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Which gym in Irvine is right for you?

Nestor Herrera

Born and raised in Orange County, Nestor's passion for creating a strong community in Irvine is obvious...

Born and raised in Orange County, Nestor's passion for creating a strong community in Irvine is obvious...

Apr 9 4 minutes read

Whether you're an avid weightlifter or a casual gymgoer, we've reviewed some of the best gyms in Irvine! Make sure to consider trying out one of these spots in Irvine for your next workout!

1. LA Fitness

LA Fitness at the Crossroads shopping center has access to awesome exercise equipment, 20+ group classes, basketball, racquetball, a heated pool, personal training, and much more at no added cost. The gym is kept quite clean and has a wide variety of workout equipment. Everyone from cardio-junkies to powerlifters will have equipment provided to them. However, this is one of the most crowded gyms in Irvine, so if you go during peak hours, you may have to wait in line for your preferred workout. LA Fitness is a great all-around gym, and their popularity is a testament to that!

2. Equinox Sports Club

Equinox is the premium option of the bunch. They've got dining options, luxury pools, spas, and salons. Everything is state-of-the-art at Equinox. Plus, there's plenty of celebrities and professional athletes that go here; How cool is that? Unfortunately, you're going to pay more than a pretty penny if you'd like to go here! They charge a $300 initiation fee and $240 per month for their most basic membership. Equinox is, perhaps, the coolest gym of the bunch... but they're certainly not for the penny pinchers!

3. 24 Hour Fitness

24 Hour Fitness is the no-thrills gym. When you walk in, there's no "luxury" amenities or smoothie bars. The equipment is a little bit older and you can see the wear on them. However, they've got plenty of free-weights and weightlifting machines, and it's never too busy. They're a bit cheaper than LA fitness, so the amateur bodybuilder might love 24 Hour Fitness if they want to save a few dollars!

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4. Orangetheory Fitness 

Orangetheory is the unique gym in the group. They exclusively conduct fitness classes, but they put a different spin on them. During the class, you wear a high-tech bracelet that tracks your heart rate, and you have to stay within the "orange level" of heart rates for your entire workout. The classes are very structured, so we don't think Orangetheory is for everyone. However, some people will really love the fact that there's no guesswork; Your coach will tell you what to do. Orangetheory is really cool (maybe even the gym of the future) but it's entire class based. Make sure that's what you're looking for if you're considering enrollment!

5. Planet Fitness

This gym is technically in Tustin, but it's close enough to Irvine that we felt like it had to make the list. It's upstairs at the Tustin District Shopping Center, and it's super inexpensive. At only $10 per month, you really can't beat the value that Planet Fitness provides. However, there are some downsides to Planet Fitness. They're a casual gym. There are very few free weights and they heavily focus on cardio machines. Plus, they give out free pizza and bagels on certain days. (How does this help me stay in shape??) Overall, the bang for your buck is great... just don't go to Planet Fitness if your goal is to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

What do you think of these gyms?

Do you have experience at any of these gyms? Are you planning to give one of them a shot in the future? If any of our suggestions work out for you, shoot us an email. We'd love to hear all about it! :) 

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