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Welcome to Gainesville Health & Fitness
Welcome to Gainesville Health & Fitness
Live Life.
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Message from Joe Cirulli

Joe Cirulli

I once heard the CEO of Harley Davidson Motorcycle describe the purpose of his company “We designed a product that allows 44 year old accountants the ability to put on leather outfits, drive through small towns and scare people.” He was pretty clear on why Harley-Davidson exists. In order for any company to do exceptional things every employee has to know why it exists. We figured out our reason a long time ago, and every day we do our best to live by it. Very simply it states, “We exist to create an experience that helps people get the most out of life and inspire them to become their best.”

We know we have to be more than just about exercise. We have to create an experience that you truly enjoy and want to constantly be part of. Why? To make exercise a permanent part of your life.

We want you to have a fulfilled life and everything we do is about helping you reach your potential.

To help you undertand who we are, I present our Core Values, the foundation of any company:  integrity, hard work, extraordinary commitment to helping people, and creating your own future. And these are not just words – these are values we live by every day.


Message from Joe Cirulli cont'd...

Our culture is about setting the criteria for us to live our core values. We are constantly striving to improve not only the physical environment and every program and service we offer, but the training of our staff as well. Becoming part of the GHF team is not easy, but once the selections are made, we know we have the quality person we’re looking for to take care of you.

You are now part of GHF and have access to GHF Main and GHF Tioga, and women can enjoy GHF Women. Three facilities for just one membership. We maintain our culture through all three locations, though each physical environment is uniquely different.

We pay great attention to detail and all centers are upgraded on a regular basis. We have just completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project at our flagship center giving you 78,000 sq ft of the most innovative equipment, classes, and programs. GHF Women's renovation is now complete and offers the best in women's fitness. Take advantage of 120,000 square feet of facilities with hundreds of pieces of cardio, strength training machines and free weights. You will find we are more than just machines as we have the most unique boutique studios inside our centers.  As you go through this welcome book, you’ll get a good understanding of all the features, programs and equipment we offer.

What I hope you enjoy most of all is the connection to our staff and other members. I’ve had the opportunity to speak all over the world and I will tell you what I tell groups everywhere, “Not only do we have the best staff in the country, we have the best members too.”

Welcome to Gainesville Health & Fitness. We’re happy you have chosen us to be a part of your life!



Welcome to Gainesville Health & Fitness. We want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to create an experience that will help you get the most out of life and inspire you to become your best. Our staff of almost 500 strong will help you with every step of your fitness adventure.

You can expect more choices, the best variety, and the most innovative programs to get you fit, healthy, and living your best life, now and at every lifestyle stage.

To better understand who we are , take a quick look at where we came from which reveals a long history of continuous improvement.

GHF started as a small facility located above a bank on Archer Road in the mid-1970s. Our original space was about the size of our lobby in the GHF Main location today. In 1978, we moved to the Creekside Mall and expanded to 11,000 square feet. In 1984, after realizing many women wanted a private environment, we built a center exclusively for women in Thornebrook Village. In 1986, our coed facility moved to Westgate Regency and expanded to 31,000 square feet. In 1988, after collaborating with the University College of Medicine to research ways to help people with low back pain, we opened our physical therapy center known today as ReQuest Physical Therapy. In 1996, we moved our coed center to the current Newberry Road location.

In 2007, GHF opened its third location in the Tioga Town Center. It became the second coed center in the GHF family. One membership gives you access to all three unique locations with no additional charge.


Introduction cont'd...

Living our culture of continuous improvement, we began a massive renovation and expansion project to GHF Main in 2013. Using the same New York architect that designed our beautiful Tioga location, we were able to create the same high end contemporary design you see today. We expanded the facility by 12,000 square feet and completely renovated every inch of space. We are in the same process of renovation at GHF for Women to be completed fall 2016.

As you can see, we are constantly expanding and improving to make your membership more valuable each year. We are always looking into the future to bring you the best of everything from equipment, classes, programs, and most importantly staff.

We welcome your ideas. We’re always available to you! You can tell us in person, call us, email us, write us, or use the suggestion boxes. You can tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly – we promise to listen.

Our mission is to inspire an entire community-we are a local company dedicated to Alachua and surrounding counties. Our core purpose is to create an experience to help you get the most out of life and inspire you to become your best. And our vision is to become one of the best businesses for the world.

Once again, we thank you for choosing Gainesville Health & Fitness. Our hope is that your time with us proves to be life changing.


Your Membership Includes:

The Following Free Programs and Services

  1. Three locations, no additional fees
  2. 24 Hour Access at GHF Main
  3. Over 450 staff who are happy to help you
  4. Over 2000 strength and cardio machines
  5. A supervised strength circuit for beginners
  6. 75ft indoor heated pool, hot & cold therapy pools, sauna, steam, whirlpool, aqua classes
  7. Largest number of cycle classes in our SkyCycle studio
  8. Indoor basketball/volleyball court
  9. Wellness programs for cancer recovery, back pain & arthritis
  10. Member Savings program exclusive member discounts
  11. Free WiFi
  12. 1000 Group Exercise Classes monthly
  13. More Zumba classes
  14. More Yoga classes
  15. Largest free weight area in Gainesville
  16. Facility for women only
  17. Complimentary Kid’s Club & kids classes
A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs. Joan Welsh

Chapter 1

The Circuit Line

Mission Statement

We motivate people to achieve desired results while building lasting relationships. We give our members the gift of fitness by helping them overcome the mental & physical barriers associated with living a healthy lifestyle.

The Why of the Circuit Line

The foundation of GHF can be found in the circuit line.  When owner Joe Cirulli was putting together the exercise floor of his first club, he asked "how can I set up the equipment so my mom and dad would know how to work out?"  And, "the Line" was created.

The Circuit Line at GHF offers supervised strength training for those wanting instruction and motivation along with the most efficient use of time. The Line consists of 7-9 machines organized from biggest to smallest muscle groups for the most efficient, effective workout in less than 30 minutes.

The Line at GHF is staffed by our knowledgeable Floor Instructors who are happy to help you! Just look for the blue shirts.



Chapter 2

Group Fitness Classes

Misson Statement

Our classes bring fun to fitness, provide members with a sense of camaraderie and give them the opportunity to succeed.

The Why of Group Fitness Classes

From the beginning of time people have always gravitated to social gatherings. There is a comfort and a need to belong to a group. Great things can be accomplished in groups and it can be a fun experience! At GHF we provide exercise groups that make getting in shape easier and more fun. We’ve learned over the years what kind of classes keep our members motivated. They include Cycling, Zumba, Aqua, Yoga, Body Pump, Booty School and many more. The variety of our group exercise classes will make your fitness experience memorable and you’ll even make some new friends. GroupFit classes are included in your membership.


You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, and Live like it's heaven on Earth. William H. Purkey

Chapter 3

Arthritis & Aquatics Center
Indoor Pool, Classes, Sauna, Steam, Whirlpool, Cold Punge, Swimming

Mission Statement

To provide a recovery environment to include relaxation and joint-friendly exercise.

The Why of Our Arthritis & Aquatics Center

The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.Warm temperatures encourage greater muscle elasticity, circulation, range of motion and ease of movement. 

Swimming is a good fitness choice for just about everyone, from those who find other forms of exercise painful to the athlete using water to train or rehab. Water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction making it a cardiovascular and strengthening work out.

Enjoy programming that includes free swimming classes for all levels, gentle joints, strength and balance, and full body stretch classes. A comfortable swimsuit and a pair of goggles are all you need to start.

You will also enjoy a complete recovery component with a Himalyan salt wall sauna, a refreshing steam room, hot whirlpool, artic cold plunge, and warm therapy pool.


Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato

Chapter 4

Sky Cycle - A Ride Around The World

Mission Statement

To promote an environment of a shared love of cycling where a group can act as a team toward a common goal.

The Why of Sky Cycle

Located on the second floor of GHF Main, our Sky Cycle studio offers a unique experience you will not find anywhere else. Designed by our architect out of New York, it offers stadium seating, 50 bikes, and My Ride technology that takes you on rides around the world.  One day you are in the rain forest and the next time you are in the desert, all in the comfort of a temperature controlled room.

You will experience a fast-paced, low impact cardio workout that can accommodate beginners and experienced riders. We offer a "training wheels" class that is for newbies and teaches you all about the bike along with a shorter ride.

Certified, energetic instructors will teach you, motivate you, and create a community that connects everyone.  Exercise is more fun together!


Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Chapter 5

Kids Club

Mission Statement

We create such an engaging experience for the children that they want to drop their parents off at the gym. We give parents the peace of mind knowing their children are receiving social, emotional, and educational benefits in a safe environment.

The Why of Kids Club

Our members are important to us and so are their children. We do not want any obstacle to deter our members from their daily workout routine including trying to find a babysitter. That’s why we created our Kids Club. Here our friendly staff will take care of your children for free while you take care of yourself. It’s part of our philosophy of helping our members get the most out of life!


Children are our greatest natural resource Herbert Hoover

Chapter 6

GHF for Women

Mission Statement

To create a community of women who will champion each other to get amazing results both physically and emotionally.

The Why of GHF for Women

We are an all-women fitness center—run by women—for women. As the only full-scale fitness center in Gainesville exclusively dedicated to women, we delight in providing you with a comprehensive and ever-expanding array of services and specialty classes. And, with convenient parking in the quaint, pedestrian-friendly Thornebrook Village marketplace, it’s no wonder we’ve become known as a woman’s haven.

You see, women are at the center of everything we do—from our unique programming…to hosting special events…to participation in the community. As a member of GHF for Women, you will create new and nourishing relationships that may very well last a lifetime.

At GHF for Women, every woman grows stronger.


Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.

Chapter 7

Indoor Basketball & Volleyball

Mission Statement

To encourage the thrill of sport and the satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal.

The Why of Indoor Basketball & Volleyball

We built and indoor basketball and volleyball court to promote fun and teamwork year round, no matter the weather. You can always find a great group of fellow members who will energize you into that competitive arena. You just might take the last winning shot and score!!


I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Chapter 8

X-Force Negative Training

Mission Statement

To achieve great strength gains in less time! Results that previously required several workouts a week can now be stimulated in ONE workout a week! For EVERYONE!

The Why of X-FORCE

X- Force is the most meaningful advance in strength training in the last 30 years. A patented "tilting" weight stack allows for a 40% heavier resistance on the "negative" (lowering) part of the exercise. This heavier negative resistance allows for a greater intensity of effort through a higher quality of resistance. The fundamental point of X-Force Training, compared to other forms of training, is to deliver a combination of static, concentric and increased eccentric resistance.


No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. Socrates

Chapter 9

Face 2 Face

Mission Statement

With the Face2Face program each member will further their fitness education and be provided with accountability and support by their F2F coach. Most importantly each person is guaranteed results by sticking to the suggested guidelines.

The Why of Face 2 Face

Whether you're a first time exerciser, or looking to shake up your routine, the Face2Face program at GHF is here to make sure you don't set out on this new journey alone. With F2F we will provide a workout program that combines cardio and strength training along with information and education to help progress your nutrition.

After 30 days, you will compare results against those you started with and be given a visual representation of all your hard work. But because we know you'll enjoy F2F as much as the coaches enjoy helping each of you, we welcome you to return and continuously check your progress as part of your membership! 



Surround yourself with people that inspire you.

We offer the following premier programs and services:

  1. Personal Training
  2. Pilates
  3. ReQuest (Physical Therapy) - May require insurance approval
  4. CrossFit
  5. TRIBE
  6. J-Bar
  7. X-Force Body
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. Tommy Lasorda

Chapter 10

Personal Training
I Train For... Life!

Mission Statement

We give our clients the motivation, accountability and discipline to attain results they cannot achieve on their own.

The Why of Personal Training

GHF Personal Training began as part of a research project with the Nautilus Company in 1985. Since that time, GHF Personal Training has revolutionized the training industry with specialized, nationally certified trainers who have an expertise in every aspect of program design--this means you have access to the knowledge, training, and practice of 45 trainers.  You won't find this anywhere else in the region.  

Unlike any other studio, GHF Personal Trainers have access to 120,000 sq feet of the most innovative equipment in the world which means more choices and variety for the best results achieved by you. A personal trainer will help you become leaner, healthier, and pain-free for those working toward a longer, healthier life and counteracting the natural effects of aging.


Those who do not find time for exercise now will have to find time for illness. The Earl of Derby, 1873

Chapter 11


Mission Statement

We provide our clients with a beautiful and safe learning environment and through the expertise of each Certified Pilates Instructor, we teach our clients how to find the best balance of strength, flexibility, coordination, and individual body awareness.

The Why of Pilates

Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates can transform the way your body looks, feels, and performs. Exercises performed in Pilates sessions focus on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, developing strong muscles, and improving coordination and balance. Through Pilates you can develop body awareness, improve posture and flexibility, and help alleviate pain throughout the body.


Change happens through movement, and movement heals. Joseph Pilates

Chapter 12

ReQuest Physical Therapy
Experts in Back, Neck, and Knee Pain Solutions

Misson Statement

We answer members health questions and assist patients in the lifelong transition from rehab to a lifetime of fitness.

The Why of Request

After the owner of GHF suffered a serious knee injury requiring surgery, he was sent to rehab. It didn't take him long to realize what was missing. He felt that to be truly effective it had to be modernized both in the environment and equipment. Within a short period of time GHF became involved in a major medical research study with UF College of Medicine. The results were astonishing and plans for our center were put into place staffed with an inspired team of therapists.


The first wealth is health. Emerson
The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top. Herb Elliot

Chapter 13


Mission Statement

To achieve a varied high intensity, functional movement with the goal of reaching your personal best.

The Why of CrossFit

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with equipment that includes barbells, dumbbells, battle ropes, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and boxes for box jumps. These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed “Workouts of the Day” or “WODs”. Workouts are typically intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. However, these workouts are accessible to nearly everyone and "scaleable" to all levels of fitness. They combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, flipping tires, weightlifting, carrying heavy objects, and many bodyweight exercises. While you are getting to your best level of fitness, you will find the most bonded fitness family anywhere--for the ultimate experience.


The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

Chapter 14

TRIBE Team Training™ - Together We Achieve More

Mission Statement
To inspire our fitness community to achieve more than they even thought possible with the power of a team.

The Why of TRIBE Team Training™
TRIBE Team Training™ is small group training that creates the opportunity for us all to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Through incredible leadership, programming, workout delivery and team care, TRIBE creates an environment where all team members succeed beyond what they thought possible. TRIBE is designed to take members beyond their limits by making individuals strong and functionally fit also incorporating flexibility and stability training. Members participate in six-week seasons on a team guided by their coach. Each member will experience fun, belonging, control, support, reassurance, and challenges all in a dynamic motivating environment.




Smoothies & More

Mission Statement

To offer flavorful nutritious smoothies and healthy snack choices to complement our members' quest for a healthy lifestyle, served in a convenient, friendly and inviting environment.

The Why of J-Bar

More and more people are becoming health-conscious and active. GHF offers both exercise and proper nutrition with healthier snack and beverage choices to help our members reach their fitness goals. Many people believe that the optimal time for absorption of nutrients is within a 10-30 minute time frame after heavy exercise. Having a smoothie bar helps our members get the nutrients and offers other refreshments needed after a good workout.


We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. Adelle Davis

Chapter 16

X-Force Body

Mission Statement

A six-week program designed and researched by longtime exercise scientist Ellington Darden, PhD. Using negative training and a strategic eating plan of carb-rich meals, you will shed fat, build muscle, and reshape your body for life. You’ll notice changes right away!

The Why of X-FORCE

X-Force Body is the quickest, most efficient, most sustainable fat loss and muscle gain program in the world. We inspire and help you become leaner, stronger, and healthier to live your best life.  Only 2 workouts twic a week for fast fat loss and muscle gain. Our secret weapon? The patented, revolutionary X-Force Body negative  machines,  the most advanced, innovative technology specifically designed to reshape your body in record-breaking time. X-Force Body has been validated through years of clinical trials. It works. Because of the science behind the program, you will keep the results you achieve. See if X-Force Body is right for you at a free Discovery Session


Dr. Darden’s program changed my life. I eat healthier, I drink more water, I exercise harder, and I sleep better. I’m a new person with a brand-new body. Erika Greene

Chapter 17

StudioQ - at GHF Women

Studio Q is a boutique studio inside GHF Women featuring the largest Queenax functional training unit in the country.  

The Why of Studio Q

When we planned the $1 million renovation of our women's only fitness center, we included another space to offer functional training with the most innovative equipment available--a commitment to offer the women of Gainesville the most advanced training options not found anywhere else.  

Introducing Queenax, a unique functional and suspended body weight system with circuits that optimize results, intensity and fun. The modular system allows different exercise attachments, creating a variety of ever-changing workouts. Think of it as a grand "jungle gym" for adults. 

You will only find Studio Q at GHF Women.  Come on over and give it a try.  We will help you get started.

A place every woman grows stronger

Chapter 18

Chill by GHF

HydroMassage Technology to Relax & Recover

The Why of Chill

The accumulated stresses of everyday life can damage your health in irreversible ways — from early aging to heart problems and long-term disability. While we know you cannot eliminate stress, you can manage it and it’s worth every effort to do so. We created CHILL by GHF to help you relax, reduce stress, and recover from workouts, hectic schedules, or everyday life.

Each session is 10 minutes and will loosen up muscles, help relieve muscle soreness, increase oxygen and blood flow into muscles, and deliver nutrients from your body to your muscles. You will walk out of the gym feeling like a new person.

You will only find Chill at GHF Main.  Come on over and give it a try.  We will help you get started.


Hydromassage Technology to Relax & Recover

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