24 Hour Fitness Opens New Clubs in Southern California

24 Hour Fitness is expanding its presence in Southern California with the opening of its Mission Hills club in the urban residential community of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

The community is named for the nearby Spanish Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana that includes Andres Pico Adobe, the second oldest residence still standing in Los Angeles.

"The friendly neighborhood, community environment of our club is a perfect fit for Mission Hills," said Marco Cecena, General Manager. "This is the perfect time to think about fitness goals for the upcoming yearwhether it's accomplishing a local 5K race, getting in shape for a wedding or becoming functionally fit to lift a bag of groceries from the car into your home. We offer great program variety and a terrific talent pool of professionals that are both knowledgeable and passionate about fitness, and they will help guide and inspire each step of your fitness journey."

According to a media release, the new 37,500 square foot club features quality amenities, including:

-GX24 and cycle studios with studio classes such as Zumba, BodyPump, POP Pilates, RPM and bootybarre included with membership

-Hundreds of digital studio classes available on demand, for times when you want to take a class on your own or with friends

-Personal and small group training programs, designed to elevate performance and motivation*

-Rows of cardio and strength machines, plus free weights for every level of fitness

-Dedicated zones for TRX resistance training, core work, stretching, functional and sports-specific workouts

-Multi-functional Olympic Training rig, used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts for both high-intensity training and Olympic lifting

-Indoor lap pool for swim workouts and aqua classes

-Whirlpool, steam room and sauna for relaxation and recovery

-Spacious locker rooms with private showers

-Pro shop for convenient access to nutritional products, snacks and workout gear

-Towel Service

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