San Diego: Best Health Clubs to Get Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous

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It takes a fair amount of effort to stay in shape, but in Southern California, it’s a labor of love. Every day, thousands of Golden State hotties make their way to gyms and fitness facilities of all kinds to stretch, run, bike, lift, dance, swim, and get their hearts pumping in an endless variety of creative ways. Whether you’re into weightlifting, aerobics, boxing, or even rock climbing, you’ll find a health club where you can get fit, have fun, and maybe even meet some like-minded workout enthusiasts. Here’s a list of the top five health clubs in San Diego where you can work on the convergence of mind, body, and spirit – or just sweat out last night’s debauchery while listening to a bangin’ nightclub soundtrack.

Pacific Athletic Club: Why work out at a boring old gym when you can get taut and toned at a “sports resort”? This posh health destination has everything you need to get toned and taut, from a 13,000 square foot gym to a dedicated cycling studio to a huge outdoor pool. San Diego living at its finest.

Fit Athletic: Possibly San Diego’s plushest facility, and that’s saying something. Super upscale gym where you may meet your future husband/wife. Or at least find enough eye candy for a potential date or two. Sign up for cycling, yoga, swimming or personal training and get started on the new, improved you.

Pure Fitness: Nutritional counseling and massage therapy are big with the gym-goers here. Spacious training floor and group class areas, so don’t worry about ruining your Zen approach to working out by bumping into a frienemy. There are plenty of places to hide.

City Boxing: Take up a new hobby in boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and jiu-jitsu. Co-ed and same-sex classes for all levels of experience. Self defense is key to martial arts principles, so it’s really two skills for the price of one.

Solid Rock Gym: When you can’t bear to look at another elliptical machine, this is your gym. Everything you need to become an expert rock climber and boulderer, with artificial indoor cliffs and four top rope courses that you can climb for months without ever repeating a route. Climb on your own, or take lessons so you be like Sly Stallone in Cliffhanger – or at least look cool climbing the rock wall on your next Carnival cruise.