Is LA Fitness worth it?

This is the ultimate guide to LA Fitness! All of our expertise is summarized on this page—giving you everything you need to know about the gym chain.

466
Total Locations
Average Size (sq ft)
3.94
Average Google Rating

This is the ultimate guide to LA Fitness! All of our expertise is summarized on this page—giving you everything you need to know about the gym chain.

Amenities offered at LA Fitness

LA Fitness gyms are everywhere! Seriously, we count their 460+ locations in over 158 different cities across the country. As one of the largest, "mid-tier" gym chains, you can expect a huge amount of amenities across most of their locations. Here's what we mean:

  • 70% of their gyms have childcare, 328 total
  • 77% offer up basketball, that's 361 courts
  • 90% of have a sauna, that's 417 gyms
  • 93% of have a pool! We count 434 locations.

The 4 amenities above are typically what separate "mid-tier" gym chains from their more budget options. Still, LA Fitness doesn't have it all, as none of their locations have

  • Massage
  • Tanning
  • Cardio Cinema
  • Tennis

Of course, all your standard gym offerings are there:

  • Cardio machines (treadmills, stair-masters, ellipticals)
  • Strength machines of various sorts
  • Free weights with benches

Collectively, you can expect a large offering of amenities and services at LA Fitness that will satisfy nearly all gym-goers. 

Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
(
417
Locations
)
Swimming Pool
(
434
Locations
)
Basketball
(
361
Locations
)
Childcare
(
328
Locations
)
Steam Room
(
30
Locations
)
Tanning
(
0
Locations
)
Open 24-hours
(
0
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
(
385
Locations
)
Racquetball
(
254
Locations
)
Pickleball
(
1
Locations
)
Tennis
(
0
Locations
)
Squash
(
0
Locations
)
Retail
(
0
Locations
)
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Wi-Fi
(
0
Locations
)
Women-only Workout
(
0
Locations
)
Smoothie/Shake Bar
(
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
(
35
Locations
)
Massage Chairs
(
0
Locations
)
Olympic Lifting
(
0
Locations
)
Functional Turf
(
174
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any LA 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

LA Fitness was founded in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1984. The current CEO is Louis Welch. The headquarters are located in Irvine, California.

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What time does LA Fitness open & close?

No LA 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 LA Fitness are open:

  • 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

LA Fitness by the numbers

466

Total Locations

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

3.94

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

159

Total Cities

Find a LA Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about LA Fitness

Mid-tier gym chain with hundreds of locations across the country. Large amenity set that features basketball courts and aqua activities.

  • Basketball players will love the hardwood, and tournaments available at LA Fitness. Not many gyms out there offer basketball as an amenity!

  • Sooo many pools! A stunning 434 locations—93% of their total--offer the amenity. No other gym chain comes close to having as many.

  • Their dedication to racquetball. More than half of their locations (54%) offer up the sport to members. You can find a court at a stunning 254 total gyms. 

What we wish LA Fitness would improve

Pretty sure that LA Fitness checks off most of the needs for their members, but there are still a few things we'd like to see.

  • With so many locations, it's expected that maintenance and upkeep can get difficult. No, their clubs aren't falling apart by any means: but you can see the age in some locations as they've been up for many years.

  • They would upgrade their website. There is a lack of photos for prospective members to decide with. We also have seen inconsistencies in the amenities offered.

  • We got more clarification, answers and support regarding their pickleball situation. We've emailed, DM'd and tried to connect with LA Fitness about their Kent location's court.... and it's been crickets. 

How much is LA Fitness?

LA Fitness is one of the original "big box" commercial gym chains, with its 450+ different locations around the country. They bring all the standard gym amenities, along with saunas, pools and steam rooms. 

Altogether, we classify them as a "mid-tier" offering, falling around $40 to $60 for monthly pricing.

  • Annual fee is $59 for all of the clubs we checked. That is billed to you at 14 days of becoming a member. Also: you'll be billed first and last during signup (unless there is a promo).
  • Initiation fees vary on the monthly membership you select. For the cheaper monthly (around $39.99), we see it at $75. For the more expensive monthly (around $49.99), initiation drops to $0.
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Who does LA 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?

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Top amenities offered at LA Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

417 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 434 different pools

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

Practice your shot at 361 courts

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

328 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 174 gyms

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

385 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about LA Fitness

Final thoughts — Is LA 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!

As one of the larger big-box fitness chains, LA Fitness clubs are available in multiple states and cities. You've likely got one nearby to you with how widespread they are.

Luckily for you, they've brought along amenities and services that smaller operators just can't keep up with. Many will love their pool, sauna and childcare options that just aren't readily available elsewhere. Or, basketball courts at 361 locations. That many hoops is just unheard of, and a major draw for those who like to hit the hardwood.

Where we start to see other chains shine in comparison, such as 24 Hour Fitness, is the open-all-night availability. LA Fitness doesn't have a single option there, unfortunately. Or, zero tanning and massage options, which competitor Crunch can offer up.

And these are the things that make it a gym worth it: your personal preference, your specific sport, your ideal fitness routine. LA Fitness has done a good job in many places—but necessarily not all. 

Just as Esporta has done, their parent company LA Fitness has standardized pricing across the board. Looking at 5 different locations across the nation—Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Portland—all have the competitive $39.99/month rate. They all come with an ok $75 initiation, and standard-ish $59 annual fee. All numbers you see are current as of December 2023.

So, their pricing options are quite simple, and thankfully also allow you service into City Sports, LA Fitness and Esporta. It's a simple setup that you'll also appreciate if you're a frequent traveler. By our count, this rate will get you into 608 different gyms in the country—wow!

Overall however, cheaper options may get you a better deal. We checked other gyms that have pools, basketball, and some with childcare—slim pickins! However, look to VASA or EoS, or a larger brand like 24 Hour Fitness. Deals can also be found with them, plus they'll compete well with the LA Fitness family.

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