One of the questions the Treadmill Sensei gets almost daily here at the DOJO from his loyal readers is “Can you recommend a local fitness retailer for me?” In most cases, readers are writing in from areas where, unfortunately, I just don’t know any retailers local to them. Place like Spokane, Washington or Poughkeepsie, New York. Any retailer recommendations I get for other areas are ones that come in from other readers who send in notes telling the Treadmill Sensei about their positive or negative experiences.

However, this week we received a note from Robin in Brea, California. Since Brea is almost in the DOJO’s backyard, I can most definitely answer Robin’s question. First, let’s hear what Robin has to say…take it away, Robin!

O great sensei,

I was wondering if you can help me out. my husband and I are looking to get back in to shape. we’ve been married for about 10 years now and have both picked up a few extra pound here and there. now we’re in our 40s and miserable. we love your site but would like to go to a fitness shop near us to get on a few different treadmills to see what works best for us. can you help us out with a good fitness dealer near us in Brea California? many thanks for your great source of information. -Robin


Thanks for your note and your great question. Now, you didn’t really go in to what sort of price range you were looking for, but there is a great shop near you. Body Works Exercise Equipment is located in Yorba Linda, California (and they have a shop out in Chino, California as well) and happens to be one of the better specialty fitness shops in the area.

Body Works is owned by Charles Hoffman and his wife (whose name escapes me at the moment…please forgive an old man for his bad memory!), who are two of the nicest, most helpful people the Treadmill Sensei has come across in the fitness industry. Their stores are clean, very classy and very solid. They are an excellent alternative to some area shops which are dark, cramped and appear more than a little run down — if you’ve shopped for fitness equipment in Orange County then you probably know who I’m talking about.

In regards to treadmills and elliptical, they only carry a couple of brands. Luckily, they carry a couple of decent brands if you’re in the $1000-$3000 range. Body Works is mainly a dealer for True Fitness and for Vision Fitness, two brands which cannot be shipped outside of the dealer’s local area and two brands you won’t find a whole lot of information on. They used to carry Spirit equipment but may have been part of the mass exodus of dealers who left the brand recently due to their recent downturn. I believe they also sell Bodyguard, SportsArt and Bodycraft equipment, all of which are excellent brands.

If you are in Orange County and are looking for fitness equipment then checking out Body Works in either Yorba Linda or Chino should be at the top of your list. You can also check them out online at www.ocBodyWorks.com. I’ll try to get some pictures of their shops to post here for everyone to take a look at.

I’ll be back later in the day with a new review.

-The Treadmill Sensei