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Best Place To Get Fit (gym, club, etc.)

1st Place: Eau Claire YMCA
2nd Place: Gold’s Gym
3rd Place: Highland Fitness

Am I the only one who thought walking to-and-from my car in the parking lot was enough of a workout? Well, the voters of the Chippewa Valley have chosen, and unfortunately parking lots didn’t snatch a spot. In fact, voters’ go-to gyms haven’t budged from last year’s ranks. Coming in at No. 1 is the Eau Claire YMCA (700 Graham Ave.), which features a family-friendly environment and has some of the sweetest staff in the Valley. Gold’s Gym (3225 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire) remains a close second with its shake bar and a spacious gym that houses workout equipment Thor himself would use. In third, Highland Fitness (2221 East Ridge Center and 2405 Folsom St., Suite A, Eau Claire, and 3022 Commercial Blvd., Lake Hallie) maintains an encouraging atmosphere with trained staff who will help you answer, “yes” every time you’re asked, “Do you even lift bro?” –Jessica Amaris

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