Alaska’s Top Rated Local® Fitness Centers Award Winner: Southside Strength & Fitness

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Southside Strength & Fitness is a two-time 2019 award winner in Alaska!

If you’re looking for a great fitness center to help you get strong and reach your fitness goals, look no further than Southside Strength & Fitness Center in Anchorage.

Southside Strength & Fitness has received more than 125 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.78 stars, earning them a glorious Rating Score™ of 97.82 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one fitness center in all of Alaska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This is my regular gym, and for good reason! The local owners are friendly and appreciate all of their members, who they mostly know on a first-name basis. The atmosphere is the best because everyone seems to be hanging out at their buddy’s house who just so happens to have gym equipment! They have many different levels of fitness and variety. For example, there is the power lifter crowd, CrossFit crowd, seasonal sports training crowd, show competitors and, of course, a bunch of people just doing their own thing! The best perk of this gym though is that it’s affordable, plus they still have locker rooms with showers and saunas.” – Krystal B.

Not Your Average Fitness Center

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Hal Lloyd, owner and Manager of Southside Strength & Fitness.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Southside Strength & Fitness a one-of-a-kind fitness center in Alaska. Here’s what Hal had to say:

“We try to make people feel comfortable when they come check out the gym. Come try for yourself; there’s no sales pressure.”

We also asked Hal what their mission is at Southside Strength & Fitness and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“I coach part of the Special Olympics, and we don’t charge the athletes to use our gym. I’ve coached power-lifting for people with special needs for 10 years now.”

Building Success Through Organic Reviews

Hal attributes Southside Strength & Fitness’ strong online reputation to their organic reviews, which come from the fact that, at Southside, everyone knows everyone and they have a family culture.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Southside Strength & Fitness has gotten their name out there through social media, but most of their growth has come from word of mouth. Hal added:

“I don’t pay for advertising.”

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Southside Strength & Fitness has. When we asked Hal what advice he has for those business owners, he said:

“Just be authentic, and be yourself. Create a culture where people can feel natural and not be robots. Support small businesses.”


Congratulations to the team at Southside Strength & Fitness for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Hal, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Southside Strength & Fitness in Anchorage. Visit their website today!

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