Readers' Choice: Vote for Your Favorite Place to Work Out

Your votes will determine who wins the title: 'Best of the Farmington Valley'

The nominations are in for our second edition of the "Best of Patch: Readers' Choice" contest, this one for places to work out. The following businesses have been nominated as the best places to go in the Farmington Valley:

in Avon
in Avon
in Avon
in Avon
in Canton
in Canton
Tyler English Fitness/Farmington Valley Fitness Boot Camp in Canton
in Canton
in Farmington
in Granby
in Simsbury

And two options that are free:

Running at Fisher Meadow in Avon
Running/biking the Farmington River Trail

Patch updates its "Patch Places" directory constantly, so if your business is not linked above, we will add it as soon as possible. If you are a business owner or manager and want to manage your free business listing, click on your business name and look for instructions on how to "claim" your listing.

Voting in the poll below is open until 5 p.m. Thursday. We will announce the winner on Saturday morning, along with next week's "Best of Patch" category. Thanks for your participation!

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

A Nankervis March 08, 2012 at 03:27 AM
CrossFit Legitimus guided me through 9 safe and healthy months of crossfitting pregnant and helped me ease my way back into the gym after a c-section. They helped me modify each workout and tailor things for my ability. There is no way I would have been able to get the attention I needed at any other gym. Legitimus members are not just numbers and faces without names... and that is what makes all the difference. People want to know you... want to help you... and most of all, want to see you succeed.
Meghan G March 08, 2012 at 03:31 AM
TEF! No excuses just all damn day every day! I've been dreading the big 30 this year so I started at TEF and I think I could actually take the 18 year old version of myself! Tyler, Justin, Greg: The best in the business! 1, 2, 3 GET BETTER!!!!!
BigBear March 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Tyler English Fitness is THE most Legit place to train PERIOD!!!
Jenny Gavrillen March 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
My vote goes to TEF....It's provocative...gets the people going!! Jenny G.
Patrick March 08, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Tyler English is without a doubt the best place. They will give you the guidance and motivation needed to get you where you want to be.
Dannielle March 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I've tried many places in the area to workout and must say that Crossfit Legitimus is the best around. Not only because of the thoughtful expert training that Jen provides, but the atmosphere provides the most positive encouragement I've ever experienced. The members at Crossfit are amazing -- it's a wonderful community of support and encouragement that's unmatched by any other place. At CFL fitness is a lifestyle journey that you take with the CFL family.
Valerie Gordon March 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
As a former member of another popular area program, I was turned off by what I experienced: a "one-size-fits-all" approach that could cause injury, bootcamp barking and a profit-first system of sign-up/cancellation fees. What a breath of fresh air I've found at my new home: CROSSFIT LEGITIMUS. The emphasis is on proper technique and training, challenging workouts and a positive, supportive and motivating group dynamic. In just a few short months I've seen amazing results. But more importantly, I look forward to going and feel GREAT after I've gone!
Theresa Wing Hines March 08, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Tyler English Fitness rocks! The trainers AND the clientele ..... all so incredibly supportive! Dustin, Greg and Rob .... AWESOME. Their constant scrutiny (which entails being adamant about using correct form to prevent any sort of injury, offering modification as warranted, while at the same time pushing you even farther than you thought possible) and unwavering enthusiasm add up to a perfect trifecta. I was hesitant to join, but after much research I decided to give TEF a shot. After all, someone once said to me, "Nothing changes if nothing changes." So true. I needed a change and this one is a home-run. After my very first warm-up (which I thought WAS the work-out), I knew I had found my place. Although after the first workout I literally had to pull myself upstairs because I was so sore, I have never looked back. Kudos to Tyler and the entire team at TEF for building and maintaining such a positive, dynamic, result-producing and FUN atmosphere for all of us lucky enough to have found TEF.
Courtney Grant March 08, 2012 at 02:45 PM
There is no better gym than CrossFit Legitimus. I was scared to join but now I know I made an excellent decision. I have belonged to CFL for 9 months and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon. The people at CFL are friendly and lots of fun. We all support and encourage one another- at the gym and outside of the gym. The friendships that I have formed at CFL blows my mind. We don't just belong to a gym, we are friends. Coach Jen is a phenomenal person. CFL isn't just a gym, it's a community.
Ashley Ledbetter March 08, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Tyler English hands down for me!!
Diane March 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Joining Tyler English Fitness is without question the best decision I ever made. I am 47 years old and the fittest I have been my whole life. The coaches there make me face my limiting beliefs about my own capabilities and SMASH right through them! I would never have dreamed that I could achieve what I have so far - and I am not done yet! I could not do this without all the coaches having the perfect combination of technical expertise, motivation, enthusiasm, overwhelming desire to see their clients get better, fitter and stronger and most of all, to make it serious fun! They are my will power, my drive, my mentors, my family. Whats more you get the WHOLE health package at TEF - Fitness coaching, nutrition advice and coaching and you can even get a massage to help ease those wonderfully aching muscles! I would encourage anyone of any age and any ability to join and be amazed and what you can achieve when you go to the RIGHT place to work out.
Caren Pauling March 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Tyler English Fitness is phenomenal - I have tried joining gyms, personal trainers... I've tried it all, and there is NOTHING that compares to the professionals at TEF who have devoted their lives to helping others GET BETTER! In fact, at the end of every class we all gather and shout GET BETTER! And that is what TEF is all about - getting better. Being our best. Going beyond. You can not get this quality workout anywhere else!
Allison March 08, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Tyler English Fitness 100%. You won't find a more dedicated staff and challenging program in such a positive environment......definately one of a kind!
David March 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am the resident massage therapist at CFL, so I help keep the CrossFit community happy and healthy as well. CrossFit Legitimus is definitely all encompassing. Constantly varied and amazing. Health all around.
Crystal Rose March 08, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I am a proud member of Tyler English Fitness! The coaching staff and nutrionalist are amazing! They truly know what they are talking about and are a great support team to have on your side while maintaining one goal.. Getting better all damn day!!
Liz Sinatro March 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Tyler English Fitness is more than a workout. Their staff support you by encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Health and wellness are a state of mind- TEF will get you there. Best decision my husband and I have made!
Stacie Switek March 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Tyler English Fitness! Hands down!
Petals March 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
wOot! I love Farmington Valley Fitness Boot Camp! Nothing compares! The instructors are the BEST, especially Justin!
Melisa Randall March 08, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Tyler English Fitness is by far the number one place to be if you want to transform your body. After having three kids I never thought that I would be able to look like I did pre-pregnancy. Well, after only one year of working out at TEF I am in the best shape I have ever been and only getting better. The staff is incredible! The atmosphere is inspiriring! You truly look forward to every workout! Get Better! ALL DAMN DAY!!!
Mother Marn March 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I am a member of CrossFit Legitimus. I Love it for many reasons but mostly for the community of all the crossfit gyms on the planet. We have recently had members travel to India and Germany for months at a time and they were able to work out in the CrossFit gyms in these countries. My husband and I visit other CF gyms when we travel and it is always a great experience. Since there are baseline workouts, I can compare my workout times with my high school friends online and once a year (by choice) you can compete against all other entered athletes to try to go to the CF Games. Here's what I have to say bad about Tyler English Bootcamp....NOTHING! Look at the happy clients who have changed their lives. They are as passionate a group as we are so well done! The more healthy people in the Farmington Valley and beyond, the better.
Karen Butler March 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
FVFBC all the way! Never fitter!
gabrielle lakshmi March 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I have tried both Crossfit and TEF/Farmington Valley Fitness Bootcamp, and there simply is no comparison. Not only does TEF have structured/intense/effective workouts, but you know you are never compromising FORM for MORE REPS! This is a huge issue I have with Crossfit-- form is not addressed nearly enough and I found myself feeling pain in my joints that I never had while at TEF. Bottom line, TEF is safer and healthier for your body and well-being, and will give you a better workout than you'll find anywhere else, period.
PANTS March 08, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Jen Charron March 08, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I have been working out at Tyler English Fitness for almost three years and can honestly say that at 41, I've never felt better. More important to me than the change in my body type is the fact that I've been able to lower my blood pressure and stay off medication due to the workouts and diet coaching I've received. Every single coach at TEF cares about their clients and does everything they can to encourage us to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and to be the best we can be. I've watched this business grow over the years and have seen tremendous growth both in terms of numbers and as a team. They never forget what's important to them; their clients and their community and they stand behind their motto that is called out at the end of each work out - "Get Better"!
Tyler English March 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
As owner of TEF, I’m beyond proud of the community we’ve built in Farmington Valley and beyond. The fitness industry isn’t one size fits all. It’s not about Boot Camps, CrossFit, Semi Private, Metabolic Conditioning, O-Lifts, Bodyweight Movements or even one particular type of facility. It’s about helping our clients get better at their given approach to a fitness lifestyle. I commend every gym owner, coach and fitness professional whether it be Boot Camp or CrossFit or anything else within the fitness industry, that helps create this lifestyle. The Farmington Valley is lucky to have such a strong community of fitness enthusiasts and I look forward to seeing this community grow in the years to come. Tyler English Fitness was a vision of mine that has grown beyond my dreams and into an extension of my family. It’s what drives me each and every day to GET BETTER! Work Hard, Train Hard, Get Better, Tyler English
Jen March 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Lots of positive comments here, awesome stuff! We have a great positive community with people finding a place to get their fitness on...a place they call home. That's what it's all about! Be happy for each other, support how others find their nitch. It's so true that there is no a one size fits all...that holds true with so many things in life. Do what you love and do it, support others in doing what they love. Earn your fitness and have fun doing it! Thanks again for all the support CrossFit Legitimus! We love you and care about you! Head coach, Jen
Brian Smith March 08, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As co-owner of CrossFit Legitimus, I'm beyond words for the great responses we have seen on these posts. It really shows the commitment to health in the Farmington Valley. At CFL we encourage a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. As seen in the posts above you may realize it has changed people lives forever and they get a little defensive. Whether you go to TEF, CFL, Big Sky, Zuma, etc.. you should be proud of making a step in the right direction. Our children and our families are all looking at us. It is our job to pass on our knowledge within the community. CFL has a business model that works for each and every one of our clients. If you have a found the right fit that works for you we encourage you to pursue your vision of a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking for a home all we can ever ask is to give us a try. To Bravo Tylers comments! Work Hard, Train Hard, Get Better, and be Strong Brian Smith
Snap Fitness Avon March 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
At Snap Fitness- you can have it all....boot camps, affordable personal training and the best equipment. At Snap you can also work out on your own when you want so that you can supplement your boot camp and pt sessions. Come try us for a month (montn-to-month memberships available) and see what we are all about.
Susan Wilson March 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Tyler English fitness is the best place to work out in the state. I travel from North Branford to get there, and it is worth every mile. I pass by probably 100 or more gyms along the way, and I would not switch for time, money, or convenience. It is results that matter and I get them from Tyler and his staff. Their focus is on providing a safe, yet challenging program that can be individualized for any client concern. I have never found daily torture so enjoyable and rewarding! :-) They kick our butts and we thank them and come back the next day for more. Get better!
Susan Schoenberger (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thanks for voting and commenting! Check back Saturday morning to see who won.


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