303 Second Street, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.785636 -122.396400
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: South Beach, Central East
Full-service gym offers weights, cardio equipment, sauna, steam room, classes and personal training, open for most hours of the day. – In Short
With classes ranging from 24 Hour Tease, a sexy strip aerobic class, to the more subdued Vinyasa flow yoga and butt-kickin' boot camp, this active sports club is packed with health conscious (and some insomniac) gym goers. Stocked with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment, this gym cranks up the pumping music, flicks on the Plasma TV sets, and lets fitness fanatics work out according to their own schedule. With affordable rates and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, personal training is another tangible get-fit option. And while the moniker is somewhat misleading, on most days the door is open for at least nineteen hours--not too shabby.
Crowded, fan-less, mid-day aerobics classes, lax customer service – I joined this gym about three months ago. I told the person who signed me up that I was mainly interested in aerobics classes, particularly during lunch-time.
Now that I have been a member for a while, I can comment. The instructors are GREAT, among the best I have ever had. However, the classes are PACKED. The step class was so crowded that women were stealling each others' steps. Finally, belatedly, they started a waiting list.
In the turbo kick box class at lunch, you don't have the step issue, but it gets extremely crowded, dangerously so, given that people are kicking. We eve nhad a pregnant woman in the class for a while with everyone kicking around her. And if you get one show-off in the class who has big wide kicks and ddrmatically big movements, or conversely, someone who can't step to save her life, it can be really uncomfortable. Also, it is EXTREMELY HOT in the classes. People have complained about this repeatedly, but the problem is still there. We came in last week and were told: the fan is gone again. So not only is the air conditioning not set low enough but the fan is not there. Sometimes people drop out because it is so hot.
I think the staff members have been blase or non-responsive to concerns. When we say it is hot, they say the temp is as it should be. If they have a lot of people who want aerobics, they should put two cardiac classes on during the day. Instead, they seem to take the cheap careless options wherever possible (eg hot rooms). Not having tickets at the door is an example of their lack of care.
What could be a great experience, given the cleanliness of the gym and the great instructurs, becomes a very uncomfortable, competitive, hot situation.
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