Is City Sports Club worth it?

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to the City Sports Club. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

20
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
3.81
Average Google Rating

Looking for a new gym? You've come to the right spot—the comprehensive guide to the City Sports Club. We compiled all of our expert knowledge on this page, just for you. We'll give you everything you need to know about this popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at City Sports Club

City Sports Club is a solid, mid-tier fitness option for many folks in the Bay Area, California. Members probably love the various amenities, where the chain of 20 gyms features:

  • Pools at 17 gyms, 85% of total locations
  • Childcare at 17 gyms, 85% of total locations
  • Saunas at 14 gyms, 70% of total locations
  • Basketball at 14 gyms, 70% of total locations

Of course, you can expect to see all your standard gym equipment and offerings:

  • Free weights with benches
  • Cardio machines (treadmills, stair-masters, ellipticals)
  • Strength machines of various sorts
  • Kettle bells, yoga mats and stretching equipment
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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14
Locations
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Swimming Pool
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17
Locations
)
Basketball
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14
Locations
)
Childcare
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17
Locations
)
Steam Room
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0
Locations
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Tanning
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0
Locations
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Open 24-hours
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0
Locations
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Spa/Hot-Tub
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14
Locations
)
Racquetball
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4
Locations
)
Pickleball
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0
Locations
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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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1
Locations
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Massage Chairs
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0
Locations
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Olympic Lifting
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0
Locations
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Functional Turf
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4
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any City Sports Club 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

City Sports Club is part of the Fitness International, LLC group, which also operates gym chains LA Fitness and Esporta. The company was founded in 1984 in Irvine, California, with its headquarters still in the same city. Current CEO as of November 2023 is Louis Welch. 

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What time does City Sports Club open & close?

No City Sports Club locations are open 24/7.

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

All City Sports Club locations open and close at the same time. Here are their hours:

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

City Sports Club by the numbers

20

Total Locations

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

3.81

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$39.99

Average Monthly Membership Cost

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

1

Total Cities

Find a City Sports Club in this many cities.

What we love about City Sports Club

This is a solid, do-everything, mid-tier gym chain that swimmers and basketball players call home. We appreciate their dedication to team sports, with tournaments and games hosted on their hardwood.

  • Basketball players in the Bay Area don't have many hardwood options, outside of high schools and colleges. City Sports gives them a great option to shoot their shot.

  • Childcare! 17 of the 20 locations from City Sports offer up childcare—a much needed amenity for parents in the Bay Area.

  • 17 of the 20 City Sports Clubs have swimming pools—and every one of them is heated, indoors!

What we wish City Sports Club would improve

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

  • Clubs that are more modern and updated. Being underneath parent company LA Fitness and Esporta, the City Sports brand has to compete for resources (modernizations, upgrades, facility work, etc).

  • More than just 4 of their 20 locations had turf. It's a popular amenity use for stretching, full body workouts, kettlebells and more.

  • They were clearer in their descriptions of amenities on the website. Olympic lifting platforms aren't listed as an amenity for any of their gym pages, but we've seen them in videos and social posts. Unfortunately, we had to count them as zero across all 20 clubs.

How much is City Sports Club?

City Sports Club have clear and consistent pricing options that remain the same for all 20 of their gyms in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Here's what to expect:

  • $39.99/month for all club access, with a $75 initiation fee
  • $49.99 /month for all club access, with a $0 initiation fee

The annual fee is $59, billed in 14 days from sign-up. Then, every year thereafter.

For both membership options, you'll get access to their standard array of fitness equipment: strength and free weight options, plus plate-loaded bars for benches and other exercises. Cardio options included ellipticals, StairMasters and treadmills.

Since there are no differences in membership access levels, things like racquetball/squash, pool and hot tub are all available to you. Same goes for cycle and group fitness classes.

Finally, "multi-club" memberships at City Sports also crosses over to Esporta and LA Fitness clubs, so you'll be able to workout at their 600+ total gyms.

  • The annual fee is $59, billed just two weeks from when you first sign up. Then, expect the same charge every year.
  • Initiation fee for City Sports is either $75 or $0. Opt for the more expensive and you'll pay the cheaper $39.99 vs $49.99 monthly. The break-even point is 8 months, so if you stay past that timeframe, paying the $75 upfront will be a better value.
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Who does City Sports Club 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 City Sports Club

Top amenities offered at City Sports Club

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

14 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 17 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at City Sports Club.

Practice your shot at 14 courts

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

17 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 4 gyms

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

14 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about City Sports Club

Final thoughts — Is City Sports Club 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!

City Sports Clubs fall into the larger "big box" type gym, with oversized locations that have tons of amenities. They're spacious and provide services many small gyms can't (pool, sauna, basketball, etc). We love the high ceilings and open, near-premium feel of their gyms, giving us an awesome feeling stepping in before a workout.

All this isn't exactly cheap, so no surprise that their pricing takes a step up into $40 to $60 a month. Other value chains—don't offer nearly as much—but also come at monthly rates sometimes half or a third of this price. 

So, you need to ask yourself if things like childcare or the hot tub are important in your fitness journey. If those are a yes, the City Sports should be in the running for your consideration. 

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