Giving Back


Every organ in your body depends on your heart.  As it pumps, this muscle provides oxygen and nutrients to everything else.  At Shirlee’s, our members take cardio classes to strengthen heart health. But the women who work out at our gym have another kind of heart as well: compassion for others. We at Shirlee’s are just as proud of the way our members exercise this kind of heart.

This year we sponsored three fundraising drives for health-related causes. Our members responded with generosity. Here are the amounts raised:

Relay for Life American Cancer Society—more than $1,000
City of Hope Breast Cancer Blood Drive Event—more than $2,500
Salvation Army Bake Sale—more than $500 and a truck-load of food and clothes.

Wow! More than $4,000 was donated to our community with the help of our members, family and friends.

For some people, meeting a fundraising goal can seem as daunting as reaching a fitness goal. Curing cancer, for example, or providing for the poor among us, seems an impossible challenge.  Why even bother to try?  What many of our members have found, however, is that being part of a strong, positive community makes all the difference. We cheer each other on. The same attitude that helps us reach fitness goals inspires us to meet fundraising goals.

Thank you so much to our members who gave, and in doing so motivated others to follow their lead. Special thanks for donations made by Mary Lamb, Carol and Richard Anderson, Karen and Bob Sorosky, Shirlee’s Aqua Elites, De Marie Bottai and many more.  Every dollar counts.  We hope to increase our efforts on these causes next year so as a team we can help even more. Shirlee’s also recently established the ShirleeStrong Membership Fund to help pay for gym memberships for women from our community who have cancer or other health issues who would otherwise be unable to afford membership. We welcome you to join us in our outreach by making a donation.

Just as the pumping of your heart provides sustenance for the rest of your body, the generous giving of our members supports the well being of the common good. For more information on any of the causes we support, please call (909) 985-6400.

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Three Words About Shirlee’s

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In a Member Survey, we asked women what three words come to mind when they think of Shirlee’s. This Word Cloud above shows the responses.

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Personal Training

Personal Training Rates
Before and After Profiles 

Invest in Yourself with Personal Training

Did you ever wonder if you should hire a personal trainer?  Motivation is high when women join a gym.  But for some, life gets in the way, and ­excuses take over.  “I need to stop off at the store. My kids are expecting dinner on the table.  I just don’t feel like it.  I’ll go tomorrow. What’s one workout? This is too hard . . . I’ll never succeed anyway! ” Before long, routine, resolve, and respect vanish.  Results never happen.  

Paying for one-on-one attention may seem extravagant at first. But many people find it money well spent, especially when they are first starting out.  Here’s what you need to know to decide if investing in personal training is worthwhile for you.

Personal trainers are experts who have been trained and certified to help you achieve your fitness goals. Trainers have the knowledge and skills needed to:

•    assess your current physical abilities
•    understand your lifestyle and personality
•    help you set fitness goals
•    develop a program personalized for your needs
•    ensure that your workouts are safe
•    tweak movements so you get the optimal results for your time
•    make sure you balance strength training, cardio, and flexibility
•    focus on specific areas most important to you
•    provide information about nutrition and encourage healthy eating
•    empower you to advance on your own
•    challenge you to work at your top level without burning you out
•    help you to develop positive workout habits
•    motivate you and give you the “extra push” you need to achieve your goals.

At Shirlee’s Fitness Club for Women, the Ultimate Women’s Gym, all our Master Tainers are experienced and certified.  But beyond that, we hire trainers with specific traits: Patience and listening skills; enthusiasm and the ability to keep you motivated; and respect for women of all shapes and sizes.  All our employees and independent contractors abide by a Code of Conduct that puts the client first.

To increase affordability and convenience, we offer several training options.  Our rates for personal training are reasonable. We even offer a special Introduction to Personal Training Package that allows you to try out training with a Shirlee’s Fitness Coach who is an apprentice trainer. This special introduces you to training at a very affordable price.   Our facilities include the best professional gym equipment, and your trainer or coach can show you how to use it correctly.  Many of our clients request a specific trainer they have met by taking a group class. Others get to know a trainer by observing them working with other clients.  You can also ask a manager to recommend a trainer.

Studies show that personal trainers make a difference in helping clients stick with an exercise program. Staying motivated, like anything else, is a habit you have to develop.  Some lucky people never need help.  But if you are not one of them, a personal trainer can get you started and help you keep momentum during the critical phase when you might otherwise give up.  When a trainer devises a routine tailor-made for you and helps you stick to it, you start to see results.  You look and feel better!  Results serve as positive reinforcement. After a few sessions, you discover that you do not want to miss your time at the gym. You become addicted to fitness. To learn more about investing in your health with personal training, please contact Dr. Konnie Vong at (909) 985-6400. See the results that personal training can help you achieve on our Before and After pages.

New Equipment for Training

Shirlee’s now has boxing equipment and TRX available for training!



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Shirlee’s Video on Yelp



A video showcasing Shirlee’s Fitness Club for Women in Upland is now up on Yelp. Thank you to all our staff and all our members who helped to show the world the ultimate gym for women! Check out the Shirlee’s Yelp video.   Thanks also to all our members who have posted reviews. We encourage you to share your own review on Yelp.

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All Shapes and Sizes Welcome

Making Plus-Sized Women Welcome

The customer is always right: that adage holds true for any business. It doesn’t mean that the customer is literally always correct, but that the business should treat the customer with respect and understanding.

According to a recent article in the LA Times, however, when it comes to health clubs, many gym owners just don’t get it. In fact, most gyms alienate the very people that could benefit from them the most: those who are overweight. The Times reported that while large commercial gyms are oblivious to the needs of larger people, some independent gyms are now taking steps to make plus-sized clients feel more welcome.

The Times article hit home for those of us who work at Shirlee’s because we know that our attitude is just as important as our equipment. Shirlee’s is a judgement-free zone. It is a place where women work out without being intimidated, where they enjoy valuable “me time” in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. This is true for all women, no matter what their size or ability.

Here’s some of the our features that make us more welcoming to everyone:

    • Equipment—Shirlee’s offers user-friendly exercise equipment designed to accommodate women large and small. To make sure you feel adept at using different machines, we have free orientations. The furniture in the locker room, by the pool, and throughout the gym was chosen because it supports the weight of larger bodies and will be comfortable for everyone.
    • The Locker Room—Privacy makes plus-sized (and other) people feel more comfortable, and we provide spacious private dressing areas. We have private individual showers as well.
    • The Classes—Because we have such a diverse clientele, Shirlee’s offers more than 60 classes a week, many more than most gyms. In each class, instructors provide alternative options when appropriate. In a yoga class, for example, the instructor will suggest different poses for women who have osteoporosis or other special needs. In an aerobics class, options are given for both high and low impact. Managers, trainers and instructors can help you find the class that’s right for you.
    • The Trainers—Personal training is available at Shirlee’s for those who want more personalized instruction. We hire trainers who are certified, have positive, compassionate attitudes, and are dedicated to motivating clients at all levels. Trainers can help you develop a routine that is safe and effective for your particular needs. All our employees and independent contractors abide by a Code of Conduct that emphasizes an environment that makes all women feel welcome and supported.
    • The Pool—Many larger women find exercising in water easier. At Shirlee’s, our pool is kept warm, so it’s not a struggle to get in. We offer aqua classes that give you a fun, effective workout without putting too much stress on your joints. You can also relax and soothe your muscles in the jacuzzi.
    • Our Attitude—We want women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities to feel comfortable at Shirlee’s Fitness Club for Women. We listen to members and welcome your feedback. Unlike gyms that ignore certain segments of their clientele-whether it be larger women, frail women, mothers-to-be, or others-we want to anticipate and accommodate special needs whenever possible. I invite you to let a manager know if you ever have an idea on how we can make Shirlee’s even better.


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Thank You to Our Cleaning Crew!



When it comes to working out in a gym, sometimes it’s the little things that matter most. Shirlee’s conducted a Member Survey recently, and as the survey responses starting coming in, we noticed one thing all members seem to agree on: Cleanliness matters.

We asked members to rate 24 different aspects of our gym as: most important; very important; important; not a big factor; or not a factor at all.  The quality that most members chose as most important was that our gym is “Clean and Classy.”

From the Grand Opening two years ago, Shirlee’s made a commitment to keep our facility absolutely spotless.  You may have noticed that one of our cleaning staff is always on hand, mopping the floors, wiping down equipment, scouring the bathrooms, and keeping everything looking and smelling fresh and clean.

We know our members see Shirlee’s as an oasis, a place where they can get away from the stress of jobs, family, and housework to concentrate on “Me Time.” Keeping the place super clean is just one way we make members feel like they are in a resort, not a chain gym.

So on behalf of the owners and the members, here’s a big THANK YOU to our hard working housekeeping staff: Blanca, Sylvia and Dinorah.  We really appreciate all you do to make Shirlee’s special.

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Shirlee’s Shop Opens

Get Your Shirlee’s Gear Here

Shirlee’s Shop is now open! We offer exclusive designs on t-shirts, bags, buttons, cups, water bottles, iphone cases, magnets, and a ton of other items through Zazzle. What’s cool about Zazzle is that their products are not massed produced, so you are in control of how you customize your item.

Tees range from a basic value tee to a variety of fitted woman’s styles to tanks, hoodies, and even kids and baby tees. Some designs work well on a white background, others can be placed on dark shirts. A ton of colors are offered. Most designs allow you to further customize your shirt by adding your own text.

Because each item is custom made, Zazzle’s starting price is sometimes a little higher, but the good news is that they often have coupon codes. The best way to find a current code is to Google “Zazzle Coupon Code.”

If you want to be informed of sales, put your email in the “Exclusive Offers” box at the bottom of the Zazzle page. They will not share your email, but they will send you great coupon codes!

We are opening Shirlee’s Shop with some retro designs. Designs are by our webmaster, who is a Shirlee’s member. If you have an idea for a design, or want a design on a certain product, please let us know. We will be adding new designs, so check back soon.

By the way, Zazzle is a great place to make your own custom products . . . great for the holidays. If you buy more than one item per year from Zazzle, you should check out Zazzle Black, which lets you ship free for a year for $9.95.





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We Welcome Feedback



One of our New Year’s resolutions this year is to listen to our members. Your feedback helps us to improve. We invite you to communicate with us in a number of ways.

Suggestion Box: Shirlee’s has a suggestion box near the front desk. Take a form and fill it out to let us know how we are doing.  Please take a few moments to let us know what you like best, and how you think we can improve.

Front Desk: Stop by the front desk at any time to talk to a manager. We will always have someone on hand to listen to your ideas.

Email: We welcome feedback via email.  If you love your class instructor, please let us know and we will pass along the praise!  If you have a suggestion for
improvement, we will do what we can to accommodate your request.  We will reply to all emails.

Facebook: Like us on Facebook, and you can post on our page.  You will also see the latest Shirlee’s news, inspirational quotes, and messages from other members.

We are the Ultimate Women’s Gym in the Inland Valley in large part because of input from members. So please continue to help us improve in the coming year.  Sing the praises of your favorite instructor.  Tell us what classes you would like to see us add.  Let us know if you see a problem that needs correcting. We welcome your rant and raves and appreciate your support.

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Ultimate Gift Certificate



Don’t stress yourself out at the mall trying to find the perfect gift . . . not when you can buy gift certificates at the Ultimate Gym for Women. We offer gift certificates that you can custom tailor to fit your needs. You can give a certificate for a much-needed massage, for personal training, or even for a membership. Great for birthdays, holidays and thank-you gifts.

A gym membership is a gift that will be appreciated all year long.

Ask at the front desk for more details or give us a call.

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