The 10 best gyms in Los Angeles
For rubbing shoulders with pro Muay Thai fighters
This NoHo gym is a welcoming place where the average person can comfortably work out alongside the likes of bodybuilders, serious trainers and Muay Thai fighters. You’ll find top-of-the-line strength and cardio equipment, towel service, heavy bags, a boxing ring and free parking. The fitness Muay Thai classes here offer an incredible challenge, but for those looking to gain serious skills, Muay Thai School USA awaits; it’s the only school in the U.S. that is recommended by WBC Muay Thai and the Sport Authority of Thailand, reinforcing the authentic quality of instruction that exists here.
For the group fitness class aficionado
Class is king (and queen) here in the heart of WeHo, and Crunch is known for the best long-standing lineup in town. The gym makes fitness fun, with things like live DJs, pole dancing and celebrity sightings a plenty. The second level’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook iconic Sunset Boulevard, where members can pump weights as they literally watch the sun set. There’s a strength and cardio floor, ride/yoga/pilates studio and functional training area. Locker areas feature showers, Bliss Spa products and steam rooms. The best part? Two and a half hours of validated parking and a Trader Joe’s just downstairs from the club.
For a sweat with a storied sense of community
Easton Gym proves that fitness fundamentals and innovation never go out of style; it’s been a mainstay on Beverly Boulevard since 1938 and favored by entertainment industry types and locals who appreciate its unpretentious environment. It’s loved just as much for its thriving community as for its loft vibes (think exposed brick walls with windows streaming natural light galore). Inside you’ll find premium strength/cardio equipment, group fitness classes, spin, locker rooms, saunas and an Instagram-worthy rooftop sundeck. For post-workout nutrition, the built in MOJO cafe serves up healthy on-the-go goods. Free parking available.
For a glove-wearing cathartic release
This neighborhood gym serves efficiency-loving Westsiders in need of cardio, strength and functional equipment in an uncrowded, low-key atmosphere. The gym really shines downstairs, where you’ll find boxing classes programmed by a former pro-heavyweight contender. Legitimate pro coaches, a boxing ring, heavy bags, mitts and a cathartic release keeps men, women and kids (age 7–16) alike coming back for more. Other amenities include lockers, showers, towels and parking.
For families who stay fit together
What started as a small gym has turned into a 14,000-square-foot fitness center. For more than 20 years, Pasadena residents of all ages and fitness levels have come to the family owned and operated institution to get in shape. There’s a solid array of cardio and strength equipment, Pilates reformers and group fitness classes. You can also opt for fast-tracked results through MC3, an athlete-inspired program that incorporates the gym’s sports performance training center. On-site daycare and a Trader Joe’s within the same complex make it convenient for busy parents to flex their multitasking muscles.
For the nervous newbie
As the self-proclaimed “Cheers of fitness,” this boutique health club prides itself on welcoming people with open arms. No matter where clients are in their fitness journey, encouragement is given every step of the way. Members enjoy the same kind of essential equipment and amenities of a chain club without the unneeded big crowds or judgmental looks.
For the high-achieving athlete
As the brand’s global flagship, it’s a sprawling fitness utopia conducive to every athletic pursuit. The Kiehl’s products and chilled eucalyptus towels say it all: This multi-level, multi-sensory club boasts a laundry list of luxuries, including premium strength/cardio equipment, a saltwater pool, sundeck, basketball court, tennis, squash, yoga/spin/pilates studios, superior training and group fitness programming. Saunas, chill tunes, plush towels and immaculately appointed locker rooms ensure workouts are capped off with a Zen-like vibe. Restaurants, spa services and a hair salon make this a healthy lifestyle one-stop destination.
For bespoke-loving Downtown denizens
Founded in 1880 when L.A.’s population was just 11,000 strong, LAAC pays homage to its handsome roots as a place for athletic, social and business/social events for its members. The 25-yard, 83-degree lap pool is one of the clear standouts here, complete with high ceilings and a skylight overhead. Other floors feature squash, a running track, racquetball, basketball court, boxing/yoga/cycling studio and cardio/resistance equipment. Well-stocked locker rooms and a spa/salon keep patrons dapper. Members can access the restaurants and bars, as well as special hotel rates and reciprocal privileges with other private clubs worldwide.
For the get-in-and-get-out gym goer
This neighborhood gym has attracted and built its happy community around facilities that are clean, personal, never crowded and absent of the “bro” archetype. Budget-friendly membership levels provide customized access that work with all lifestyles. It’s fully equipped with tried-and-true basics in a pleasant environment. Couple that with a competent, caring training staff and you get result-producing sessions that don’t require fancy bells and whistles. In addition to well-maintained cardio/resistance machines, options like pilates, TRX and self-defense training help clients vary their routines. Towel service, shower facilities, free parking and tailored nutrition plans are also available.
For performance training backed by science
Whether training for life goals or enhanced athletic performance, this is the go-to for tailored fitness programs by highly qualified coaches. The available equipment emphasizes functional movement patterns through the likes of TRX, kettlebells, weights, medicine balls, jump boxes and agility/speed training gear. The gym’s impressive staff consists of professional athletes with multiple degrees, certifications and specialties. Programs are developed for all ages, levels, schedules and budgets. Single, semi-private and small group options further cater to clients’ training style preferences. EPX also features a focused summer athlete program to train collegiate/youth members to excel in their chosen sport.