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24 Hour Fitness

A United States-based chain of gyms.

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My job requires me to go to the gym...

  • May 19, 2009
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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 of the people there look very scary.
  • Equinox: only in central San Francisco, and $150+/month and you probably need a mortgage for the joining fee.
  • Nautilus: cheaper, but gets bad word-of-mouth.
  • YMCA: apparently pretty good and $50/month.
  • Gold's: for bodybuilders, it seems.
  • 24-Hour Fitness: 4 different locations within 10 minutes' drive for $29.99/month.

My favorite has always been Equinox - when I lived in New York, I belonged there. But $150+ month is a little pricey when the alternative is one fifth of the price, and the parking would probably double the cost.

A little investigation and I discovered that 24 Hour Fitness really varies substantially in quality, cleanliness, busyness and size of location. The one in Larkspur is not enormous but quieter than the others, and the one on Bay Street is huge but populated by truly alarming people who must have been turned down by Gold's Gym.

I know 24 has plenty of detractors, not least the fact that not all locations are 24 hours (kind of screwed themselves on the name there). But for $30 a month, it stacks up well against the mid-tier gyms, and the fact I can use any of the locations is a real plus since I spend a week a month in LA. Try it out!

PS - You can avoid the initiation fee by uses this coupon code online: AMT3UB2AXI

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review by . December 18, 2008
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
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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, ...

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