Health Club and Fitness Center

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording about health and fitness clubs, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

I go to a health club two or three times a week to stay in shape and stay fit. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I run several miles on a treadmill and then cool down by walking around the indoor track. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I lift weights and discuss nutrition with my personal trainer. On Fridays, I play racquetball with a friend and then relax in the Jacuzzi for a few minutes to relax my muscles. On Saturdays, I do aerobics to improve my cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also lets me burn off stress from work. On Sundays, I take a day off from exercising, but I might take a stroll around the park with my dog.

Part 2: Discussion

Staying fit is important for your physically and even emotional well-being. What do you do know to stay in shape? Or if you had the time and motivation, what would you consider doing to stay fit?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Compare two health or sports clubs you find on the Internet in terms of facilities, membership costs, years in business, and hours of business. Which one gives you the better value?

Part 4: More Online Listening Practice by Randall (from