24 Hour Fitness in Los Angeles

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    Sep 24, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    Hi guys - I'm in Burbank on business and wanted to work out while I'm here. I still have a membership to 24 Hour Fitness and the closest to where I'm staying is in Glendale. However, there are several other clubs and wondered which one would be the best. I saw there were 2 in West Hollywood and one in Mid-Wilshire.

    So, can you recommend one club over another? I work out at New York Sports Clubs, which are fairly crappy, so it would be nice to have a big, clean gym for a change.

    Thanks!
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    Sep 24, 2007 6:26 PM GMT
    I have been using 'Sports Club LA' while I am here because they have a recipricol membership agreement with my home gym...

    CHUCKLE - Only in LA would you find valet parking at a gym. My rental convertable looks VERY out of place.

    Sports Club LA
    Website: http://www.thesportsclubla.com
    9601 Wilshire Blvd
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    310-888-8100

    Last week a friend took me to the "The Jonathan Club' which has got to be the finest gym I think I have ever been in, including 'Equinox' or 'David Barton' in NY. I have to admit though that I LOVE the personal trainers at David Barton, they are slave drivers; and that's what I need sometimes.

    The Johnathan Club
    Website: http://www.jc.org

    I can highly recommend either one.
  • LaYogi

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    Sep 24, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
    Hey, I work for 24 hour fitness. Both the ones in Glendale are pretty good. One is a super sport so unless you have that option you probably can't get into that one. The other one is just a regular active level club, the smaller ones. It's a good little gym though. You should try my cycle class on sunday morning there, it fills up fast!

    Hollywood is another good gym, it's a sport level, has a pool and basketball and classes too. It's one of the nicer ones, on Sunset and Vine at the Arclight.

    West Hollywood is decent, it has a bad rep for being the "gay" gym, and for naughty business in the locker room, but as long as you just stay out of the steam room, you'll be fine (the naughty stuff isn't as bad as the reputation).

    So my favorite (though it can get crowded at peak times) would be Hollywood, Glendale is a good little one, and weho if you wanna check out the "gay scene"

    Hope you enjoy . . . if yer interested in cycle or yoga classes I teach at all those gyms, let me know!

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    Sep 24, 2007 9:27 PM GMT
    i work out at the one in sherman oaks (at the galleria) - it's a 24hr/magic johnson. it's big, clean and if you're so inclined, a nice selection of eye candy in the early mornings...
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    Sep 24, 2007 9:36 PM GMT
    ITJockOnly in LA would you find valet parking at a gym. My rental convertable looks VERY out of place.


    A vendor once took me to lunch at a gym near Palo Alto that had valet parking. There was an artificial stream running through the restaurant area, with a little waterfall at each table. This was supposed to generate white noise and foil electronic eavesdropping on your highly sensitive conversations. I don't know what you were supposed to do if you were making a deal in the weight room.
    As if...
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    Sep 24, 2007 10:59 PM GMT
    Mindgarden wrote: "A vendor once took me to lunch at a gym near Palo Alto that had valet parking. There was an artificial stream running through the restaurant area, with a little waterfall at each table. This was supposed to generate white noise and foil electronic eavesdropping on your highly sensitive conversations. I don't know what you were supposed to do if you were making a deal in the weight room. As if..."

    Don't knock it; I make far more deals at golf courses, in gyms, playing tennis, out entertaining, or traveling, than I do at the office.

    As an enterpreneur with my own company I have a gorgeous office, custom designed and furnished; I haven't spent more than a forty hours there in the last four years. Waste of space that the designer talked me into when we leased the damn building.

    That little 'gym near Palo Alto' probably sees more tech business, stock and IPO news, than the ML building at #1 Wall St.
  • LaYogi

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    Sep 24, 2007 11:07 PM GMT
    Yes Nicensmooth LA the sherman oaks one is nice. Though lately it has been filthy. It's usually one of my favorites, and one of my favorites to teach at, but it is a bit of a treck from glendale, Hollywood is actually a little closer to glendale for our out of town visitor.

    Heck, just try em all out.
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    Sep 24, 2007 11:13 PM GMT
    Haven't been to the 24 hrs in Glendale but can vouch for the Hollywood club. I know a lot of people who work out there and though it is your typical 24 hr fitness as far as layout and "look" goes, it is maintained much better than Weho (and there are plenty of gay boys who work out in Hollywood too). I don't think the weho club's reputation is really as bad as it's made out to be but the equipment is outdated and (unless they've fixed it) it always smells like someone just vomited as you get to the top of the stairs from the lobby.

    Oh, and I don't know of any in Mid-Wilshire. There is one about two blocks from my house on Wilshire Blvd. but that's Wilshire Center/Koreatown. If that's the one you mentioned, don't bother. It's small and not as nice as Hollywood.
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    Sep 24, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    I only meant that I have never made any deals, anywhere, that someone would want to eavesdrop on.
    I used to work out in a gym that was right next to a law school. There were frequently sleazy lawyers, naked in the shower, loudly negotiating settlements and plea deals. They seemed to take pride in arguing which of them had the sleaziest clients.
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    Sep 25, 2007 12:28 AM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I think I'll check out the 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood. IT Jock I checked out the web sites. Wow, a dress code!?!?!
  • Hunter9

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    Sep 25, 2007 2:49 AM GMT
    I've been to most of the ones on the Westside:

    Santa Monica: large and spacious but still can get quite crowded during peak hours (though plenty of nice eye candy).

    Beverly Hills: kinda small and dank...not that pleasant and parking is 1.50 (after validation)

    Sherman Oaks: nice Magic Johnson branch... large with plenty of free weights, machines, cardio... some hotties there too.

    West Hollywood: very small free weight area but of course the gay scene more than makes up for it.

    Hollywood: Havent been there yet but gotta go check it out ASAP
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    Sep 25, 2007 10:25 PM GMT
    Thanks for your input, guys. I went to the 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood. It was hard to find by car since it's on the 3rd floor, but I eventually found it. The place was very crowded and there was a waiting line for cardio, but I still managed to get in a good weight workout. I just threw out my planned workout and grabbed whatever piece of equipment was available. Now I'm off to Logan, UT - don't know if I'll find a gym there or not!
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    Oct 02, 2007 4:04 AM GMT
    I'm a little late in the game, but it is funny, I've been soured a bit on 24 hour fitness in general, as someone mentioned the Glendale location was filthy. I've been noticing quite a few of the locations are really dirty and not well maintained, all blamed on it being difficult to keep up with the number of patrons using them.

  • LaYogi

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    Oct 02, 2007 6:54 AM GMT
    Glendale has never been filthy in my experience. And really my experience in years of working and teaching for 24 hour fitness is that they are pretty well maintained and that they do the best they can. One thing I do know is that it is a corporation, and in any corporation local management has to practically jump through hoops to requisition a pencil, so just imagine when it's a new treadmill or something.

    I've worked on both the opperations side and the group exercise side, and I can tell you I've met a LOT of amazing people thru the company, and they have been very good to me and very good to work for.

    As far as the cleanliness, I did mention sherman oaks has been bad lately (the past few weeks have been better though so that's good.) But mostly things really aren't that bad. And as a yoga teacher I get pretty up close and personal with the floors while I'm demonstrating poses, and . . . . it's not great since it's usually after some tkb class where people are in sneakers and such, but It really is pretty good considering.
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    Oct 07, 2007 6:41 PM GMT
    Well, I can understand the operational challenges of 24 hr fitness, and thank you for your response, but I'm talking about mud puddles and clogged drains in the men's showers, wet toilet paper and litter on the floors of the men's locker room, broken and dirty lockers in the men's rooms. In an effort to help members, they have installed stations with paper towels and windex bottles, so members can wipe down the dirty equipment. Last time I needed a paper towel and windex, every one of these stations was on empty, and telling the front desk about operational weaknesses means *get ready to fight with someone who has no social graces and a very bad attitude.*

    I realize this discussion thread wasn't started for me to bitch about the place, but I wanted to elaborate a little bit on the reason I'm a little sour.