Forget everything you’ve heard and read about Santa Cruz Power Fitness until now. This is a new gym under new ownership and, as of this week, has been totally remodeled. The somewhat aging equipment has been replaced with state of the art apparatus that would be the envy of any gym I have ever trained in. After the new equipment arrived this week and was set up, I was blown away, which is saying a lot. After all, I’m 75 years old and have trained seriously all my life. After having lived and trained in four different countries and dozens of gyms, having won state championships in three different sports as well as national championships in power lifting, I know something about training, training equipment, and what constitutes a good gym.
My criteria for a good gym not only includes great equipment which will maximize the gains of your efforts, but also a friendly atmosphere which reflects the people you train around. At Santa Cruz Power Fitness, you will find everyone from teenagers to guys well into their eighties, from men and women who discovered at age 50 that their bodies need more attention than they get working on a computer to serious bodybuilders training for competitions. Most importantly, this is the only place I’ve known where diversity of age, race, gender, and ability creates a totally friendly and homogenous environment. Novices starting out often receive encouragement and help from more experienced trainees. Speaking of help, experienced personal trainers are available for those who feel they need and can afford them.
You want to make new friends? This is the place! You’re stressed and need something therapeutic? Save your money and turn your body into what you always thought it could be. This will produce newfound self-esteem, self-confidence, and the way you are perceived by your peers more effectively than sitting in a therapist’s office. Not to speak of the benefit to your health, which should be obvious.
Since I’ve never joined an aerobics class, for which a separate room is available, I can’t speak from personal experience. However, from sometimes watching the classes for a short period, everyone appears to enjoy a great time while getting a good cardio workout.
Naturally, I realize that my praise for the NEW Santa Cruz Power Fitness gym reads like a paid advertisement. Not at all! I’m a member who pays his monthly membership like everyone else and I don’t know the new owners personally. On the contrary, I drive a 40-mile round trip three times a week to work out there, which costs me more in gas than my membership. But to me, it’s worth it! No, the reason for this review is to give the new owners much-deserved recognition for doing such a fantastic job of turning what was, in my estimation, a good gym into a great one.
My coworkers and I were on a business trip from SoCal. We had an awesome experience at this gym! If I lived in the area this would for sure be my home gym. There is a nutrition shop conveniently in the gym for all your supplement needs. They have a variety of supplements and gym clothing to choose from.
The parts of the gym have been recently renovated, the vibes are very good, but my favorite thing about this gym is the sense of community. The staff is very friendly, makes an effort to know people’s names, and is very helpful. I would highly recommend this gym to anyone who is interested.
ISSAC, S. 8/15/2018
I’ve been a member of this gym since 1999 and the new owners, Camile and Chris, have transformed this place into a superb workout environment. It’s not just a business for them, but a “labor of love” and it shows in every facet of the gym. Chris and Camile have brought in new, top of the line, fitness equipment and organized the gym, through lots of work, planning and attention to detail, to create an incredible gym. They seemed to have spared no expense in giving us the best gym possible. I am impressed with what Chris and Camile have done. They have brought a great energy to the gym!
I have just begun to use the brand new equipment and, while I am essentially working the same body parts, my body can feel the difference, as the new equipment gives my muscles a better and more complete workout. Chris and Camile are committed to having the best gym in town, with their members’ experiencing an environment which supports them in being fit and happy. More than ever, I look forward to my workouts and being around the amicable staff and gym members. After being at Santa Cruz Power Fitness (formerly Golds) for 19 years, I am newly motivated to get into the best shape in which I can be. I am looking forward to being a member of the new SCPF for many years to come.
The instructors and personal trainers are fantastic. Best workout equipment I’ve found anywhere. Super friendly members and staff. I highly recommend Santa Cruz Power Fitness.
The Trainers Really Care!
Santa Cruz Power Fitness has helped me become a fitter person by making the trainers highly accessible. The trainers really care about their clients and really take them to the next level; pushing them beyond what they push themselves and offer accountability to keep them coming back to the gym.