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Typically "gyms" will be more limited in terms of amenities. They will more than likely have a wide selection of free weights, as well as machines for strength training. They also will probably have a decent selection of cardio equipment. "Gyms" cater more to the bodybuilding weightlifting types, and people looking more for fitness without all of the fancy extras like massages, pools, snack bars, tennis etc. Therefore you will typically pay less to be a member, however the service may not be the 5 star kind a fancy health club will have.