With 30,000 health clubs across the country, Americans have their pick of where to work out. Some fitness clubs, however, are simply a cut above the rest.
The country’s most luxurious and exclusive fitness clubs are more like health oases, where you might find Olympic-size pools, indoor tennis courts, private changing cabanas, steam rooms, celebrity trainers and even retinal identification scanners.
The price of entry to most of these health sanctuaries is steep, with the combination of initiation fees and monthly dues ranging from several thousand to $30,000 a year. This is a far cry from the median yearly cost of the ordinary fitness club, which runs about $775, including an initiation fee. In most cases, there is an initiation fee and a monthly charge. In one case, there is simply an all-inclusive annual fee.
So, what are the most luxurious fitness clubs across America? Click ahead to find out!
By Brooke Sopelsa
Posted 21 June 2010
Membership cost: $500 initiation / $170 monthly
Noteworthy features: Four swimming pools (two on roof), 60,000 square-foot sundeck, eight tennis courts, indoor driving range.
Membership cost: $24,000 initiation / $365 monthly
Noteworthy features: Three pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, 150 classes available per week.
Membership cost: Up to $30,000 a year
Noteworthy features: Hot and cold plunge pools for active recovery, on-site physical therapy, NFL and Major League Baseball athletes train here.
Membership cost: $15,000 initiation / $135 monthly
Noteworthy features: Indoor and outdoor salt-water pools, live poolside concerts, mountain views, indoor tennis courts.
Membership cost: $4,000 initiation/ $389 monthly
Noteworthy features: Ten indoor tennis courts with Rebound Ace surfaces, 25,000 square-foot year-round golf center, concierge service.
New York, N.Y.
Membership cost: Up to $26,500 a year / $125 monthly
Noteworthy features: Club is run by celebrity trainer David Kirsch, state-of-the-art workout machines, laundry service
Membership cost: $550 initiation / $174 monthly
Noteworthy features: Indoor running track, NBA-regulation basketball court, sauna, steam room, private locker rooms, shoe shine.
Membership cost: $400 initiation / $125 monthly
Noteworthy features: Boxing room, sauna, steam room, laundry services, DJs spinning in gym, valet parking.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Membership cost: $1,200 initiation / $175 monthly
Noteworthy features: NBA-regulation basketball courts, on-site laundry service, steam rooms, valet parking
New York, N.Y.
Membership cost: $5,000 initiation / $500 monthly
Noteworthy features: Retinal scanner to identify members, Frette towels, private changing cabanas, Molton Brown products in private showers.