San Francisco gym recommendations

  • inmidair

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    Jul 31, 2007 1:11 AM GMT
    I just moved to San Francisco and I am looking for a good gym here. I am training to run a half-marathon and want a place where I can run on a treadmill after work. Eventually I'd also like to start doing yoga and also work with a trainer to get some of my arm/shoulders back.

    I'd prefer a place that is laid-back and not overcrowded... I'm a bit intimidated by gyms that are overly packed with people trying to cut their sets in or people trying to cruise me.

    I'm interested in your thoughts and experiences. Thanks!
  • sfnicolas

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    Jul 31, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
    hey inmidair--i've been going to both gold's in SF for about 10 years. head to either in the morning and it's a much calmer crowd (if you can get up and workout before heading to work, it's a great way to start the day, and your nights are free!)
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    Jul 31, 2007 8:52 PM GMT
    World Gym (s of market) is a cavern, but there's plenty there to lift, and the guys seem pretty serious about it.

    But face it, you're good-looking and you're probably going to get cruised a little bit at any gym - especially in SF. Just keep your earbuds in and do your thing....

    J.
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    Aug 14, 2007 1:59 AM GMT
    Sorry to say but skip out on gold's gym. That place is way to crowded. If you want a good gym with less people and a good bit of amenties try out Club one.

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    Joey
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    Sep 08, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    a href="http://ynottony.com/index.php">Iyengar Yoga Classes with Tony Eason

    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years, I have visited many of the local gyms. And as a Yoga Teacher, I have worked in many of the local facilities.

    I found Gold's Gym to be "very cruisy" and packed with testosterone.

    I found 24 Hour Fitness to be unsanitary / dirty.

    Yet, Club One offers a clean environment. And,they have trainers and group exercise instructors which are proficient and professional.

    Wishing the best of all possible worlds,
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    Sep 08, 2007 8:57 AM GMT
    Having worked around the clock at Gold's Gym on Castro, it is a pretty safe bet you are going to get a better work out 5am-7am, 12pm-2pm, and/or 10pm-12am.

    The gym staff is pretty good, people are not as "professional" as some would like, but it is truely a community gym.

    Yes, one might feel like a pig at the meat market during certain times of the day, but sometimes it is good for the ego. I do have to caution. During those times, testosterone is flowing and people are a little less forgiving in letting others "work in".

    As for finding someone to workout with, please start with a trainer. I remember seeing a lot of men taking the fast track to injury. Men might flock to you to be your workout partner, but please get their credentials first.

    The SOMA Gold's is also a nice environment, bigger, more industerial, but nice. I like it because there is more equipment, and different classes.

    Most of the 24 Hour Fitnesses I have been into have rubbed me wrong. Taking a tour showed the dirt, and grime. I do however like the fact, there is a pool in some of their facilities.

    Club One is really nice too. A bit more expensive, but I found it more of a countryclub. Kind of like LA Fitness.

    Crunch at Embarcadero is nice and clean, but one has to wait for a machine because most business people go to the downtown gyms after work.

    A note about cruising: it happens at every gym to some degree. To a greater extent in the lockerrooms. It will happen, but hey at least you are catching someone's eye. Even if that someone is not your type.

    Whatever your choice, I hope you have fun, and tour the gyms first. Try to get a weeks free membership to test out the place. Also, if it is close to the end of the month, and the offer seems too good to be true, there will be another promotion next month.

    If you do happen to stop by Gold's on Castro, the two people to talk to are Matt and Jaye for membership.

    Take care.
  • soccerstriker

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    Sep 08, 2007 11:14 AM GMT
    I work out at the SF Bay Club. Its located near Fisherman's wharf..which may seem like a ways away, BUT there is a shuttle that will pick you up & drop you off at BART.

    Its a very nice gym. VERY rarely overcrowded. yoga rooms. basketball court. fully stocked weights. lots of hot guys but 90% straight, so not cruisey like every other gym in SF I have been too, which is why I like it so much. Oh, and you can shower without having to worry about catching anything. its very very clean. and its ideal for cross training. the embarcadero is my favorite spot to run. long and flat! It can be expenisve but if you are a student you will get a good discount...but will still run you about $100.month

    if you are interested hit me up, I have a guest pass
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    Sep 08, 2007 11:41 AM GMT
    If youre going to be running on a treadmill, look for a gym that has "Technogym" equipment, ...its by far the best out there...and their cardio wave is by far the best cardio wourkout you will ever find. also, their Kinesis machine is unbelieveable...ask around if a gym has it...for training strength, balance and flexibilty all at the same time, there is nothing better than a kinesis workout...also, its great for sports specific training.


    www.technogymusa.com


    Ive worked out on every machine from every manufacturer and there is nothing better than Technogym...if youre going to pay for a gym membership, the least the gym can do is provide quality equipment.
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    Sep 08, 2007 11:44 AM GMT
    One other possibility - when you work with a trainer, Diakadi Body would be a good place for you. It's a non-traditional workout space geared towards 1-on-1 training.

    Billy, the fitness guy on here, is one of the owners, and it's probably the most unique training environment I've ever seen.

    Check it out!
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    Sep 08, 2007 3:26 PM GMT
    I agree with PS....Diakadi (sp) is a great place...and they have a Cardio Wave from Technogym...Billy knows what he is doing...I definitely think thats a good call...check it out!
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    Jan 28, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    sup bro i work at the gyn 24hrs in richmond eastbay so was wonderin what do i look for in a hot gu at the gym an what do i look 4 so i know that hes talkable or hookup able if u can help me out please do or tell me what the best gym too go too 4 the hook up
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    Jan 28, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    velo saida href="http://ynottony.com/index.php">Iyengar Yoga Classes with Tony Eason

    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years, I have visited many of the local gyms. And as a Yoga Teacher, I have worked in many of the local facilities.

    I found Gold's Gym to be "very cruisy" and packed with testosterone.

    I found 24 Hour Fitness to be unsanitary / dirty.

    Yet, Club One offers a clean environment. And,they have trainers and group exercise instructors which are proficient and professional.

    Wishing the best of all possible worlds,
    tony
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    This guy's on the money!! Although I belong to 24Hour and I'm cool with it!

    But Club One and SF Bay Club are WAY cleaner, nicer for the money! And overall I would go with Diakadi Body being your best OVERALL choice!!

    But seriously the Gold's locations are like Testosterone filled bath houses!!!
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    Jan 28, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    I worked out at World Gym when I was there. They have some great trainers and the atmosphere is simple, laid back and not a meat market.

    I would never work out at Golds in SF. Might as well go to a gay bar.

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    Jan 29, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    I've worked out at most of the name-brand gyms in SF. I would discourage you from Gold's on either Market or SoMa because not only are they very cruisy (to the point of sexual activity going on in the steamrooms), but very crowded. World Gym used to be "the" gay gym before Gold's opened...it's less crowded, but also least accessible if you do not have a car. (Accessibility is very important in SF if you are not planning on driving.)

    I currently work out at Crunch on Van Ness and Equinox in the Financial District. Crunch is a very good gym, and the location (1000 Van Ness) makes it very accessible via MUNI. Equinox is a great gym, but it's a higher end club and pricey. My recommendation would be Crunch. It has a great mix of people, straight and gay, the staff and members are friendly, good equipment, and even on a peak hour on Mondays it never seems crowded.and Obviously, guys still check each other out, but it's not a "bar with better lighting" like Gold's. If you want to go there, drop me an email and I can probably get you a 5-day pass.
  • RobbJ86

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    Mar 02, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    Well, one club that has it all is The Sports Club/LA on Market Street next to the Four Seasons hotel. Before I get into this further, I will say the club is an upscale club and therefore "pricey". However, if that isn't a major concern of yours, I would suggest you go visit it and get a week pass to to the club.

    It has equipment by TechnoGym, Icarian, BodyMaster, it has free motion machines as well as TechnoGym's Kenisis. They have a chemical free pool and a full size basketball court. Just about every piece of fitness equipment you can think of is utilized by the club. Their trainers are some of the best if not the best in SF. Very well educated in the fitness field.

    With nearly 130,000 square feet of space, it is the largest club in SF. Very clean, all the equipment kept in top condition, and a staff ready to assist, it is worth what you pay for in monthly dues.

    Try it out. See what you think.
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    Nov 11, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    I would have to agree with Robb D on La Sports club. I just joined because I got tired of the sex monsters at club one. I also got tired of the bitchy staff there too. It's upscale and pricey, but hey I'm worth every penny of it!
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    Nov 14, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    i think that Crunch is a very good gym, never been to another one. the one on Van Ness is really good and clean
  • JewcyDude

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    Nov 14, 2008 10:03 AM GMT
    cruising goes on everywhere. I personally like a gym that I feel comfortable, and hey I absolutely don't mind being cruised, as long as it doesn't go too far.

    I enjoy people looking, it makes me feel like the gym is paying off.

    But I have had times when I get uncomfortable when someone is following you into the shower and making it more than obvious to try to get your attention.

    I have been to many of the 24 hour gyms in the city, and personally i have found the castro one my favorite regardless if its busy or not, because as long as I feel comfortable with the people then it doesn't matter if its busy or not, if its a bit dirty etc.. (well to a certain degree).

    I want a gym that has friendly people and I don't feel too intimidated by the people, but that's just me.

    And unlike my bf, I enjoy when its moderately busy because I like that sense of working out with lots of people, we are all there to get into shape. Looking at other guys and how they workout gets me motivated.

    I've also enjoyed working out at the 24 hour on Van Ness, its a much bigger gym, although I haven't been there in many years.

    Shop around and find one that makes you most comfortable. Everyone has their preferences in what they look for in their gym.

    Good luck.
  • SFTraveler

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    Nov 15, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    It depends on what you want to do with your body.

    If you just want to get into shape for your marathon, then Club One is good.

    I go to 24Hour Fitness on Market near Church at 6a and it's not crowded then nor is it cruisy. It's a bit small but the 24Hour Fitness on 16th Street and Potrero is much larger and not cruisy.

    If you're serious about building up your body, I recommend BodyMechanixSF. My personal trainer, Geoffrey, is there and he rebuilt my body in six months. Check it out.

    Good luck!
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  • Koaa2

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    Nov 17, 2008 12:30 PM GMT
    I lived in SF a few years ago. I used to go to the YMCA in the tenderloin. I liked the variety of the people there. They used to have a great aerobics program, although not sure anymore. I lived in the Castro, so was fun and easy to take the metro downtown.