Angelenos, please sympathize with me...

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    Aug 02, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    So I just moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in February.

    In Chicago, I worked out at Lifetime Fitness. I always thought it was a great facility for the money. (generally $55-90 depending on the gym, clean, good equipment, 24 hrs, etc)

    Chicago also had some more upscale gyms that also have a very good reputation... pricey, but they didn't seem WAY expensive.

    So I get to LA and look for a gym. Used all of the resources I could think of (yelp, etc).

    Basically there are 2 choices:

    1. Good facility for $130+ (and it gets much more expensive)
    2. "Better pop a zithromax before working out" for around $50-70 per month.

    I ended up joining Equinox which is $130 month (ouch!) but the LA Fitnesses out here are trash (weird, cus the same chain in Chicago is apparently pretty nice), the 24 hr fitnesses out here are pretty lousy (I understand there are some good ones). There is a club called Spectrum but the one closest to me is not very nice at all.

    Am I missing something? Are there any good off-the-radar facilities I may have missed? I REALLY don't like paying that much for Equinox but everywhere else I went was bad. (REALLY bad).
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    Aug 02, 2011 8:22 AM GMT
    As far as chains go you have Sports Club LA, Crunch, Equinox, 24 hour, Bally's, LA Fitness, Golds, and the Y.
    Depending on where you are, there are also smaller local gyms, university facilities, etc.

    Most gyms will give you a week trial before you even consider signing a contract. Try the different gyms. You should work out at least once or twice (particularly at the time you would normally work out) to get a feel of the gym.

    There is no way I'd spend $130/month. I don't even pay $130/year. I'm cheap, but I like my gym well enough.
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    Aug 02, 2011 8:55 AM GMT
    24 Hour Fitness Super Sport Club has all the good amenities but not the price of the Ultra Sport which is as much as Equinox. The price range for 24Hr. Fit. is between $35.00 for a single club or $45.00 for all of the Super Sport and Below. You cannot go to the Ultras unless you pay for the difference and unless you're into rock claiming then the Super Sport level is right for you.

    24 Hr. Fit has levels anything Sport, Active or less than those levels is trashy. Everything above Super Sport is consider upscale.

    EDIT: Pricing may vary in Cali. Check http://www.24hourfitness.com/non_member_home.html for local pricing in your ZIP code.
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    Aug 02, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    If you're going to spend $130/mo on a gym membership, join a CrossFit gym. icon_cool.gif
  • tongun18

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    wildtype87 saidIf you're going to spend $130/mo on a gym membership, join a CrossFit gym. icon_cool.gif


    ^ This! What area are you in?

    My Box is Crossfit Hollywood, all of the instructors are awesome, knowledgeable people. They'll definitely help you reach your goals.

    Crossfit LA (in Santa Monica) and Brick Crossfit (West Hollywood) both have awesome facilities, they have great reps and Brick did really well at the games at the Home Depot Center this last weekend.
  • tongun18

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    Oh and welcome to LA!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    What about Gold's. It's not that bad or expensive. It's L.A. -- if you want super nice it's gonna cost ya
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    Equinox stalked me. Don't give them your phone number.
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    So you'll be paying $1560 per year?

    You could put together a well-equipped home gym - free weights, dumbbells, dip/pull-up machine, etc. - for that price, and forget about monthly payments. icon_wink.gif
  • calibro

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    yeah, la is kinda a big place... narrow it down for us
  • groundcombat

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    Aug 02, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    I don't know where you are in LA, but from the options it sounds like West Hollywood area. I can't really help you there. I live Downtown and have both Gold's and 24 Hour Fitness memberships. Gold's is very nice but 24 Hour Sport ain't terrible either.
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    tongun18 saidOh and welcome to LA!


    Yet another RIDICULOUS CrossFit body! icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    tongun18 said
    wildtype87 saidIf you're going to spend $130/mo on a gym membership, join a CrossFit gym. icon_cool.gif


    ^ This! What area are you in?

    My Box is Crossfit Hollywood, all of the instructors are awesome, knowledgeable people. They'll definitely help you reach your goals.

    Crossfit LA (in Santa Monica) and Brick Crossfit (West Hollywood) both have awesome facilities, they have great reps and Brick did really well at the games at the Home Depot Center this last weekend.


    Oooh, I forgot that the CrossFit games were this past weekend! My trainers were there in the crowd watching! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    West Valley for now, probably Sherm Oaks or Brentwood/West LA after my lease is up.

    The LA fitness near me is ancient and the 24 hr fitness is pretty old and dingy too. Closest spectrum is in Canoga Park (yuck!)

    And no room for a home gym in my apartment icon_smile.gif They do have a decent gym here (for an apt complex) but I need to get away from home in order to be motivated (just one of my things).

    I actually like the Equinox quite a bit, but was hoping there was something more of the Lifetime type.

    Oh and I HATE having to carry cash all the time for the little $2-5 parking charges at my accounts. Haven't these people ever heard of credit cards??!!
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    sounds like you really dont want to work out...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 03, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    I go to Crunch in west Hollywood. I think they have deals right now but not sure. There isn't a diverse amount of gyms here, good ones that is. Crunch is just ok. There classes are really good though. Eqinox is too pricey for me.

    Welcome to hollywierd!!
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    Aug 03, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidsounds like you really dont want to work out...icon_biggrin.gif


    No of course I do, I just have a lot of distractions at home since I maintain a home office there as well. If I didn't want to work out why the hell would I be paying for freaking Equinox?
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    Aug 03, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    The 24 Hour Fitness in Santa Monica (by the airport) is being remodeled into a Super Sport. Not sure when they're going to finish the project, but that will probably be one of the better gyms to go on the westside.