We checked out 5 local fitness centers. 24-hour fitness with their 1000 machines - 90% of which are to bulk-up arms, chest, etc. are definitely not what I want or need. Completely lacking on core system maintenance.
This Bally, though much smaller, has plenty of machines for the body's core - lower back, obliques, upper back, etc.
People are helpful. Friendly atmosphere. Equipment, spa, bathroom are clean. Out of the 5, this is the one we chose.