The Santa Monica 24 hour has been a great place for a basic, no nonsense workout for me. I go nearly every day, during the busiest times and can get in a great workout no matter how crowded it gets. You don't need a machine to have a great workout, get creative. I like the atmosphere because it is unpretentious... people are there to get their workout- on, not dilly-dally. The staff is ALWAYS friendly, smiling and helpful. I don't have any problems with the staff, because I am not a problematic personality. I read the other reviews and totally disagree with the negative comments. Maybe they think the whole gym should clear-out they show up, well miss-priss there ARE other paying members and it IS a gym, not a nail salon. And yes, people who exercise AND get results sweat. If you don't like sweat, then workout at the library.