San Francisco is a very mild city—it's never too hot, sometimes cold—generally light jacket weather. Couple that with the views of the bay and rocky ocean cliffs, and you've got ideal outdoor workout conditions. All that considered, it seems criminal to spend time indoors on a treadmill when you can run across the Golden Gate. However, trust us when we say that San Fran's gyms are worth being stuck inside (and the membership fees).
For all the Golden City locals and visitors who need a bit of convincing, let this be your guide. From innovative resistance workouts to more traditional classes and a gym with a dreamy massage suite (a necessity, really), there's something for everyone. Take a look for yourself below.
Named the best gym/trainers in San Francisco for 13 years in a row, Dikadi is a training facility with intimate attention from experienced, vetted professionals (though you can also use the gym on your own, too). Just take a look at the rave reviews on Yelp.
Cost of gym use without a trainer: $55/month
Personal training session: $110 to $150
TRX Training Center
Developed by a veteran Navy SEAL, TRX was born when founder and CEO Randy Hetrick hung an old jiu-jitsu belt over a door and discovered that he could train anywhere. The belt served as a suspension/resistance contraption that allowed for him to work his entire body and build muscle. After leaving the Navy and entering business school, he created a more formal contraption called a Suspension Trainer, and soon, his TRX gym was built.
The classes aren't solely done via trainers, though—you'll also spend some time on the floor and with weights.
Unlimited monthly membership: $100
We'd find it hard to believe anyone would be bored at this gym-spa hybrid—there's Pilates, yoga, boxing, rock climbing, and, of course, your traditional free weights and machines. Oh, and you can't forget about the massage suite and sauna.
Unlimited monthly membership: $145
Basecamp is all about fast fitness—for 35 minutes, you alternate between strength training and cardio, and then you cool down for ten. Some of this will be spent on an "assault bike," or a high-resistance bike that pushes you to your limits. It prides itself on being a "high-five" environment where everyone supports each other, no judgment.
Unlimited monthly membership: $220
Named for the amount of sweat you're sure to work up in every heart-pumping session, Salt offers a variety of high-intensity classes like Barre Fight, a mixture of isometric strength movements and HIIT kickboxing drills, and 7x7, seven sets of seven-minute circuit training. The customers rave about the showers, too, which just so happen to be stocked with Malin + Goetz products.
Unlimited monthly membership: $175
Where do you work out in San Francisco? Please tell us below!