If you are looking for a gym, this one is ok. The equipment is decent. It can be crowded at peak times and packed in. The best workout for me is always on Saturday mornings. I will give you some tips on buying a new membership at any 24 hour fitness.
Think Used car lot. Yep, think of this place as a used car lot where the sales people are desperate toward the end of the month and are ready to make deals. They basically can charge you any price. Always buy the SPORT level, all clubs. It offers the most flexibility. If they say this is the cheapest and prices will go up, that is a FAT lie. 5 years ago, I joined the Costa Mesa Sport before it was built. I had to pay $632 for 3 years (price includes an initiation fee) and after the 3rd year, it was only a $99 per year renewal.
The trick/catch is that you have to pay in a lump sum. Do not sign up and let these guys debit your bank account each month. They will charge you a processing fee. Never let anyone do this. It is your money, you should control it. I was able to negotiate and have them charge the $632 in two credit payments. 1/2 the first month, 1/2 the 2nd month.
One you give your club a test drive. Yes, you should test drive it to see if it fits your schedule first. They will hard sell you if you have a free pass. I see them take people for tours all the time. They show you the pool but are you really going to use it?
If you are sold, make sure you are getting an ALL club SPORT level membership. It will cost you $599 for the 1st 3 years, pre-paid. Then after the 3rd year, it should renew at $49 per year. Much cheaper than what I paid. The $599 includes an initiation fee. Do not let them fool you into paying an extra one. Since you are paying everything up front, there is NO NEED for them to get your social security number.
If you are a savy negotiater, you can also get 4-5 free training sessions with them, a free sweatshirt, or a towel. You can negotiate over the phone and call every single location until you get the best price.