Then there's that old real estate rule of location, location, location; You want a gym close to you so you'll actually go to it, but also one that has the amenities that make you want to go to it. Big box chains will have more gyms in different areas, but they also can be more crowded than a cattle call casting session. Most neighborhoods will have more intimate, boutique gyms -- workout studios that can be more expensive and also render themselves useless by one job change or apartment rental.
Taking all of this into consideration, we scoured the city for 10 of the best gyms in Los Angeles.
10. Hollywood Boxing Gym
A few blocks away from the tourist-heavy Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Boxing Gym is a reminder that Hollywood's side streets are still for the locals. A gym rat's paradise, it's open 24 hours and concentrates more on affordable membership prices and top-notch classes (including a boxing ring on the top floor) than on lavish decor or fancy gadgets like ellipticals with built-in TVs. 1551 N. La Brea Ave., Hlywd., (323) 845-1420, www.hollywoodgym.com.
9. 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport, Hollywood
Although the parking situation is obnoxious (Really? You can't fully validate?), it's actually not open 24 hours, seven days a week, and the bathrooms can get a little grubby by the end of the day, the 24 Hour Fitness next to ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood is a spacious gym that has just about everything a person could want from a workout space: a pool, two group aerobics rooms (one for cycling, another for regular classes like Zumba and yoga), plus plenty of machines and a TRX Suspension Training workout area. 6380 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlywd., (323) 461-2024, www.24hourfitness.com.