GYM RECOMMENDATIONS / United States

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    Jun 28, 2007 4:39 AM GMT
    Guys, let's build up a list of recommended gyms all in one thread - this one.

    If not gay, at least gay-friendly.

    I can seed it with a couple....and am requesting information for San Diego and Houston.
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    Jun 28, 2007 4:40 AM GMT
    Palm Springs, CA - World Gym
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    Jun 28, 2007 4:40 AM GMT
    Corte Madera, CA - World Gym (friendly)
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    Jun 28, 2007 1:58 PM GMT
    Chicago, Illinois: Cheetah Gym
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    Jun 28, 2007 2:01 PM GMT
    I've only ever been to one gym, my gym, except for the occasional hotel/resort. Do most gyms have guest policies? We have a local Y that I'd love to join because of the Olympic sized pool, but, one has to purchase a full memebership. Not worth it.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jun 28, 2007 2:16 PM GMT
    Minneapolis: gay friendly ... Los Campeones Gym
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    Jun 28, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    From what I've found, most indy gyms will be glad to issue a day pass for you, particularly if you call ahead by a couple of days and talk with the manager/owner. The Y, unfortunately, not so much.
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    Jun 28, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    Golds Gym, Oakland CA....friendly. Also, large space with redundant free weight and machine stations, and a separate floor for cardio/stretching rooms/gymnasim

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    Ballys, Aurora (Denver), CO....I can't tell if this is got a large gay clientele. But if you are needing a workout by the Denver airport, this is the largest gym I have seen in my life. It's got an Olympic size pool, a hot tub, an indoor (200 meters) track, a gymnasium, a bottom floor about three times the size of a college basketball floor with machines/cardio, and two decent size rooms upstairs with free weights.

    Also, if you stay at the La Quinta or the Best Western nearby you get free entry.

    John
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    Jun 28, 2007 7:17 PM GMT
    My place of work, Student Recreation Facility at the UIC campus.

    Hit me up in private if you want to check the place out.
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    Jun 28, 2007 7:54 PM GMT
    12th St Gym Philadelphia
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    Jun 28, 2007 8:16 PM GMT
    bally's total fitness....Montebello,CA
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    Jun 28, 2007 8:40 PM GMT

    Boston Sports Club - Harrison Ave(South End), Boston, MA

    Boston Sports Club Copley- Boston, MA
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    Jun 28, 2007 8:44 PM GMT
    San Francisco:

    Gold's Brannan for the gay locals.

    Gold's Castro if you're staying in the Castro and need a gym. Also super gay.

    UCSF Bakar for the best outdoor, on-the-roof pool. Love it.
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    Jun 28, 2007 9:09 PM GMT
    In New York, David Barton Chelsea is probably the gayest gym. They even have DJs spinning in the space. Equinox Fitness is extremely gay-friendly. Some of NYSC's locations are gay friendly.
  • code_joe

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    Jun 28, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    Salt Lake City, UT - Sugarhouse 24 Hour Fitness
    Phoenix, AZ - LA Fitness on Camelback
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    Jun 28, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    Bally Total Fitness in Cambridge MA has a lot of gay members and some gay trainers, though the clientele is predominantly straight.
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    Jun 28, 2007 10:14 PM GMT
    I go to Planet Fitness (friendly) near Albany, NY, but they have locations throughout the US. They're very inexpensive, they're the "Judgment Free Zone", and it's a very nice place to go to in my experience.
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    Jun 28, 2007 10:28 PM GMT
    Lifetime Fitness - San Antonio (1604 & 281).
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    Jun 28, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    I've got the 24 Hour Fitness Pearl near downtown Portland, as well as the 24 Hour in the Hollywood neighborhood in Portland to add here. Definitely gayfriendly.
  • nrwillia

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    Jun 28, 2007 11:23 PM GMT
    How about Equinox, not up to date with equipment, and has odd names like Body Masters, and Cybex, equipment. Looking for Nike machines.
  • atrap

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    Jun 29, 2007 12:22 AM GMT
    David Barton in Chelsea, NYC 8/10 Gayness factor

    Equinox Fitness, Greenwich Avenue, NYC 7/10
  • GQjock

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    Jun 29, 2007 12:44 AM GMT
    ** Sobe Sports Club - Alton Rd Miami Beach Gay Friendly

    ** Main Street Gym - Wilton Manors Rd Ft Lauderdale Way Gay
  • MuslDrew

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    Jun 29, 2007 1:07 AM GMT
    World Gym in downtown Columbus, Ohio & 24 Hour Fitness in downtown Dallas
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:09 AM GMT
    Here in the throbbing gay metropolis of Fairfield, Iowa, the gym to go to is the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
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    Jun 29, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    An FYI to those heading to Albany or elsewhere. JRossi - I appreciate your post, but are you guys aware that Planet Fitness purchased the World Gym chain in November of 2006? Planet Fitness will throw you out if you grunt, lift agressively, drop weights, etc - because they want to be family friendly and a "judgement free" environment. If you're a bodybuilder, AVOID THEM. THEY DO NOT WANT YOU. If you're just going in for a light fitness workout, it shouldn't be a problem.

    References: http://www.epinions.com/Planet_Fitness/display_~reviews

    http://laurietobyedison.com/discuss/?p=316

    http://www.getbig.com/boards/index.php?topic=107246.msg%25msg_id%25