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July 11, 2019 12:53 PM   Subscribe

I'm going to be in Fullerton, CA (near Placentia, Anaheim, Brea, etc) for a couple weeks and would like to be able to go a gym a few times to lift, run, etc. My normal gym is a university gym so I don't have any kind of national chain reciprocity or anything. Where could I go to work out and just pay a day fee?

That's basically it. I'm willing to drive a bit if necessary. I would rather not have to do one of those Anytime or Planet fitness things where I have to do a free trial and take a tour and all of that. I just want to drop in a pay a day fee. Preferably a place with free weights and treadmills. Any ideas?

Thank you in advance!
posted by Lutoslawski to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
I've dropped into the Y in various cities across the country - maybe the Fullerton Y allows that?
posted by Pax at 1:06 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Most YMCAs have a guest pass option, it looks like the Fullerton Y does a one-week pass so that might be an option for you.
posted by epanalepsis at 1:15 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Some Crossfits are pretty amenable to "hey, I just want to come by and lift for a bit on my own". It's worth calling and asking, if there are some close to where you'll be.
posted by so fucking future at 2:33 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Planet Fitness is like a dollar to join and 10 a month, and the say there is no commitment. There's one in Fullerton, and one in Anaheim
posted by mmf at 5:39 PM on July 11

In my experience, the big Southern California chains like 24-hour Fitness and LA Fitness will sell you a temporary membership with no sales pitch, as long as you can show an ID with an out-of-town address. I think there's a day rate, and a one-week rate.
posted by BlahLaLa at 5:49 PM on July 11

I'm guessing this is too far to be worth it unless you fit into a category of people who can find gyms intimidating - but just in case you want to drive a long way for an amazing, inclusive gym:
If you happen to be trans, there is a free class even.
posted by lab.beetle at 9:29 PM on July 11

What University? You might be able use the gym at CSU Fullerton on an academic reciprocity kind of deal.
posted by notyou at 5:55 AM on July 12

I have found that crossfit places are not open to drop ins or using their equipment. I have tried in the Northeast on several vacations and have not had luck. I think this is due to the smaller size of the facilities I called. They are too small to fit in day use with all the classes they run.

Warehouse sized, non-chain weight lifting focused gyms seem quite open to one day uses.

I have a YMCA membership and that works well. They have a reciprocity system and many Ys will accept an out of town Y membership. Call ahead to find out. Most YMCAs do a day pass for a reasonable fee. I have been to YMCAs where the freeweight equipment was lacking or non-standard but it works.
posted by bdc34 at 7:11 AM on July 12

Would you be able to get by with bodyweight exercises? They have outdoor fitness stations with rings and pull-up bars.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:28 AM on July 12

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