I just moved to LA a couple months ago for work. Basically, most gyms here are pretty shitty.
I ended up just joining 24 Hour Fitness on Sunset and Ivar (at the Arclight), but I really don't like it. (2 shitty squat racks for such a big gym that is ALWAYS crowded??? Doesn't make sense!) Many other issues that I have with the place.
Can someone recommend a good gym that a LA newbie like myself might be missing out on? I'm not looking to spend $130 Equinox prices here, but for a good place I will gladly spend more than the $30/month I pay to 24 HF.
and what do I consider a good gym? Basically a place that I can deadlift heavy and not get in trouble for it. Somewhere Olympic lifts are allowed (Bumper plates would be a plus, but I guess not necessary). Heavy dumbbells (24 HF does actually have them going up to 130 I think, which is surprising), somewhere that doesn't get absolutely packed, but that may be asking for too much. etc...
I know the simple answer will be, "build your own gym at home!" This is impossible at the moment, but will be happening in a couple of years.
Thanks everyone, appreciate the help