Is California Family Fitness worth it?

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

18
Total Locations
58000
Average Size (sq ft)
4.14
Average Google Rating

Welcome to the ultimate guide to California Family 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 California Family Fitness

California Family Fitness clubs are large, inviting, and absolutely family friendly. As such, they've built their 18 gyms to focus on amenities that people of all ages can enjoy. With an average (huge!) gym size of 58,000 square feet, here's what you can expect:

  • 83% (15 locations) with a sauna
  • 78% (14 locations) with a pool (several have 2+ pools)
  • 78% (14 locations) where you can play basketball
  • 72% (13 locations) that offer up childcare services

Collectively, these 4 amenities are those you typically may not see at cheaper, more budget gym chains. 

While comprehensive, Cal Fit doesn't offer everything—none of their clubs have:

  • Operating hours open 24-hours-a-day
  • A Cardio Cinema
  • A Women's workout area

But—to be clear—we're nitpicking a bit, since it's rare to find (at least the last two bullet points).  Cal Fit is a very well rounded gym chain that those in California should be lucky to have.

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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15
Locations
)
Swimming Pool
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14
Locations
)
Basketball
(
14
Locations
)
Childcare
(
13
Locations
)
Steam Room
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5
Locations
)
Tanning
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16
Locations
)
Open 24-hours
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0
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
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13
Locations
)
Racquetball
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11
Locations
)
Pickleball
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5
Locations
)
Tennis
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0
Locations
)
Squash
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0
Locations
)
Retail
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0
Locations
)
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Wi-Fi
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0
Locations
)
Women-only Workout
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0
Locations
)
Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
Locations
)
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
)
Cardio Cinema
(
2
Locations
)
Towel Service
(
2
Locations
)
Massage Chairs
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12
Locations
)
Olympic Lifting
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0
Locations
)
Functional Turf
(
0
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any California Family 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

California Family Fitness was founded in 1991 in Rocklin, California. The current CEO is Randy Karr. The headquarters are located in Orangevale, California.

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What time does California Family Fitness open & close?

No California Family Fitness locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 0 of their clubs are open 24/7!

Every location has their own specific hours. But, most of the gyms we've seen from California Family Fitness are open:

  • Monday: 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 4:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

California Family Fitness by the numbers

18

Total Locations

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

4.14

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

58000

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

Average Monthly Membership Cost

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

9

Total Cities

Find a California Family Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about California Family Fitness

Amazing amenity set that ensures fun and fitness for the whole family. Seriously: they have an activity for everybody in your squad.

  • A plethora of swimming and wet options. You've got your pick of lap pools, kiddie pools, splash pads, saunas and steam rooms. 

    Enormous footprint: an average of 58,000

  • Basketball and Tennis courts. Don't forget childcare when you've got  a game or match to get to.

  • Pickleball! It's just around 70 gyms across the nation that offer up the popular, growing sport. Cal Fit has 5 of these courts.

What we wish California Family Fitness would improve

While California Family Fitness checks off nearly all the boxes for most folks, there are still a few things we'd like to see.

  • They had a larger club network, with gyms spread out throughout California. 

  • Their prices were more competitive aka lower! Look, we understand that the amount of amenities and services they offer are head and shoulders above other gym chains—but nothing wrong with wanting to save a few bucks, right?

  • Olympic lifting platforms were available at California Family Fitness. We don't see it listed at any of their gym web pages, but we do see it in some of their photos.

How much is California Family Fitness?

The "old" California Family Fitness gym chain merged with In-Shape, so we'll have to update pricing for this new super-mega gym. More to come!

Who does California Family 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?

Frequently asked questions about California Family Fitness

Top amenities offered at California Family Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

15 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 14 different pools

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

Practice your shot at 14 courts

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

13 different locations with childcare

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

0 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 0 gyms

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

13 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about California Family Fitness

Final thoughts — Is California Family 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!

California Family Fitness is one of our favorite gyms—really because of how friendly and open they are to welcoming families and those of all ages—even down to the babies!

December 2023 Update: In-Shape Fitness and California Family Fitness are merging into a single company, with official details January 2024. We'll update our review on this new, California-mega-gym-chain then.

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