Don't let David Barton Gym's nauseating three-word tagline — “Look Better Naked” — fool you; this is a Westside fitness haven for gym rats and newbies alike. David Barton's is less crowded and more affordable than Equinox, and has more panache (and cleanliness) than L.A. Fitness or 24-Hour — and if the natural (and low) lighting doesn't make exercising more meditative, a cool shower in the granite-filled, spalike locker rooms will. The trainers, many of whom are experienced athletes, not only teach instructive one-on-one sessions but you also can sweat it out at their challenging classes, or step into the boxing ring, which anchors the facility. There are also filtered water stations, Wi-Fi and a spate of other posh amenities (and fitness courses) to add an extra spring to get you through your workout routine.
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