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)