By Ryan Redivo | Writer/Photographer
November 4, 2014
If you are looking to get a work out here in San Clemente, there are two main options to choose from: 24 Hour Fitness and Fitness 19. Located within a couple miles of one another, the gyms both offer some pros and cons.
24 hour fitness is a higher-end gym with all the bells and whistles. You can have it all – a pool, sauna, steam room, group classes (including water aerobics, spin, yoga, body pump, and silver sneakers) basketball court, and large free weight area. However, it all comes with a hefty price of at least 40 bucks a month.
If you can’t afford the price tag that comes with 24 Hour Fitness, you can go the more cost effective route – Fitness 19. There you don’t get the fancy pool and basketball court but who really needs all that if you’re on a ramen budget.
The newly remodeled Fitness 19 has brand new TVs, treadmills and free weights. Pretty much everything standard that gets the job done.
Even the personal training at Fitness 19 is much less expensive than 24 Hour Fitness, where one-on-one training can be as high as $60 to $70 an hour but at Fitness 19, sessions can be as low as $30 a session by trainers who are just as well-qualified.
If you appreciate a mellow atmosphere, Fitness 19 is the place to be. 24 Hour can come off as stuffy and the people who work there take their job too serious. Another issue is crowds – 24 Hour can get packed during 4-6 pm while Fitness 19 rarely fills all the way up.
Overall, I would give Fitness 19 4/5 stars because of the economically friendly workout it offers.While, 24 Hour Fitness receives a 3.5/5 stars because the cost doesn’t outweigh the benefits.