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Exclusive | Work Off the Holiday Pounds: Top Gay Gyms

Exclusive | Work Off the Holiday Pounds: Top Gay Gyms

It's cold outside and staying home and staying cozy seems enticing. Two words: Uh-uh. Don't let the "short days, long cold nights" blues force you into hibernation this winter. Work off the post-Thanksgiving blues (and all that delicious stuffing and pumpkin pie) at the gym.

1. David Barton
215 West 23rd St., New York City, 212-414-2022; www.davidbartongym.com
Lusciously lavish locker rooms, a "bathroom of dreams" starring marble showers and Aveda products and a friendly staff add to the reputation of this Chelsea pleasure palace. Other divine draws are the Russian baths, where sauna meets steam in a sumptuously sultry setting, the excellent DJs who whip the energy up to hurricane strength and a fun smattering of celebrities to distract regulars from their treadmills' private TV screens.

2. Crunch
8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Los Angeles; 213-654-4550; www.crunch.com
WeHo's upscale workout world sees some of the hottest bodies strut through its doors for fit fun. Known for its excellent classes (from Buff Yoga to Chill Outs to Cardio Striptease), Crunch also offers a state-of-the-art sauna in its 28,000 square feet.

3. Cheetah
5248 N. Clark St., Chicago; 773-728-7777; www.cheetahgym.com
The buff and the athletic assemble here in Andersonville's essential Cheetah Gym. Enticements include the Energia juice bar and Internet Café, full lines of Hammer Strength, Icarion, Flite and Body Masters and the endless procession of hot bodies scampering in from surrounding Boystown. Spa services, yoga and Pilates are offered as well.

4. SoBe Sports Club
1676 Alton Rd., South Beach, Miami; 305-531-4743; www.sobesportsclub.net
The best-looking boys from the beach flock into the former SoBe Ironworks to show their stuff on the state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines. The facility, under new management since November 2005, offers more than 40 classes. In the throbbing heart of South Beach, these 12,000 square feet see hordes of the hottest guys getting hotter.

5. Club La Cite
3575 Avenue du Parc, Montreal; 514-288-8221; www.clublacite.net
Club La Cite tons of weights, a complete selectorized machine circuit and cardio equipment, including two floors of treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes and stairmasters are the draw at Montreal's hottest gay-popular facility. Add to that year-round heated outdoor pools, a steamroom and whirlpool bath, tennis and squash courts, and a slew of attractive patrons and you're going to want to get fit.

6. Gold's Gym
1001 Brannan St., San Francisco; 415-552-4653; www.goldsgym.com
This is very much the gym of choice for San Francisco's hot gay circuit and muscle boys. Gold's straddles an entire city block and lures San Francisco's finest with the best equipment in town. Sports doctors are on hand, should assistance be needed, and the Power Up Café is a great spot to sit back and watch the talent parade by.

7. 12th Street Gym
204 S. 12th St., Philadelphia; 215/985-4092; www.12streetgym.com
This super-hot and cruisey gay favorite in Philadelphia's gay district is an eight-level, 60,000-square-foot venue with a pool and lounge, steam and sauna, racquetball and squash court, full-service basketball court and landscaped sun deck.

8. Urban Body Fitness
742 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta; 404-885-1499; www.urbanbodyfitness.com
Atlanta's loft-like 15,000-square-foot facility has the perfect physique. It gets gay approval for its full line of step and kickboxing classes, more than a dozen trainers and yoga and Pilates programs. An on-site hair salon, massage therapy and other spa services add to the lure of this one-stop fitness and pamper palace.

9. World Gym of Palm Springs
1751 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, 760-327-7100; www.worldgympalmsprings.com
With nearly 30,000 square feet of absolutely top-of-the-range equipment, this gay-owned and operated gym has a huge LGBT membership. The multiple lines of equipment, from Bodymaster to Nautilus and Hammer are only part of the attraction. Video screens and a club-quality sound system with state-of-the-art DJ booth enhances the high-energy atmosphere. Even weekday evenings can seem like a party, and when White Party comes to town, the place is pec-deep in hunks.

10. Mussel Beach
35 Bradford St., Provincetown; 508-487-0001; www.musselbeach.net
Mussel Beach wins our vote for best summer gym, as it's absolutely hopping with hunks. It is a fabulous place to pre-cruise a hottie before seeing him at the A-House later. Popular with both men and women, it has more than 5,000 square feet well-equipped with weights, body masters, treadmills, climbers, bikes and elliptical crosstrainers, plus sauna and tanning booths. Daily, weekly and monthly memberships are available.

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