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No-frills workout center GymIt to take over Watertown's Super Fitness space

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 8, 2013 10:10 AM

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GymIt, a Boston-area no-frills gym, is opening its second facility this winter in Watertown where Super Fitness currently sits at 36 Arlington St..

Renovations to the site are expected to be finished by March 1.

Current SuperFitness and early-bird GymIt Watertown members can work out during the transition for $10 per month.

GymIt offers a low-price fitness option without a long-term contract commitment, according to the company's representatives.

The monthly fee in Watertown is $10 before renovations, or $20 after GymIt opens. Enrollment fees can be up to $39 but, during the pre-renovation period in Watertown, memberships there have no enrollment fees. There is a maintenance fee of $16 every six months.

The gym also offers a $27 a month "value membership" that allows a member to bring a friend with them on each visit and use either the Watertown or Boston's Commonwealth Avenue GymIts.

GymIt co-owner Matt Harrington said that although the gym does not offer classes, the facility will offer longer hours, updated equipment, personal training at an additional cost, and clean, new locker rooms.

"People do not want to pay for amenities they aren’t going to use," Harrington said in a statement. "In this economy especially, exercisers are looking for great equipment and access without burdensome commitments and regulations or high-prices. Our aim is to be the most member-friendly gym in the Boston area."

The Watertown GymIt will feature 22,500 square feet of workout space with more than 100 cardio machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, adaptive motion trainers, arc trainers, bikes, rowers, and stair climbers.

Additional features of the club include a RoqBot music system, which allows members to pick what overhead music they like through an iPhone or Android app. There is also personal and small group training available, as well as healthy snacks and beverages for purchase.

The facility has free parking. The building is open from Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. - 9 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The GymIt concept was developed by the entrepreneurs behind the popular Healthworks Fitness Centers For Women. The first GymIt was opened on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University in summer 2011.

For more information, visit the gym's website.

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