With gyms and specialty fitness studios popping up left and right these days, when it comes to choosing where we want to work out our options are by no means limited. Whether you're looking for a more affordable membership to a conveniently located chain gym or you're in search of a club that provides sport specific workouts, there's a gym out there for every type of exerciser and athlete.

Because there are so many different types of fitness facilities that cater to all different types of gym-goers, we asked you for help in curating our list of the best in America. We started out with a list of just over 60 regional, chain, and specialty gyms, which with your votes we narrowed down to the top 31. The final list is a representation of what you named as the top factors considered when judging a gym’s quality -- cost, community, and location.

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One voter noted that all they need for a great workout is "bumper plates, chalk, and freedom to train however [they] want,” while another placed high value on outdoor training areas and equipment like kettlebells, prowlers, and TRX suspension trainers. Several voters also wrote in to note that they appreciate safe training spaces with qualified personal trainers.

From big box chains like 24 Hour Fitness and sport specific studios like Drive495 to popular weight-lifting warehouses like DeFranco’s in Wyckoff, New Jersey, no matter how you like to work out, chances are there's a gym on our list that can cater to your every exercise need.

In picking the final 31, we consulted publically available stats, other expert lists, and most importantly, our own survey results.

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15. Drive495, New York

"A stronger body means a better game." That's the Drive495 motto. Specializing in golf-specific training, this specialty studio is on a mission to prove its influence as the best golf training facility in the country. The first facility of its kind in all of New York City, Drive495 prides itself on its highly qualified staff of trainers, a hands-on management approach, and a high-end, uncrowded atmosphere. The most impressive feature of all, though: giant-screen golf simulators that allow members to “play” their favorite courses like Pebble Beach or Spyglass Hill all from the comfort of the gym's swanky SoHo studio. driveclubs.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

14. Parisi Speed School, Various Locations

The Parisis speed school is all about improving athletic performance, and with over 75 locations in 27 states across the U.S. it's become a performance-enhancing powerhouse of sorts. Started by former All-American track athlete Bill Parisi, the program places a strong emphasis on not only improving speed and strength but boosting participants' self-confidence too. When it comes down to it all, the school’s foundations rest on two important principles: "great physical training strategies taught by great coaches." parisischool.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

13. Metroflex Gym, Various Locations

In the words of owner Brian Dobson, Metroflex Gym trainees are "hardcore pit bull warrior athletes." Hardcore body builders, pro power-lifters and all types of elite athletes workout at Metroflex for one reason: to realize their goals. "It's all about knowledge and hard work," says Dobson who founded the gym in 1987 as an antidote to the commercialized fitness industry he was beginning to grow tired of. Following the motto "break from conformity,” in its more than 20 years as a leading gym for body builders, Metroflex has trained hundreds of champions and to this day continues to attract athletes in search of a truly authentic hardcore training facility. metroflexgym.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

12. Quads Gym, Chicago

Experienced exercisers know that a good gym is much more than just a space filled with high-quality equipment. The best gyms provide members with an outstanding atmosphere, too. Quad’s is well known for going above and beyond when it comes to both of these qualities, which is why it happens to be one of Chicago’s most popular places to workout. Founded more than 35 years ago by two best friends in search of a no-frills space to "lift weights and get stronger," today the gym hasn't strayed too far from its owners’ original vision; but it certainly has made strides within the Chicago fitness scene. Quad's can attest much of its success to its enthusiastic community of members and a friendly exercise environment. One Yelp reviewer wrote, "I mean how many gyms, let alone businesses in general these days can you find the owner working the counter?" quadsgym.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

11. DeFranco's, Wyckoff, N.J.

This warehouse gym from Wyckoff continues to appear on "best gym" lists time and time again, which is why it's not much of a shocker that our readers voted it to the top of our own rankings. A workout here is no walk on the treadmill, though. DeFranco's is known for its innovative approach to strength-building. "From the moment each athlete steps into the gym, he/she must be ready to give maximum effort, and that is the environment we try to create for them every day," owner Joe DeFranco told Greatist in 2012. In other words, it's no workout space for the average exerciser, but for athletes and trainees with lofty athletic goals, it’s one of the top training facilities of the entire East Coast. defrancostraining.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

10. LA Fitness, Various Locations

In 2011 DailyFinance.com declared LA Fitness as one of the best gym memberships for your money. So it comes as no surprise that our readers (who chose cost as the most important factor when it comes to choosing a gym) voted LA Fitness as one of the top big box gyms on our list. Their current online promotion offers new members a $99.99 initiation fee and a no-contract $29.99 monthly payment. Below average monthly dues doesn't mean LA Fitness skimps out on amenities though. Some clubs are open 24-hours a day and all feature complimentary group fitness classes, indoor heated pools and saunas, full locker room facilities, personal training, babysitting services, and juice bars. lafitness.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

9. Town Sports International, Various Locations

With new classes like "Thor's Thunder Workout," the "Train Like a Tribute" Hunger Games themed routine, and their signature high-intensity interval program called UXF, TSI takes pride in creating a community atmosphere that offers its members interesting and inventive ways to workout. Parent to New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs, and Philadelphia Sports Clubs, TSI operates more than 155 East Coast clubs with close to 500,000 members. Exercisers on a tight schedule tout TSI gyms for their convenient "Xpress Line" 22-minute total body workout, which targets every major muscle group with a simple eight-station circuit. mysportsclubs.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

8. YMCA, Various Locations

No doubt, the YMCA is way more than just a gym. Its roots go all the way back to 1844 when it was developed to emphasize the practice of Christian principles through the achievement of a healthy "body, mind and spirit." Today, YMCA clubs are centered on providing members with a caring community and an environment that makes fitness available to exercisers of all ages and abilities. And their dedication to encouraging healthier lifestyles goes beyond just exercise. Clubs also offer access to programs that cover everything from chronic disease and injury rehab to pregnancy and wellness coaching. ymca.net -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

7. Equinox, Various Locations

Known for offering members a high-end exercise experience, Equinox caters to the gym-goer in search of more than just a place to work out. In addition to forward-thinking fitness programs and top-notch personal trainers and exercise instructors, Equinox clubs across the country offer spa amenities and wellness treatments; access to stylish active wear via their in-house shops; and locker rooms stocked with high-quality skin and hair care products by Kiehl's. To put it quite simply, one reader commented, "I love the Equinox experience." equinox.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

6. CrossFit Hardcore, Various Locations

With eight locations throughout the area of Southeast Florida, CrossFit Hardcore is making its mark in the world of WODs. With convenient class schedules that offer a number of different workout times throughout the day, each gym makes it easy for its members to find time for exercise. Not that a dedicated CrossFit-er would ever think twice about skipping their WOD; especially not one who trains at CFHC where community and teamwork are valued above all else. crossfithardcore.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

5. 24 Hour Fitness, Various Locations

Stealing the second-place chain gym spot on our list, 24 Hour Fitness has been noted time and time again for its convenience and affordability. With more than 400 U.S. locations, most of which are open 24 hours a day, it’s really no exaggeration to say that 24 Hour Fitness members can workout anywhere, anytime. Most locations offer a wide range of group exercise classes like boot camp, cycling, kickboxing, and Zumba, and some clubs even offer extra amenities like heated pools, racquetball courts, saunas, steam rooms, and massage therapy. 24hourfitness.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

4. Gold's Gym, Various Locations

Strength and staying power are two virtues that Gold's knows a lot about. Since the opening of its first location in 1965, the fitness giant has expanded to serve more than 3 million members in 38 states across the U.S. and 28 countries across the world. The gym is dedicated to providing its members with effective strength-building programs and was noted in Fitness Magazine's 2010 list of the best gyms in America for having exceptional availability of free weights, expert personal trainers, and innovative strength-building group exercise classes. goldsgym.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

3. Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave., New York

With the sport's ever growing popularity, no one's shocked that two CrossFit gyms earned top spots on our list. What separates this 5th Avenue box apart from the rest though, is its prime location in the heart of New York City. And despite being located in a city known for being short on space, the facility boasts a 10,000 square-foot spread with 12 Olympic lifting platforms, 12 rowing machines, climbing ropes, free weights, and every other piece of essential CrossFit equipment. On top of it all, the gym is equipped with an expert staff of coaches and a handful of programs to choose from, making it one of the best boxes in the entire Big Apple. reebokcrossfit5thave.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

2. Super Training Gym, Sacramento

Self-proclaimed as "the strongest gym in the west," the Sacramento-based Super Training Gym is a paradise for power-lifters. Founded in 2006 by former professional wrestler Mark Bell, the gym prides itself on being home to members who all share one important goal: to get better. And by better, Super Training Gym members mostly mean stronger, bigger, and faster. STG may not be a workout space for the average exerciser, but its robust community of dedicated and passionate members helped land it a top spot on our list. supertraininggym.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

 

1. Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Massachusetts

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning— Massachusetts Athletes who train at MBSC have access to some of the best performance enhancing training programs and personal trainers in the entire country. Mike Boyle’s influence reaches far beyond the gym’s three Massachusetts locations though. With a blog full of valuable training tips and an informative podcast that shares many of the renowned gym’s fundamentals with athletes and fitness professionals all over the world, MBSC is much more than just a gym. Dubbed the fitness facility with the most knowledgeable staff by one reader, this gym earned our number one spot not only because of its top-notch staff, but also because of the passionate community of enthusiastic exercisers that it has inspired. bodybyboyle.com -- Katie Rosenbrock

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