Thank you Bally. I'm losing my gym and my squash courts.

  • squash4dave

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    Sep 09, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    Anybody thinking of joining Bally Total Fitness, stay away. First , they run the club into the ground, and then they close it. But, they haven't even waited until it closes, before removing some of the equipment. They aren't even cleaning it, anymore. And they were still signing up new members on the day that they announced their closing. The next nearest club is over 50 miles away, in Fort Lauderdale. They sure know how to treat their members! Even the staff didn't know. They hired several new trainers and other staff, only a few weeks before, and now theyu are out of jobs, again. The manager of the club moved, to be closer to work, and now, he too, is going to be out of a job, after only a few months. I guess that they also know how to treat their employees, too!

    And worse for me, now I have no place to play squash. The closest courts are 45 minutes to 1 hour away, at a club that costs 4 times as much to join. Go to Hell Bally's.

    So, I repeat. If you are thinking of joining, don't. I can't do much, but if I can get a little measure of revenge...icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 09, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    Sounds like NYSC. I joined the gym since it has dozens all over manhattan. So I go to the one closest to me and the equipment is so awful and literally outdated that one of the machines bleeds something brown all over my hand. Needless to say I'm never going back to that one, but the others are far more updated. So the membership is worth the stay

    When a gym has chains it's likely to neglect some. The only thing to do is to email a letter to them bitching and complaining. It's fun. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 09, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Bally sucks in most cities. They closed down many of them in several states. Kansas City has only 1, St. Louis, and Indy only have 1.

    Dallas had more, but they also closed some good locations namely their turtle creek location.

    However, here in Denver it's the shit. They have a bunch of locations in every corner of the city that are well kept with late hours (the one by my house closes at 12 on weekdays). They all have spas, saunas or steam rooms...some with all 3.

    Apparently they are coming out with a sport version in December here.

    I been going now since 2008 but just gotten too comfortable to change gyms LOL. God knows every Gay person on earth goes to 24 hour.
  • squash4dave

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    Sep 09, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    The problem is, that they have really nice equipment. They did a major remodel about 2 1/2 years ago. But, they didn't maintain they equipment and the renovated locker room is, or was, only cleaned once a day. When equipment would break, it would take them months to fix, instead of doing routine maintenance. Corporate would just make excuses and blow you off. If it weren't for the fact that this club was the only club around that has squash courts, I would have left a long time ago. But I and my friends were stuck, if we wanted to play, which we do 4-5 times a week. And Boca Raton, the only other city that has squash clubs, is too far away, and wants mucho bucks to join. But, even though it is pricey, I probably would do it, if the clubs were closer. So, I'm fucked, and didn't even get kissed. lol
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    Sep 09, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    MochaMuscle saidBally sucks in most cities. They closed down many of them in several states. Kansas City has only 1, St. Louis, and Indy only have 1.

    Dallas had more, but they also closed some good locations namely their turtle creek location.

    However, here in Denver it's the shit. They have a bunch of locations in every corner of the city that are well kept with late hours (the one by my house closes at 12 on weekdays). They all have spas, saunas or steam rooms...some with all 3.

    Apparently they are coming out with a sport version in December here.

    I been going now since 2008 but just gotten too comfortable to change gyms LOL. God knows every Gay person on earth goes to 24 hour.


    But, again, no 24 Hour nearby, and they have no squash or even racquetball at the closest club. We do have a bunch of LA Fitness, which I'll most likely join.
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    Sep 09, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    squash4dave saidThe problem is, that they have really nice equipment. They did a major remodel about 2 1/2 years ago. But, they didn't maintain they equipment and the renovated locker room is, or was, only cleaned once a day. When equipment would break, it would take them months to fix, instead of doing routine maintenance. Corporate would just make excuses and blow you off. If it weren't for the fact that this club was the only club around that has squash courts, I would have left a long time ago. But I and my friends were stuck, if we wanted to play, which we do 4-5 times a week. And Boca Raton, the only other city that has squash clubs, is too far away, and wants mucho bucks to join. But, even though it is pricey, I probably would do it, if the clubs were closer. So, I'm fucked, and didn't even get kissed. lol


    Well unfortunately West palm is not a major city...In many states, only the major cities get Bally. Like once I'm out of Denver, I have to go 600 miles to KC or 700 miles to Dallas or 800 miles to Phoenix to find another one.

    I do get a bit annoyed though when I go to smaller cities like Salt lake and Albuquerque and there's no Bally. I end up getting a hotel that comes with free REAL gym pass. I got one for Golds and another gym in the past.
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    Sep 09, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    There used to be Bally's all over South Florida. But, one by one they are closing. My cousin's Bally, in Riverside, CA is also closing. Everyone I talk to has the same complaint. The clubs are not maintained, the staff is unprofessional and/or rude, and they are dirty. Can you blame people for not wanting to join. That's why LA Fitness is springing up all over here. WPB may not be a major city, but there are no major cities in Palm Beach County. WPB is the largest. And the county is relatively small in size, but still densely populated and pretty affluent in many of the cities. It could support many Bally clubs, if they were properly run. LA Fit. is doing just fine.
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    Sep 09, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    squash4dave said WPB is the largest. And the county is relatively small in size, but still densely populated and pretty affluent in many of the cities.


    small?


    Palm Beach County is the second largest county in the state of Florida in both total area and land area. As of 2010, the rapidly-growing county's estimated population was 1,320,134,[1] making it the third most populous in the state and the twenty-eighth most populous in the United States. Over 40 percent of the county's population lives in unincorporated areas near the Atlantic coast.
    -wiki

    But I get what you're saying though. I don't know...I'm not there anymore to really evaluate the situation. The only Bally I went to was in North Miami.

    Isn't LA fitness expensive though? i heard it's pretentious...
  • squash4dave

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    Sep 09, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    When I made the statement about size, I was thinking Broward, but the rest of my statement stands. The population has grown so much, that even west of the turnpike is congested. So, there is plenty of need for health clubs. As far as pretentiousness of LA Fitness, I can't say. I haven't worked out in one, yet. But, they are in different locations, so I would suppose that if you went to one where there are a lot of pretentious people, you would find that at the club. As far as cost, I was told that it's about $30/month. No contract, which means that you can leave if you're not happy with it.
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    Sep 09, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    Heh. I'm not the only one with a "lifetime" Bally membership and no gyms nearby.

    I am in awe of my 24hr fitness. But, I live less than 5 miles from a supersport.

    I do cardio at the gym. Take advantage of any intro offers before signing a contract. You want to verify that their approach meets your expectations.

    LA fitness has a design style that makes cardio + me == suicidal.

    Their gyms have the strength equipment in the huge area. But, their cardio equipment is typically stuck up on a mezzanine, presumably so you can ogle the meat below while you're getting blasted by their PA system speakers, two feet above your head at volume levels that make headphones+iPod meaningless.

    24hr fitness gyms typically have a more thoughtful design And, they actually seem to care about their customers at the gyms I've visited on the left coast.


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    Sep 09, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    Ahh America. icon_smile.gif