Is Esporta Fitness worth it?

This is the definitive guide to Esporta Fitness. Have you been thinking about joining this gym? We'll look to answer all your questions, give expert insight and review to their offerings, plus help you find the nearest location to you. Let's get going!

142
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
3.92
Average Google Rating

This is the definitive guide to Esporta Fitness. Have you been thinking about joining this gym? We'll look to answer all your questions, give expert insight and review to their offerings, plus help you find the nearest location to you. Let's get going!

Amenities offered at Esporta Fitness

Esporta is a mid-tier, full amenity gym chain that has 142 locations across the nation. It is a spin-off, rebrand subsidiary of LA Fitness (which is still the parent company). Thus, the clubs itself are similar, and amenities are very alike. Here's what you can expect:

  • 96% of their gyms have a pool! Wow! That's 136 of 142 locations.
  • 84% of their locations have a sauna, that's 119 of 142 locations!
  • 80% of Esporta gyms have basketball. That's 114 of 142 gyms.
  • 77% of their gyms have childcare/daycare. We count 110 of their 142 with this awesome amenity.

Most in the industry believe that having these 4 amenities put a gym into the mid-tier category. That means a general bump up in price, too. 

Finally, you can expect all your standard gym equipment at Esporta too:

  • Benches and free weight sections
  • Strength machines to isolate and target different muscles 
  • Cardio equipment of various sorts (stair-masters, treadmills, ellipticals)
  • Kettle bells, yoga mats and stretching equipment
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
(
119
Locations
)
Swimming Pool
(
136
Locations
)
Basketball
(
114
Locations
)
Childcare
(
110
Locations
)
Steam Room
(
9
Locations
)
Tanning
(
0
Locations
)
Open 24-hours
(
3
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
(
101
Locations
)
Racquetball
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70
Locations
)
Pickleball
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0
Locations
)
Tennis
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0
Locations
)
Squash
(
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
(
0
Locations
)
Cardio Cinema
(
0
Locations
)
Towel Service
(
5
Locations
)
Massage Chairs
(
0
Locations
)
Olympic Lifting
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0
Locations
)
Functional Turf
(
0
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any Esporta 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

Esporta Fitness was originally established as LA Fitness in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. As of 2021, the CEO of LA Fitness (and thus Esporta Fitness) is Louis Welch. The headquarters are still in Irvine, California. Esporta Fitness is a rebrand of some LA Fitness locations, as of 2020.

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What time does Esporta Fitness open & close?

No Esporta Fitness locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 3 of their clubs are open 24/7!

The ones that aren't? Exact hours vary at all clubs, but the most common we've seen for them:

  • 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

Esporta Fitness by the numbers

142

Total Locations

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

3.92

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$9.99

Average Monthly Membership Cost

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

63

Total Cities

Find a Esporta Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about Esporta Fitness

An established fitness chain that has aqua amenities on lock. They're also an excellent option busy parents with childcare, or those looking to play basketball on hardwood. If a pool, sauna or hot tub is on your must-have list, then Esporta is a must-look.

  • Their commitment to aqua-based amenities. Seriously, this is one of the top gym chains in the country, as they offer saunas, pools and hot tubs at the majority of clubs.

  • So many clubs have childcare! 77% actually, with 110 of 142. Busy parents, take our advice: a gym with childcare is a life-hack!

  • Hoopers (especially those on hardwood) are limited to where they can play. Esporta to the rescue: they've got over 100 different gyms to practice our shot at.

What we wish Esporta Fitness would improve

We believe that most Esporta members are quite happy with their offerings as a whole. But would we update and change a few things? Of course.

  • More than just 3 of their locations were open 24-hours-a-day.  One of their main competitors, 24 Hour Fitness, has 110 locations open all night.

  • Would upgrade some of their facilities—we know a good amount are of older age (5+ years). Refreshes would be nice!

  • They offered up newer, trendier services and amenities—such as cardio cinema, massage chairs, tanning services and even pickleball!

How much is Esporta Fitness?

We believe pricing varies by location, like every other gym chain out there. However, our comparison brought these prices five different times.

  • $9.99/month @ $199 initiation, $59 annual fee
  • $29.99/month @ $0 initiation, $59 annual fee

This held true for Esporta in:

  • Long Beach, California
  • Cape Coral, Florida
  • Clifton, New Jersey
  • Chicago, Illinois

The question of $9.99 month vs $29.99 month comes down to how much you're willing to fork up front. Break-even point for these memberships is at 7-months, where you'd pay $270 for either.

Anything past that, for those planning to stay for longer than 7-months, should go for the $9.99 option. After 1-year of an Esporta membership, it would cost $379 for the $9.99/month, vs $419 on the $29.99/month (including annual fee).

And yes, the annual fee is just $59 for either of the memberships. We didn't see a differing price anywhere else.

It's nice to see a straightforward pricing scheme: there aren't tiered membership options for different amenities, nor are there confusing regional or all/single-access options.

  • Annual fee is $59 for all membership types we were able to check. It'll be billed 14 days from when you sign up.
  • The $0 initiation fee looks like a great deal, but only for those planning to stay at Esporta for 6 months or less. The $199 initiation fee is a tougher pill to swallow, but is already a better deal 8 months into your membership.
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Who does Esporta 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 Esporta Fitness

Why did LA fitness rebrand to Esporta?

Is Esporta fitness the same as LA Fitness?

How do I set up Esporta fitness app?

Is Esporta a spanish gym?

Can LA members go to Esporta?

What is the relationship between Esporta and LA Fitness?

Top amenities offered at Esporta Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

119 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 136 different pools

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

Practice your shot at 114 courts

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

110 different locations with childcare

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

3 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.

101 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about Esporta Fitness

Final thoughts — Is Esporta 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!

Esporta gyms offer up a very affordable, traditional-big-box-style gym experience. They have a compelling mix of amenities, though packaged in a pretty standard (even bland) type of way. You'll get to experience many amenities that smaller chains don't have such as the pool, sauna, basketball and more. They're just delivered in gyms that might look a bit drab and boring.

That follows along with their parent company LA Fitness, which is just getting long in the tooth in terms of look and feel. Does that translate into their amenities? Yes, a bit. There are no turf areas, or Olympic lifting platforms—both of which are popular with the younger crowd. We think it's a signal Esporta needs to modernize and update. (December 2023 update: we're seeing both turf and Olympic platforms in their photography, plus in people's post on Instagram and Facebook but.... Esporta doesn't make it clear on their website amenities list. As of now we have them set to zero) 

Nor are there tanning and massage options, available at Crunch and others. Same for steam and 24-hour access since just a handful of Esporta gyms have it. 

Don't take this all for bad. Esporta excels with their aqua (pool and sauna) options. No other gym chain out there can challenge their 136 pools. Same goes for the amazing 114 basketball courts, which come with access to leagues and tournaments...this chain is a must for hoopers!

Pricing-wise, if you're willing to pay the high $199 initiation fee to start, then you'll enjoy a stellar $9.99 monthly cost. That's a better value to fast-fitness chains like Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness. Our take: commit to fitness, and go with Esporta over either of the two.

While many will find Esporta as worth it—it'll be the swimmers and hoopers who really get the most value. All others will enjoy a solid fitness experience.

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