Readers' Choice: Best Gym

Vote for your favorite gym in Bristol and Warren.

If it's near and dear to your heart, Patch wants to know — tell us about the area's best gym.

Vote for your favorite gym/fitness center in the poll below. Once you do, Patch will tally the results to determine the Bristol-Warren Patch Readers' Choice.

Voting begins July 23 and ends Aug. 17, so cast your vote today.

Loretta Marion June 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I nominate LaVida Dance and Fitness as the best fitness center in the Bristol-Warren Community. You can drive by the Benny’s shopping plaza on Metacom Avenue any weeknight and many mornings to find the parking lot quite filled. And if you don’t know why then you should. Deana LePage Viera, owner of LaVida Dance and Fitness, is a role model for this community and her clients. Viera, a certified Zumba® Fitness instructor, found her classes growing so rapidly through word of mouth excitement that she needed to find a space large enough to accommodate her ever expanding clientele. And when I say expanding, I only mean in numbers because many of her Zumba® fanatics are doing anything but expanding their waistlines. Zumba® is an innovative total body aerobic workout that has taken the country by storm, but in Bristol it is the amazing Viera who has inspired a large following of Zumba® devotees. Not only is she an excellent and motivating instructor, but she’s such a fabulous dancer she’s also entertaining to watch while getting your workout. With an eye on fitness, Zumba® is a fun party-like atmosphere and Bristol is lucky to have a talent like Viera in their midst. Fitness is now fun at LaVida Dance and Fitness. Sincerely, Loretta Marion
Valerie Ann Martin June 23, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I support the nomination of LaVida Dance and Fitness Studio as the best fitness center in the Bristol-Warren area. Deana Viera is a fantastic instructor of Zumba®, making certain that her students are performing the moves correctly to maximize the effect of the exercise and dance moves, yet makes it extremely fun at the same time. Sincerely, Valerie Martin
DownTown June 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
This town needs a YMCA again. Tupelo Street would be a great place. The town can give the golf course land to the Y so it can be built there.
Pamela723 July 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
LaVida Dance & Fitness...Deana rocks and it's a friendly judgment-free atmosphere.
Beth L. July 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
LaVida all the way! I have never had a better workout than a Zumba class with Deana!!
Alex Leonti July 24, 2012 at 02:30 AM
La Vida Dance & fitness! It's a place where you can get a great workout, listen to upbeat fun music, feel comfortable In your own skin, and feel the energy of a room full of amazing people! Shout out to Deana!!
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Carolyn July 24, 2012 at 02:47 AM
LaVida, Deana, Zumba - the reviews already written are accurate. Never boring, no one watches the clock, everyone benefits. Lose inches, drop your meds. Meet friends and dance the hour away - I do and I'm way past the age of retirement.
Ann Leamy July 24, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Ann L. LaVida Dance & Fitness is #1. Deana really motivates you to always do your best. With the upbeat music she plays, and her amazing teaching abilities, it always keeps me going. Deana is the best. I always look forward to my next Zumba class. Thank you Deana.
Lisa Luongo July 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM
LaVida Dance & Fitness has my vote.
Maryann Finnerty July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Maryann F. LaVida Dance & Fitness is unbeliveable. The time goes by so fast after the hour I want to keep going. Deana is amazing. Her class is like an addiction you need to have it. Thanks a bunch Deana
Barbara Gervais July 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM
LaVida Dance and Fitness Zumba classes are just awesome. Never has exercising been so much fun, and the benefits are many. Class participants are all sizes, shapes, ages and levels of experience. There are new people at every class, and having an opportunity to watch and learn from Deena is absolutely the best. The only problem is that trying to find a replacement for her in Florida during the winter is impossible.
Jill Lancaster July 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I love the atmosphere and people at 426 Fitness. Best of all I love the rowing classes!
Mary Ann Quinn July 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Complete Athlete on gooding ave- Orlando Lugo is amazing- he is inspirational and cares about the whole person- body, mind and spirit
sanjukohli July 25, 2012 at 01:39 AM
La Vida Dance & fitness !!!! I truly enjoy going to Deana's classes . It's a great workout . You can see her passion and love for Zumba in every class she has. Deana is the best!!!! Thank you Deana for your talents .
Chris jacobs July 25, 2012 at 04:55 AM
426 fitness!!! Where else?
Beth Melfi July 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM
426 Fitness is fantastic! Beautiful facility and wonderful people.
Cindy Topazio July 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Zumba with Deana rocks! Deana has a gift for teaching Zumba. The best work out in my 52 years and I have done them all!
Lucille July 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
LaVida Dance and Fitness, for the best fitness center, has my vote. Deana Viera by far the best Zumba instructor. Fun with an intense workout, what could be better? Sincerely Lucille Sasso
christy brissette July 25, 2012 at 03:45 PM
La Vida Dance and Fitness is absolutely incredible. Deana Viera's zumba classes truely are a diamond in the rough of Bristol, RI. I have taken zumba classes for over six years with various teachers and at countless studios and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she is one of the most talented and engaging teachers I have ever taken a class with. There is a "no judgement" feeling in her studio where women (and even men) of all ages and dance abilities come together and get not only a great workout, but have a great time doing it. In all, Deana's studio, talent, and zumba classes truly are amazing. Anyone who has not experienced it yet is missing out!!!
Rachael Pierce July 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I swore for almost 30 years I was not a person who would participate in an exercise class, but after my first zumba with Deana, I was hooked. I have never had so much fun working out, and this absolutely is a total body workout. Best of all, Deana has attracted a group of students like herself: friendly, encouraging, and enthusiastic. The packed parking lot speaks to the energy she creates. Finally, she welcomes one and all, including my very "special" daughter. I cannot recommend or thank her enough. Come check it out!
alison July 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
426 all the way.!!!
Mia July 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
La vida without a doubt! You get a great workout and it's a very fun and friendly atmosphere! I have met so many great people there and I look forward to Zumba class every week! La vida all the way <3
Holly LeBeau July 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
426 Fitness is the Best!! Spacious, beautiful gym, tons of classes and wonderful members!!
P July 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
P 426 Professional supportive staff and Trainers . Ultimate innovative classes. Friendly and Clean facility.
Julie Cavalieri August 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
La vita dance & fitness is where it's at. One of the best cardio & toning workouts ever. The inches just melt away with this fun energizing workout. Deana is an awesome Zumba instructor and has the best music. I'm addicted. Keep up the great work.
Michele August 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
My vote is for La Vita Dance & Fitness with Deana. You can work out and have fun!! Deana is an insperation as an instructor and you get the results you want!! I tell everyone I know to give it a try- you won't be disappointed!!
susan nerone August 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
sue----LaVita Dance & Fitness is inspiring and appeals to all ages.....no need to feel overwhelmed since ALL are welcomed. A great work out w/ Deana instrucing to do at your own pace and you fell great at the end of class!!!
Kathy B. August 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
There is more than ZUMBA classes at 426 Fitness in Warren. The staff is awesome, the offer a variety of classes, the trainers are great and it's all bundled in a spacious facility with a variety of age groups. They definitely get my vote.


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