Home to a unique climate conducive to year-round outdoor sports, San Francisco is an urban workout paradise for the modern traveller. The city blends a robust outdoor fitness culture into a dense urban area like no other, and with a vibrant tech industry and some of the most impressive real estate in the world, it’s no surprise San Francisco has the luxury gyms to match. Here are four of the best luxury gyms to check out on your next trip to San Francisco.
Checking in at an amazing 90,000 sq ft at its flagship location, the Bay Club offers visitors a total escape within the middle of the city’s Financial District. Bay Club offers fully modern fitness equipment, an amazing spa, and state of the art studios for yoga, pilates, bodypump and many group-oriented classes.
The Bay Club places a huge emphasis on community and group activity in the structure and layout of its classes, clubs, and sports. Along with other branches in North Beach and Embarcadero (adjacent to Ferry Building), options include: basketball, squash, swimming, and 12 outdoor tennis courts. Together, with locations in the heart of the action, the Bay Clubs combine for the most impressive fitness setup in the entire city.
The club also operates an exclusive shuttle service for members around the Financial District, ultra-convenient for a pre or post-office workout. If visiting, try the 3-day pass option – it’s a perfect pass for travelers looking to sample the club prior to enrolling. You won’t be disappointed.
There are three Equinox branches in San Francisco, with the brand’s most luxurious and impressive facility located at Third and Market Streets.
Here, you’ll find the customary high standard of amenities and service excellence that runs throughout the Equinox brand, in addition to a boxing studio, basketball court, and a junior Olympic size saline swimming pool. This branch also offers multiple yoga rooms and a strong devotion to organized, indoor sports leagues for members and visitors. The treadmill/cardio area provides members with an excellent view looking down onto Market Street.
Additional Equinox locations in the city can be found in the Marina and Financial District.
Perhaps the most interesting spot on the list, Studiomix is the perfect destination for those seeking the ultimate combination of luxury and serious fitness with a twist.
Studiomix has an offbeat layout and is a welcome change from the typical gym. The facility is broken up into several studios, each geared to a specific type of training. Most notable are the power studio with a focus on TRX suspension training and a three story rock climbing wall.
Group and/or individually coached training sessions are the primary focus here, but the equipment quality and amenities for members are excellent as well – including fully serviced locker rooms, steam room/sauna, and massage suite.
Studiomix proclaims itself as “not your average gym,” and with the amazing range of classes on offer including kettlebell, dance, climbing, suspension training, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) it’s clear this gym offers something different.
Crunch is a national upscale fitness chain with six locations in the city. As a brand, its primary focus is on making fitness fun and providing members with an entertaining space in which to workout. It’s also perfect for sports fans, with a large selection of TVs for live games.
There’s a solid selection of small group classes, with less of an emphasis on individualized coaching/training where members are left to themselves on the open floor. Fitness veterans and professionals will feel at home here among an outstanding, modern layout of weights and cardio equipment. Locker rooms are fully serviced. Saunas and steam rooms vary by location.
Check out Crunch’s most unique location in San Francisco on Polk Street in an old, renovated movie theater. With high ceilings and an open-air feel, it’s a unique spot for a workout.