Small Group Specialized Training With Roworx vs. The Big Gym And Other Personal Trainers

Roworx Flyer 1It’s becoming personal and these days it’s the battle of the fitness centers … Big Gym vs. Small Gym!

I came across something very interesting the other day as I was walking around Long Beach. Several larger fitness centers offering low membership prices but with an added extra cost for classes. Over the past 10 years of being involved in the fitness industry in California I’ve noticed smaller gyms and fitness centers gaining more and more popularity. Specialized workout centers such as my own (Roworx) are opening their doors to inviduals who want a better workout and more qualified instructors. I realize that even though I am a small business owner going head to head with bigger more commercialized gyms I am no way giving a biased opinion…just an honest one. I want to lay down the facts for people who compare our prices and our facilites. I am here to state the facts and the pros and cons of becoming a member at either facility. You can make the decision yourself on what you think is best or ‘worth’ your time as you exercise.

cost#1 PRICE!

Let’s face it. The big gyms always lure you in with a cheaper price point on your monthly dues. However, this is only allowing you access to the facility and not giving you the personal instruction needed to do certain exercises. I can tell you that after all of my years in the fitness industry, even I need a experienced personal trainer to show me the technique of most new exercises that seem to be constantly arriving to the fitness world everyday. I’ll break it down for you and give you some average prices so you can compare them to what we offer you at Roworx (the smaller gym).

 Big gym pricing average Monthly Dues: $70 (monthly fee)

PLUS.. Initiation Fees: $150 (start up fee)

PLUS.. personal trainer fees: $ 80 (per session trainer fee)

PLUS.. Group Fitness Class Fees (if you choose to do classes in the future): avg $5 per class or $20 per month (unlimited classes)

Grand Total Of: $300 .. Just to get your foot in the door including your first training session by someone the fitness center usually chooses for you :/

Roworx Monthly Dues Price: $95 (monthly fee)

PLUS…Initiation Fee: $99



Grand Total Of: $205 .. Estimated Savings Of Nearly $100 per month



In general, trainers at big gyms are actually new trainers who start out their careers as fitness professionals. Larger fitness centers will take on the task of training new trainers while giving them clients to keep them under the umbrella of the company. However, with all the years of experience also comes higher demand and popularity and it becomes harder to hold on to certain trainers as they usually go on to do their own fitness endeavours. Therefore, you will rarely see highly qualified fitness trainers associated with larger gyms as they mostly leave when they get too popular. At Roworx we have the high quality and quantity of highly trained fitness professionals with us. Over the last couple years we have had at least 5 different Olympic Rowers teach our indoor rowing classes at Roworx. This is what Roworx strives for, excellance in fitness and nutrition. Most trainers/instructors have qualified certifications but only a few have the actual high level of fitness experience to really get you motivated to train and be at your best. I have always believed you need to practice what you preach and in fitness if I have an overweight trainer guiding me through a workout I’m not going to be motivated at all. If I had an Olympian training me I would be honored and encouraged to work harder than I ever thought possible. Knowing what it takes to become an Olympian and being involved with the National Team for any sport is incredible. In my opinion the amount of hard work and training it takes to be recognized to be on the U.S. National Team is still harder than completing all 3 of my Full Ironman competitions combined. The difference is you have to qualify yourself to be recognised as the best. Many trainers will do an extreme competition just to say they did it and anyone can sign up. Being an Olympian, the few and far between, and having the honor to be trained by one is a chance of a lifetime. Take that opportuntiy and train with us at Roworx in Long Beach and see what everyone is talking about.

marine stadium#3 LOCATION IS KEY!

At Roworx we train along the Historic Marine Stadium Waterfront. Inside the Pete Archer Boathouse located at 5750 Boathouse Lane you will find a beautiful training facility right on the water and perfect to meet the needs of any indoor rowing class size. Located in Alamitos Bay southeast from Loynes Drive at Marina Vista Park, the site was acquired in 1923 in a purchase that included Recreation Park and Colorado Lagoon. The stadium became the site for the 1932 Olympic Rowing competition and the 1968 Olympic rowing trials. Marine Stadium was recently designated as an official state historic site. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets along the waterfront at Marine Stadium as we row to heart pumping beats to the music. There are so many success stories and incredible testimonials of so many differnt past and present Roworx members who have lost over 40 pounds. Accomplish your fitness and nutrition goals sooner while burning tons of calories as you row and train your body to a new YOU!


You will be pleased to know that at Roworx we offer month to month and pay as you go class membership options. Many larger gyms will try and lock you into a longer contract and convince you to sign an agreement that will ultimately get you locked into a long term contract. At Roworx we have flexible options to meet every individuals fitness needs. Everyone is known by first name basis and you can contact the owner, Jack Nunn directly via email or phone in order to discuss any travel, sick, or injuries that you may encounter along the way in order to put your membership on hold.


gym local#5 GYM CROWDS

One of the best attributes of Roworx is the availability and access to all of the small personalized classes that we have to offer during the week. With over 20 classes a week to choose from you can get your workouts in without the hassle of dealing with all of the larger gym crowds. In addition, everyone at Roworx helps each other by pushing each other and motivating everyone together to create some serious energy during class. Keep Roworx local and enjoy all the amazing benefits of indoor rowing and bootcamp throughout the week!

Group Fitness Is The Best Fitness!

Who has the time to workout, train, and be disciplined on fitness on their own? Studies show that we are motivated to work harder, show up more often, and push further past our perceived limits when training in a group. The results of one study suggest that endorphin release is significantly greater in group training than in individual training; this seems to be the case even when the individual’s power output, or physical exertion, is the same. Not only is it more fun to exercise with others, but it is safer and more efficient to exercise under the leadership of a good coach. With the help of our amazing instructors you are sure to have a great time in any of our four class programs that we have to offer.


Roworx Mission Statement

Roworx believes in providing you with extremely experienced, energetic, knowledgeable instructors. We believe that you will see results sooner and prevent injury by maintaining efficient, safe technique. We believe that if you are having fun and engaging your mind as well as your body, you will be more consistent with your exercise plan and you will get fitter sooner. And…we believe there are no better exercises than the low-impact, calorie-burning, workouts of Indoor Rowing and Bootcamp Classes!

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Jack Nunn

Jack Nunn is the head trainer and owner of Roworx. Jack is a former national team rower who has competed in more than 100 triathlons, including 9 full Ironmans. He has created a system of rowing that prepares the whole body for both competition and fitness longevity.

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