Laurels
Best Gyms in
San Diego
2017

Why These Gyms?

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

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

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

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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(858) 779-4268

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Balanced Fitness & Health

Balanced Fitness & Health serves downtown San Diego in developing whole body and mind wellness. Personal training and group exercise classes are available, as well as corporate wellness plans. Memberships come with a free nutrition consultation, access an indoor rock climbing wall, and numerous free activities.

San Diego, CA(619) 326-8429

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Body by Dave

Body by Dave consists of a certified team of personal trainers and massage therapists. They provide a free fitness consultation and specialize in remote training. Members have access to online training programs to assist in achieving their fitness goals outside of the gym, and fitness packages are available for in-home, office, or personal gyms. Daily, weekly, and monthly body assessments help track progress made toward individual fitness goals.

San Diego, CA(619) 723-7421

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City Boxing

City Boxing was established in downtown San Diego in 2001 and offers over 40 co-ed classes per week in boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Their mixed martial arts trainers are both former and current world class professional fighters. Kids classes are available, and the gym offers a 30-day risk-free trial.

San Diego, CA(619) 233-5444

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Deadweight Strength

Deadweight Strength was founded to provide a powerlifting and strongman gym to dedicated weightlifters. Each member of their coaching staff has years of competitive experience. Their equipment is competition-grade, and all lifting racks are custom-made. Small group coaching (no more than four lifters) is available in addition to basic membership packages.

San Diego, CA(858) 999-7064

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Grinder Gym

Grinder Gym sets itself apart from other San Diego gyms by offering a 21 Day Fat Blast with a money back guarantee. Additionally, the gym provides flexible class times and 50-60 classes per week. Their goal is to help members meet their lifelong health and fitness goals.

San Diego, CA(619) 840-8175

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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(858) 270-1362

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Iron ORR Fitness

Iron ORR Fitness tailors personalized workout routines to any fitness goal. Located in the La Jolla area, Iron ORR cites a 100% success rate on their 6-month fitness package. Their Agua Bella gym features a Mondo floor, used widely in Olympic and NFL weight rooms, and top of the line cardio and resistance equipment. Iron Orr holds their trainers and facility up to the “Iron Orr Gold Standard,” and all personal trainers are NASM certified.

San Diego, CA(866) 699-5232

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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(858) 433-5532

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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(619) 450-6035

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La Jolla Sports Club

La Jolla Sports Club has the equipment to fit any workout and provides a variety of classes including spinning, Barre & Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and dance. In addition to personal and group training, they provide spa services and physical therapy. Child care is also available at La Jolla Sports Club, which is open 362 days out of the year.

La Jolla, CA(858) 456-2595

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Last Real Gym

The Last Real Gym describes itself as a gym for “fitness-minded people” whose workout is a “major part” of their day. Their trainers receive certification through UrbanBody Gym for personal and team training. They set achievable and fun exercise and nutrition goals and pride themselves on getting members excited for their next workout. A variety of membership options is available.

San Diego, CA(619) 795-9712

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Point Loma Sports Club

Point Loma Sports Club is an all-purpose fitness center located in Liberty Station. First-class equipment and staff meet personal, group, and corporate fitness needs. PLSC features the PurMotion Crossfit Inspired System and more for cross-training. Also, PLSC offers all-inclusive yoga classes, an in-house massage therapist and chiropractor, and self-defense training. The 23,000 square foot gym includes 6,000 square feet of functional training rooms.

San Diego, CA(619) 582-2582

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Stern's Gym

Stern’s Gym was founded in 1946 and remains a distinguished bodybuilding gym in North Park. The has hosted big names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Pearl and delivers an old school approach to achieving weight loss and bodybuilding goals for clients of all fitness levels. One-on-one training focuses on weight training, flexibility, and cardio. Their training has helped members place in both muscle and physique competitions.

San Diego, CA(619) 299-9853

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The Boxing Club

Founded in 1999, The Boxing Club offers a unique one-on-one fitness program based on fight arts. Their fight and fitness experts customize fitness programs to every age and fitness level. The Boxing Club offers Pilates and yoga classes in addition to boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts training. Classes are regularly updated to maintain a varied and exciting workout schedule.

San Diego, CA(858) 622-1903

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TruSelf Sporting Club

TruSelf Sporting Club serves the Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos neighborhoods. Their fitness professionals are nationally recognized and provide both personal and group training. Corporate wellness packages and massage therapy are also available. Memberships are month to month with no contract. TruSelf won the 2015 Best New Gym in San Diego award.

San Diego, CA(619) 431-5407

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Undisputed Downtown

Undisputed Downtown has operated locally for a decade, and moved to downtown San Diego in 2008. The fighting gym welcomes all experience levels and is best-known for its boxing program. Trainers include active professional fighters, such as Jose Cital, Nestor Flores, and Omar Henry, and possess over 50 years of combined experience in boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu. The gym hosts a Fight Night every three months for members to showcase their progress.

San Diego, CA(619) 450-6999

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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(858) 586-7572

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We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

We Rock the Spectrum encourages children to exercise by focusing on social interaction, play, and self-care. The San Diego kid’s gym features daily open play, classes, and minicamps for all children. Red Tricycle recently included We Rock the Spectrum on their list of 10 Autism Friendly Activities for Kids.

San Diego, CA(858) 798-5353

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