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Galter LifeCenter

Bowmanville, Illinois

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Galter LifeCenter

Bowmanville, Illinois

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D
12 November 2019

OH My GOD Simply One Of The Best Facilities That I've Ever Been To If Not The Best And What An Outstanding Staff

E
3 November 2019

The women locker room is very well attended

J
8 October 2019

Had fun with the Zumba class! The class is easy to follow.

A
21 September 2019

a great workout today! Advise and recommend Galter!

R
15 August 2019

Took a trial membership for 30 days and became full member. Maybe I might have one person ahead of me on machine, looked at other clubs and they were packed. Plenty of sanitation stations on floor for your use , Kleenex also set out , no shortage of towels for your use and , soap shampoo dispenser filled in shower stalls, water is hot in showers , sinks could have warmer water for shaving.did not smell orders in steam room or see drain worms ( use one Of them 2-3 times a week).Have occasionally noticed drain flys in pool area but not consistently ( means problem is being addressed) . I have worked in large public building with flea and bedbug issues due to clientele being dealt with and inadequate sanitation. I am well acquainted with smells and bugs. Would not go to Galter if they had issues. Yes kids and old people present, adult swim hours are posted for those who don’t want to share pool with kids, machines are maintained as I see equipment being serviced. Staff is pleasant and helpful when I have dealt with them, forgot my Discount postcard when going to full membership and they gave discount to me without me going home to look for discount card. Wife is coupon person,no way would she let me join without out discount. More...

J
26 July 2019

Great atmosphere, pools, hottubs, gym etc... love

W
30 June 2019

Great FacilityI have been a member on and off for 5 years. I have had 4 joint replacements. This is the only affordable Chicago area gym that has NuSteps and handicap accessible bike machines (sort of recumbent). There is an elevator for folks in wheelchairs and with walkers. There are 2 pools. The East Pool is totally handicap accessible (nice and warm, too) and the West Pool is sort of accessible. There are many classes that are included with your regular membership. There are steam rooms in the ladies' and mens' changing area, hot tubs at both pools and a sauna. There is a therapy pool for PT exercises. Towels provided and very large shower facilities plus a unisex assisted shower/toilet facility. All areas are well-staffed.To save money you can wait for a membership drive so you don't have to pay the hefty signing fee. There is a safe parking lot for members. There is a reasonably priced daycare for kiddos. If you have the unlimited membership some daycare visits are included monthly. There are a few cons;1. The price (a littler high) and their billing practices (inflexible). There is a reduced membership for low income application BUT it takes quite a long time to process and is very involved. It also has to be renewed or is only good for a year. I am not sure if it is renewable. On the plus side if you are in PT at Galter you can get a special membership price while in physical therapy. 2. Too many private swim lessons in East Pool during the afternoons.3. A banked oval track which is not great to walk around. Whoever was the track designer should be ashamed of themselves. The physical therapist all hate the track and wish it could be "fixed". 4. The front desk folks are a little clueless at times, depending on the work shift.5. The front handicap entrance has too high of thresholds for wheelchairs. I know this is true as I started out in a wheelchair.6. The pools are shallow if you are a serious swimmer. Some might find this aggravating. More...

K
29 May 2019

I've been a member for a few months now and I am thrilled! every single person on staff is incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly! every single class is Dynamics, unique and fun! I love the fact that the people in the gym are all ages, sizes and shapes. it's a very inclusive community and supportive. there's always a workout that's cool unusual and fun to do at whatever hour I go to the gym. from dancing to weights I'm never bored. perfect for someone that needs a flexible schedule. all members get a body intake that is measured every 6 months to determine the success of your goals. I highly recommend this gym! More...

C
12 May 2019

Clean facility with great equipment and courteous staff. I especially love their classes.

D
30 April 2019

Galter is a very supportive community with an amazing staff. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and are always bringing current teachings to our classes. Mindful Meditation is a relatively new class and it's benefits are many. Each month presents a new area of focus and techniques, taught by several different meditation leaders. Kayla, the Wellness Program Manager, sends members a weekly email with relevant material about our monthly "theme" and also links to meditations we can do on our own, if we wish to. I highly suggest you give it a try. More...

P
9 April 2019

Excellent work out !!!! Great equipment great staff. 2 pools great educators... I highly recommend this place ..

L
5 April 2019

A full-service gym with a Pilates studio, yoga, acupuncture and massage, 2 pools, a ton of fun classes, and amazing members and instructors!!!

G
25 February 2019

nice and clean

B
21 February 2019

I love the many different class options. I didn’t feel like lifting weights last night, but a pool workout followed by some time in the whirlpool was perfect.

M
11 February 2019

love it here...the therapist makes you feel comfortable and very attentive to your problem...

B
10 February 2019

Diane Novak’s watsu treatment will bring you peace. It calms your nervous system and, most importantly, lasts beyond the actual session. Of all massage options, watsu is unique because your body is in constant, soothing motion, often laterally, which happens in a warm pool! Heavenly. More...

S
31 January 2019

Range of different types of classes available during the day and evening throughout the week taught by knowledgeable and friendly instructors. Quality of machines and equipment.

M
31 January 2019

terrific facilities and wonderful teachers

B
26 January 2019

This is a great place with friendly and helpful staff. I especially appreciate the Cardiac Rehab program they have. Phase two is supervised by competent medical staff whose goal is to get you back on your feet and into a healthy pattern of living. The people you meet there become your friends and are part of a caring community. More...

R
22 January 2019

Good place for private (and affordable) swim lessons in the city and they are flexible with times. Our instructor, Catie, has been so great teaching and encouraging our young son as he's grown into a strong swimmer. The pool is also clean (they have two)! My only issue is that the pool can get cramped on Saturdays and Sundays during private swim classes with other children and their instructors so I would recommend a less busy time. More...

K
27 November 2018

I love Galter LifeCenter, it's helping me to remain strong and active after my back surgery in January of 2018. Between their amazing pool, therapy pool and massage with Stephanie Kos, HEYYYYYo shout out to the best massage therapist! ! She truly is in the know of the disease process and her lymphatic knowledge is a GIFT! Get in there to see her. This is not a paid advertisement! I'm a true blue broke girl paying for massages, and reaping the benefits! More...

L
2 October 2018

I"m a new member, but would agree with other reviews. This is definitely one of the best if not the best gym I have been a member of. Super clean facility. Lockers rooms are impeccable. Huge fitness class schedule. Look forwarding to putting my membership to good use. More...

D
1 September 2018

I feel like I've been a member of every gym in Chicago at some point and this one's the most underrated and unassuming. The breadth and depth of equipment is outstanding and well maintained.  The indoor running track is short, but it's also a life saver when training for a race and outdoor conditions are unbearable. The locker rooms are spacious and free of meatheads. The staff is knowledgeable. For half the price of Equinox, you get a gym with better equipment and no cyberstalking trainers desperate for new clients. And that's just for someone who uses it like a standard gym -- I'm not even mentioning the services I haven't used like the child care center, pilates, dietitian, massage therapy and massive catalogue of classes.  If I could change one thing about it -- upgrade the lounge area upfront so I could use it as a coworking site as well. Throw in a coffee bar and I might not ever leave. More...

N
28 August 2018

Good hours. I don’t feel intimidated when I’m there like at some gyms. The vast majority of the clientele are relaxed. Good class schedule too

H
21 August 2018

Love it. Love the steam. �

S
8 August 2018

I have been going to the Galter since 2006. This is not merely a workout center/gym; there is also a medical component, as this center is affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. My doctors at Swedish work closely with the staff here (though you don't have to be a patient at Swedish to come here - they will work with sny doctor). When you first come you're given a thorough physical assessment that determines your workout regimen. Trainers and medical staff are on hand to evolve your regimen according to your needs. There are a variety and large quantity of workout machines and weight equipment (including a swimming pool and track). There are also a wide variety of classes dependent upon your membership level: weightlifting, aerobics, spinning, yoga - you name it. This is a high quality place; I personally will never join or go to another gym. More...

H
5 August 2018

It is fun in the pool � and outdoor.

D
30 July 2018

Here’s the “skinny” on Galter . I’m not in shape AT ALL. I was super intimidated by the names of the classes. VIPER- GROUP CENTERGY-GROUP POWER- R30(SPINNING) No need to worry at all my friends! Ok, I’ll be honest- my first class was spin R30. My rear end was sore & I did manage to pedal the 30 minutes and so happy I did. I’ve now tried them all. They all all suitable for all ages and fitness levels. By far the R30 & Stretch class and the Group Ride & VIPER are my favorite. If you have a chance to take any class from Jesse, it’s a must. Especially if you are new & out of shape. He does a great job and showing the proper ways to work out without injury as well as to workout to heal injuries. If you’re looking for the perfect body meat market- go somewhere else. Regular people of all ages, shapes, sizes & all fitness levels. I never thought I’d get up at 4:15am for anything!!!! Come join me.....your body deserves it & after one week I already feel a difference! More...

J
11 June 2018

This is the best gym I have ever joined. My daughter has been taking swim classes since she was 18 months old.

F
28 May 2018

Feels like home �

M
26 May 2018

I had to quit because the adult lap swim available times were not amenable for those who had 9 to 5 jobs. Saturdays were packed with swim lessons and classes. As a whole it seems more important to Galter to have paid swim classes, lessons and Masters Swimming in the West pool than to have regular swimmers. I was not ready to get back into Masters. I miss Galter's pool and Jandra Fraire but I had no choice but to move on. More...

E
26 May 2018

Gaulter LifeCenter is a perfect example of what makes living in Albany Park/North Park such a wonderful experience. Diverse clientele, diverse staff and a keen sense of community. The challenging array of fitness and aquatics classes--as well as lap swims--is extensive, towels and toiletries are free, equipment is up-to-date and plentiful, and the modern, sunlight-filled facility makes gym time especially pleasurable. Instructors and fellow members are always willing to lend a helping hand, and the mix of young to elderly and peak-fit to disabled patrons makes the vibe one of total acceptance, inspiration and encouragement. More...

T
26 May 2018

Following physical therapy for partial knee replacement, I had 12 sessions of personal fitness training with Sue Talbot, MS, NASM, AAHFRP at Galter Life Center. As reflected by the letters after her name, Sue is highly trained and each session was focused and effective. I highly recommend Sue Talbot for post rehab exercise and personal training. More...

B
19 April 2018

WATSU with Diane Novak is amazing to say the least! I have tried many modalities from Reiki, Craniosacral, massage, naturopathics, and NONE compare even close to WATSU! ! Not sure what it is? Look it up on YouTube, or visit the Galter LifeCenter website and look up Diane. Truly, it is the best therapeutic investment you can make for yourself. Water, energy, acupressure points, movement and a super kind, safe and compassionate practitioner indeed. Thank you Diane. SO looking forward to our next session!!! More...

C
14 January 2018

Outstanding facility. Staff is friendly, approachable and knowledgable. Thank you for your service to the community. Our group loved the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program. Looking forward to coming back again! More...

S
17 December 2017

Galter member for six years now and still very happy to have this resource close by. The place is always clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and it's a great value overall, especially with all the free classes.

J
6 December 2017

Warning: This will be a lengthy review. But isn't that what you want when researching a gym? You're welcome. I've been a member of GLC for about a month now, having entered a gym membership relationship with one of my best gal pals. I wish we had made this union earlier because I am really digging this gym. Let's just get this out of the way: The cost. I've been hearing how spendy Galter is for years. Truthfully it's what kept me away for so long but after being a member of LSAC as well as a gym by my employer; a two person membership is right in line with other gym fees. A two person membership will cost you $70/pp and I think what you get is worth the price in comparison to other gyms. So, what do you get? For starters you get a fitness orientation & consultation which includes getting your bloodwork done. That's right, Galter actually cares about your health! You don't have to do any of this but I decided to take advantage of this. The orientation is more than just showing you where everything is in the gym. The trainers ask questions, physically show you how to use the machines and have you use them while jotting down notes along the way. At the end of it, you have a little map of what machines to work with. This has been so helpful when hitting the weights b/c now I know what to do, how to use the machines and what weight to start with along with how many reps. The fitness consultation is exactly what is sounds like: taking your weight, measurements, BMI & performing a fitness test. Your consultant sits down with you, reviews everything and talks to you about concerns & what to work on. Does YOUR gym do this? Your membership also comes with three passes per year for paid classes. There are a group of classes that aren't included with your membership (eg, TRX, boot camp, aqua pilates) but fear not there are plenty of classes that are included. We are HUGE fans of aqua blast & aqua Zumba and have declared only water workouts from here on out! All the instructors for these classes have been great but I'm particularly fond of Jandra and Delia. The gym itself is pretty nice. I like the indoor track and they have plenty of equipment! Also there is a service desk upstairs where you can ask anyone there for assistance or even how to use a machine. And they will actually help you! How many times have you gone to your gym, asked staff to help you with a machine and they had no idea? Exactly. There are two pools. One is used for more cardio based classes like aqua Zumba and the other is a warm pool & used for rehab and classes like aqua yoga. They also have multiple studios upstairs and I have promised myself I'll be trying other classes like "regular" Zumba but not group spin b/c spin class is the devil's handy work.  The locker room is fairly clean and pretty well stocked BUT there is one issue that has me irritated: the big towel situation. Let me explain. Now, because Galter is associated with the hospital, there are all types of bodies at the gym. Actually, it's one of the things I really enjoy about coming here. You'll find all age ranges and body types here. In fact, a lot of clientele are bigger bodied and I appreciate this as a chubby gal.  I'm not self conscious about coming here, even in my bathing suit! However, one place I'm feeling somewhat uncomfortable going to is the locker room. I don't have a problem with nudity. But when getting out of the shower, I'd like a towel that covers me. Especially now b/c it's cold, dude! GLC has towels that cover me and they are referred to as "big towels". Towel lady: You need big towels?Me: Yes, I do. I'd actually like two please. This exchange actually has taken place a couple of times in the locker room. There are two different towels in the locker rooms. One size just covers my body and the other does not. This is an issue in the shower room off the West Pool because the door between it and the lap pool/warm pool is *right there*. If I don't have a towel covering my bits and the door swings open, anyone could see what I have going on. No Bueno. So, why not just always get big towels? Well, I would LOVE THAT except the towel ladies have become very stingy w/the big towels. They will deny us bigger towels or they tell us they are out or they try to tell us they are all the same size (when clearly they are not). My last visit at the gym had the towel lady telling me they don't have bigger towels anymore and are all just one size. I clearly could see the bigger towels right behind her but she was guarding them like a wolf. I was forced to use two small towels which is not adequate at all. What gives? A lot of the members are bigger bodied so I cannot imagine them only having small towels. I do not appreciate being denied use of the bigger towels and at times have waited until the towel station is unmanned to grab me and my friend "big towels". It's RIDICULOUS.Overall, I'm happy with GLC. #bigtowelgirlsdontcry More...

V
20 November 2017

I am 62 years old and was referred to the Galter Life Center for Aqua Arthritis classes by several doctors due to chronic joint, muscle, tendon, ligament (you name it! ) pain.  Leslie (a personal trainer at Galter) quickly grasped my condition and suggested I have several Watsu Aqua Massage sessions with their massage therapist, Diane Novak.  Remarkably, after just 3  sessions I am feeling 70% less pain, and my flexibility has greatly improved.  Amazing.  I highly recommend this treatment for those suffering from chronic inflammation and stiffness. More...

A
5 November 2017

Excelente Health center. Lots of machine equipment and a big variety, never having to wait for one to become available. Love the track, swimming pools, whirlpools, steam room, and Sanna.

P
10 October 2017

My spouse and I are very happy with Galter's membership. Although communication in the administrative offices can be spotty and not consistent, 95% (of the people whose classes we've taken) of the classes are taught by people who truly care and know what they're doing. We want to point out a few instructors whose classes we've taken and are all around great; bedside manners, excellent knowledge, help you with proper form, and caring. Shannon, Jessie, Joe P., Erikka, Erin, Nikki, Jandra, Kate, Jennifer, Mary, Luke, and Leslie. Their professionalism and expertise make our membership all the better! The staff in childcare and the lockers are great, they truly make a difference! Galter continue doing a great job! More...

C
8 October 2017

Love our gym. Older crowd, very clean, parking is never an issue, classes for everyone and very few lunks.

A
24 September 2017

My second home! LOVE it there! It is a Fitness community. Diverse and multi-cultural!

J
9 September 2017

If you are in serious need of setting  yourself in a direction which will prolong your life on this planet look no further. This facility offers the very best in all things health and fitness related. Classes, incredibly caring and knowledgeable trainers (SEE DIANA) therapeutic pools &massage, cardiac rehab, PT, TRX the list is really quite impressive. I highly reccommend this "wellness center" to any and all who are struggling with health issues, obesity, special needs etc., from  the elderly to the seasoned fitness enthusiast (excellent advanced training area btw)! Upon entering you can't help but notice that this place is different from any other. It WILL put you on a path to enriching your life  through better health and fitness if you let it. More...

B
4 September 2017

I love this place. Great facilities, wonderful staff.

R
18 August 2017

I've been going to this Galter center for physical therapy since March 2017,now had my shoulder surgery and back in physical therapy at the Galter everyone there is simply amazing professional kind and they have what it takes to show care for the people excellent!!!

V
19 July 2017

I really enjoyed my pool session w PT Marcus! My pain level went down! I felt amazing!! Will become a member nxt wk, wen I return! ! Always loved the atmosphere of Galter� More...

N
9 July 2017

The best place I ever been I'm so excited I am member on this center and I fell so blessed perfect Galter Fitnes Center stress me out !!!!!

P
15 June 2017

Great place to workout and recover. Well worth the membership!

C
14 June 2017

I am also an employee. Just recently started going to Galter. I love how open and clean everything is as well as all of the updated equipment. I am hoping to get a little more familiar with the equipment and classes. The pool is fantastic, as well as all the classes that go with that and a beautiful locker room! So glad I joined. More...

M
29 May 2017

Over ten years a member. Always clean and efficient. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Members come in all shapes, sizes and ages. This is a great place to pursue your personal goals, whether that means simply regaining your lost mobility (if you're elderly) or firming up that fanny (if you're young and "looking.") For most of us, it means optimizing your health, staying as fit as you can, maintaining, lengthening and improving your quality of life. Worth every hour and every dollar I've ever spent there. More...

A
26 May 2017

Honestly it's worth every penny of 89 dollars I spend a month on this gyms membership. It's a very clean facility and is not that crowded. People are fairly polite and I love the indoor track. It's an amazing gym with the expectation of few machines missing. Otherwise it's a great clean gym with several amenities located in a nice area. More...

R
23 April 2017

Galter LifeCenter is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind medical fitness facility offering a wide variety of classes, instruction and equipment for all fitness levels. The instructors are very dedicated, skilled and motivated and have a passion for excellence. There is no other facility like it in the Chicago area. Highly recommended! More...

R
12 March 2017

I love Galter! I've been away for 2 years but, always remembered my experiences! I always tell people about my Life changing experiences at Galter! I'm back Now in good hands ready to heal! More...

G
12 March 2017

Love Galter! There are so many classes to choose from for all fitness levels and exercise styles. The instructors are motivating and cheer you on! The facilities are very clean and the pool water is warm! More...

T
8 March 2017

I love Galter. I joined a little over four months ago and have been going consistently 3 times a week since joining. I've lost inches and sine pounds. Plus, I feel terrific. I immediately felt at home here. The guests and staff are very down to earth and approachable.There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and the program and instruction of the few I've tried have been excellent. Lots is equipment too. There is a three tier membership plan to chose from. I think most guests choose the middle tier.There are nice amenities: lockers with integrated locks, towels, shower, steam sauna in locker rooms, hair dryers...There is unisex hot sauna and whirlpools. The swimming program seems to be very popular. I highly recommend this gym if you're serious about getter by more fit but in an approachable and supportive atmosphere. More...

T
13 February 2017

I really enjoy going to galter life center, staff very pleasant, classes are awesome, and it's a very clean facility, and since I work @ Swedish I get a great deal on my membership!

A
2 January 2017

I love this place!!!..Peace and solitude...My mind clearing place.

K
21 October 2016

Great facility, nice staff. Especially love the pools.

M
3 October 2016

Superb performance, Galter LifeCenter! Chicago Fire Department paramedics rescued my brother from his Artesian Street apartment in to the caring embrace of Swedish Covenant Hospital emergency room physicians & nurses. Your capable associates rehabilitated him after his aortic valve replacement. Thanks. More...

K
15 September 2016

I have been attending classes since opening day and have found the workout more challenging!!! love it. That is what we pay for by joining this wonderful place

C
21 August 2016

I've been there as a patient for about 4 years the staff is friendly caring and passion abiut there work have not found the place dirty !

P
1 July 2016

Great Aqua Pilates program by Anne Burnell, founder of Peyow Pilates and at a more reasonable price than the other fitness clubs that offer this program

K
16 June 2016

This is by far the best health club in the city. The staff is always friendly and helpful. They have classes that will meet anyone's needs and skill level. I enjoy the people and love the yoga classes! More...

D
6 May 2016

Great place for all your excercizing needs. Good for all age groups.

E
9 December 2015

Excellence, fresh environment, friendly stuff.... I just love it...every day all day!

B
16 November 2015

I've been a member at 6 gyms in my life (including LSAC) and this one is without a doubt, the best! The staff is friendly, the fitness area is big, clean and I have NEVER had to wait for a machine. My son has been going to the daycare since he was 6 months old (now 18 months) and has always had great care by very attentive staff. My only "complaint" would be that the daycare opened at 7:30am :-) I recommend it to anyone! More...

D
3 September 2015

Great gym.It's relatively clean, the staff are friendly, the equipment seems to be well maintained.  It's not pretentious at all. I'm really not a gym person but I want to be able to swim and working around the Park's department lap swim schedule became impossible.  The gym members skew older but I feel like it's a nice mix.Child care for as low as about $3 for 90 mins is pretty much impossible to fine else where.  Easy parking and reasonable dues. More...

I
11 July 2015

Great facility.

L
30 June 2015

Love Galter's Aqua classes. Fun friendly instructors.

G
10 June 2015

Out of all the gyms and fitness clubs I've ever joined, Galter by far is the best. Thier staff is knowlegeable, caring, and really wants you to succeed. The classes are fun and motivating. My favorite instructors are Nikki, Shannon and Eleni!! More...

N
15 April 2015

Galter is a great place. Staff is friendly and caring!!

S
26 December 2014

Great place to get fit (or fitter) filled with great people!

T
30 October 2014

I just completed Fundamental Fitness and have to say this is a sterling place! This is not an elitist sports club, nor is it a cheap gym. ..yet if you're looking for ether of those you'll likely be satisfied at Galter. The Fundamental Fitness program has helped me establish my goals and understand the various aspects of health that would be beneficial to me (cardio, strength training, flexibility, nutrition, and mind-body connection). During the past eight weeks of this introductory program, I've lost about 10lbs and am coping with an incredibly stressful life right now. Mainly because everyone at Galter (staff, trainers, and fellow members) are so friendly. I find it hard to motivate myself to get to the center but when I do get there, there's always friendly and encouraging interactions that bolster my resolve to live healthily.Having completed this initial program, there's a waiver on the membership sign-up fee, so I joined today. I also utilized one of the many coupons available, to join one of the many "packages" they offer. Excited to be having one-on-one nutrition guidance, personal training, a massage, some metabolism testing etc. Galter really does have something for everyone...and their employees are eager to help people to get the most out of their experience. Whatever goals you have; weightloss, weight-maintenance, rehabilitation, running a marathon, trying to live more healthily, or even just finding some social activities - the classes, the gym and/or the programs are perfect.The trainers are great too - none of them act as if they know it all or are better than the other. There's a strong sense of camaraderie between them. If you're wanting a specific type of training, they will collaborate to work out who is the best to help you out. Some trainers are more experienced in certain sports or hold certificates in certain fields which mean they can offer you specific training. In response to those reviews about issues with kids/parents in the pools and locker-rooms, I agree that it can be difficult but this doesn't happen all the time, and it's easy to find times during each day (week or weekend) when there are no kids, or very few kids. It is a community-based center too, so kinda goes with the territory. While I do find it kinda annoying to have kids tearing around the locker rooms, it's usually only for a couple hours each weekday late-afternoon. I now go in the mornings or the evenings and there's rarely any kids besides the few in one-lane of the pool doing swimming lessons. More...

P
22 May 2014

i had to go here for rehab from work . its a lot of fun and is at a very good cost your health . all of us need a place like this one to go to when the weather is bad and no were else to get the exercise needed to keep you going .

S
17 May 2014

Just took Lora's Group Kick class & it was awesome! High energy music & great instructor! Can't wait until I'm coordinated enough to keep up!

R
20 April 2014

Galter is a great local, private gym! The front desk staff is incredibly affable, and informative. Unlike their competitors at LSAC, Galter staff are all up to date on all there is to know! One caveat, though, is the pathetic staff in membership. Membership office truly lacks professionalism, as does the inept director. If it weren't for them, this place would be perfect. The locker rooms are kept neat, with towel service, lotions (scented and fragrance-free), body wash, conditioner (they no longer provide shampoo , as most members never used it), and free, easy to use tall lockers. The locker room staff are diligent and hospitable. The facility has a very open, circular layout, providing members with the sense of an even larger gym, while still maintaining a level comfortability. The equipment offered are amongst a host of different brands: Treadmills (3 diff brands); ellipticals (4 different types with various range of motion); reclined bikes (3 diff types- with/without monitor/tv screens); cycling bikes (3 diff types- all great!); rowing machine (2 diff types); stairmaster (2 types). The circuits are gathered on the opposite side of the free weights. Ample circuits with enough space amongst each to avoid crowding. Every circuit imaginable occupies this space. The free weights area is neatly organized and open enough to avert the typical crowding feel. They have all types of weights for various forms of training: body building, MMAs, cyclists, runners, etc. They have the TRX system set up just between the free weights and circuits. They have punching bags scattered throughout. There is a fitness desk in the center of it all, with a number of trainers and fitness specialists eager to assist. There are cleaning stations all throughout the gym, with mini-towels offered to encourage cleanliness. These stations, thankfully, are easily located. GLC has an impressive amount of classes all throughout the day, allowing people with demanding schedules to still manage to fit in a class. Most of these classes are free to members. YES!They have incredible stretching apparatuses, that most gyms lack! There is space dedicated to stretching all throughout the gym, which is neat! As open as the layout is, it still feels very calming and relaxing. They offer private classes ranging from boot camp, TRX, MMA, and beyond. They offer an infinity pass, akin to a membership card open to unlimited private classes. Neat, but pricey if not taken advantage of. They have a nice lap pool with several lanes (I want to say 6?), an open pool, 2 jacuzzis, a sauna that's unisex, and private stream rooms accessible in men/women locker rooms. They have a lost/found cabinet just outside the two locker rooms, near the massage rooms. More...

T
11 February 2014

Beautiful, clean facility with very friendly and helpful staff.

B
6 February 2014

Very good place.

J
25 January 2014

This is a great place to work out and its not intimidating like some gyms.  Its quiet, has plenty of new equipment  and classes and is very clean!  The daycare while you work out is great too!  T I have tried the spinning, zumba and weight classes, all were great!  he only down fall is that the pools (yes there are multiple) seem to have a bit too much chlorine.  Also, if you need to talk to someone about registration or bill payment, etc.  they are a little short staffed and there is usually a bit of a wait. But not too bad.  Parking can be difficult too especially during peak work-out hours. More...

K
18 January 2014

Some people get happy when they work out. Some become cheery, perky, energetic and just can't stop talking about how many reps or circuits. .. I hate these people. I cannot relate. I suck at gyms. I am naturally perky and hyper but the gym sucks all that out of me leaving a surly, sarcastic, angry, achy... It isn't good. I am miserable. Aerobics and group classes really render me into a frustrated rage monster- the rest of the class is at 4 and  still not coordinated enough to land on 1. I'm not fast, not athletic by any stretch. I admit it. I am Posh Spice who can neither sing nor dance but want to wear all the clothes and thus, must exercise and pout in a surly fashion. In fact, the only reason I am here is due to relentless nagging. This should not be held against the establishment. All that said, there is parking, there is ample space, it is clean, the employees are very gracious and helpful, there is a swimming pool, a hot tub and sauna even a well-stocked locker room with showers, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hair dryers and towels galore. So, if you are looking for something local- this can be convenient. More...

S
22 December 2013

Great family gym with a variety of classes, best of which we have recently had experience with was Aqua Babies. Offers semi private as group classes for teaching kids how to swim, great huge indoor pools for the kids, and separate pool for laps!

J
16 December 2013

Our son never really took to the water like some children but now he swims like a fish THANKS to their patient and friendly instructors. Now we have our youngest in their Learn to Swim program. Their On-Line registration was easy and beats their old registration hands down. More...

D
12 December 2013

I was a member years ago before kids and I really loved this club but realized it needed some improvements. Since that time I have fallen on hard times and have a chronic medical condition. Galter Lifecenter is the only thing keeping me sane right now as they have been so generous and given me a discounted membership for people who are low income. The staff is very professional, the facility is immaculate. I workout mainly in the pool and find that the swimming staff who teach the children are very attentive and I am impressed with their teaching abilities. However, I think the members themselves can take more time as far as keeping the pool as clean as possible. Everyday I see many folks come into the various pools and have not showered. I have told the staff I would like to see that enforced as its like taking a bath with these folks. I have read some of the reviews of the patrons who only take swim lessons and I don't think they have the ability to see the entire picture of what the club is all about. Perhaps if they joined and spent more time at the club they may have a different opinion about this facility. More...

E
20 November 2013

Love everything about this place. Friendly staff, clean, spacious, pleasant patrons, awesome child care room. I'm a stay at home mom that drives here 2-3 times a week and I have no complaints.

M
3 November 2013

I've been here for 9 years and I love it! I definitely recommend Galter LifeCenter, thanks to all of you and the staff are very friendly :)!

S
29 October 2013

Really enjoyed Kate's water aerobic class last Saturday...some new moves and she was a bundle of energy...kept all of us moving...

S
20 September 2013

Great facility for people, including reasonable adults, intent on having a great place to work the body, and which offers a vast selection of spaces and equipment options, including swimming and exercise pools. You need to go see any facility before you sign up.  Take the time to visit Galter and learn about their facility and rates; ask about any special offers, take the tour and get some free visits within the following week so you can see if it's right for you!  The rates at Galter's Fitness Center are NOT cheap (right now, about $85/mo for individuals, PLUS the enrollment fee which is anywhere from $0-$160 depending on what specials they've got going when you inquire), but for my money it's worthwhile.  I'm very glad to have found Galter Life Center.Galter offers a great mix of atmosphere, equipment and space, plus land and water class offerings that are free to members,   Love the facility's massive windows that give the fitness area great natural light, views of the tree tops, and an open feel.  On the fitness floor, they have sanitizing gel dispensers and cloth towels for swabbing the body, and small cloth towels and spray for swabbing down the equipment -- so you can keep things as clean/dry as you like.  Many of their machines offer T.V., music, and headphone jacks.  The ambient noise is unobtrusive, with background music that you can either ignore or enjoy.If you need any assistance with the equipment, there are staffers on hand to help with whatever you need.  And it's a safe environment, with trained staff and a hospital next door in the event of any incident where someone needs medical attention.  It's the sort of place you can go and use at your own pace, on your own terms and feel at ease.The things I don't like are relatively benign, but do bug me:  The shower heads pelt needles of water with a ferocity that seems to erode my skin.Between the pools and the showers, the chlorine seems overly pervasive.Locker-room washroom soap dispenser sensors are crap; often have just one out of five that work and dispense soap.Cool things:Soap for body and hair and conditioner available in the showers.Lotion, scented and unscented, available in the Locker-room washroom area.Never ending supply of clean, white terrycloth towels.Convenient combination tall lockers.LOTS of nearby free street parking, and a lot set aside just for subscription members. More...

A
11 September 2013

It's a great placed to excercise, clean and have everything you need. I recommended

D
29 July 2013

Both our sons are taking swim lessons at Galter and we couldn't be happier!  Aqua Babies is for the little ones and it's a great way to introduce water and swimming to your little one.  The teachers are friendly and make the class very fun.  Our eldest is in the semi-private class and the teacher ROCKS.  She has patience and really knows how to approach each different child.  She is great at gaining their trust and really knows how to communicate with them.  The facility itself is very up to date and very clean.  The changing rooms are very large in size and I love how there is a separate area for 'families'.   The staff, whether from the entrance staff to the teachers to the directors, is very friendly and always there to answer any questions we may have. For those reviews below complaining about too many kids and parents polluting the pool all I have to say it's called the 'Galter Life Center' for a reason.  Meaning all ages are welcome to come and benefit from what the center has to offer, which is to better your physical and mental being by exercising.  We love the fact that every time we go there we see everyone from little kiddos to the elderly (and almost all have smiles on them (:  ).My family and I would and will highly recommend not only the swimming program of Galter but the facility itself. More...

E
29 June 2013

First of all, naked people hang out in locker rooms.  Get over it.  Also, in terms of locker room etiquette, I've been a member for about nine months and never seen anyone dying their hair in there.  I also noticed they have a sign up asking people not to, so maybe it used to be a problem that's been resolved.Things I like:*The front desk staff is friendly and helpful, always saying hello/good bye/thank you etc.*The place is well-staffed, with a locker room attendant cleaning constantly and people always cleaning the equipment.*The place is clean--bathrooms, equipment, everything.*There are a lot of classes available at many different times of day.  The classes I've taken have generally been a lot of fun with great instructors.*You're not forced to listen to crappy techno music if you forgot your headphones.  The vibe is mellow and focused on exercise.*The lockers are big and you program in a code so you don't need to worry about forgetting your lock.*The equipment is well-spaced, well-maintained and there is a nice variety.*It's not full of meatheads comparing muscles and making girls feel uncomfortable.Things I love:*As a pregnant lady, the "Expectant Mothers" parking spot in the lot.  There are also reserved spots for hybrid vehicles and carpoolers.*Prenatal aqua classes and all the other aqua classes.  I think some might be a little easy for me when I'm no longer pregnant, but we'll see.*The childcare center is fantastic.  Compared to the crummy little playroom at my old gym (Xsport), this place has it all.  Most importantly, the staff is clearly caring and attentive.  This is more than just some part-time job for them.   After about the second or third week of going there they remembered my daughter's name.  They will give your kid a snack if you bring one in and they do little art projects with the older kids.  I actually got a cute "Happy Mother's Day" project from my 2-year-old when I dropped her off there around Mother's Day.  Also, no TV.  At Xsport they had Sponge Bob blasting at all times.  My daughter runs excitedly to the childcare center at Galter--she used to cry when I dropped her off at my old gym.  There is also a very safe-looking separate area for the babies.All in all, I'd recommend Galter.  There are a few little things (yes, the parking lot is small, yes, it's a little expensive) but I really am happy I switched. More...

M
28 June 2013

I've been a member for a few years. I like the diversity of members, you surely will never feel awkward or not fitting even if you don't wear the latest in athleticware. Yes, you get older people, injured people (there is a physical therapy department next door), but nobody will bother you or stare at you.  The facility is bright and clean. They always have new equipment coming in and if there is a broken machine, it is fixed right away.  Some classes are very good, some are so so. I personally dislike the "group" ones that seem to be outsourced and are the same for few months, but they seem to be popular. I wish they had more  1/2 hour abs, core, etc in the afternoon hours for the normal people (oppose to the non-working crowd that goes during the day).  There is a selection of paid classes, and those are very overpriced if you already pay for the membership. Parking and locker room can get busy at times (toddler/family swim times are better to be avoided!!!!).  Overall, the membership is not cheap, but you get two pools, sauna, steam, classes, and the latest equipment with friendly staff in non threatening environment. More...

A
12 June 2013

Great equipment, great classes, clean locker room & the child care center is awesome. If you have children, this is the place for you.

B
23 April 2013

I have gone to several gyms throughout the years.  I have finally found MY gym - it has everything I need and its a place where I am am very comfortable with.  Spacing is excellent, its clean, and the members and staff are easy going.  I have member for a couple of years, even though there are plenty of gyms opening up with great deals I really do not see myself ever working out at another gym.Lets talk about parking first, as it is the very first thing members who drive there have to deal with.  There is a lot for members where you use your card to get in.  However, its a pain sometime to reach out the car window and the bar scan on your card does not hit right away.  I have had to get out of my seat or open up my car door a couple of times to reach over just to hit the scanner just right. Walking in the front door...I do not understand some of the other yelper reviews...I truly believe the staff is wonderful in greeting everyone.  I have been going here for years, and gone different times during the day.  Personally, I have never had any issues with the staff at the reception area, so I can only speak for myself.  They have always greeted me with a friendly welcome.   And EVERYTIME I walk out the door, I notice they say goodbye and and have a great day/night to Everyone or at least try to.I have not had to deal with the staff in the lower floors to often so I can mainly write about staff upstairs.  This is a gym.  I really do not see too much point in socializing and just getting the work done.  All instructors for the free classes are very welcoming new people to try out.  The staff is upstairs are there for you when you need assistance.  They know when people are there to work out and lets everyone do their thing.  If someone needs assistance they are there for you.  I don't sit and talk with the staff, but I know they are awesome and they are there doing their jobs because I see it everyday.  The equipment is great, spacing is between machines are good.  There are a lot of options.  There are more than enough cardio machines.  Majority of the cardio machines have TV add-ons or built in tuners.  There are also plenty of Monitors spread throughout the gym.  The weight area has been recently been re-arranged which is a nice welcome.  All equipment is CLEAN, there is always a staff member cleaning with several sanitation stations spread throughout.  Everything you need in a gym is there.  You can move from one thing to the next or find your spot and work out without any distractions.  Everything is you need in a gym is there and more.  Push up bars, kettle balls, ankle weights, stability balls....if you can think of it, they have it there for you.Lets me list my CONS.High cost membership and some classes that seem fun to try out cost additional fees.Locker room etiquette - lots of existing members just really don't care or do not have any.  I am talking about the older crowd!  It is also bothersome when I have to wait for someone to fully get dressed to get access to my locker.  So I take two lockers just so that I can have my own elbow room.Pool monopoly - there are two pools but the older crowd has full control or there are classes going on.  It is highly difficult to get pool time in the mornings.The only thing I can really say that would deter new members is the cost, but they have everything you can possibly ever need in a gym.  Take a tour, try it out.  Enjoy your work out! More...

N
21 June 2012

Good: Plenty of cardio machines, plenty of space, plenty of weight machines. The equipment is new-looking, and most of the cardio machines have their own TVs. Several are Life Fitness machines with iPod jacks and USB cables to save your workout stats. Nifty.There's good towel service, and two swimming pools. Sometimes the pool can look like The Walking Dead with all the seniors shuffling back and forth, but I've never had a problem getting in a lane with 2 or fewer lap swimmers. There are a large number of classes, although most of them are for members that either don't get around well or work out infrequently. The pricing is just fine for what it is, and when you sign up you're treated to a complete fitness evaluation by a trainer. Bad: As I mentioned, the median age here is about 73. Generally speaking, this is not a problem as long as you don't mind old dudes swinging their stuff around in the locker room. The worst part about the median age and the gym in general, is that it's HOT. I don't know what temp they keep the workout area at, but it needs to be lowered by about 8 degrees. The pool is too warm as well. Overall I'd recommend it to people of any age. It's considerably nicer than XSport, bigger than the Andersonville Cheetah, and cheaper than LSAC. If they'd keep the thermostat lower, it would be a five-star gym. More...

M
27 April 2012

The gym is rarely crowded and you can almost always get the machine or exercise device you want. My son also loves his aquababies swim lesson. It's a very laid back facility without a lot of pressure. More...

E
5 April 2012

FANTASTIC group swim lessons for children.  We have been attending regularly for over a year.  We recently started private swim lessons, and love that too - they are very flexible with scheduling.

C
28 February 2012

I love it here, especially the fact that they have a strict policy on not allowing cell phones on the gym/cardio floor.  Very nice and modern with a terrific, friendly staff. Once again, the no cell phone policy is awesome, no more having to listen to people at Bally's and LA Fitness yap while you're right next to them trying to get a workout in! More...

B
12 February 2012

I was a member from approximately 2006-2008 before moving to Los Angeles for a couple years. One of the first things I did upon returning was head over to Galter and sign up for a new membership. So my review is based on the complete experience over the years.Membership: It's a little on the expensive side, no doubt about it. However, you can easily see where your membership dollars are going because things are constantly updated, renovated and there is a great deal of staff on the premises at all times. Signing up was not an issue on either occasion but it was an ordeal to cancel when I moved - I headed to LA rather quickly and figured I could cancel on the way out there or after I got settled. Nope. Galter makes you cancel in-person which was a challenge when I was 2,000 miles away. Took 4-5 phone calls and some serious guilt trips on their end to me but everything was squared away.Classes: I've never taken any and that is just a personal preference. I think part of the reason is because none of them are included in the basic membership - it would be nice to see a few general classes offered for free/part of the membership. I can tell you they always looked packed though, and people seem to really be engaged with the instructors.Gym Floor: The equipment is well maintained and pretty new - machines seem to be upgraded on a fairly regular basis. The layout is great and there is a ton of space no matter what you are looking to do. Decent amount of TVs throughout the facility and no crazy music blaring through the place.Locker Rooms: They were recently upgraded and overall they are fine. The un-carpeted sections of the floor get extremely slippery and I am surprised they have not come up with a solution for this. Having said that, lots of space for everyone and well maintained by the locker room staff.Pool: Never set foot in it but I can tell you one thing: the older crowd loves the pools and hot tubs. I mean LOVE them because both of them are always packed.Clientele: As other reviewers have stated this is not a pick-up joint or meat market. For the most part people are there to get a workout in/get healthy and leave. I don't socialize a lot at Galter but people seem friendly enough. As was pointed out earlier the seniors really take advantage of this place so be careful when navigating the gym or the parking lot - old people move a little slower and are more fragile. Misc.: I have to say, there are a few funny and interesting things about Galter. First, I've participated in athletics all my life and been in countless locker rooms. However at Galter, people love to walk around naked. They stand around and talk naked, dry their hair naked, I mean they just love being naked. It wouldn't kill everyone to wrap a towel around them once in a while because everyone understands you have to be sans clothes once in a while. However, not all the time. I also love some of the outfits people work out in - jeans are fairly popular at times, especially when paired with a tank top. Button down or collared shirt is all you have to sweat in? No problem, you may fit right in. There are at least two people that seem to wear the same shirt and shorts for every workout during the past 3-4 years. That my friends is dedication.Overall, it's a great gym and I highly recommend it. More...

L
3 February 2012

I have used all aspects of Swedish Covenant Hospital for over 35 years. I have used their doctors, had a baby, PT, OT, Emergency, Cardiac Rehab, The Galter etc.  I cannot begin to tell you what a WONDERFUL facility The Galter is.  However, if you are looking for a hook-up, it is NOT the place.  Members of the Galter are focused on becoming healthy and or maintaining their health. The Galter is NOT a MEAT MARKET. The Galter staff is educated and in top notch physical shape!  They are not just a bunch of skinny people in spandex!  They are committed and knowledgeable.  The classes are creative.  There are classes for everyone at every level.  You get out of it what you put into it.  The Galter itself is extremely well maintained and is constantly being updated!  Diana is my Personal Trainer and I have made substantial changes in my weight, strength and flexibility in the past 2-1/2 years which I would never have done without her! I recommend this facility to anyone who is serious about their health!!!  Thumbs UP.I also highly recommend their newest class ShockWave (if you are able) LOL More...

C
18 January 2012

i love the galter center.  love the trainers, the programs, even the members.   i've been going here for about 4 years now and cannot say enough about the staff, classes, and programs.   it's a large expansive space with indoor running track, beautiful swimming pool, masters swimming program, triathlon training  program, and child care.  Their special programs are very affordable.    the locker rooms are very nice and freshly redone.   Showers come with shampoo and body wash.   My only complaints are the towels...   a bit on the small size.  other than that  i love it here. More...

L
17 November 2011

5 stars for the actual place, 3 stars for inconsistent membership information, 3 stars for over crowded parking lot even after they built a brand new parking lot. With all that said, I must mention that my family cannot live without this place. We absolutely love the gym. We go there about 2-3 times per week. We have a 2 year old and a baby on the way. We've been members for about 2 years. I LOVE their dance studios (they have 4 total), variety of free classes to members, specialty classes for pregnant women, 2 swimming pools, etc. My husband and I both purchased massage packages and have been very happy with our massage therapists (Lena and Steve). We love the fact that the entire family can go to the gym at the same time. My 2 complaints about this place is that one person from membership can tell you something and someone else can tell you the complete opposite. This has happened to us at least a handful of times but eventually you get to know the truth if you talk with enough people (about 3). Parking was a nightmare before the new parking lot was built and it can still be even with the new parking lot if you go there during busy times (any day of the week after regular work hours). More...

A
25 October 2011

Galter is the ultimate suburban workout facility located in the city. Tons of machines, a pool, indoor track, and tons and tons of kids. I like that they have their own parking lot and a wide variety of classes to choose from. I use to be a member at David Barton: and nothing beats DGB's locker rooms, so it really would not be fair to compare. Over all I like that there is a wide variety of people that work out here and not just meat heads, gym rats and those people who always looks great even when they're working out. More...

B
25 September 2011

This is the best gym I have ever belonged to, and I am something of a gym rat.  The variety and timing of the classes are the best!  Any time of day any day, there are several classes worth checking out.  I also really like the atmosphere here -- the exact opposite of the meat market feel you get with many chain gyms.  The fitness instructors are for the most part really great.  My favorite class is Group Power and I consider myself a regular.  The teachers -- Nikki, Francie, Suzanne, etc. -- are all awesome and keep everyone motivated.  I also really enjoyed the Prenatal Fitness and Stroller Fitness classes I took.  We are moving to the suburbs so I cancelled my membership and am totally bummed and will miss Galter.As awesome as Galter is, I wish it was not so expensive.  I also wish some of the more interesting classes, like pre- and postnatal classes, were not additional costs.  Oh and the songs in the classes being sung by fake singers for royalty reasons is pretty silly. More...

K
21 September 2011

A beautiful, bright, new facility with knowledgeable, helpful staff. What more can you ask for? Went to Galter last weekend during their 20th anniversary event to view the facility and take a class. First, the building: Tons of cardio equipment, a track, studios for classes and everything is sparkly clean and lit with natural light. Next, the staff: Took a boot camp class with Maki, who was tough but motivational - everything you want a boot camp instructor to be. One of the boot campers felt lightheaded during the class and three other staff members came to the rescue with OJ, a banana, bread...practically a breakfast buffet. Overall an impressive experience. I look forward to returning. More...

J
5 September 2011

This place is really nice b/c it is part of the hospital.  It doesn't have a gym club feel but more of as they call it life center focus.  There are people from all walks of life and all ages which makes it a really great part of the community.  They have many classes and a wonderful staff. More...

L
21 August 2011

Galter is clean, bright, has good but unintrusive music, there is a good variety of all kinds of equipment and classes, and you never have to wait.  People give you your space, the locker rooms are nice, the staff is helpful and professional.  It's the best gym I've been to in Chicago. More...

J
19 June 2011

Galter has all the features you want in a fitness facility.  Plenty of machines, free weights and all the other bells and whistles.   Also has pools, hot tubs and steam rooms.  Although I haven't done it you can also get a massage.Price is reasonable and the facility is clean and well run. It also offers a lot of fitness classes for all ages.It has a wide variety of patrons, for those looking exclusively for the young and sexy crowd you need to look elsewhere. More...

S
17 May 2011

I'm puzzled by some of the negative reviews of the club, because my experience has been very positive. Staff is generally pleasant and helpful, and, at least at the times when I go, the place never seems overly crowded, and it's always clean and in good repair. There's plenty of equipment, the track is pretty good-sized, and the locker rooms are attractive. Some classes and events cost extra (usually not too much), but there are dozens of free yoga and group athletics classes every week. Group Power has been a good addition to my exercise schedule. On the physical therapy side, I've gone to Galter for two stretches, for a shoulder issue and more recently for a knee problem, and each time I was very pleased with the professionalism and helpfulness I encountered. The therapist I worked with was Alison Gilmore, and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. If I need PT in the future (it could happen, unfortunately) and I'm still in this neighborhood, Galter, and Alison, will be top of my list. More...

A
22 April 2011

Galter, how do I count the ways that I love thee?I've always wanted to hit up a gym, but I didn't want to make the commitment (or shell out the money for that matter). My girlfriend and I decided to give this place a go since it was near her former residence. It was my first experience at a gym so I had no real opinion of it other than it served its purpose. Ultimately, it felt a little too pricey and I opted to just use my exercise bike at home which did not require a monthly membership.Cut to a few years later. I was really getting frustrated with being overweight, but I realized that I wasn't doing anything about it, so I had no reason to complain. Eventually, I put my foot down and the ground shook. No, actually, I put my foot down and made the decision to go another round with the gym hunt.We went to Xsport Fitness first and took advantage of their free pass for a week. Their monthly dues are much more in my price range, but I still had longing memories of the awesomeness that is Galter. After much deliberation we designated Galter as our gym of choice. And here's why:This place has a very clean and modern look. They have two pools (which I have never used, unfortunately), a track, workout studios, tons of classes, plenty of brand new cardio and weight machines, televisions all around (some are IN the machines themselves) and free weights that are not occupied by the usual jock-o-lanterns that spend more time talking and looking in the mirror than actually using the equipment.The locker rooms are nice (and carpeted) but sometimes the actual lockers smell like sweat (I blame the old naked men). The staff is great (except for one guy who is always talking to people instead of doing his job) and they always welcome you with a smile.There is no need to feel self-conscious as the members are a mix of young and old, fit and flab, you get the idea. In my opinion, there is just no comparison. If I could, I would stay here forever. But alas, the monthly membership fee is just too much for me (even though it is absolutely worth it).In any event, Galter was exactly the kickstart that I needed to get myself into some sort of shape (other than rotund). Now I'm eating healthier, I'm more active and I'm also 40 pounds lighter (20 of which I owe to Galter, the other 20 to Weight Watchers)! If you've got the money to spare (and the time to dedicate to working out) I absolutely recommend this place! Who knows, I may even make my way back here again someday (if my income ever increases). More...

J
11 April 2011

This gym has become my second home.. I don't even take showers at home anymore because I am here so much.  The place is always clean and there are fresh clean towels everytime and anytime I come to the gym. . I transfered to Galter after being a member with Xsport fitness center since Xsport came to Chicago.  I have to say that Xsport was nice to have because I was able to work out at anytime but the thing that I've noticed is that when a gym is open 24 hours they tend to lack in the cleanliness.  Galter closes at 10:30 on the weekdays but now I know why. I know that the pools are very clean and the jacuzzi's are pretty much cleaned almost everyday.  That is a plus in my book.  Everyone is pretty friendly there and they don't tolerate any Riff Raff there.  At Xsport I noticed there was people just going to meet people and just fool around.. Almost like a night club to pick up females! That in my book is pretty whack.. Galter is a gym that I plan on staying with as long as it keeps it's reputation and stays the way it is.. Love it!!!! More...

L
26 December 2010

Worth the extra money !I am on a very tight budget I used to use the YMCA however I rarely went.This place is so nice its entertainment and you actually want to go. How priceless is a huge Jacuzzi on a freezing winter day or the many warm pools when you feel trapped in an apartment all winter long.Me and my husband feel so refreshed and destressed when we leave this place.I also love the fact that  they use use a salt based system over chlorine in there pools and jacuzzi  so much better for your health not to mention your skin and hair.This place is an investment in my mental health as well as physical. More...

T
1 December 2010

I've been going to Galter for about 3 years now and LOVE IT!It started 3 years back, when i was pushing 230lbs and needed to loose some weight.  After getting into a weight-loss contest, i joined Galter and 4 months later, hit the scales @ 191!  Yeah, diet was key....but this place really helped me big time.Their facilities are top notch.  Everywhere you look, you see phenomenal equipment, trainers, studios and pools.  The massive locker rooms even have 2 different steam rooms which i love!The people that work there are always very cool and insightful and do not hesitate to offer up advice at any time.  Even though my weight loss bet is long over with, i am STILL with Galter and hope to for awhile. More...

N
18 November 2010

For my 200th review, I feel it has to be a stand out.  In a city full of gyms and millions of programs and classes...I can say with confidence few compare to Galter LifeCenter.  This is a gym you expect to find in the burbs.  Two indoor pools, an indoor running track, state of the art equipment across the board, awesome personnel, fantastic classes and all for an affordable monthly rate.  After I had ankle surgery, going to a gym with a pool was a must...and Galter has been a perfect fit.  I love my water zumba and there is plenty of open swim/lap time.  You constantly have the opportunity to attend free educational sessions in the classrooms and they often have gym challenges to keep you motivated.  Whenever I have questions the staff is very accessible and helpful and no one acts like a gym snob!  I truly cannot say enough about what a great facility this is to have available within the city limits. More...

J
15 October 2010

I've been with GLC for almost a year. The cost of this gym is on average more expensive than other gyms that I surveyed. However, I decided to join GLC for its non-intimidating atmosphere, for its swimming pool, and for not requiring you to sign a contract. -- I was able to join this gym without "initiation" fee during their promo. Just keep your eyes on their website.There's nothing much to complain about this place. Equipments are more than enough and they seem to replace/getting new equipments from time to time. Background music is minimal. Lockers have electronic keypad so no need to carry my own lock. -- For those gym rats who spend your day in the gym, they also have a microwave and a few tables at your disposal.GLC has its own parking lot, and you also have access to SCH garage. If you park in a garage, just remember to get a parking pass from the front desk. Now, there are a few things to complain here :1 - Scratchy towels. I mean, really scratchy. I don't know why they did this, but it's really uncomfortable. It's also a little small if you have a larger waistline.2 - Old towels. Sure, towels are washed by their industrial washers/driers. But I recently notice more towels with stains. Black, red, brown-ish, you name it. I suppose as they get older, random stains is inevitable. While it's clean, it's kinda gross when you use it.3 - Uninformed staff. Ok, before I post this review, I read a review from a guy who was forced to take a BTS class for "free initiation", and was later told that no such deal existed. I can relate to that. -- There have been a few occasions that I had to deal with the membership office and person there didn't get their policy right. Fortunately, there was someone around to correct her. Otherwise, I'd end up in a snafu like that guy. Dealing with membership office at GLC is kinda like dealing with the law. You're suppose to know everything beforehand. Don't trust what the membership office tells you unless you have it in writing. What you are told can be overridden by someone else and these people are not "customer oriented" kind. Don't like it? Too bad.Some of the front desk staffs are just lifeless, and they don't seem to like their attention is needed from time to time. I guess it happens at any workplace, but I just couldn't help being annoyed. More...

L
3 October 2010

A great, non-intimidating gym if you live in the neighborhood.

M
20 July 2010

There's no way around it - Galter is super expensive. BUT: after a year and a half I continue to pay my monthly membership fee because I feel comfortable there, which means I actually go and workout, which makes me feel better about the cost. The mix of people is incredible and it's definitely not (thank god) a place to see and be seen. Most of the equipment is new and there is cable TV attached to many of the cardio machines - so exciting for those without cable at home!I've just started trying some of the different classes and have found each one to be challenging (much harder workout than I do on my own) but the instructors are excellent about making sure all skill levels and body types can deal. One word of warning? I find that I stay way longer than I mean to, so it's a time suck but a healthy one. More...

D
7 July 2010

Great facility and really wonderful staff.  The classes are top notch and for any type of fitness level. The swimming pools are both very clean and well kept, along with the locker rooms and workout equipment.

M
21 February 2010

Oh Galter, how I love thee!  I have been a serial gym hopper since I moved here 5 years ago. I've belonged to Cheetah, Crunch, East Bank, and Equinox, and by far I like Galter the best.  There is a great variety of classes, especially on weekends.  Most gyms I have belonged to end their weekend class schedule in the morning, but Galter has classes all the way through the afternoon.  I think one of the best parts of Galter is its lack of an intimidating atmosphere.  There are people of all ages, shapes, and interests here, and no one seems to be paying attention to what anyone else is doing.  It's nice to just be able to pop in here, do my thing, and know that none of the other goers really care.  Also, the place is spotless, and there are several stations around the gym floor with sanitizer and such for people to clean their equipment after use.  Another plus: lots of free parking.  If you can't find a spot on the street or in the adjacent lot, you can park in the hospital garage for free!  Gotta love that!My only small complaint: there are only two stairmills.  I love these circa 1985 pieces of gym equipment, and I really wish there were more since the two they have are always in use. More...

C
21 February 2010

I heart Galter.Galter is a great gym. It has everything I need in a gym - it's clean, it's not too crowded, it has great class variety, free parking (! ), and the built-in TVs on the cardio equipment help me get through a workout. Did I mention it's clean?I've taken many of the group classes, all of which I've found to be fun, and the instructors to be motivating. I recently started working with Donna, a personal trainer. She's great, and I know she's going to push me to meet my goals. I also just started the weekend boot camp. Yikes. But in a good way. Maki, the instructor, kept us working for the full hour. Only five more weekends to go...If you're in the 'hood and in need of a gym, check out Galter! More...

M
21 February 2010

Wow, I love this place.  Been a member for about half a year now and couldn't be happier.  Yes, it is kind of expensive, but it's worth it in my opinion, and why cheap out on your gym and have to deal with everything that comes along with it? All the reasons why I won't be leaving Galter any time soon:-never very crowded- though it does get busy at peak times, in general it's not too bad and not nearly as bad as some other gyms (Bally's, X-Sport) can be-great clientele- a huge mix of people, which makes it a really comfortable place to go work out-nice equipment-super clean-friendly staff-2 pools-all the  various classes/programs they offerTo address some of the issues people brought up before... A.  I've NEVER had a bad experience with the staff at the desk or in membership... they've been nothing but friendly and helpful to me.  B.  Tiny towels?  Are you kidding me  These are full size towels that I personally think are too big to be gym towels, and besides, they are free and bleach-clean.  Jeez, some people!C.  No floor staff?  Again, really?  There are always tons of people on the floor seemingly bored out their minds, just waiting for people to ask them for help.  And when I have approached them, they've been friendly and willing to answer any question I had.My ONLY gripe is that I wish the free weights area was a little bit bigger, and had 2 squat racks instead of just 1, which is hard to get on when it's busy.  Other than that, this place rules.  Some people will never be satisfied, but I think any normal person will love this gym... so check it out if you are looking! More...

M
5 February 2010

I've been on this crazy exercise kick now for a week where I feel the need to research all the yoga and dance studios in the city and burbs and share my experiences! ! So we did the Texas Two-Step in the Sunday yoga class with Janet. I'm sorry, but that was great. I have only taken a few yoga classes in the past year and I was totally able to keep up and Downward Facing Doggy and Cobra and all the other animal positions ( ) with not much guidance. Class was not crowded and I did not have to smell the dude next to me. Awesome. More...

M
21 January 2010

Galter has a great aquatics program that will benefit people of all ages.  I've been a part of the masters swimming program (available at an additional fee for both members and non-members) for the past couple of years now and I can't live without it!  The masters swimming program is basically a group swim with coaches/instructors that vary the workout from session to session and focus on either a specific stroke, or speed/technique.  The coaches are very attentive and will help you improve the way you swim so that you are able to use your body effectively without wasting a lot of energy.  It is definitely a pretty intense workout and for the first six months after starting the masters program I was starving around the clock! There are 4 workouts a week:Monday 5:45 - 6:45 AMTuesday 12-1 PM, 5:30-6:30 PMThursday 5:45-6:45 AM, 12-1 PM, 5:30-6:30 PMSaturday 6:45 - 8 AMThere are people of all different levels in this program, and they usually split up the different levels into different lanes (max 5 people per lane).  There are some very good swimmers that swam competitively in college but there are also "casual" swimmers like me ( I learned to swim as a kid and then never stepped in a pool until I joined this program).This is a great way to change up your cardio routine and improve your fitness level if you are looking to shake things up. More...

J
11 January 2010

Just joined! I've only been there a few times at this point, but I'm pumped to get started. It's super close to my condo and I think that's going to be key to keeping me motivated & going! All staff I dealt with so far is so helpful and friendly. The registration process was quick & painless. Cost seems appropriate. I'll let you know if my opinion changes at all with my time at Galter, but so far i am SO excited to be a member :) More...

K
30 December 2009

First- I'm surprised not to see a big mention of:NO CONTRACT REQUIRED.So if you can get a deal on your initiation, you're all set.  My husband and I just moved closer to Galter again, and I'm soooo happy to be back! I first started going here after going to physical  therapy in 2006.  I had just finished chemotherapy and thought their aqua therapy might be a good way to start building my strength again.  Fast forward one year- I signed up for Galter's triathlon training program, and was able to complete a sprint distance triathlon without an ounce of shame in 2007.  I think the thing that makes this place awesome is the diversity- all ages, shapes and ethnicities.  It would have been awfully hard to drag my puffy, bald, self to Cheetah, believe me.    In fact, I later did join Cheetah.  Galter was just too far away, I thought. Nice gym (Wicker Park) but I always felt uncomfortable there.  I dared take a yoga class there once, the instructor was condescending.  Yep.    We tried the YMCA, I even signed up my daughter for swim lessons at 6 months.  We had to leave the pool, it was too cold.  The locker rooms felt filthy and the lighting was weird.  I always forgot a lock and hurriedly worked out fearing someone was busting into my locker and stealing my phone.  When we moved to Lincoln Square in August, we were pumped- I've always wanted access to a pool, and my husband is a serious runner.  Our daughter is just over a year old, and we are picky about who can watch her.  Yay Galter.  There are a few complaints I read in other reviews that I'd like to address...  1. The nursery- I think is handled really well.  During winter break it was very full when I was dropping off my girl, and one of the staff members was rounding up the older kids to take to studio 4.  This is another room where the kids can run around, they plan for more space when the place is busy.  My daughter's face lights up when she sees Galter, she adores the staff, toys, and other kids!  And it's impeccably clean.  I love that when I have time off work, I feel good about bringing her to the gym because she truly enjoys it there.2. The locker rooms.  There is a locker room attendant who is almost always present, picking up whatever someone was careless enough to leave behind and cleaning the floor.  I've always thought the locker rooms are a dream come true.  I love the new addition of tiny whiteboards with a marker so you can write on your locker- definitely solves my old problem of forgetting where I stashed my stuff and punching my four digit code into the lockers all along the row feeling like a dummy...  Especially since I, like other reviewers, am not so much into hanging out leisurely while the older women meticulously apply lotion to their proud naked bodies.  But more power to them.Also, the  showers on the west side of the facility are newer, and therefore cleaner looking, but busier by far.  I don't have any issues with the cleanliness at all, and find it remarkable that even in slushy winter time the bottoms of the lockers are mostly clean and dry.  3. The free classes are great.  I love the yoga stretch class on Saturdays, the group ride, and zumba.  Some of the classes are really challenging.  Then, if you find something you really love, you can splurge on a paid class. I've done the triathlon training and master's swim program, I'd say both were worth the money.  I think the number of options is impressive.4. The equipment.  I've been to the Y, Cheetah, World Gym- and several others back in college- this place has the best equipment and the very best response when equipment is not working.  Longest I've ever seen equipment sit idle is a day.  I could be wrong, but I don't think so.Three wishes I have for GLC:1.  Expand your nursery hours so I can work out on Fridays (the staff is ready to leave at 6:00 sometimes.) and go to Yoga at 3:30 on Saturdays.2.  Have more aqua babies classes!  They've filled up before I could register twice already.  I'm a working mom, so there aren't many spaces available.  This makes me very sad- it was one of the reasons we were so excited to join. Thank goodness for family swim, my daughter loves the pool.3. More yoga, please... Much of it is during the day- and I'l love more opportunities to destress in the early evening hours.  And keep the classes consistent- I've done a hard legs day and planned to do yoga stretch the next day, then been surprised to do a lot of leg work in yoga class.  Still enjoyable, but just sayin.This is the best place ever to work out- good when I was single, great for my family. More...

A
6 December 2009

I have been a member for a couple of months now, and really like this place.  The instructors are helpful and energetic.  The facilities are a little dated, but the staff is friendly and helpful .  Love the towel service (even though admittedly the towels are little). It is a little pricey, but isn't all that crowded most of the times that I go.  Another bummer is that some of the extra classes (like Pilates) cost extra.  Too bad. More...

Q
16 November 2009

Clean, modern, great machines, no attitude, all ages, nice staff, flexible membership plans, free parking, courteous members - what's not to like?

M
28 October 2009

I like  Galter and here is why,1) Yoga classes with just right level of difficulty with very cool, knowledgeable instructors that are very easy to talk to and will work with you. 2) Large variety of dance classes such as Zumba, Group Step, Group Kick, Aqua dance in water. I tried them all and I liked them all too.3) Towel service.....you can use all the towels you want and they are always clean and smell like bleach.AREA FOR IMPROVEMENT:I take away a star for the nasty jacuzziIt could be cleaner, there's hair floating in it and old men always sit in it for long periods of time. Monopolizing the whole jacuzzi for themselves. More...

A
31 July 2009

my son, of late, likes to pull up my shirt to reveal my tummy and then let loose a peal of giggles.i get it.  it's flabby. anyway, i have belonged to myriad gyms at different times in my life, and i always begin with gusto, and then my enthusiasm fades, and i stop going.  truthfully, i often get intimidated by the traditional gym scene, and my intimidation has a lot to do with my waning enthusiasm.so imagine my surprise that, three months after joining, i am just as regular an attendee at the lovely galter life center.  they just do everything right.  there's about every shape, size, and age you would ever imagine working out, so no need to ever feel intimidated.  i've been to lots of classes, and they're packed, but fun.  but warning:  the music is sometimes painfully bad-- often it's a cover of a song by a similar-sounding singer, probably because of royalites, or something.  i'm sorry, but i don't want to listen to a fake gravelly voiced dude singing bruce springsteen's "the rising."  i actually don't even want to hear springsteen singing it.  but i grin and bear it.  and anyway, the instructors are very nice.the fitness specialists on the floor are truly helpful, and i've never gotten that hard-sell personal training kamikaze attack while i'm working out that i came to expect at other gyms.the yoga classes are not for me, but i've been doing yoga for a long time, and am picky.the locker rooms are clean, you don't need your own lock for the lockers, the steam room is nice, but the steam doesn't come on often enough for my taste. last, but most importantly for me, their nursery is so top-notch!  i have seen other day cares at gyms around town, and thought "never would i leave my child in there."  my little guy seems to love going and playing, and the people who work there remember him, and take really good care while i'm off sweating.i rationalized the cost by cutting out my eating breakfast out habit, and i think it balances out.  plus, that way, i'm not eating so much bacon.  but it's a long drive!  i wish they could have another location somewhere around me, but it's a medical fitness center associate with swedish covenant hospital, so i get it.so now, when the little guy pokes my tummy and giggles, there's slightly less to laugh at, because i'm actually getting a bit more buff. More...

K
27 July 2009

I love Galter--Great classes, wonderful pools and friendly staff.  If you have a question about weights or machines, someone will always happily answer it.  Not a meat market at all.  They are concerned about your fitness and health, and it shows.  They keep you updated via email about any equipment or pool maintenance, I've been a member of several health clubs in the past, and this one, by far, is the best I've ever come across. More...

P
19 May 2009

Galter is like no gym I have ever been to. If you are serious about getting fit and are not looking for a meat market, this is the place. You will see people of all walks of life here - young, old, fat, thin... It is insanely well run, from the attentive staff, the complementary towels, shampoo, conditioner, and hand lotion in the locker room. The equipment is top-notch, a good portion of the cardio equipment has individual tv sets. Tons of FREE classes.Only downside is the cost is a little high. More...

M
3 April 2009

I joined Galter in January and it's been great.  The classes they offer are awesome and the times are convenient.  I've never had to wait for a machine, no matter what time or day I go.  The locker rooms are clean and there are always lockers available . . . and it's totally not a creepy meat market!  It's a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it. More...

E
16 March 2009

I semi-started out on the wrong foot with Galter. There was a little miscommunication going on regarding the particular program I had joined under (I work at the hospital affiliated with the center, so there are certain discounts and programs that apply to the membership). In the end however, everything was pretty much resolved and I am once again content with my membership. I am also just one of those people that the whole "customer recovery" process works really well on... so I don't stay mad for long.The facility itself really is top-notch and if you are not only serious about exercising, but looking for a gym that offers far more than just cardio and weight equipment, then Galter is certainly worth the higher membership fees. You just have to be willing to take advantage of all the free classes, pools, saunas, and everything else that makes the facility so worth it.I have had one personal fitness evaluation, as well as a very thorough introduction to the gym/equipment so far. I am planning on picking up some personal training sessions in the near future, so I will update once I see how beneficial/worth it those may be. More...

A
5 March 2009

I have been a member of the Life Center for 2 months and I am tremendously pleased. I will try to break this review down into useful categories. Location: The GLC is located on the North Side of Chicago on Foster Ave at the congruence of the Budlong Woods/Lincoln Square/Albany Park/Irving Park/and North Park neighborhoods. Parking is available free of charge at the nearby parking garage, but there is also ample street parking at the adjoining streets.Clientele: As a result of the location, there is a great variety of cultures that frequent this establishment, most notably Korean. Many signposts throughout the facility include English and Korean characters. You will also find a good deal of Eastern European and Hispanic cultures here. This diversity adds to the unpretentious atmosphere (which I find to be the most appealing aspect of the gym). You will also find a diversity among age groups, from young professionals to what can best be described as senior citizens. This is a reflection of the GLC's focus on wellness, rather than good looks, and also its association with nearby Swedish Covenant Hospital.Vibe: The best thing about the GLC is its no-nonsense, do-it-to-feel-good atmosphere. This is not a meat-market or a place to pick up dates. This is a place to go get your workout on, at your own pace, without the fuss of being stared at, worrying what you look like, or feeling out of place. Because there is such a variety of people here, there is also a variety of fitness levels, and no one looks around in a judgmental manner--just like no one looks around trying to show off, either.Equipment: The equipment here is really quite impressive. There is a variety of cardio equipment located in four different clusters. One cluster is reserved for cardiac rehab patients only from the hospital, but it sometimes opens up. Regardless, there is rarely a need to wait for machines. All machines, by the way, are newish and in good working order. There are also two separate weight training areas, one with free weights and one with machines. These, too, are in good working order, and they are also plentiful.Classes: There are three different studios that host a variety of classes, from spinning to salsa to yoga. There are also swim classes located in the pools. I can only speak for the yoga classes, which can get quite full--especially Tracy's Monday class, so get there early. The yoga classes are well-taught and there is enough mats and equipment to go around. As for the other classes, there are more than 100 offered per week, so I'm sure there's something for everybody.Facilities: The facilities are immaculate. I have really never been in a gym that has been so clean. This includes the workout floor as well as the locker room and showers. The ladies locker room, by the way, is excellent. There are many amenities provided, including shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors (at the front desk), lotion, blow dryers, straightening irons... everything you need to take a shower without lugging in your home bathroom supply. There are also plenty of lockers which do not require a quarter or your own lock--they have automated locking mechanisms in which you key in your own code for each use. This is incredibly convenient. One can also rent a locker for a reasonable price ($8 a month, I believe).Other facilities: As mentioned before, there are two pools for lap swimming. There are also two whirlpools, a sauna, and steam rooms in both locker rooms. The only thing that is really lacking at the GLC are sports facilities (i.e. basketball courts, racquetball courts, etc.), but I may just be spoiled by my alma mater's rec center. Price: Regular month-to-month membership is $78, which can be canceled at any time. Initiation fees range from $140-240, depending on whether one is a student or applying for a joint membership. Five guest passes are included with membership to use at your disposal. I'm happy with these fairly reasonable prices, given that membership includes free access to all classes on top of the already above-average facilities.Bottom line: I would recommend this gym to anybody that's into looking after their health and wellness over picking up a date. In fact, I would recommend it highly. Five stars. More...

H
9 February 2009

I've been getting my workout on at Galter nearly every day since mid-January, and let me tell you, this place is CLASSY. Not classy like intimidating classy, but classy like it's seriously worth it classy. I've only been a member of one other gym--uh, the Welles Park Fitness Center, if that counts--and I took some P.E. classes in high school, but other than that, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to fitness. Or I WAS, but thanks to Galter, I'm all in-the-know now. Being the nerd-tastic bookworm that I am, I always kind of assumed I wouldn't like working out (because working out is for cheerleaders, right?), but man, endorphin highs are killer. I go in, bust out a jump rope, crank some Girl Talk, get sweaty as hell, and it's the best part of my day. They have this thing called the Personal Fitness System, which essentially amounts to a few free personal training sessions with a fancy name. Someone weighs you, takes your measurements, tells you how strong and flexible you are, and then says, "OK, here's what you need to do to reach your goals." (Read: Get Sexy.) Which is pretty awesome, 'cause I'd never go near the weights, and so I told my trainer I was afraid of them ("They're scary! And look at all those strong guys! They will beat me up!"), and he was like, "Nah girl, lemme show you this leg press." Now I'm cool with weights and I'm getting stronger. Definitely thinking about starting some impromptu brawls soon so these guns don't go to waste. Also: free classes. Some of them are cheesy, some of them will kick your butt (Group Ride), and the music's pretty lame, but if you're a group exercise junkie, try them out. In terms of the demographics, you'll be hanging with a lot of smokin' geriatrics (a lot of them really are smokin'), a lot of late-twenties/mid-thirties "working professionals," and the occasional meathead. Oh, and sometimes lots of babies are there for swim lessons. I don't know how someone could feel out of place here, and that's saying a lot, because I tend to feel out of place just about everywhere I go. Super friendly staff, lots of equipment. It's the sanctuary of sweat. More...

S
14 January 2009

Still loving Galter, I have been a member for about 4 months. Since the new year is here, there are more people in the gym trying to lose those holiday pounds. Galter offers "specialty" classes for a fee and so far I have signed up for two classes. I did a BOSU equilibrium class. This wasn't my cup of tea, it was mostly for balance and coordination. I think I paid $50.00 for a four week session that met twice a week. The teacher was great and he had awesome music. I just wasn't a fan of the class. I am in boot camp currently and it meets 3 days a week for 6 weeks. The price was a bit steep, $150 but it's going to kick my butt. I'm in my second week and I feel so much better! I have worked out with personal trainers before and I feel like I get a better workout in this type of boot camp environment. We do a lot of running on the track, weight work, and basic military drills. The time they offer the classes isn't convenient for me, I take the 5:30 a.m. class. It is pure hell getting up at 4:50 when it's bitter cold and pitch black outside but I hope the results in the long run will be worth it! More...

S
13 January 2009

Worked out  here for 10 years and it has maintained it's reputation for being one of the best all around gyms in Chicago.  Most of the members are workng professionals.   They have an indoor track and swimming pool (on the warm side)  Towel service and free razors if you ask.You'll need to consult the class schedule so you can avoid the senior water aerobics class, unless of course you're into that. More...

R
25 November 2008

I came here for a workshop about a month ago. The staff members I dealt with were super friendly and helpful. Pretty darn clean, fairly good sized locker rooms, (well, at least the men's was, never saw the women's). The space is great, with a lot of things that you would want, pool, hot tub, working equipment with a good amount of cardio machines and I like the layout of the gym. Like others have stated there is a familiar neighborhood feel to the place. Members know the staff and each other. It seems like it does have an older set working out here. Not that's a bad thing, but I wouldn't say this would be the gym where the hip happening 20 year old's come to get their sweat on. They have some really good more up to date equipment, which is certainly a good step up over some gyms. I don't know about pricing, but certainly a place to look in to if you are living in the area and looking for a gym. More...

C
1 November 2008

I recommend Galter for anyone interested in working on health and general fitness.  As other people have said, this is a hospital-affiliated health club, and it has a very neighborhood feel to it.  There are club staff members assigned to just sort of hang out on the floor to make sure you're okay, answer questions, and have a little chat if you're interested in that kind of thing, and even fellow worker-outers are very friendly.Other things to love about Galter include the free group pilates classes and the relatively cheap individual sessions, the piles and piles of towels, the access to cardio and weight machines, and the price!  I've heard it characterized as expensive, but here's the thing.  It is the cheapest health club in the city where you don't run the risk of sitting on or accidentally handling something dirty, icky, or sticky.Here's what keeps this place from getting five stars:  there is a no-spitting-in-the-shower rule, and I wondered why until I heard all the spitting going on in the shower.  I don't know how one enforces such a rule, but I really wish they would, because it's unnervingly disgusting to have an otherwise spotless place marred by someone enthusiastically gathering phlegm and then depositing it a matter of inches away from one's very own tootsies.The other thing keeping this place from getting five stars is this canned exercise program that they insist on having.  Some of the classes are taught by instructors who choose their own music and think of their own routines, and those are awesome.  However, there are these "Group Groove" and "Group Ride" and "Group Step" classes that enable an underqualified instructor to go through the motions of a class in front of people in lieu of actually teaching a class while keeping said instructor too busy remembering what to do to actually notice what is happening in the class and adjusting the routine accordingly.  Seems a bit irresponsible, but then, I'm a teacher myself, so this might just be my issue.  The music to these canned classes is likewise canned, and irredeemably awful.  Exhibit A:  a screechily sung dance mix of I Don't Know How to Love Him.  Oy. More...

E
9 October 2008

Giiiiiirrrrrrrrl, this my GYM!I love this place so much and I hate myself for not going as often as I should.  Yes, it's a little expensive, but you and your health are worth the price. I love the classes.I love the hot tub.I love the free lockers and towels.Most of all, i love the old people who work out during the day, from the Polish and Korean women who populate water aerobics to that one white-haired man who hangs out around the weights, not actually exercising but chatting up every lady who passes by.Great variety of equipment and classes, helpful, knowledgeable staff, priceless people-watching, and a comfortable environment where this fat girl fits right in.  I love you, Galter Life Center! Don't ever change! More...

K
11 September 2008

We've been going to Galter Life Center for four years. It's on the pricey side as far as gym's go, but so worth it. No one is scoping you out, so if you're going to the gym to score, this is not it. But the facilities are amazing. They are always fully staffed and helpful, you will never have to wait for any equipment, it's beautiful, super clean and quite chill. They have two pools, sauna, steam rooms, and most of the classes are free. The instructors are great and not pretentious. A wonderful place. More...

L
26 August 2008

I am in love.I joined the Galter Life Center today and am thoroughly impressed. The whole experience starts with the very large women's locker room where they provide you with FREE lockers - no locks or quarters necessary - and almost everything you need to take a shower and look beautiful afterwards (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair dryers, curling irons, deodorant spray, and even hair straightners). And I'm not talking just one or two hair dryers - I'm talking at least 10 and they're spread all over at different mirrors so everyone has plenty of room.The machines are clean and work and are all spread out in their own areas. And the best part was that it wasn't crowded - at least not when I was there in the middle of the afternoon. A lot of seniors and a few people from the hospital (since it's attached).I happen to be seeing a physical therapist for a foot issue next door so the gym only costs me $50 while in treatment. They will then waive the initiation fee ($240, I believe) if I decide to join at the regular rate ($78 a month, no contracts). I can't see why I wouldn't.They also have two pools - one for laps and another that's warmer for more in-water exercising. They also have whirl pools and I believe a sauna.While I was there, my p.t. happened to be out witha patient and saw me, excited that I started, and told me to find him when I was done so he could get ice for my foot. Talk about service!!! I'm in love. More...

L
6 August 2008

My God I love this gym! My boyfriend thought I was out of my mind for when I told him how much my membership was. It's is very pricey at almost $80 per month, but it's worth it.  He really changes his tune after he went with me the first time. There are SO many different types of classes available and the instructors are very nice and helpful. There is yoga, pilates, step classes, spin classes, kick boxing, groove (kind of a dance sort of thing, water exercise, and even a group lifting classes. I'm sure I'm missing some, but these are all included in the membership.You will NEVER wait for a machine here. There is so much cardio equipment its insane! A lot of the machines have motivational messages on them. Seems cheesy, but it helps. There is seldom a broken machine.  There is alway someone on the fitness floor to help. There are at least two "fitness experts" on the floor at all times. They seem to know the members pretty well. There are a couple who always say hello, and they are very encouraging.This place has three pools, hot tubes, saunas, and steam rooms. There is towel service, and the locker rooms are always clean. You don't need to bring your own lock because there is a combo lock built into all of the. There are styling tools and razors for those who have some place to be after the gym.This is really a great place and you should go! Take the tour and they will give you a couple of free passes. I couldn't hurt to try it out. Plus, that $80 fee will keep your ass going to the gym regularly. You'll want to get your money's worth! That is all the will power I need.P.S. You don't have to sign a contract. More...

A
2 July 2008

My parents are members here, so I've been using guest passes every so often to go. Maybe I'm only going at off peak hours, but I've never had to wait to use the equipment I've needed (mostly weights). It has a very clean, modern feel. I can't speak to the cost since I'm freeloading right now. I look forward to going back next time I'm in town. Great facility for a variety of ages/lifestyles. More...

J
25 June 2008

Not your typical workout facility - in a GREAT way.  Let's start with the fact that it is staffed by the utmost qualified professionals in the area, is professionally affiliated with a leading Chi-town hospital, has 2 - count'em TWO pools for swimming, two jacuzzi's and physical therapy all under one roof.  State of the art equipment that is never old looking and is updated with industry standards.  I believe their group fitness classes and schedule can not be beat by any of the other hip/trendy clubs in this city.  The variety of classes, member feedback opportunities and FOUR studios allows for a very extensive schedule.  Step, Cycling, Yoga, Pilates (separate studio!), BOSU, Ballast ball, Body training system classes, all dance, specialty workshops...I could go one.  Some of their classes are so special that they "launch" them every 3 months with a huge party, raffles, free passes to non-member to try it out, snacks, sport drinks, etc.The other amazing think is the price - almost 40 percent less than other clubs for an individual membership.  Free parking to members.My real LOVE? The Kids Club.  My kids request to go there where they can be a princess, artist, athlete, take a nap, read, swing, playhouse.  The children's facility is set up in developmental stages to keep the younger set from being trampled by the "older" kids.  They also have a pager system so if I am in a class or on a piece of equipment and have my ipod running, I will feel a buzz and see the lights to know my little one's need me.  LOVE THAT!The crowd is interesting too!  Babies to their grandparents!  Can you imagine a hip/happnin' place for a multitude of generations under one roof that isn't a community Y?LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT More...

N
4 June 2008

I was never comfortable with mainstream gyms - I had a membership with Crunch in SF in SOMA....Anyway, I have great things to say about the Galter Life Center.  The membership prices are reasonable ($69 in 2005 - 2006) and there is no contract.The gym is EXTREMELY clean and yes, it's more designed as a rehabilitation center since Swedish Covenant Hospital is next door but I feel comfortable working out.  I don't have to worry about some guy checking me out when I'm on the elliptical machine or on the ab crunch machines.The staff is super friendly and they're more than willing to help you when you're trying to figure out some of these crazy machines.Furthermore, they have great guest passes for 2 weeks when I'm visiting town!  I still have access to all the great benefits - free gym lockers, the yoga and pilates mat classes!I also noticed they change their equipment every 2 years.  A lot of the arm and crunch machines were replaced with more fancy looking state of the art contraptions!WOW - I wish there was a Galter Life Center in SF and NYC! More...

D
9 April 2008

I have been a member of Galter Life Center for 12 years and am pretty pleased with them though I think they are way too expensive.  $125 per month for 2 people ($1500 per yr) seems like a lot of money to me.  They also do not offer enough classes (including mat Pilates and yoga) after 6 pm - so if you work in the Loop, it is very hard to get there in time.  The main reason I joined Galter?  Fabulous indoor walking track! (12 laps = mile).  Very hard to find in the city.However, I give them 4 stars primarily for the yoga classes - they are included in the price of the monthly fee - and Galter is lucky to have one of the best yoga instructors in the city working for them - Tracy Von Kaenel.  I have been going to her classes for over 10 years and she is simply phenomenal!  She is knowledgeable, helpful, kind and her classes are great - primarily because she starts out slowly, easing the body into more difficult poses as you go thru the 90 min class - versus so many instructors today who put you into a headstand or crane pose 10 mins into a class!Tracy also teachs yoga classes at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago - 4043 N. Ravenswood.  Here is a link to her class schedule and other information:    yogachicago.usWith the recent commercialization of yoga and the practice becoming so ultra popular and uber trendy, it is refreshing to know that Tracy is the real deal.  Namaste! More...

M
12 February 2008

I have been a member for just about a month now, and I love Galter! They have a ton of different classes, with lots of different times, so its hard to find an excuse to not go. I've never had to wait for a machine, and there isn't that creepy guy checking you out vibe going on either.Overall, a great gym, and I'm so happy to have found a gym that I actually WANT to visit! More...

B
28 January 2008

After living in the area for nearly a year and being put off by my prior gym, I finally decided to join the Galter, as one of my girlfriend's is a member and talks about it constantly.  So far I've been pretty pleased.  There is a large workout area with machines, a good-sized free weight area, and plenty of cardio options.  Add that to an indoor track (much preferred to treadmills) and a couple of pools (and serious ping-pong players) and you get a very diverse fitness center with more than ample options.Generally, there isn't a wait for any of the equipment, and if there is, there are other options you can do in the meantime.  The fees are $78 a month for a single person, which is quite reasonable in my opinion for what is available.  Usually they have some kind of deal to help with the initiation fee.The only drawbacks in my mind are that there is only one hip abductor / adductor machine, some of the leg machines feel like they might snap at any moment!  Sometimes, it does not feel there are enough showers for the number of lockers, and I don't love having to wait in my sweaty clothes.  Overall though, the Galter is a recommended fitness center if you're not a fan of the meat markets! More...

H
24 November 2007

Great place.   I never became a member but I did go to Galter to take swimming lessons.  The staff helped me conquer my fear and I learned to swim so I will always be thankful to Galter Life Center. The facilities are very clean compared to most gym's and the staff is very supportive and helpful. More...

K
14 November 2007

I have been a member at Galter for a little over a year now.  I don't need a lot of frills at my gym and this is perfect if not above what I am used to.  There don't seem to be a ton of other options in this area, and this was heads and tails above whatever else I saw (for the $$, too).  Very clean, friendly, spacious, with a wide variety of clientele.  Attitude-free as well.The gym has pretty much anything you would want for a typical work out.  I've never had to wait for a machine and it never feels overly crowded (despite there being a lot of people present).  I think this has to do with its broad layout and the floor to ceiling window they have along a couple of the walls.  There is a track that runs around all the cardio machines as well.  All machines I've tried -- both cardio and weightlifting -- are very up-to-date and user-friendly.  They also offer a wide variety of classes and I have only attended the Pilates but all classes seem fairly popular.  They are free with your membership fee and have a bunch of times available.My only complaint about the cardio area is the people playing ping-pong on the small court between all the machines.  They are sometimes VERY loud which is not a huge deal but can be pretty alarming/distracting.  Also, since there are no barricades, the ball bounces all over the place and rolls under machines.  There have been numerous times when I have literally had to stop my machine because someone was searching for a ball.  It would be a huge improvement if they moved the ping pong area somewhere else, I'm not sure if they're aware of quite how distracting it can be to the other people working out (I have heard similar complaints from others, as well). More...

L
5 October 2007

As a member of Cheetah for 3 years, I was turned off by all the drama of the "suddenly closed, oh wait, we're open again" nonsense and decided to try out a new gym.  Based on reviews on Yelp, I decided to check out Galter Life Center because I likely will be moving to Albany Park in the next few weeks.My first impression of Galter is that it is a very comprehensive health center that is frequented by people of all ages, sizes, and colors.  That is in sharp contrast to Cheetah, where everyone is around the same age and fitness level.  It is a little frustrating to be stuck in the hall behind a very old, slow-moving grandma on her way to water aerobics, but it beats being surrounded by meat heads.Galter is very low pressure and very much is not a scene.  The staff and instructors are so nice, it's almost creepy.  I couldn't put my finger on it until I read in the member guide that "The LifeCenter is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church and Swedish Covenant Hospital."  And then it all made sense...Regardless, I haven't noticed any religious overtones to the gym, with the exception of the occasional Christian song playing overhead.  I try very hard not to curse (as that is explicitly forbidden) when I fall off the stability ball in a class.  So far so good, but I make no promises.Because I don't live in the area now, I have to drive or bike to Galter.  Parking is a challenge weekday mornings because the parking structure is shared with the hospital and most of the street parking in the area is permit-only.  However, there is ample bike parking right in front.Overall, it's a great gym with lots of classes and two pools.  However, it takes an adjustment period for those of us who are used to a different setting.  So far it is a refreshing change! More...

S
23 September 2007

After much debate, I got a membership at Galter, and it has not disappointed. I didn't feel comfortable going the standard Bally's/Crunch route, and wanted a gym that would focus on wellbeing as well as general fitness. I've been a member here for about six or so months, and the woman who helped me sort out the membership things still knows who I am, and that is service. The equipment is great, the locker rooms are clean, and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. I haven't taken a class yet, but I hear great things about the Great Glutes class (as well as the Abs class). I love this place, even if it is a gym. Check the website for sign up coupons for new members, and go in for a tour (you get two free guest passes for taking a tour, and they don't try to sell you on a million things. The guest passes can be used for classes too). More...

C
5 June 2007

This place is top of the line. If you have the money, I recomend this place. they have a NICE set of dumbells, and weights area. All the cardio machines work well. Their TV setup is nice, and they have windows by the cardio machines which helps the workout :-) GREAT place. More...

J
7 May 2007

How nice to see that this place is on Yelp.  I've been a member for a little over six months now.  Going here is what helps me make all these Food Reviews I've given! I am beyond impressed with this place.  First off you have a lot of diversity in terms of the kinds of fitness levels you see.  People range from marathon trainees, to intermediate, beginners, and people just starting out from Rehabilitation. No matter what  you WILL feel like you fit in. Second, the class instructors...AMAZING.  I am beyond impressed by some of the people who teach the free group classes when you join.  I definitely have my favorites (Jesse and Susan) but they are all great and can teach to whatever your fitness level is.The locker rooms are kept clean. The fitness area is SPACIOUS with a lot of sunlight coming through.  They have an indoor track, sauna, 2 swimming pools, whirlpool, and steam rooms.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'm a big advocate for this place.I AM hoping that they get individual TVs for the machine soon. More...

J
28 March 2007

As you may have noticed, my yelping expertise is really in the area of eating.  But in my spare time, when I'm not eating, working out is fun---especially at Galter! I love this gym.  I've only been a member for about a month, but its super great, not too hard core.  There seems to be more of an emphasis on overall wellness than anything else, and this makes it a very friendly and comfortable place to be.  It's never intimidating.The locker rooms are nice enough, and I never have any trouble getting a machine.  There are lots of free classes for members, too! More...

C
9 January 2007

I have to agree with the other reviews.  I have been very happy with Galter since joining over a year ago.  It's pricey, but I was paying almost the same amount at Bally's and it was not nearly as nice.  The simple fact that I no longer have to lug a towel and blow dryer to Galter in order to take a shower makes the extra money worth it.  If you're looking for a gym, I would highly recommend checking out Galter. More...

J
7 August 2006

This is the nicest gym I've ever been in - the facility sparkles, the staff is friendly, and I love having pool access.  
It is a great place to come work out for the self-conscious among us, because you will be alongside people of every age, size, and fitness level who there to do the same thing as you. It's not a meat market or a "scene."
It's not a cheap gym, but if you want a place where you'll look forward to working out it might be worth joining.
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M
19 June 2006

I recommend the Galter Life Center (fitness center) near Swedish Covenant Hospital  for those of us who are not comfortable in the typical Bally's or World Gym health clubs.  The Galter Center has all types of fitness equipment, a swimming pool, lap pool, a very small track, and holds fitness classes that you can sign up for.  The main advantage of the Galter Center is not only is the membership reasonable, but that for those of us who are self-conscious, it provides a comfortable surrounding in which you can work out without feeling "different".  The people who utilize the Galter Center are of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and abilities so everyone fits in. More...

K
21 April 2006

Lovely workout center.  This place is large, clean and packed with workout opportunities.  Monthly fees are approximately $100 per couple, which is rather steep.  However this includes free weights, workout machines, some free exercise classes (see schedule)  sauna, whirlpool, running track and swimming pool.Perhaps one of the more crowded fitness facilities in the city, and one of the most expensive. More...

D
9 April 2006

Galter is the Wellness Center that is attached to the Swedish Covenant Hospital at the corner of California and Foster.  An old girlfriend told me about the place when I moved into the area and I became a member shortly thereafter. The best thing about Galter is the convenience.  The Lifecenter is about 5 blocks from my place, so it is easy to get there.  They do have free parking which they will validate if you need to park in the structure.  The running and biking path that runs through Legion Park is across the street from Galter so you can go outside for a run if you prefer the scenic enviorns of the north branch of the Chicago river.  However you can get a really funky stench from the river depending on which way the wind is blowing.Galter has two pools, a very short running track (I think it's like 16 or 18 laps that equal one mile), two steam rooms (in the men's locker room at least), two whirlpools, one sauna, lots of cardio equipment, a good mix of nautalus type machines, free weights, some hammer machines, and a yoga/spin room.  I mostly stick to the free weights, exercycles, treadmills, track and nautalus equiment.I have belonged to two other health clubs in the city.  One was a very small neighborhood place and the other was one of the bigger city chains (not Ballys or World).  Galter contains the better aspects of both clubs without any of the negatives.  It has the laid back vibe of the neighborhood place but has roughly the same extensive facilities as the other club.  There are no basketball or tennis courts inside the club but both are available in Legion Park. More...

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