Is 24 Hour Fitness worth it?

Welcome to the ultimate guide to 24 Hour Fitness. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

283
Total Locations
38876
Average Size (sq ft)
3.55
Average Google Rating

Welcome to the ultimate guide to 24 Hour Fitness. We've rounded up all our expertise on this page—giving you everything you needed to know about the popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at 24 Hour Fitness

24 Hour Fitness members have plenty to be happy about. Amenities are widespread and plentiful, though some have been removed in the past few years. Still, the offerings here are significantly stronger then the majority of gyms out there.

People of all fitness backgrounds call 24 home, likely because of these key offerings:

  • Swimming Pools - available in 235 clubs
  • Saunas - available in 250 locations
  • Steam Room - found in 238 gyms
  • Basketball - can be played in 187 clubs
  • Open 24/7 - workout anytime at 110 of their gyms

Of course, all your standard gym offerings are there:

  • Cardio machines (treadmills, stair-masters, ellipticals)
  • Strength machines of various sorts
  • Free weights with benches
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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250
Locations
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Swimming Pool
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235
Locations
)
Basketball
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187
Locations
)
Childcare
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0
Locations
)
Steam Room
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238
Locations
)
Tanning
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0
Locations
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Open 24-hours
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110
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
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243
Locations
)
Racquetball
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28
Locations
)
Pickleball
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0
Locations
)
Tennis
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0
Locations
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Squash
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0
Locations
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Retail
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0
Locations
)
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Wi-Fi
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0
Locations
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Women-only Workout
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0
Locations
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Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
Locations
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Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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0
Locations
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Cardio Cinema
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0
Locations
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Towel Service
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0
Locations
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Massage Chairs
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2
Locations
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Olympic Lifting
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66
Locations
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Functional Turf
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87
Locations
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Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any 24 Hour Fitness location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

24 Hour Fitness was founded in 1983 in San Leandro, California, United States. The current CEO is Tony Ueber. The headquarters of 24 Hour Fitness is located in Carlsbad, California, United States.

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What time does 24 Hour Fitness open & close?

No 24 Hour Fitness locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 110 of their clubs are open 24/7!

Hours vary at all clubs, but the most common we've seen for those not open all night:

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

24 Hour Fitness by the numbers

283

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

3.55

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

38876

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$37.49

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

105

Total Cities

Find a 24 Hour Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about 24 Hour Fitness

So much to love about 24 Hour Fitness. No gym is perfect, but this chain sure does check off many boxes. It's no wonder they've considered one of the best gyms in the nation.

  • 24-hour-a-day access to many (but not all of their clubs). They've started to open and include more clubs to this list since 2022, and we're huge fans of late night workouts!

  • Abundance of aqua amenities. Nearly all locations have a pool, steam room and sauna. If a pool is on your must-have list, then 24 is a must-consider gym chain.

  • Awesome opportunities for basketball players. With so many locations that have a basketball court, folks looking to hoop on hardwood definitely must appreciate 24 Hour Fitness—me included!

What we wish 24 Hour Fitness would improve

While 24's overall offerings will please most folks, there are still some things we'd like to see from the popular chain. 

  • We wish all of their locations were open 24-hours-a-day. 40% of them are (110 gyms) which is a great start. It's also a brand-identity crisis, really. They need to stick to their nameplate.

  • Parents all over the country wish they would bring back childcare. Options are limited, and an extra set of hands—especially at the gym—is a health and wellness gamechanger.

  • Prices were more competitive with the upcoming competition. Guess what: it looks like they are.

How much is 24 Hour Fitness?

24 Hour Fitness is a mid-tier gym chain—with monthly pricing that hovers anywhere from $24.99 to $57.99 a month. However, there are many specials and deals to be had, which can bring the overall cost down. In 2022 and 2023, we've seen amazing deals with monthly membership costs that hover around $23. Know that these are often 1-year deals, where you must pay the entire amount up-front.  Here are the exact membership types:

  • Silver $24.99/month - Single Club Access. Not available everywhere, and usually just for their old "Active" locations. 
  • Gold $34.99 to $42.99/month - Regional Access
  • Platinum $54.99 to $57.99/month - National Access (all gyms). At this membership level, you also get 2 Buddy Passes

What do the tiers mean for amenities and equipment? Nothing, really. All levels get you all the cardio, free weights, strength machines, turf areas, studio classes, cycle classes, basketball courts, pools, saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs.

What's regional access? 24 Hour Fitness allows at the Gold membership tier, ability to join any of the listed clubs. 

  • For the San Francisco Bay Area, it's 58 clubs that cover SF, San Jose, Marin County and all the way into Sacramento.
  • For Los Angeles

  • Amount of your annual fee depends on which membership level you go with. We've seen a $49.99 fee for Gold and Platinum memberships, and $29.99 for the Yearly paid-in-full options. Both are billed about 14 days from signing up.
  • Most 24 Hour Fitness gyms have 4-6 different membership options. For all but one of them: initiation fees have been $0. The one that did charge? Just $1.
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Who does 24 Hour Fitness cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

  • A little bit of everybody! Yep, it's true. 24 Hour Fitness grew their company to cover much of the country because of their wide appeal and range of services and amenities. We believe they have a product that can serve a whole bunch of people. Here's who would fit nicely:

    • Beginners 
    • Intermediate/Advanced gym folks
    • Group Fitness Focused
    • Aqua addicts

Frequently asked questions about 24 Hour Fitness

Is 24 Hour Fitness open 24-hours-a-day? 

Many clubs are, but not all. You'll need to check into each individual club to find out. Guess what, we made it easy. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see all 24 Hour Fitness clubs, and turn the "open 24" filter to see those locations.

How much is 24 Hour Fitness?

Typical memberships range from around $29 to $59 per month, dependent on your geographical location. Do know that deals can be had—we've seen their promos as low as $23 a month provided you pay up the whole 1 or 2-years up front.

Can you wear jeans at 24 Hour Fitness?

Their member policy states "requires you wear appropriate clothing" during your visit. "Street clothes... and jeans are not appropriate." Do yourself a favor and wear the right gear. It's not only more comfortable during your workout, but at times safer and more functional.

Does 24 Hour Fitness allow filming?

More from their member policy page: "Taking photos or filming of others is not permitted without their prior knowledge or consent."  What they're trying to do here is make sure you're not filming someone (even in the background) without them knowing. Are people using tripods to track their workouts/personal gains? We'd be lying if we didn't say yes. Our advice: do it in a controlled, respectful manner. You also absolutely can't film in the locker room, steam room, pool and sauna areas.

Did LA Fitness buy 24 Hour Fitness?

The real life answer you're looking for is "no." These are two separate companies operating different gyms.  The technical answer might be "yes"—and that has to with LA Fitness acquiring 11 Arizona gyms from 24 Hour Fitness back in 2015. It was a club exchange (that is quite common in the industry).

Does Shaq own 24 Hour Fitness?

Nope. See below.

How many franchises does Shaq own of 24 Hour Fitness?

24 Hour Fitness is not a franchisee fitness chain. It is a private company owned by several investment capital groups. However:

  • Back in 2004, a partnership formed between Shaq and 24, with the creation of a "24 Hour Fitness Shaq Sports Club" in Miami.
  • The partnership included using Shaq as the face of 24's marketing in print, TV and more. As of December 2023, that partnership is no longer active.

Top amenities offered at 24 Hour Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

250 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 235 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at 24 Hour Fitness.

Practice your shot at 187 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

0 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

110 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 87 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

243 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about 24 Hour Fitness

Final thoughts — Is 24 Hour Fitness worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

Use our guides to help inform and educate what a gym can offer your fitness lifestyle. Only you can truly decide if a gym is worth it!

24 Hour Fitness is a do-it-all big-box gym chain that is extremely popular nationwide. You'll get larger footprint locations with more amenities and more services vs the competition, plus the convenience of multiple gym access. If you need a pool, sauna/steam or basketball, then absolutely consider them.

Don't forget that while their name says "24 Hour," not all locations are open all night. We commend their efforts to open back up multiple locations 24/7, though. The number of locations to workout all-night has climbed up to 110 of their 283 total—for an impressive 40%. Clustered around major metros, that means you probably have a 24/7 location nearby.

When we look at pricing, 24 Hour Fitness had previously defined the "mid-tier" gym category (one that that offers "full-sized" amenities such as pools and basketball courts, with a monthly cost of about $25 to $40). That cost has started to fall since 2020—giving thousands nationwide the chance to move into a better featured gym at a lower price.

Depending on your location, you may be able to find monthly memberships in the low ~$20 range, and its becoming common to see $1 or $0 enrollment/join fees. 

This all benefits you, the customer, as the gym space has started to get more competitive overall. With other "budget" fitness centers pricing their monthly memberships in the same range, 24 is increasingly attractive. Why? These cheaper budget gyms may have great prices—but come up short—where 24 will shine. 

We mentioned pools (235 locations!) and basketball (187 locations!)—but don't forget that steam is offered (238 locations) as well as hot tubs (243 locations). Add in multiple gyms with popular Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf areas, saunas and... 24 Hour Fitness rises to the top for gyms with excellent value. 

Is this worth it? We don't doubt it: their thousands of happy members can attest. With hundreds of locations that bring a value-packed slew of amenities—at stunningly great prices—24 Hour Fitness is worth every dime.

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