"I kind of live here," says Ben Jorgensen, 29, an advertising entrepreneur, of the Sports Club/LA in San Francisco. He works out four times a week, after which he dines at the gym's restaurant, Blu. "I try to be really efficient. I can box, see my trainer, and host a lunch meeting without leaving the building." The key to persuading gym rats to eat in is cuisine made with attention to taste and nutrition. According to Joey Gonzalez, COO of Barry's Bootcamp, "There's a peace of mind that comes with knowing that your trainer endorses the food." Below, the gyms that have become one-stop wellness shops.
Blu at the Sports Club/LA
The fitness scene: The 127,000-square-foot facility offers a grab bag of exercise options, including 120 classes, games of pickup basketball, and swims in the 25-yard, 8-lane lap pool.
The food scene: Located in the start-up-saturated SOM A neighborhood, Blu is a prime power-lunch spot. Instead of Mad Men–style steaks and martinis, diners chow down on chilled ahi-tuna poke as they recover from workouts in leather chairs.
Creative Juice at Equinox
New York City
The fitness scene: This chain is known for classes with cult followings (like 30/60/90), sleek spaces, celebrity members (John Mayer, Matthew Morrison), and luxe extras—eucalyptus-scented towel, anyone?
The food scene: At five locations, regulars nibble on seasonal dishes developed by Michael Romano, who oversees the cuisine at Gramercy Tavern and Maialino. The chicken wrap, a gym-café standard, includes smoked tomatoes and fennel.
The Daily Feed at Crosstown Fitness
The fitness scene: Serious strength-training equipment including sandbags and Plyo Boxes is housed under 20-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers and surrounded by exposed-brick walls.
The food scene: Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, responsible for the craft cocktails at downtown Chi-town's Berkshire Room, created a menu stacked with gluten-free and vegan options, including zucchini lasagna. The gym's slogan? "Eat clean, train dirty."
The Fuel Bar at Barry's Bootcamp (pictured above)
New York City
The fitness scene: The star-studded cardio-plus-strength classes (Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Noth, and Benji Madden are devotees) feature drill-sergeant-style instructors and party-inspired soundtracks.
The food scene: New renovations encourage lingering at seating areas alongside floor-to-ceiling windows or at outdoor café tables. Chef Aviva Wolf turns out staples such as turmeric-spiced chicken, miso-dressed greens, and pepper-crusted salmon.
Organic Food Therapy at Pura Vida Fitness & Spa
The fitness scene: Weekend warriors tone up for mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing alongside pro athletes (Peyton Manning, for one) at the four-story fitness facility.
The food scene: Bánh mìs and turkey and fig on quinoa bread are sourced from Vert Kitchen (chosen as Colorado's best sandwich by Food Network Magazine). Gymgoers pair meals with herbal elixirs handcrafted by an on-staff holistic-health consultant.
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The menu at the luxury weight-loss camp Ranch At Live Oak is restrictive—no meat, alcohol, or caffeine—yet the offerings, like parsnip fettuccine with mint pesto, are rich. Guests at Red Mountain Resort can choose meals that are anti-inflammatory or gluten-free; the habanero-mango-glazed shrimp is popular. The Standard Spa Miami Beach serves a Mediterranean menu by chef Mark Zeitouni featuring grilled local swordfish with shaved fennel and Florida citrus.