After being a bit of a couch potato for the past few months, I renewed my gym membership at 24 Fitness.
Actually, the WeHo work-out hot spot, is engaging in a little false advertising.
The gym is not open twenty-four hours a day at this location.
Allegedly, the City Council was concerned that if the club was open throughout the night in gay gulch, that there would be a lot of sweaty-action going down in the steam room nightly, and endless cruising annoying residents in the upscale neighborhood adjacent to Beverly Hills.
So, the business license was granted with the provisio that the hours be shortened to avoid a trashy scandalous fall-out.
Over the years, the gym has gone through a number of incarnations.
When I first sauntered into WeHo way back in the late seventies, the Beverly Hills Health Club occupied the premises.
Locals may recall that during the week there quite a few fat jewish men frequented the unassuming membership-only club where they sought out a soothing massage and a healthy glow from the intense mid-day sun.
Then, the club changed hands a few times, before it became one of the flagships of the burgeoning 24 Hour Fitness chain.
During the Sports Connection phase - the locals affectinately dubbed the hot-to-trot work-out spot the "Sports Erection" - for obvious reasons.
For a short while, the Athletic Club (situated a few doors down the street) gave the thriving gym a run for their money.
However, when owner Peter Siderious skipped town - and left a trail of litigation behind him - it was back to business as usual (sans competition).
The eyesore has stood empty (a blight on the strip for a decade or so) since the uppity Queen left in a huff one day for parts unknown.
Hell hath no fury like a Queen scorned, eh?
24 Hour Fitness is a pretty safe bet when it comes to gyms, especially if you're not inclined to mortgage the family farm, or put up your 1st child for security to get a decent work-out.
This past week, I signed up for a membership plan online with little fuss sor muss, for the paltry sum of $26.00 monthly (on a no-frills month-to-month contract).
A 1st and last payment on my credit card got me in the door that day!
In contrast, Gold's Gym is probably the worst bet, when you consider that once management gains access to your bank account they continue to debit fees long after you discontinued your membership!
There is a lot of snootniess and attitude in those environs, too.
After all, the high-tech decor (consisting of a smorgasboard of sensory delights) is geared towards pure ubiquitous vanity.
No wonder actors, models, and male escorts throng there.
Bally's (especially the outlet in Hollywood) is a low-class alternative off the trendy richter scale.
Apply for a pass to check out the locale first before you invest big bucks here.
For the most part, the clientele is sleazy, the staff poor trained, and the equipment out-of-date (or broken).
One of the best amenities at 24 Hour fitness is the large pool where many of the locals catch a few rays on the weekend amid a lot of splashy fanfare.
Dudes, there's also a lot of eye candy to take a gander at if you're footloose and fancy free, and - of course - on the make.
In addition, the steam room (though cruisy) is a great place to settle down, relax, and release the day's tensions with quiet unassuming ease.
It's that time to perk up the pecs once again!
See 'ya there!
Sport a sexy swimsuit like this in no time at all!
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