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April 03, 2018

San Francisco is famous for its outdoor fitness scene, so it's no surprise that gyms are becoming more popular In San Francisco. Paving the way for quality coaching, excellent services and genuine long-term results, there are now high quality gyms in every neighbourhood. Read along for our seven favourite gyms in San Francisco.

The Seven Best Gyms in San Francisco 

Bay Club

With four different locations scattered across San Francisco, you're sure to find a facility that suits you. The Greenwich street has a squash court, pilates and yoga studio, as well as a beautiful spa, whereas the Gateway location on Embarvadero has nine tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. The other two locations are equally appointed, with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, cafes and fitness centres. 

For the best experience, we advise getting a campus membership, which will let you enjoy the best of each location. More than just a gym, the Bay Club hosts lots of member events, summer camps and fitness programs. One notable enticement for the Bay Club is its complimentary shuttle, which operates in and around the Financial District, Monday through Friday. 


If it’s variety you're looking for, Studiomix is the San Francisco gym for you. With over 15 different classes a day, including kickboxing, rock climbing, pilates, Zumba and more, you'll never be bored.

With big beautiful studios and an ever-changing roster of classes, you'll always look forward to your workouts at Studiomix. We love their Mix+ Membership, which includes a monthly massage. They also offer nutritional coaching, fitness coaching and private sessions in any of their disciplines. 

Barry's Bootcamp

Barry’s Bootcamp is one of the best gyms in San Francisco, due to its amazing facilities, affordable memberships and excellent locations. The instructors and other support staff are super friendly and accommodating, and the workouts will whip you into shape in no time. 

Make sure that you come prepared with lots of water, as these classes are super high energy and high-intensity. Alternating between weight training and running, the workouts change daily to target different areas of the body. You'll have to try Barry's Bootcamp to see if it really is the 'best workout in the world'!

TRX Training Center

TRX which stands for 'Total Resistance Exercise' is a special training center located on Pacific Street between Van Ness and Polk.

Using their famed TRX Training System, the TRX Training Centre guides you through a series of movements called "suspension training'. Using only your body weight and gravity, you'll get a full workout by pushing and pulling yourself against straps suspended from the ceiling. 

Don't forget that you need to take a 20 minute basic course before you can take regular classes at the TRX Training Centre. This will get you familiarized with the equipment, so that you can focus on building your strength once the class begins. 

You'll definitely be feeling the burn using the TRX system, as you have to engage all of your balancing and core muscles to complete the movements. With such a cult following, you know that there's something special to the TRX training system, and its definitely worth it to take classes from the source. 

Crunch Fitness

Crunch was founded on the idea of making fitness both fun and inclusive. While they have tons of strength and cardio equipment for independent workouts, the froup fitness classes are where Crunch really shines. We love their spin classes, which have tons of variety and a great atmosphere. They also regularly change their classes, so you can try things like a firefighter workout, yoga spinning or dance classes. 

With fantastic instructors and super affordable membership fees, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value than Crunch Fitness. They have lots of locations if you'd like to switch it up, and their location on Polk Street even has movies playing while you work out. Gym fees being too high is no longer an excuse for skipping a workout!

Basecamp Fitness

Basecamp, which opened on Filbert and Van Ness in April, is a gym that focuses on every part of your body, in only 35 minutes. As each workout is a super high-intensity mix of strength, cardio and mat work, it'll be the hardest 35 minutes of your life, but you'll see the results right away. The workouts rotate everyday to work different parts of your body, and use a variety of fitness equipment to keep things interesting. 

While you'll definitely be pushing your limit for the time you workout, Basecamp Fitness' ethos is actually something quite brilliant-- by shortening the workout, you have a very efficient use of time, and the minute intervals ensure that you're getting a well-rounded workout. Their gym offers state of the art cardio equipment, and the workout is perfect for people who thrive on goal setting and achieving. Aren't you curious to see what you can accomplish in 35 minutes? 

Raise the Bar Fitness

'Raise the Bar' sounds hardcore, right? Located at 25235 Judah street, Raise the Bar is an elite fitness gym, focused on top notch personal training. Whether you're looking to do strength training or aerobic kickboxing, Raise the Bar Fitness is the place to fo if you want to excel.

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