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Readers' Choice Winner: Thrive Fitness

You voted Thrive Fitness as a favorite workout facility in Westminster.

After five days of hearing a lot of feedback on local gyms, ! is the Westminster Patch Readers' Choice for favorite local workout facility.

The decision was based on article comments (below), reviews on the business listing and a poll.

The Westminster Family Fitness Center and the Y's Hill Family Center both received many positive comments, listing reviews and poll votes. If nothing else, it's clear that Westminster is passionate about exercise!

Thank you for participating in this fun commentary on the strength and importance of local businesses. Weigh in next week when we ask about the best place to celebrate St. Paddy's Day.

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Original Article

Patch wants to know who makes you sweat. What is your favorite workout facility in Westminster?

Exercise is vital to good health, so where do you go to work that heart and build those muscles?  

Here are some local gyms, if we're leaving anyone off the list, please let us know in the comments and we'll consider adding it:

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. The winner will be selected  by whichever business has the most positive comments in the section below and in the reviews on their directory listings linked above.

Because the poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by Patch, based on a combination of poll results, reviews on Patch Places and in comments on this article. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

If your business is listed here (or if you own another business in town), learn how to claim your listing for free on Westminster Patch by watching this video.

We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

So tell us your favorite place to work out. And don't forget to tell us why in the comments below. 

Next week's Readers' Choice will ask you to weigh in on the best place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Westminster.

Herb Moore March 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Dottie Moore THRIVE is not just a fitness center, it is a place were total wellness is a goal.
Debra Young March 07, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Thrive is absolutely the best. The staff is super, the facility is great. It has really changed the way I work-out and I'm always looking forward to the next class. They offer a great variety.
Erin March 07, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Absolutely the Y Family Center! They have a new state-of-the-art Fitness Center, and their staff is amazing! They greet members by name and always seem to be having a great time. And their Stay and Play room and staff does a great job taking care of your kids while you work out. It is the best all around workout facility in the county!
Kelly March 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The great thing about THRIVE other than the amazing owner and instructors is the welcoming atmosphere. They meet the needs of all fitness levels and make exercise fun!! THRIVE has so much too offer, everyone should check it out!!
cv March 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Give me your best and Ill give you mine! This is one of the many inspirations Lynette offers her Thrivers, and she means it. Lynette and her team are dedicated to meeting the needs of their clients. Thrive offers a variety of classes and accomodations as well as attention to good form to prevent injury. I have been working out at Thrive since it opened last year and I have never enjoyed sweating as much as I do now!
Christina Skybyk March 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Westminster Family Center! Best down-to-earth staff, instructors, members --- everyone makes you feel comfortable with a genuine friendly hello & "how 'ya doin". Never feel intimidated working out here. Knowledgeable instructors help you reach your fitness goals without the intimidation factor!
Rima March 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
YMCA - where everyone knows your name! Started there just for swim classes but then got family membership. They stress family fitness and well-being--with offering variety of youth classes from toddler time, kids yoga, to teen cycle. The new state-of-the-art fitness center addition is awesome. Most of the classes are free or very reduced cost! Children of all ages love the stay and play center even the school age kids that can play on computers. Traveling around US for work I can just workout at any Y and I know that it will be a great facility.
Jan Stambaugh March 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thrive is simply the Best!! It's like having your own personal trainer because all the instructors take a personal interest in each and every client. I never enjoyed sweating so much as I do at Thrive!! The workouts don't feel like a workout....they are fun, all while being motivated by the instuctors and fellow clients!! You don't feel intimidated regardless of your abilities. Can't say enough about the instructors, variety of classes and excellent facility.
Debra Young March 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Thrive is #1! Super fun work-outs and an awesome staff get fast results! All levels of fitness available with many choices.
CK March 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thrive! is great! Never have I looked forward to going to a class and working hard! Great classes, great motivation, and above all else, AMAZING staff!!!
Lisa L. March 07, 2012 at 09:18 PM
THRIVE FITNESS was the most fun I've ever had while working out! Lynette gives it a "party" atmosphere. Try it once, and you will definitely return!
Patricia F. Grove March 07, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Pat Grove Westminster Family Center!!!!! The AMAZING staff make this the best gym in the whole area!! And the variety of classes that are offered, something for everyone!!! Thank you and keep up the great work:)
Busybonnie March 07, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Thrive is the best of Carroll county! It is great to go to a workout with a fantastic owner, teriffic teachers and the best clients! Thrive has such a friendly atmosphere that everyone, men and women, of all shapes and sizes, never feel intimidated by the staff or even other clients. The owner cares about the heath and wellness of every single client who comes in the door. Thrive is the best!
Liam Francis March 08, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The Hill Family Center Y (which is the new and correct name) is a terrific community asset, and the only charitable non-profit on the list. It's a great place, and it's named after one of the most wonderful families in Carroll County. Check it out!
cindi federline March 08, 2012 at 03:28 AM
My kids have been involved with the Y swim team for over 15 years. my duaghter is a member of the 2011 division 3 soccer championshiop soccer team at messiah college.
Christa Schmitt March 08, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Thrive is a warm , inviting workout environment. Great classes and teachers! Perfect pay as you go, not tied to a membership. Clean and comfortable.
Tracey Kaul March 08, 2012 at 04:44 AM
THRIVE! This place is unlike any other work out place. You don't just go there to exercise, but we all have fun and are so pumped up that we want to keep going! I LOVE the Zumba classes and Lynette makes for a great instructor! I would never want to go anywhere else, as it feels like we are "home" when we are there. The instructors take the time to talk to you, work with you, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They are hard working and seem to really love what they do. If you have not tried Thrive, I urge you to try at least one class and you will be hooked!
Hidey March 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Thrive! EXCELLENT facility and staff!
Sandy Yingling March 08, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The Y is great! They are always friendly and very encouraging with whatever your fitness goals may be!
Mary W. March 08, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thrive is awesome! Lynette and her staff do a great job of making everyone that comes through the door feel welcome and excited about working out. They make you have fun and work hard at the same time. I can't say enough about what a good job they do every day! Mary W.
Cory Maks March 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The Y is the best place in Westminster to work out for sure! The family-oriented environment is great for people of all ages and fitness goals.
Debra Young March 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Thrive is best. Fast results while having fun! I feel like I'm in good hands with this staff.
Jannie March 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Hands down...Thrive is the best!!
BEN ROGERS March 09, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Westminster Family Fitness Center, has all I need, very convenient, and low cost. I've stayed in great shape and met some new friends. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Sheri Cornwell March 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Sheri Cornwell The Y Family Center is the BEST, great facility, great staff!!!
TLC March 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
What's not to love about the inspirational coaching from the instructors at THRIVE?!? "Be who you always imagined!" "Fitness is a state of wellbeing, not a clothing size!" "Bring your best to this workout!" "Give it your all - GET it all!" "Set no limits for yourself!" "It's our job to take you there - it's your job to GO there!" "Please leave all negative thoughts in the trash can before beginning this workout!"
Theresa Fourcade March 09, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thrive provides knowledgeable, well-trained staff who deliver optimal instruction at every level of fitness and ability. Great support offered by instructors, as well as other class participants, loaded with inspiration, motivation, encouragement and great humor.
Debra Young March 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thrive is the only choice. It is different from the rest, nothing else like it.
KateD March 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I have never heard of Thrive.
Dani Knight August 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
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