Now if I happened to be on that side of town and I was planning on working out and it was a good enough time before the Kids Care closed at 8pm, then I would go there. 4. Forest Drive has a walk/run track around the top floor which is very awesome, especially if you go in peak hours and all the treadmills & ellipiticals are being used. 5. Lexington has the best pool. It is huge and has plenty of room for kids and people to swim, even when they are doing a water class.Thanks,Sherry


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