Gym recommendations for Aussie traveller LA & San Fran April - May

  • ozmuscle

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    Apr 11, 2012 9:58 AM GMT
    Hi guys, great to be part of realjock where there's such a positive and inspired lifestyle of the members, very refreshing! I'm travelling to LA and San Fran, as well as Venice beach etc in a few weeks, and was wondering what I could do for gyms to train at? Does anyone have any ideas? The reason I ask is that I suspect training 3-4 times a week and paying a casual visit each time might be expensive... I was curious what alternatives might exist. Anyway thanks in advance if anyone has any advice! Stay healthy guys!
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    ozmuscle saidHi guys, great to be part of realjock where there's such a positive and inspired lifestyle of the members, very refreshing! I'm travelling to LA and San Fran, as well as Venice beach etc in a few weeks, and was wondering what I could do for gyms to train at? Does anyone have any ideas? The reason I ask is that I suspect training 3-4 times a week and paying a casual visit each time might be expensive... I was curious what alternatives might exist. Anyway thanks in advance if anyone has any advice! Stay healthy guys!


    Most gyms have weekly memberships rather than just daily--but that's presuming you wouldn't want to wander between gyms (for example, in SF, you might want to workout at both the Castro Gold's and the Potrero/Mission World Gym and the Central or Embarcadero YMCAs, each of which has its charms). I'm sympathetic to the expense part but you might want to rank gym time above bar time and save your money on those things? I'd also try emailing each of those gyms in advance see what info you can get.
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    Golds.
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Too bad you can't stay a little longer

    July 15th:

    Concrete Hero Los Angeles

    http://www.facebook.com/ConcreteHeroLA?sk=app_217400555027704

    http://www.facebook.com/ConcreteHeroLA

    http://www.concretehero.org
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    See if you can latch onto someone for guest passes, or check Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a Bally's/LA Fitness membership, or just hit up local YMCAs -- which are gross but better than nothing. The Y in Santa Monica is supposed to be decent.

    Honestly, most LA gyms suck. Poorly run and poorly managed. Lots of meatheads and wrong-side-of-the-tracks types. Overcrowded even at the most odd times of day.

    But we make do.
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    Apr 11, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    24hr is usually cool about giving deals to travelers. You can let them know how long or short your staying and they usually will give a week pass. They also have free passes online (lasts about a week too) that you can download and print to take with you.
    If you want a cruisy gym, hit the 24hr on Van Ness, it's packed with beefy guys of varying ethnicities. There is a close one to Castro but not as big nor cruisy ( lezzies go there for the most part.
    Hope this helps a bit!
  • ozmuscle

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    Apr 13, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Thanks so much for your kind advice guys.

    nicenmanly - gym time definitely ranks above bar time to me - will check out your recommendations - thanks!

    haaretz - thanks will check out Golds

    metta8 - would love to stay several weeks longer... if only my budget allowed me too - ConcreteHeroLA looks like a great event

    TroyAthlete - I hear what you are saying - will try to find gyms that suck the least

    Johnfl 1p - thanks for that - the 24hr on Van Ness sounds good!

    Appreciate your advice guys! Can't wait to visit! If you think of anything else, please let me know.
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    Apr 14, 2012 10:29 AM GMT
    LA has some excellent gyms. Don't take any one person's opinion too seriously. Gyms range from the small ones for serious weightlifters, to the large ones, with a mixture of serious weightlifters and socializers. Range from bare bones to high end. Depends on what part of the city you're in.
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    Apr 14, 2012 11:39 AM GMT
    If you want to be slap bang in the middle of all the gays.

    You want 24 hr fitness on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.

    And Golds Gym, Market Street, Castro,SF.


  • ozmuscle

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    Apr 19, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    Thanks guys - appreciate you kind advice!
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    Apr 19, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Depending on what you need to do to train, if the hotel you are staying in has the basic supplies, that might be cheaper.. just a thought.
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    Apr 19, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidSee if you can latch onto someone for guest passes, or check Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a Bally's/LA Fitness membership, or just hit up local YMCAs -- which are gross but better than nothing. The Y in Santa Monica is supposed to be decent.

    Honestly, most LA gyms suck. Poorly run and poorly managed. Lots of meatheads and wrong-side-of-the-tracks types. Overcrowded even at the most odd times of day.

    But we make do.


    ???

    Golds Hollywood is an amazing gym. As far from sucking as you can get. Crunch on Santa Monica is also amazing.

    In SF, you'll want to hit both golds Castro and golds Brannan.
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    Apr 19, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
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    TroyAthlete saidSee if you can latch onto someone for guest passes, or check Craigslist to see if anyone is selling a Bally's/LA Fitness membership, or just hit up local YMCAs -- which are gross but better than nothing. The Y in Santa Monica is supposed to be decent.

    Honestly, most LA gyms suck. Poorly run and poorly managed. Lots of meatheads and wrong-side-of-the-tracks types. Overcrowded even at the most odd times of day.

    But we make do.


    ???

    Golds Hollywood is an amazing gym. As far from sucking as you can get. Crunch on Santa Monica is also amazing.


    The Crunch is on Sunset not Santa Monica. We clearly have different taste, as in, I dislike overcrowded gym with weights all over the floor. Those gym are both horrific, especially Crunch -- don't get me started on those see-through showers. They only "don't suck" in comparison to other gyms in the area, but that's a terribly low standard.

    Anyway, they'll do in a pinch. These gyms are all better than nothing, and their issues are not the end of the world. But let's be serious here, these are not world-class gyms by any stretch of the imagination (try the campus gyms at UMich-Ann Arbor or the University of Florida for a comparison)