Best Gyms in the Harrisonburg, VA Area

There are a number of gyms around the Harrisonburg, VA area, more than you’d think for an agricultural area but it begins to make more sense when you factor in the large student population.

James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University both have large “recreational centers” that include gyms, weight rooms and cardiovascular exercise rooms. Access to JMU’s gyms is limited to that university’s students and faculty, however EMU has a policy that allows for community memberships, so it’s listed below with other private health clubs.



171 Neff Avenue, Ste. D

Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7 AM to 7 PM

Saturday 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Closed Sundays

This franchised operation offers the all-woman workout, evaluation, encouragement, and monitoring as well as retailing the company’s vitamin supplements and clothing.

What it does not easily offer is the cost of membership. There is a free tour offered on the national franchise website, however, I was unable to ascertain the actual cost of membership either online or during a visit to the facility.

EMU Fitness Center

1200 Park Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22802


Hours of Operation:

Vary according to the school year. Please call the facility for more information.

Cost: $300/year for unlimited visits

The EMU facility offers:

• A large indoor track

• A cardiovascular room

• Circuit training equipment

• Large room dedicated to free weights

• Group fitness classes

• Personalized fitness evaluations

Gold’s Gym

381 Lucy Drive

Harrisonburg, VA 22801




Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday 5 AM to 12:30 AM

Friday 5 AM to 9:30 PM

Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM

Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM

This franchised operation offers a weightlifting-emphasized gym experience, circuit machines and cardiovascular machines.

Like it’s female “equivalent” Curves, above, it does not easily offer is the cost of membership. There is a free week’s pass on the national franchise website, however, I was unable to ascertain the actual cost of membership either online, by telephone, or during a visit to the facility.

Harrisonburg Family Fitness Center

1101 West Market Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22802


Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday 5 AM to 9:30 PM

Friday 5 AM to 8 PM

Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

(A portion of the Center is available 24/7 via card entry for members)

This facility offers, according to their website:

• Group fitness classes

• Cardio cinema

• Large free weight area

• Ladies only area

• Personal training

• Childcare

• Huge indoor track

• Hot tubs & saunas

• Smoothie bar

Membership costs vary with frequent specials.

RMH Wellness Center

501 Stone Spring Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM to 8 PM

Friday 8:30 AM to 7 PM

Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM

Sunday Noon to 4 PM

RMH Wellness Center is the newest and most luxurious fitness center in the area. Their amenities include:

  • An extensive selection of over 65 cardiovascular machines including treadmills, elliptical trainers, cross trainers, cycles and recumbents
  • Two lines of state-of-the art strength training equipment and free weights
  • Cardio-theater system features XM satellite radio
  • Over 70 different group fitness classes on land and in the water
  • Outdoor track and padded indoor track
  • Aquatics area, featuring a fitness pool, warm water pool, and whirlpool
  • Flexible membership accounts with no minimum commitment
  • Fitness assessments, equipment orientations, and exercise prescriptions
  • Multipurpose arena
  • Outdoor playground
  • Full locker room amenities, including towels, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, lotion and hair dryers
  • Sauna
  • Trackside Café
  • Tread Wall
  • Discount prices on all our adult and children’s programming
  • World of Wellness Quarterly newsletter filled with exercise and nutrition tips, and information about current classes and programs

The membership cost is extensive and apparently, only shared with a prospective client after one has completed a free trial period.

Westover (Cecil F. Gilkerson) Activities Center

345 South Dogwood Drive

Harrisonburg, VA


Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 6:30 AM to 9 PM

Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 1 PM – 6 PM

Cost: $30/year for unlimited use of the pool, racquetball court and exercise center.

Good luck in your evaluations of what gym to use. Whatever facility you choose with whatever amenities, it won’t matter if you don’t show up and exercise. Adopt that old Nike motto, and “Just Do It.”









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