Best Fitness Center Chains and Gym Franchises

Fitness and health are an important aspect determining a good quality of life. Having the equipment to workout on your own can be both expensive and take up room you may not have. The other option, if you want to use specific equipment, is to go to a commercial gym.

Unless you live in a small town (and even then in many cases), you are going to have multiple choices. Some are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while others are centered around specific hours or even appointments.

Below are the top ten fitness centers and gym franchises. The rankings are centered around the available services, the variety of equipment, and their level of customer service.

The Top Ten

1 Anytime Fitness

This gym has everything you need for a great workout without too many extras perks that you will never use that you end up paying for. Also, the gym is super clean with well maintain equipment.

They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free weights, machines, and classes are available to keep you occupied and working hard. With over 2400 franchises in 19 countries, you'll undoubtedly have a location nearby.


I like this place, it's almost like Golds with been overcrowded. I don't have 10 to 15 minutes for a dumbbell.

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2 Planet Fitness

An awesome GYM without the LUNKS!

They have a lot of options unlike other gyms.

Deadlifting is arguably the most essential lifting movement. If your gym does not allow deadlifting you are running the wrong kind of gym. If you are intimidated by somebody deadlifting and trying to improve themselves and reach their own personal goals, well then I guess there is no helping you.

Great place to get in shape. Friendly environment

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3 Gold's Gym

Known as the Mecca of bodybuilding, they have more than just iron to lift. They are a full service fitness center that caters to everyone. 400 locations in 37 US states and 20 other countries.

How would this legendary gym not be #1? This is where the legends are made.

This is where Arnold and the other big boys trained. Legendary place!

I can get my steroids there

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4 24 Hour Fitness

Hell, My Dad has a membership here, and he can get me in for free as a guest every now and then. Also, regarding the "No air! If you like stuffy overcrowded gyms; this one is for you! " Comment: Most of the 24 hour fitness locations aren't stuffy or overcrowded at all. - DJHonore

Your not tied down to long contracts (first & last mo only to give 30 days notice). Some have VIP locker areas for extra charge. Clean - really important. Free towels. Most days open 24 hours. Friendly people.

No air! If you like stuffy overcrowded gyms; this one is for you!

This place is definitely overcrowded and quite smelly. Last and worst, not a clean place. I complained before switching to LA Fitness which to me is the best!

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5 Talwalkars

Best Gym with Best Trainers.

Great gym and modern equipments..dedicated and enthusiastic staff!

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Best Services according to the members Fitness Goal
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Bill Starr taught at a YMCA so...

They've been around forever and everyone knows about them. From pools, to weights, to basketball courts, you'll have it all. Go and try them out and you won't be bored.

If your interested in individual fitness, I would suggest anytime fitness or world gym. If you want to bring the whole family, choose the YMCA. It has basketball courts, tennis, and a pool in almost every single one! And some even have waterslides. Not to mention: ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA, ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA HEY, YOU CAN GET YOURSELF CLEAN, YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD MEAL, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU FEL! (I know it's a gym but there are showers, there is a café, so the song is still correct)

The YMCA has everything that you could possibly think of under 1 roof. Pleasant atmosphere, great group fitness, trainers, swimming, gym, rock climbing, dance classes, cycling, etc...

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7 CrossFit Gyms

Seventh place?

Every CrossFit gym has its own unique name and pay scale but if it's fitness you're after, you can't go wrong with these guys. You'll most likely have a gym in your town. You'll have to "qualify" of sorts to do the workouts but once you do, you'll be in the best shape you can be in.

Wherever it's good to find trim

CrossFit beats out all other types of Gyms

8 Equinox Fitness

48 locations nationwide with trainers who not only have to have fitness certifications, but also receive continuing education to keep current. They have equipment as well as group fitness classes.

9 Island Gym & Fitness

This is where I go. The price is good and I get what I pay for - Sabbath

10 Retro Fitness

Great place to work out, men or women. Great price ($19.99) for unlimited access to every Retro location. Newer gyms have toned down colors. Excellent network around NYC, going nationwide.

Tons of locations and a huge variety or equipment, classes, and services. They even have a juice bar that offers you some after-workout nutrition.

McDonalds atmosphere will have your head spinning to nausea.

Retro have the potential to be the only game in town love it.

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The Contenders

11 Powerhouse Gym

Something about most of these gyms is simply classic.

12 Blink Fitness
13 In-Shape

Good gym

14 Bally Total Fitness
15 Barbell Brigade
16 American Family Fitness
17 Iron Sport Gym Inc
18 L.A Fitness

its good

Wonderful pools

My mom used to go to L.A fitness and she said that it was good, but, they had a special limit that you had to stay inside there for like as many hours as they said for you to stay on the paperwork you sign, I was kinda surprised, but if you want to go to a normal/weight losing gym then yeah. - Ana501

LA fitness should be #1 you people don't know what you are talking about

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19 Big Sky
20 Life Time Fitness

They have good food. - MrZebra24

The approach that Lifetime takes is different than most others. They want you to feel healthy and change all your life habits to BE healthy. They encourage a variety of different activities to keep fit rather than just one certain way. They are pro-active in contacting their member base about upcoming activities and frequently have competitions that are easy to participate in. This holistic approach is what draws me to Lifetime!

I think it is the best

Best club, great variety.

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21 Merritt Athletic Clubs

yay - supergeekslayer346

22 YouFit

Nice staff, good equipment, and overall makes working out an enjoyable experience

23 UFC Gym
24 Orange Theory Fitness


Structured one hour workouts designed to keep you in a targeted heart rate zone.

25 Virgin Active

Great staff and facilities. Premium gym.

Great equipment and it

26 Metroflex Gym

The gym that is home to over 100 professional bobybuilders is about more than just testosterone. Equipment for all shapes and sizes and plenty of locations to make it convenient.

This is a real gym.

Metroflex is the real deal! No fancy stuff, no BS, just big bodybuilders!

Metroflex Gym, Arlington Texas! The Home of the Greatest of All-time, The One, The Only, The Incredible, 8 x time Mr. Olympia RONNIE COLEMAN!

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27 Snap Fitness

Love this gym. Love the equipment, love the people. Genuinely friendly and helpful in seeing that I am able to meet my goals. Inexpensive, with no contracts. Even offers some free classes. Worth every penny.

The very best!

A 24 hour fitness center with cardio, weights, classes, and lots of locations. Inexpensive membership packages make this one an easy choice.

A affordable 24/7 gym that has the best of the equipment, best trainers, best atmosphere,best people and is the biggest chain of gyms so it's likely available where most other gyms on the list aren't

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28 Fitness First

One of the best gyms.

29 Crunch Fitness

No gym or fitness club can compare to the passionate staff and expert maintenance and up keep
More free weights than anywhere
Energetic staff
Love this place!

Great if you enjoy rude loud rap and grumpy rude argumentative attendants!

$10 a month is great but it means the Gym is always packed with teens dropped off by their parents. Its closer to daycare than a real gym.

The best gym for your buck with a wide variety of classes. First class staff that are quick to service your needs and constantly working to keep the facility at its best. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! #CrunchKilleen and #CrunchWaco

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30 InJoy
31 Fitness 19
32 GoodLife Fitness

I know the owner ftom London Ontario first club was bershire village David Patchell Evans

33 McFit


34 Just Fit
35 Jewish Community Center

It's just great. I get yoked there.

36 DW Fitness
37 Spectrum Fitness Club
38 Life Fitness
39 FitnessLand


40 Workout World
41 Fit4Less

Open 24/7 and has massage beds AND tables. Also extremely cheap. awesome gym.

42 Lucille Roberts
43 Experience Fitness
44 Lift Wellness Center of Jackson
45 WellNess

An Indian chain of superb Gyms

46 Healthtrax
47 Soulcycle
48 One Training Center

Best Gym whole world

49 Ab|undant Fitness

Seems to be a gym focused on group training and Twerkout fitness classes for people who need a flat stomach, abs and stronger core.

50 Plus Fitness
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1. Planet Fitness
2. Anytime Fitness
3. Talwalkars
1. Equinox Fitness
2. Powerhouse Gym
3. Blink Fitness
1. Retro Fitness
2. Iron Sport Gym Inc
3. Island Gym & Fitness

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