Best Gyms in San Diego

Why These Gyms?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Diego Gyms on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

Art of Eight Training & Fitness

The Art of Eight’s expert-level instructors coach all ages and skill levels in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA. Founded in 2011 by Muay Thai World Champion Melchor Menoroff, the gym is located off of 163rd and Balboa. Ao8 boasts a full sized boxing ring and weight room, and their world-champion instruction includes learning the training philosophies of discipline and respect.

San Diego, CA 92123


CrossFit Counter Culture

CrossFit Counter Culture is an Encinitas, California-based gym serving the San Diego metro area and providing CrossFit classes with flexible dynamics to serve clients who want communal instruction as well as those who desire individualized 1 on 1 training. Classes are available for clients aiming to increase mobility, build strength, or prepare for competition. This location is a 5,000 foot large facility offering complimentary childcare services. Showers and locker room accommodations are also available along with an in-house physical therapist.

318 N El Camino Real STE B
Encinitas, CA 92024


GreenSpeed Training Facility

GreenSpeed Training Facility guides athletes and fitness enthusiasts in the San Diego area in achieving their speed, sports performance and strength goals. Tom Green, the founder of GreenSpeed Training Facility, has been a coach and trainer for more than 17 years. He is also an accomplished former athlete in track and field. His staff members are experts in nutritional needs, weight loss, chiropractic therapy, massage, physical therapy, sports performance, and youth programs. More than just physical aspects, GreenSpeed strives to develop discipline and an action-oriented mindset during one-on-one and small group training.

821 Kuhn Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91914

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Hardcore Fitness Boot Camp & Personal Training

Since 2013, Hardcore Fitness has provided bodybuilding boot camps and training to provide the greatest fitness results in the least amount of time. Supplement regimens and diet plans enhance Hardcore Fitness's resistance training and cardiovascular workouts. Hardcore’s certified trainers have placed in the top five in national bodybuilding competitions, and can assist new and seasoned bodybuilders with contest prep. Training is available for adults and children.

San Diego, CA 92117


Knuckle Down Athletics

Located near UTC and University City since 2013, Knuckle Down Athletics offers one month of free training. The KDA coaching staff are all CrossFit L-1 certified. Home to their specially designed KDA CrossFit program, Knuckle Down Athletics also offers barbell, yoga, and ELDOA courses and training. Personal training is available for those who want to take their training to the next level.

San Diego, CA 92121


KOR Strength and Conditioning

KOR Strength and Conditioning specializes in Kettlebell workouts and strength conditioning. KOR’s certified trainers are gold medalists at the state and national level, who provide individual coaching in sports performance, weight loss, pain management, and strength building. They host events, competitions, and workshops to enhance regular workout routines. Additionally, KOR partners with Eat Smart Restart and Power Supply to offer nutrition plans and deliver meals right to members’ doors.

San Diego, CA 92104


Vertical Hold Rock Climbing Gym

Vertical Hold has welcomed climbers of all ages and experiences since 1994. The gym boasts more than 24,000 square feet of climbing wall, and lists bouldering, top rope, and lead climbing as the top activities. Trainers offer free belay lessons and can even connect solo climbers to a climbing partner. Kids can participate in weekly summer camps or join the year-round youth climbing team.

San Diego, CA 92121


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