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Best Gyms in San

Why These Gyms?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Francisco 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. 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.

Advanced Wellness

Advanced Wellness is a gym in San Francisco that tells clients, “Look good, feel great, and live life to the fullest!” The facility welcomes health enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and beliefs, and it commits to providing a holistic and community-minded fitness experience for everyone. Advanced Wellness offers a promotion where newcomers can get 14 days of personal training for $99, and it gives discounts to current members who refer their family and friends. The studio has annual and monthly membership packages, and it does not charge any initiation fees.

San Francisco, CA 94118


Alex Fitness

Alex Fitness is a fitness center in San Francisco that received the 2016 Best of SF List recognition in the Local Gym category. The studio has a line of top-notch cardio equipment, plate-loaded and selectorized machines, and free weight systems, and it offers affordable membership packages that include complimentary consultations and other personalized services. A client writes, “I have been a member of [other known gyms] for years, but I got so tired of the zoo those places could be at rush hour. It got to the point where it completely turned me off from working out at all. Then I ran across Alex Fitness.” Alex Fitness operates in Russia and the United Kingdom, and it has another chain of luxurious health and wellness clubs known as Olymp.

San Francisco, CA 94114


Cole Valley Fitness

Cole Valley Fitness is a gym in San Francisco that offers custom-designed health and wellness programs. The personal trainers tell enthusiasts, “We're good for you!" and they provide clients with the latest cardiovascular machines and strength-training equipment from Cybex, Precor, Star Trac, and other leading makers. Cole Valley Fitness gives newcomers a complimentary orientation, and it encourages everyone to “stop by during business hours for a personal tour.” The studio operates every day of the week, and its prepaid three-month membership costs $225, plus a one-time initiation fee of $40.

San Francisco, CA 94117


Fitness Urbano

Fitness Urbano is a health and wellness club in San Francisco that offers personal training, small-group exercise classes, and gym memberships. The facility features the latest machines, and its amenities include an assessment room for client intake and monitoring, a lounge with a kitchenette where everyone can socialize and collaborate, and male and female changing rooms with lockers and bath products. The gym also provides complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi, and indoor bike parking. Fitness Urbano shares its well-equipped venue with independent personal trainers who want to host sessions for their clients, and this service costs less than the industry standard.

San Francisco, CA 94107


Live Fit Gym

Live Fit Gym is a wellness club in San Francisco that provides personal and group training. The facility also offers yoga classes, as well as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, and facial care services. The club has locations in Hayes Valley, Nob Hill, Polk Gulch, and Valencia, and it runs the “12 Weeks to Wellness” program that includes a gym membership, 12 hours with a personal trainer, Swedish massage treatments, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture sessions, and unlimited fitness classes. Live Fit Gym has several packages, and the basic gym membership costs $67 per month.

San Francisco, CA 94109


Open Gym San Francisco

Open Gym San Francisco is a fitness center in San Francisco with a 1,800-square-foot subterranean facility that “offers all you need to get strong.” The gym specializes in weightlifting, and it has coaches and enthusiasts to teach others the fundamentals and techniques. The classes include Olympic weightlifting for all levels and powerlifting for intermediate and advanced learners. Open Gym San Francisco runs personal and group training sessions, and it has a range of membership packages to suit each client's interests and budget. Non-members can attend a class by paying the drop-in fee of $30.

San Francisco, CA 94103


Roark Gyms

Roark Gyms is a fitness studio in San Francisco that provides custom-designed programs for men and women who want to achieve optimal form and performance. Both the owners are certified Gym Jones instructors, and their facility features a variety of machines, weights, and movements that aim to produce the best results. First-timers can book an introductory session by calling the Roark Gyms staff or filling out the online form, and anyone can join the e-mail list to get free updates on training and events.

San Francisco, CA 94109


Sol Gym

Sol Gym is a personal training center in San Francisco that specializes in one-on-one workouts to increase cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and muscle tone. The certified trainers are “not your average fitness gurus,” and the facility limits the usage to three clients per hour. A client, who has feared suffering from osteoporosis, writes, “I've gained the muscle I wanted, and a lot of core conditioning [has] helped my low back pain. I feel better and lost some weight.” Sol Gym also holds classes with a limited size, and this is to maximize the benefits that each student will receive. The center has another location in San Diego.

San Francisco, CA 94131



Studiomix is a health and fitness club in San Francisco that is “designed to energize, inspire, and get results at all levels.” The core one-on-one and group classes include athletic Pilates, barre, kettlebells, martial arts, rock wall, studio cycling, and TRX®. The club also holds yoga, dance, and Zumba® sessions, and it offers drop-in and membership options. The facility is open from Monday to Sunday, and some of the amenities in the 30,000-square-foot space are climb and cycle studios, private men's and women's steam and sauna, personal locker services, discounted garage parking, a rental hall, and the GreenSurge Café. Studiomix puts online reservations on a waitlist, and it welcomes walk-ins. The use of the club earns rewards.

San Francisco, CA 94109


Synergy Fitness Studio

Synergy Fitness Studio is a personal training center in San Francisco that has been around since 1995. The facility offers treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, stationary bikes, Nautilus machines, Smith presses, and other equipment, and it has physiotherapy balls and resistance bands as well. The club also runs Hatha yoga classes that aim to improve coordination and joint mobility, correct the posture, ease back pain, and encourage weight loss. Synergy Fitness Studio has locations on Sacramento Street, Polk Street, and North Point. Clients can find the trainer that matches their goals by calling the staff for a personal assessment.

San Francisco, CA 94118


The Park Gym

The Park Gym is a health and wellness facility in San Francisco that conducts general and inclusive fitness and boxing classes. The trainers hold certifications in CrossFit and other relevant areas, and the head coach is a sixth dan in taekwondo. The fitness students can choose between training individually and joining groups, and they can get a trial personal training session for $90. The Park Gym hosts competitions among its members and their friends, and it offers corporate and élite packages. The website features useful information about the studio's schedule and pricing.

San Francisco, CA 94103


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