Best Athletic Centers in the Bay Area

These Athletic Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: California Sports Center. Offers competitive and recreational classes for  children 18 months and up in a fun, safe and progressive environment. It also has birthday party packages, summer camps and drop-in gymnastics. Multiple locations.

Silver: Almaden Valley Athletic Club. 5400 Camden Ave., San Jose. 408-445-4900.

Bronze: YMCA of Silicon Valley. Multiple locations. 408-351-6400.

SF and Marin

Gold: Acrosports. This nonprofit studio offering gymnastics, acrobatics, dance and circus arts celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. 639 Frederick St., San Francisco. 415-665-2276.

Silver: YMCA of San Francisco. Multiple locations. 415-777-9622.

Bronze: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. 3200 California St., San Francisco.

Bronze: Mission Cliffs. 2295 Harrison St., San Francisco. 415-550-0515.


Gold: Peninsula Jewish Community Center. A gym, basketball court, exercise classes, pools, a sauna and outdoor fields are among the offerings at this huge fitness complex for the whole family. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 650-212-7522.

Silver: Twin Dragon Kung Fu Academy. 151 Old County Road, Suite D, San Carlos. 650-591-1127.

Bronze: Planet Granite. 100 El Camino Real, Belmont. 650-591-3030.

East Bay

Gold: 24 Hour Fitness. This gym is convenient with locations in neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area and offers all the necessities to get in shape including strength training equipment, cardio machines, classes, personal trainers and more. Many locations also have childcare. Multiple locations. 800-224-0240.

Gold: Orangetheory Fitness. With convenient locations, it offers group personal training workouts based on high intensity interval training. Multiple locations.

Silver: Bladium Sports & Fitness Club. 800 W. Tower Ave., Alameda. 510-814-4999.

Bronze: The Bay Club. Multiple locations.

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