Moving to ATL This Summer - Need a Gym Recommendation!

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    Apr 27, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    Moving to Atlanta in Mid-July, will be living in the Midtown/Southern Buckhead area. Looking for a decent gym in the area - I keep reading that most of the LA Fitnesses are filthy and/or falling apart icon_confused.gif

    Also looking for friends & a workout partner.
  • tckrguys

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    Apr 27, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    The LA Fitness in Northlake, Norcross, Buckhead and of course Ansley are usually clean and well kept. The one in Northlake has at least one person, sometimes 2 or 3, always cleaning. They just redid the basketball courts and are in the process of redoing the racquetball courts.

    You can also try The Forum Athletic Club, Concourse Athletic Club, SNAP Fitness and The Midtown Athletic Club.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 27, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    Since Atlanta is a big, major city in a massive metropolitan region, you should have a very good variety of gyms and health clubs throughout both the city itself and its suburbs. Best of luck in Atlanta.icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    TckrGuys saidThe LA Fitness in Northlake, Norcross, Buckhead and of course Ansley are usually clean and well kept. The one in Northlake has at least one person, sometimes 2 or 3, always cleaning. They just redid the basketball courts and are in the process of redoing the racquetball courts.

    You can also try The Forum Athletic Club, Concourse Athletic Club, SNAP Fitness and The Midtown Athletic Club.


    thanks y'all. the Atlantic Station and Ainsley LA Fitnesses are the closest ones to me, so of course they're the ones with the worst reviews. But the Ainsley one doesn't have any recent reviews, so I'll have to check it out.
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidSince Atlanta is a big, major city in a massive metropolitan region, you should have a very good variety of gyms and health clubs throughout both the city itself and its suburbs. Best of luck in Atlanta.icon_smile.gif


    yes, there is a very large variety of gyms scattered around the area. That's why I was asking for specific recommendations in my neighborhood.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 27, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    ZenAlchemy said
    roadbikeRob saidSince Atlanta is a big, major city in a massive metropolitan region, you should have a very good variety of gyms and health clubs throughout both the city itself and its suburbs. Best of luck in Atlanta.icon_smile.gif


    yes, there is a very large variety of gyms scattered around the area. That's why I was asking for specific recommendations in my neighborhood.
    You shouldn't have any problems finding the gym or health club that you like in Atlanta. Are there any World Gyms or Golds Gyms in the Atlanta area or are they all being bought out and gobbled up by the supposedly ill managed LA Fitness chain.
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    Apr 27, 2014 7:38 PM GMT
    Lafitness in atl is a gay hookup site. I honestly feel disgusting going in their locker rooms. I joined 2 gyms, X3 sports, which is a gihting gym....it's expensive though. And a 24 hour fitness so I can do weights at night.
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    Apr 27, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    I went to LA Fitness midtown by GA Tech, and quit less than a year ago. Just hated the poor service. I'm using a gym at my work now, but if you wanted to look at a couple of midtown gay or gay-friendly ones, look at Gravity Fitness http://www.gravityatl.com/ or Urban Body Fitness http://urbanbodyfitness.com/.
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    Apr 27, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    LAF Ansley can be extremely crowded from 5:30-8pm but the gym has a friendly vibe so you can work in if you smile and ask.
    Before the remodel 6 months or so ago, the place was nasty and broken down, Now everything works and is clean enough.
    Almost no trainers around because LAF pays $12/hour(charging the customer $50 for an unhappy, unqualified sales associate pretending to be a trainer).



    I also go to Urban Body a few blocks away on Piedmont Park. I love it though it's more expensive with less equipment. It's not crowded and because there's so many trainers, it's a serious place. Urban Body is CLEAN.

    GRAVITY,http://www.gravityatl.com/ is close and I hear it's good.

    Atlantic Station is a mall and maybe because of that I don't care for the LAF there but I've worked out there twice and everything is maintained and functional.
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    Apr 27, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    Rethinking this. You owe it to yourself to try LAF Ansley first. It's not just gay-friendly but it's also got friendly gays.

    In front of the LAF you've got STARBEARS or BEARBUCKS, the Starbucks where muscle-bears and pastry-bears mingle. The place we all joke about but enjoy anyway.
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    Apr 27, 2014 9:03 PM GMT
    thanks y'all! I was already leaning towards LAF Ansley, so hearing that they've renovated is nice. Plus I'm a morning workout person, so not worried about the crowds at night (which is pretty much every gym, from what I've seen).
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    Apr 28, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    It is not true that all the LAF are dirty or falling apart. Wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of those reviewers? LAF is building new gyms all over the ATL. I go to one that is a year old and state of the art. The midtown LAF at Ansley is old, and is a "boys" gym. Based on activity, its gonna be dirtier based on what goes on
  • fitone

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    Apr 28, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
    I used to work out at LAF Atlantic Station, and swim on the weekends. At the time it was new and well maintained.
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    Apr 29, 2014 12:00 PM GMT
    Thank you all again for the advice and recommendations. After 3 years in Buffalo, NY - I've sorely missed Southern Hospitality!

    Now I just need to start applying for jobs, but luckily being a Massage Therapist I can work pretty much anywhere.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 29, 2014 1:43 PM GMT
    TheZenAlchemist saidThank you all again for the advice and recommendations. After 3 years in Buffalo, NY - I've sorely missed Southern Hospitality!

    Now I just need to start applying for jobs, but luckily being a Massage Therapist I can work pretty much anywhere.
    You lived in Buffalo and you never contacted me. It is not a bad city although the selection of gyms and health clubs could be better and the gay scene needs a major rejuvenation. Again best of luck in Atlanta.
  • Latenight30

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    Apr 29, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    I would agree with many of the gym recommendations. Another thing to note about Atlanta is we have a ton of parks, outdoor space and urban trails. So when you want to change it up from the gym, hit the Path or the Beltline.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:52 PM GMT
    Did anyone mention Fitness 1440? (formerly Colony Square Athletic Club). It's got pretty good staff and they're constantly upgrading equipment. Being open 24 Hours, AND constantly staffed, is an advantage over many gyms. I assume they have parking passes for gymgoers included in their fees, but if you can walk to it or catch the MARTA bus/train from Midtown/South Buckhead, go for it.

    http://www.fitness1440.com/atlanta/

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    Apr 29, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    If you are an architecture buff and love modern architecture, Atlanta has a beautiful, spectacular, modern skyline. The city and many of its suburbs are just huge treasure chests of modern, cutting edge architecture and design. On top of that is that something major is always being built in Atlanta, the city never seems to stop changing. So while running or bicycling across Atlanta, you can take in some of this beautiful, modern cityscapeicon_smile.gif
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    May 01, 2014 1:30 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidI would agree with many of the gym recommendations. Another thing to note about Atlanta is we have a ton of parks, outdoor space and urban trails. So when you want to change it up from the gym, hit the Path or the Beltline.


    yeah, our apartment is right next to Tanyard Creek Urban Forest, so I'll be taking advantage of running the trail there when I can.
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    May 08, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    well, looks like I'll be joining LA Fitness and working out at the Ansley location to start with. It's only a couple miles from home, and it'll be nice to work out around other gay guys again.