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24 Hour Fitness is the world's largest (by memberships) privately owned and operated fitness center chain, and 3rd in number of clubs behind Gold's Gym and Fitness First of the UK. It currently has 425 clubs in the U.S.A. The company's corporate office is located in Carlsbad, California. The operations' headquarters is in San Ramon, California in the Bay area. 24 Hour Fitness has over 19,000 employees. The founder is Mark S. Mastrov and current CEO is Carl Liebert III. 24 Hour Fitness is currently a subsidiary of the private equity firm Forstmann Little & Company, since its acquisition in a $1.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

Club Levels

24 Hour Fitness currently has 6 levels of Clubs: Fit-Lite, Express, Active, Sport, Super-Sport, and Ultra-Sport. In addition 24 Hour Fitness has signature clubs with Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O'Neal, as well as Jackie Chan and Yao Ming in its clubs in Asia.

Ultra-Sport

Generally over 100,000+ Square Feet Amenities include Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Group X Room, Kid's Club, Basketball Court, Pool, Tanning, Executive Lockers, Massage, Racquetball Club, Rock Climbing and Volleyball. There is only 1 open Ultra-Sport level club, located in Irvine, California. The Second Ultra-Sport level club is coming to New York City, New York on 31 August 2008, and the third is planned for Northern Colorado in 2009.

Super-Sport

Generally over 50,000+ Square Feet, Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Group X Room, Kid's Club, Basketball Courts, Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and Tanning.

Some Super Sport Level have racquetball courts.

Sport

Generally over 35,000+ Square Feet, Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Group X Room, Kid's Club, Basketball Courts, sauna, steam room, spa and Pool.

Active

Generally over 20,000+ Square Feet, Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Group X Room, and a Kid's Club.

Express

Contains Cardio Equipment, Limited Free Weights, and Group X Room.

Fit-Lite

Contains cardio-resistance equipment, limited weight machines and small fitness mat. Set up to be a full body circuit to be completed in 30 minutes by rotating machines every 60 seconds when a notification bell chimes.

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review by . December 18, 2008
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
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During this economic crunch, I'm appreciating my membership at 24 Fitness so much more.  A yearly membership at my local yoga, dance and martial arts studio cost around $1500, and individual classes run from $10-$15, which isn't very cost-effective at this time of recession.  However, a 4-5 year membership at 24 only costs around $600, and each year thereafter can be as low as $10 (I pay $30 and know people who pay up to $100), depending on the specific plan and how much was paid up front.  …
review by . July 19, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Last May, I began looking at different options for gyms to go to. For a year, I was paying monthly to keep my membership at the gym at the college I graduated from. But as I began to notice, what I was paying was not what you would consider an alumni benefit. And as much as I loved having a reason to keep going back to Loyola Marymount, I had to go out of my way to make the most of my gym that had only a single location, not to mention the student hours that were growing more and more inconvenient.    …
Quick Tip by . May 27, 2010
They don't maintain the machines well, never rerack weights and almost impossible to find a bosu ball!
review by . May 19, 2009
In a bizarre and frankly strange twist of fate, a new contracting job I have requires me to go to the gym. I went into a technology career with a strict understanding that fitness would never appear on my resume, but I'm going the extra mile (or 30 a week) for this one. I do actually feel healthier though every muscle in my body now hurts.  The gym business is very weird. Near me, there are only a handful of alternatives:   Bay Club: $700 joining fees and $100-ish/month. Some …
review by . August 03, 2004
Pros: lots of equipment color coded for sections, 30 minute workout area, pool,      Cons: no parking lot, walls are bare, employee uniforms are dull, no childcare     The Bottom Line: Working out is a good thing for anyone at whatever age. The equipment functions with an easy atmosphere.     Earlier in the year I waited in line at the Discovery Store for the Fitness Challenge they were promoting along with Bally's Total Fitness. I did …
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