Get in Shape at Orlando-Area Malls

Get Your Sweat and Shop On at Planet Fitness at Orlando Fashion Square and The Zoo Health Club at Oviedo Mall

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. For many people that means setting fitness-related goals, so why not get in shape at Orlando-area malls? There are two such options that serve their surrounding health-conscious communities: Planet Fitness at Orlando Fashion Square and The Zoo Health Club at Oviedo Mall.

“We’re a lot different than other health clubs,” said Matty DeBiasi, General Manager at the Orlando Fashion Square-based Planet Fitness. “We’re known as the ‘Judgement Free Zone,’ of course, which means we don’t cater to bodybuilding [but] more about general fitness.

“A lot of our gym members that we get are first-time gym users [who have] never worked out before. We try to have a comfortable and non-intimidating atmosphere for everyone coming in for the first time.”

Matty DeBiasi and Devon Dawson, General Manager and Assistant Manager of Planet Fitness at Orlando Fashion Square respectively

General membership includes unlimited training at the home club you designate and is $10 per month. If you sign up Jan. 5 – 14, 2016, join for a $10 enrollment fee and pay $10 per month thereafter. Planet Fitness also offers what they call a Black Card membership which is $20 per month, and enables you to visit any of the 1,000+ locations; unlimited guest privileges at any location; unlimited use of tanning beds and massage chairs; and half price on cooler drinks.

One of the most unheralded benefits of any membership at Planet Fitness is unlimited fitness training.

“[Our personal trainer Julius] can help you with getting started, helping design a workout program so that when you come into the gym you know exactly to do,” said Devon Dawson, Assistant Manager at Planet Fitness, Orlando Fashion Square. “And he has muscle-specific classes so if you want to learn a few new exercises so you don’t have to keep doing same thing every single time you come in. He’s more than happy to help you.”

This particular Planet Fitness location is open 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday, until 9 p.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

You can also accomplish your exercise goals at The Zoo Health Club at Oviedo Mall. Through Jan. 18, 2016, there is no enrollment fee. Membership starts at $25 per month and family rates are available.

The Zoo Health Club differs in that it is open 24 hours day seven days a week. This is more of a traditional health club as the name implies, which means it also hosts group fitness classes such as indoor cycling, Zumba and yoga. It also sports men’s and women’s saunas.

Being able to shop and workout at the mall might be a foreign idea to some, but the convenience is hard to deny. Bottom line: it serves the needs of the community.

“I think it’s awesome that people can come to the mall, get a quick workout,” Dawson said. “You can go to the mall and get some workout clothes if you forget anything. … It’s just a really interesting concept to consider being able to do so much and only have to make one trip to the mall.”

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More Information:

Planet Fitness, Orlando Fashion Square
3203 E Colonial Dr E20, Orlando, FL 32803

The Zoo Health Club, Oviedo Mall
1173 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765

Interesting to note:

According to an independent study by Planet Fitness, cost is the leading obstacle, as reported by 41 percent of Americans, for not going to the gym, followed by lack of motivation (28 percent) and inconvenience (27 percent).

A whopping 94 percent of Americans with fitness-related New Year’s resolutions believe they’ll achieve it. And 54 percent of those surveyed say the top contributor to a positive gym culture is a friendly staff, followed by low membership prices (51 percent) and clean facilities (50 percent).

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Mark Schaub

My name is Mark and I’m a mall-aholic. As a native Orlandoan, I’ve been visiting them since I can remember. I’ve also worked in a couple and consider myself a self-appointed expert. There’s been a lot of change when it comes metro Orlando’s mall landscape, and I’ve taken it upon myself to chronicle it. Each mall has a story to tell, and having graduated from the University of Central Florida and double majored in journalism and radio/television, I feel I’m best equipped to make those stories come alive here at Orlando Mall Guide. So whether you’re a local or a tourist needing a shopping break from the attractions, I’m your hookup.