$79 for a weight-loss program (a $197 total value)
- Eight one-hour semi-private functional-fitness classes (a $159 value)
- One interactive nutrition community class on nutrition (a $19 value)
- BioSpace Inbody body-composition assessment (a $19 value)
By recruiting members who hope to drop 50 pounds or more, Downsize Fitness takes the fear out of visiting a traditional gym. Its clients form a tight-knit, judgment-free community, exercising under the guidance of certified trainers and learning about healthy eating habits from the registered dietician and nutritionist. The staff's motivational tactics are hardly intimidating. Instead, they strive for earnestness and support—qualities that are easy to come by, considering that most of them have undergone their own weight-loss transformations.
As an "overweight-only gym," Downsize Fitness also caters to its clients with specialized equipment and classes. The routines are all geared toward those with larger physiques, whether they focus on weightlifting, yoga, or cardio intervals. And, if you live far away from one of the gym's locations, its trainers can even host workouts over Google Hangout, rather than mailing you a flipbook that illustrates proper push-up form.