The Health and Human Performance Center is shown on Monday at San Juan College in Farmington.
The Health and Human Performance Center is shown on Monday at San Juan College in Farmington. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Since a local longtime gym shut its doors a few weeks ago, many patrons may have been left looking for a new gym, which may not be as simple as it sounds.

Different people have different needs when looking at a new place to workout.

Here are a list of some of the choices for people who are looking for a workout facility in Farmington. Most charge monthly dues which start at about $34 a month and all offer personal trainers at extra cost.

Defined Fitness

Defined Fitness is spread across about 35,000 square feet and houses everything from child care facilities to a swimming pool.

"We are no contract," said Matt Periest, fitness center manager. By no contract, Periest means that members pay fees from month-to-month, which start at $34, with no longer term commitment.

Members have access to an array of services like Zumba classes, treadmills, free weights, a sauna, a swimming pool and more.

Periest said the club's members range in age from a man in his 90s to a 15-year-old male high school student.

"We don't cater to one group or another. We pretty much cater to anyone who is interested in fitness and health," Periest said.

Jessica Williams, 30, of Kirtland was working out with Jennifer Crane, 24 of Farmington, recently.

"I like the childcare and all the people are really friendly," Williams said.

The club is open seven days a week and for people wanting to try out the gym, they offer a one-day pass for $10.

Anytime Fitness

For people who many be busy or have a schedule that needs a gym with flexible hours, Anytime Fitness provides 24-hour access to the gym all year long.

The gym has 4,600 square feet of space filled with workout equipment including a virtual Zumba or aerobics class that members can take according to their schedule.

"This is designed for busy people, said Sandy Shumacher, owner of Anytime Fitness locations in Farmington and Aztec.

A kiosk stands outside a dance studio where patrons use a touch screen to select their workout class. Once entered, a screen lowers from the ceiling in the dance room.

The facility isn't as spacious as larger gyms.

"That's one of the things I like best about this place, there's a comfortable feel," Shumacher said.

A membership at Anytime Fitness gives the person access to more than 2,400 clubs throughout the country.

Shumacher said each gym is fitted with security measures to increase safety of the patrons.

Josh Rahall, 31, of Farmington said he likes the gym because it's convenient.

"The staff is awesome and it's more personable," he said.

Shumacher said they offer a seven-day free pass for prospective customers and people can discuss membership fees with the staff.

Special K Fitness

People looking for a gym with a more personal appeal might be comfortable with Special K Fitness.

"What's nice about our gym is that we are smaller," said owner Kim Noyes.

The center primarily specializes in physical therapy but when their clients finish a prescribed regimen, some keep going to the gym.

Most of the clients are elderly, Noyes said, but some have definite fitness goals in mind. One person wanted to stay fit for skiing season, while another is a rock climber, and has a program designed for his specific needs.

"I can modify any exercise no matter what their needs are," said Evangelene Ecalnea, a trainer at Special K.

She said though she trains at a small gym, she can create an individualized program to meet the anyone's fitness goals.

Anna Rhodes, 57, of Farmington, said she appreciates Ecalnea's knowledge.

"As a (registered nurse), I appreciate her understanding. She challenges me but doesn't push me," said Rhodes, who suffers from osteoarthritis.

Ecalnea said she got her bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of New Mexico.

"I've never been intimidated here," Rhodes said.

San Juan College Health and Human Performance Center

If you're looking for a wide variety of choices in fitness maintenance, San Juan College Health and Human Performance might be for you.

The facility sprawls over more than 85,000 square feet and offers three full-size basketball courts, an indoor track, weights, treadmills, a boxing room, a rock climbing wall and much more.

"People who are looking for a different type of workout can get to what they want to get into," said Carlton Downing, facility manager.

Downing, who has seen other facilities at larger colleges and universities, said the variety, number of activities and size of the facility at San Juan College is among the best he's seen.

"We have a gem here in Farmington," he said.

Memberships at the gym vary in price, but a daily pass for prospective members is $7.

"They have a pretty good facility, they have what I need as far as weights," said Nick Lubchenco, 31, of Farmington. He said he started going to the center about 10 years ago and likes the prices.

"The only thing missing is a pool and a jacuzzi," he said.

Erny Zah is The Daily Times business editor. He can be reached at 505-564-4638. and Follow him @ernyzah on Twitter.