Gyms/Exercise Clubs


1 Post (at Montgomery), 781-4600

345 Spear (at Folsom), 495-1939,

Quick-fix folks beware: Pinnacle (a division of Bally's) believes more in the power of extending your life by years than in relieving your body of a few pounds quickly, and its numerous mind/body and traditional sports offerings reflect that philosophy. Chiropractic evaluations available.

Valencia St. Muscle & Fitness

333 Valencia (at 14th St.), 626-8360,

Serious exercise happens in this building, and Valencia St. Muscle & Fitness welcomes those with Amazonian goals, from developing the endurance and skills for a triathlon to bulking up hard-core with some power-lifting maneuvers. Free one-week pass available on the Web site.


855 Sacramento (at Stockton), 576-9622

169 Steuart (at Howard), 957-9622

4080 Mission (at Alemany), 586-6900

360 18th Ave. (at Geary), 666-9622

333 Eucalyptus (at 20th Ave.), 242-7100

220 Golden Gate (at Leavenworth), 885-0460,

Of course, the "Y" locations vary in atmosphere and quality, with the Embarcadero branch at the top of the heap for its strong aquatics program, a cardio room with a spectacular view of the bay, and group classes including Nia, boot camp, and yoga. But the Chinatown location underwent a massive renovation last year, and every S.F. Y has a positive to offer.

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