Good Gyms in Los Angeles?

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    May 13, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    Hello all,

    So, I've just moved to Los Angeles from New York and am looking for a new gym. My last gym was New York Sports Club, which was conveniently at the end of my block (West 24 Street) but was absurdly overpriced.

    What are your recommendations for gyms in Los Angeles? I live in Los Feliz and work near on the Miracle Mile, so I don't want to have to drive all over LA to work out. I also want my gym to be a bit gay but not a bathhouse with a weightroom attached. Also, what are the average prices for the various gyms around?

    Thanks for your help!
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    May 13, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    Check out 24 Hour Fitness. They have a lot of locations in California and are reasonably priced. I was in Burbank for a business trip and used that one - it was pretty nice.
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    May 13, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    If you can afford it, try Equinox. A friend of mine has a membership and invited me for a workout there (on Westwood; another on Sepulveda).

    A M A Z I N G

    Clean, organized, well managed, top quality machines, great staff, and juice bar (ahh).

    Now I'm stuck in what appears to be a back alley/garage (24hrs).
  • gwuinsf

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    May 13, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    I would not recommend 24 Hour Fitness. The one in WeHo especially feels completely like a bath house.

    I just moved to LA a few months ago as well. I've been going to the Gold's in Hollywood and really like it. I was expecting a lot of attitude but it's been a really friendly gym. No bathhouse vibe at all and definitely the majority of the guys working out are gay.
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    May 13, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    24 Hour Fitness offers the best deals. Their pre-paid plans are a really good value. Plus, you can work out at any location, except for the pimped out locations.

    But I can't recommend any in your area. Like gwuinsf said, the WeHo location is bad. It's straight up trashy. If you come in during the off-peak hours, it might be ok. But otherwise stay away. icon_lol.gif I've heard the Beverly Hills location is ok. You can check out their website to find some other locations that might be convenient for you. And then look for reviews/comments on Yelp.

    http://www.24hourfitness.com/health_clubs/find_a_club/interactive.html

    I second ucla_matta's recommendation for Equinox. Haven't been there myself, but a few people I worked with had membership there and they loved it. If you don't mind spending the extra cash, you should check it out.
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    May 14, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendations guys.

    I've been to Equinox in New York. Yes, it's nice but I work have a media salary and I'm perfectly capable of wiping the sweat from my own brow. I went by Golds in Hollywood today and I think it's just gay enough for me, though I will check out 24 Hour Fitness just to say I've done due diligence.

    But, uh, yeah; would rather be wiping up my own sweat rather than random discharges from other members.
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    May 14, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    24 hour fitness at the Arclight. Sunset and Vine. It's got a gay vibe but nowhere near the bath house that is weho 24 hr. It's decent. Not stellar but by no means awful. A straight-up gym. Reasonable. Five minutes from los feliz, definitely easy to hit to/from miracle mile.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    May 19, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    I haven't been to the 24 hours fitness in Weho, but I heard it's quite cruisy. I go to 24 hours fitness at the Sherman Oaks Galleria and occasionally at Arclight, and they're both very nice and clean facility. Definately a whole lot better than what Bally's has to offer.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 19, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    GOLD's GYM in Hollywood on Cole is probably your best bet if you're staying in town. One thing there is no shortage of in L.A. is gyms. But that gym is sort of in between where you live and where you work
  • EricLA

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    May 19, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    I use two different 24 Hour Fitness locations here on the Westside (Beverly Hills and West Hollywood), so they'd be out of your way. I find 24 Hour reasonably priced (though I joined YEARS ago and pay almost nothing monthly). One has a pool and hot tub, the other does not.

    Equipment is getting a bit run down at both, so I'd make sure as you evaluate the gyms you look at that you inspect the equipment, inquire how often things like the hot tub, sauna, etc. break down, etc. I'd also strongly advise testing a location during the hours you expect to use it to see how busy it is.
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    May 22, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    I'm going to Equinox at West Hollywood tomorrow. If you're thinking of signing up, you should do it this weekend because they waived their initiation fee (which is like $365 I think).

    Equinox is an amazing workout place, you gotta pay a lil bit more ($130/month) but its worth it, at least i think.