This is the definitive guide to Fitness SF. 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. San Francisco, let's get going!
Fitness SF is an excellent gym option for those in and around the City by the Bay. Convenience is key, especially for a walkable city like San Francisco. Members of this gym chain have many things to look forward to for their workouts:
However, if you're looking for childcare, basketball and 24/7 hours—that's not in the cards. Don't forget, all the standard workout options are available:
Every Fitness SF location has their own specific hours. But, most of the gyms we've seen from them:
The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.
Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.
How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month
They're a local Bay Area gym chain that serves the community well. With a very respectable amenity set across their 8 locations, members in San Francisco and Oakland must be proud of this local product.
Local gym for San Francisco Bay Area residents. Feels great to hand over your hard-earned cash to a small business that has history and a foothold in one of the best cities in the country.
Their Transbay location is a sight to behold. "This expansive facility... spans two city blocks!" There are also over 15 power racks / Olympic lifting platforms.
Ah, a breath of fresh air with Fitness SF. They have no cancellation, processing, annual or enrollment fees! We haven't ever seen a gym out there with these perks!
Many folks in the bay are quite happy with Fitness SF's offerings as a whole. But would we update and change a few things? Of course.
Not a single location has a swimming/lap pool. These are hard to find amenities in the Bay Area.
Basketball courts were available as an amenity. Other gyms double up this space to add badminton or pickleball. Unfortunately Fitness SF doesn't offer any.
Fitness SF would expand and spread their magic to other parts of the bay. We're sure many locals would jump onboard.
Pricing is ultra clear, super easy with Fitness SF.
On the front page of their website, Fitness SF also states:
Like we said, super easy, right?
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?
Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.
Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.
An extra early or real late workout—your choice.
Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.
Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.
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
$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price
$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier
$65 and up — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury
"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!
Most folks in the San Francisco Bay area, which include Silicon Valley and the eastern valley portions—know how expensive nearly everything is. When looking at gyms and fitness options, we're sure they already have this in mind.
And, it's not just San Francisco, but nearly every other large metro in the country. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and others all face higher costs, and unfortunately pretty expensive gym memberships.
In this case, Fitness SF is working a balancing act, vying for you to join their clubs at a cost that is sustainable for their business but ultimately have you feeling their gyms are worth every dollar.
We applaud their newer, up-to-date amenity sets, with locations that are fresher and filled with equipment that is popular. That means every location has Olympic lifting platforms—a stunning 15 at their Transbay location! Same for their functional turf areas, a staple at any of their 8 locations. It doesn't stop: complimentary towel service can be a lifesaver both on the workout floor or showers—yes, Fitness SF has got it covered for all of their gyms. Even the single cold plunge at the Fillmore location may have you wanting to join. If any of these are enticing, this may be the gym for you. Of course, workout with all your standard gear: cardio, strength machines, freeweights, kettlebells and more.
However, there's just a single pool, steam room and hot tub for this whole chain. Nor is there tanning, childcare or gyms open 24/7.
So, here comes their balancing act: all of the above, all club access for $99.95. While it's a fair share more than some of the national competitors like City Sports Club—$39.00 month—it may be the hidden fees that drives you to the local option.
We consider Fitness SF more of a "big-box" gym option, their amenity sets are that thorough. And in a 7x7 mile city, there aren't any gym options this good. Add in your local flair and home-grown roots, you may just accept that fact that nationwide, or especially in the Bay—sometimes the best things that cost more are worth every penny.
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