CBC Marketplace on fitness clubs

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    Jan 10, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    Saw this last night.
    Any Canucks surprised? I thought it might have been Extreme, not Premier.

    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2011/01/07/con-marketplace-gym-complaints.html
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Yeah... When I first started working (for the first time in my life, about 4 years ago), I decided to join Premier, because they were pretty cheap, had parking and were close to my house. So on the surface they were a pretty good choice.

    Until, that is, I started going. Their facilities were really poor, and were not kept in good repair. The change room was just skanky and gross. When the steam roo has a pool of yellow rusty (god I hope it was rust) water in the corner, its not a place I want to stay. The main gym had a large open industrial feel, with exposed duct work and pipes, which would have been fine, if the pipes didn't have mould growing on them. Not good.

    The only good thing was the adorably cute personal trainer I hired (Hi Mike!!).

    I also think it's really funny that the owner tries to defend the place by saying "35000 people leave us every year". Not a good sales or PR tactic. Moron.

    I'm now with Good Life.
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    DelisleGuy saidSaw this last night.
    Any Canucks surprised? I thought it might have been Extreme, not Premier.

    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2011/01/07/con-marketplace-gym-complaints.html


    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2011/01/07/con-marketplace-gym-complaints.html
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    It's a good thing the Canadian peso is down in value, so you really aren't losing that much
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    sdgman saidIt's a good thing the Canadian peso is down in value, so you really aren't losing that much


    Yes, being at par with US dollar is quite concerning.
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    sdgman saidIt's a good thing the Canadian peso is down in value, so you really aren't losing that much


    Another wrong from an noobie idiot with no pic and no profile..
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    canuckguy19 said
    sdgman saidIt's a good thing the Canadian peso is down in value, so you really aren't losing that much


    Yes, being at par with US dollar is quite concerning.


    Hater lol
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    Moved to Toronto last September.

    I was using University Gym in the past so I did some research before joining commerical gym and learnt all of theses by ppl's comments online about over changing...

    so I offered the gym owner to pay cash and I put 6 month down and got my card and it's good for 6 month.

    NEVER give bank account for pre-authorized payment,

    AVOID using credit card and if you do use, the day you tell them you are quitting, REPORT a stolen credit card to your bank and cancel it.
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    Jan 10, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    Sort of why I never wanted to join any of the so called chains including GoodLIfe etc.. They're all about cashflow and getting people in their revolving door knowing that a vast majority of those people will give up in short order. Some will stay on paying the monthly fees and attend only sporadically. Anyone that turns out wanting more hardcore is going to vamoose in awhile over to one of the many smaller private gyms etc.
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    Jan 10, 2011 10:44 AM GMT
    canuckguy19 said
    sdgman saidIt's a good thing the Canadian peso is down in value, so you really aren't losing that much


    Yes, being at par with US dollar is quite concerning.


    Actually above par for several days now.
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    Jan 11, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    Oooo thanks for posting this. I saw the story on the news the night before they revealed the company. Premier eh? I thought it was Extreme as well. They're always so pushy with their marketing -- you always bump into them on the street. I thought that was a useful and interesting series they had though. I'm gonna try to follow up on it on their website. Might be here: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/12/15/f-canada-weighs-in.html
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    Feb 08, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    This doesn't surprise me in the least. Premier was the first gym I joined and OMG.

    Skanky change rooms
    Leaking plumbing from toilets and urinals into the aerobics / group exercise room.
    Equipment broken and not repaired for months on end. (At one time 50% of the cardio equipment at their Danforth / Vic Park location was broken and not working for at least one month)
    Doors on the showers were broken, then removed, and not replaced.
    Out of 6 showers 3 were broken for 3 months
    No hot water for one week
    And of course Mold. Yep lots of it.

    Perhaps they've improved but I highly doubt it.
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    Feb 12, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    Xelorate saidThis doesn't surprise me in the least. Premier was the first gym I joined and OMG.

    Skanky change rooms
    Leaking plumbing from toilets and urinals into the aerobics / group exercise room.
    Equipment broken and not repaired for months on end. (At one time 50% of the cardio equipment at their Danforth / Vic Park location was broken and not working for at least one month)
    Doors on the showers were broken, then removed, and not replaced.
    Out of 6 showers 3 were broken for 3 months
    No hot water for one week
    And of course Mold. Yep lots of it.

    Perhaps they've improved but I highly doubt it.


    I once took a tour of their downtown location, a former car dealership. Pretty much a dump. It's long-gone.