Ignite Strength Workout

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Even before I worked in the fitness industry, I had a sincere appreciation and enthusiasm for nice gyms. I had a membership at an “ok” gym that I could afford throughout college, but I had to get there an hour before spin class to reserve a bike, or jump in between sets on a machine if I wasn’t waiting. I also felt pretty intimidated when I was first getting started. There were super buff bodybuilder-type dudes walking around, and here was Gina, trying to figure out how to use the biceps curl machine. The class schedule was hit or miss, and the gym wasn’t the cleanest, but it did the job. Needless to say, whenever I got to visit a gym that was super clean, not crowded, and had a full class schedule, I was in heaven. 

I’ve tried a lot of gyms since my initial jump into the fitness world, and have been pleasantly (or not-so-pleasantly haha) surprised each time. 

Something I had yet to try: 24 Hour Fitness, which is crazy because they’re literally everywhere. They have over 400 clubs nationwide, offering a variety of equipment, amenities, and fitness classes.

I was so excited when 24 Hour Fitness reached out to me about checking out one of their San Diego locations, especially since I’ve driven past a few and had wanted to check it out. 

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When I walked in the doors, I was blown away. 

IT WAS LIKE FITNESS PARADISE.

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Something that stood out to me immediately was the rows and rows of sparkly clean equipment and new machines. Each area of the gym felt open and light, and I was shocked at how much there was to choose from. 

With this environment, I felt like I had the freedom work out without feeling like I was cramping someone’s space or that they were waiting for me to finish so they can use that equipment. With how many people were there, and how much was going on at once, it didn’t feel the least bit stressful or crowded.

I used my trial pass to complete some strength workouts and take a class.

Here’s what I noticed:

-They truly have something for everyone, whether you want to get in a great cardio, lift weights, take a spin class,

Zumba, Silver Sneakers, or do your own thing in the functional area. 

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I feel like it was very balanced, and catered towards the many fitness types, ages and levels, from bodybuilders, to class fanatic, and just getting started. The class schedule was incredible -they have SHOCKWAVE classes, which I LOVE- and you can try a ton of different formats without paying the studio prices.

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-It didn’t feel meathead-y or too intense. I’m not going to lie: super crowded weight rooms with guys grunting and throwing weights around makes me a little uncomfortable. Everyone was in their zone, and you could tell that the club supports a variety of fitness goals. They want you to be the best and healthiest version of yourself, and it was apparent with the staff I talked to and fellow gymgoers. (In the fitness class I took, we all cheered each other on.)

-As you can tell by their name, whenever you want to get in a workout, they’re open. It makes it so convenient, especially for those who work unique schedules or can only get in a workout late at night. 

-THEY HAVE KIDS’ CLUB. Fellow mama friends know that this is a game changer. Not only do they have childcare available, but the 24 hour fitness that I visited had a beautiful clean facility and the girls working were super sweet. It takes a lot for me to feel comfortable leaving the girls in kids’ club while I work out, and I knew right away that they would be fine there. They had lots of age-appropriate toys, color tables, and movies.

-While 24 Hour Fitness has everything you would wish for in a nice gym, they also have classes that are unique to their club. A couple of examples:

POP Pilates (I was so bummed that I teach spin while this class is going on! I want to come back and try it)

and TC 24, which I was able to try.

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Here’s a little bit aout TC 24:

There are a few variations of this format: Ignite, Torch and Snow.

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TC (Training Club) meets a few times each week at predetermined times, and it’s like group personal training. A coach will lead the group (about 6-20 participants) through a workout which emphasizes functional movement and everything changes and progresses over time. They use a mix of strength and cardio tools to keep your body guessing the entire time. The workouts are the same nationwide, with trainer flexibility to scale the workout to accommodate the participants’ levels.

I took the Ignite class, which is suitable for all fitness levels, and we went through a strength workout with a soul-crushing row cardio blast to finish it off.

Here’s what we did:

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 With KG, who led us through the workout.

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I was toast afterwards.

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And now the best part of this post: you can click here to download your own free 3-day pass to check out a 24 Hour Fitness near you. They also offer a complimentary fitness consultation and 24 Day Smart Start™ program to get you moving in the right direction. I hope you love it as much as I do. Take a class and let me know what you think!!

If you love it and decide to join, there are a couple of awesome promos: choose between a $0 initial fee or monthly dues starting at $29.99/month (based on membership type, club type, and location.) Learn more here. 

xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. Costco usually has a smokin deal for a 2-year membership for new members.

    But another heads up– Recently LA Fitness purchased all the 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Arizona so it’s not here anymore.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Of course they don’t have 24 Hour Fitness in North Carolina…

  3. I’ve been going to 24 Hour for years! You seriously can’t beat the price and the class schedule. It does foster a really friendly environment, too. I know women from my classes who met there and are all best friends now 🙂

  4. Rebecca says:

    Hi Gina, I think you should be a little more specific that t24 costs extra.

    I’ve been a member of 24 for nearly 7 years. I never really had any complaints until they started these additional cost training programs. They just started a circuit training program at my location – I don’t remember the name of the program, but it involved them reconfiguring the gym to add a huge faux football field turf area. They took out a ton of weight machines in the process and the ones that are left are crammed together in such a way that I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a fire code violation. Since there are fewer machines, the ones that are there are incredibly crowded, making it impossible to get the workout I used to without waiting 10+ minutes for each machine. Not to mention, hardly anyone is using the new training area because it costs an extra 50/month to attend those classes. So it seems like a big waste to me. They spent a lot of money to add this area which doesn’t give anyone any benefit unless they pay extra for it – they could have spent the money elsewhere and made everyone at the gym happy instead of resentful. For example, they could replace faulty cardio machines or replaced the disgusting gym mats they provide for classes.

    T24 was similar in the fact that it took up space/cost extra but wasn’t so obnoxious because they didn’t remove machines or reconfigure the gym for it.

    I guess my point here is that I’m not as happy with 24 as I used to be.

    • angie kilar says:

      Yikes!!! That is crazy and sad. What a waste of money and resources. Which 24hr is this? When I move back to San Diego in Dec I plan to hit up the Balboa one.

  5. The 24 hour fitness locations in Phoenix are now LA fitness. They were bought out last year I believe. I actually teach cycle at Mountainside Fitness and if you want to see a gorgeous high end club that is it. They have tanning beds and locker rooms that make you want to take a nap in them.

  6. This gym sounds awesome! I pass 24 hours all the time, but haven’t actually stopped in one, assuming the format wasn’t great. But your pictures look fantastic – like you said, something for everyone and enough room that you can complete your full workout without too much of a wait.

    I’m currently a proud member of one of those tiny little gyms that you mentioned – super cheap to belong to and one block down. While I love the people there, the classes leave a lot to be desired. I’ll have to check out a 24 Hour in Denver with your pass.

    Thanks for the tip!

  7. I want to try POP Pilates too!!! Agree that childcare is now a major game changer! Love your leggings in the photos!

  8. I have belonged to a 24 Hour Fitness in North Houston for over 3 years. I wish I could say it had great equipment and a clean environment but it just does not. It gets the job done for me and there is little to no competition in the area so choices are limited. Overall, I would give my facility a C+ at best. Glad your experience was much better!

  9. I want to try POP Pilates but the closest class is 50 min away!

  10. Thanks for sharing your review! Sadly, they don’t have any locations here in South Jersey/Philly area. Sounds like you had a nice experience, though!

  11. angie kilar says:

    I cant wait to get to SD and try a TC24 class. I love the Pt Loma location, I used to go to the night hip hop class years ago and a step class. I believe the instructor Sunni still teaches there too. I find it funny (as the rest of America with the meme for it) that theres an escalator going up to the gym :/

    I love 24 hour fitness. I STILL have my membership when I first signed up in 1995, I never got rid of it when I left for the AF. So I have paid my fees every month for 21 years 😀 Thankfully since I have been an OG member I was grandfathered over and can go to any location without extra fees. LOL

  12. I love LOVE 24 Hour Fitness. I had a membership for years. I’m so sad they don’t have a location in downtown Denver (where I recently moved) It’s by far my fav gym. So many classes!

  13. Heather Salveson says:

    I have been doing the tc24 training at 24 hr fitness since February 2015! It is an extra 199 a month but I believe it has literally saved my life. I have lost over 100 lbs and still fighting to lose more. The trainer and women in this group have kept me coming back and today I feel so grateful.

    • Fitnessista says:

      that is so amazing. happy you love it, and congrats on your weight loss success! you are incredible

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