Gyms around San Francisco Financial District

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    Oct 17, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    So, my job just moved up Market between 2nd and 3rd street and I'm browsing gyms in the area that would be good for lunchtime or after work workouts. Open to all the pros and cons. What have you guys found?
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    Equinox on Pine St. It's a luxury gym for sure; everything is high quality and clean. The building used to be a stock exchange and many elements of that are preserved, for example the locker room is inside a stone vault with the heavy mechanical door intact. Most people there are pretty serious about working out, and the trainers will offer helpful tips of their own accord, which is nice. I like it a lot.
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    Oct 17, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    SportsClubLA is right on Market by you. About as expensive as Equinox.
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    I like Club One in SF - two great locations in the Financial District: #1 Sansome Street and another location in the Embarcadero Center. Other locations by our house in Silicon Valley / Santana Row. I like Equinox and other places, but I like Club One because of all the free weights and more of a serious bunch of guys working out - - - as opposed to an elegant clientele of people just wanting treadmills. Check out all the places close to you but it'll be good for you to check out Club One before you decide.

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    Oct 18, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys.

    I've priced Sports Club LA at around $160/mo. (w/ company discount) and Equinox at $130/mo. via word of mouth. Seems that the more expensive places draw a more serious (probably better looking) crowd, which in turn makes them review better. I'm sure the serious energy helps with the workout as well.

    If I'm going to budget that high per month, I'd much rather join a gym with some organized intensity. I've heard good things about the Fairtex gym and I'd like to pick Muay Thai back up some time. Does anyone here go there? Or does anyone recommend a sport or crossfit training option instead?

    My other options are:
    -Club One: The lilipution Sansome location was dead at lunchtime when I checked it out today. Could be great for easy in/out since it's only a hop from work.
    -Crunch: Don't know much about it, but people seem lukewarm to positive about it.
    -24 hour: Sooooo cheap, but don't expect anything to be clean or nice.
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    There's also a Planet Fitness on Sansome St as well...I can't remember the address though.
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    why anyone requires more than a large, uncrowded 24/ballys/LAF I will never understand.
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    Oct 18, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    djzilla saidThere's also a Planet Fitness on Sansome St as well...I can't remember the address though.
    Yes, and I think it's a flat rate. 24 Hour down there (100 California) is fairly small and older but there's a bigger one at 303 Second (just across Market) and another the other way at 350 Bay Street towards the wharf.
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    RedheadedRy saidwhy anyone requires more than a large, uncrowded 24/ballys/LAF I will never understand.


    Logic seems to dictate the more homossxuals you are in the vicinity of, the greater the chances you will have buttsecks.

    Silly ginger.
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Also, check Yelp. A lot of the reviews provide some insight on how crowded the gyms can be during peak hours.
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    Oct 18, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    24 Hour is a great value once you get beyond the contract period. I pay $79/year now that my initial contract is up. There is 24 Hour 100 California Street which is a fairly serious gym. And, there is 24 Hour New Montgomery which is a smaller gym for the exec on the go. What I like about 24 Hour is that I can go to clubs wherever they are in the chain. The 24 Hour on Van Ness is a very serious gym. I rarely go to 24 Hour Castro because it's too crowded. 24 Hour Marina is nice for a light workout, but everybody there seems a bit snooty.

    They're all clean enough. They're gyms, not surgical theaters. I've never gotten foot or crotch fungus in all the years I've gone. And, I go 4-6x per week.

    I've been a member of 24 Hour since 2005, so including my initial 3-year contract of $1600 (which included personal training, et. al.) my annual cost has dropped to an average of $319.33 for each of the 6 years I have had the contact.

    My average annual cost in the following years will be:
    2012 $285.00
    2013 $259.25
    2014 $239.22
    2015 $223.20

    $160/month!? $130/month? Hey, if you've got it, great. Pump it back into the economy.

    I'll stick to value any day.


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    Oct 19, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    GAMRican said

    They're all clean enough. They're gyms, not surgical theaters. I've never gotten foot or crotch fungus in all the years I've gone. And, I go 4-6x per week.

    I've been a member of 24 Hour since 2005, so including my initial 3-year contract of $1600 (which included personal training, et. al.) my annual cost has dropped to an average of $319.33 for each of the 6 years I have had the contact.

    My average annual cost in the following years will be:
    2012 $285.00
    2013 $259.25
    2014 $239.22
    2015 $223.20

    $160/month!? $130/month? Hey, if you've got it, great. Pump it back into the economy.

    I'll stick to value any day.




    Heh. Rereading my assessment it does look like I actually think the $100+ prices are reasonable when they're too premium for me at this point. Agreed on cleanliness. My thresholds seem to be a lot higher than the Yelp ladies who get pissy with 24hours when they're paying some pretty low prices. I thought the Potrero 24H was decent when I worked out there, but the one by Market and Church was just a bit too cramped at peak times. But again, value trumps a lot of things.