I need to quit my gym...

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    Sep 18, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    It's becoming more and more like a curves and doing absolutely nothing for me, plus they are gearing up to jack my dues up to over $100 a month.

    The act of doing it really makes me apprehensive

    I HATE...

    Taking stuff back to the store

    Sending food back at restaurants

    Quitting or unsubscribing from anything

    This is pretty much me

    http://youtu.be/C_ESeEZD_OY

    Any tips?
  • rebelbeard

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    Sep 18, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    I am the same way when it comes to returning things and sending food back. But this different. You are about to get raped in membership fees for a service that you could find at a steal elsewhere. I didn't feel bad leaving Lifetime for Planet Fitness because it was a lot cheaper. Then Ballys dropped down to an awesome deal and is right next to my apartment so I went there.

    In this economy cost is very important and if you can save money than you should do so. It doesn't benefit you at all to continue paying the high dues.


    Good luck!
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    Sep 18, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    Making the quitting process intimidating is exactly what they do to keep customers. Fight the power! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Sep 18, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    You are the consumer with a valid reason for leaving. I'd suggest writing a letter stating your reasons and handing it to them when you terminate.
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    Sep 18, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    lmao I love friends!
    This was exactly what it was like when I quit the Ymca icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 18, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    HighOctane saidI am the same way when it comes to returning things and sending food back. But this different. You are about to get raped in membership fees for a service that you could find at a steal elsewhere. I didn't feel bad leaving Lifetime for Planet Fitness because it was a lot cheaper. Then Ballys dropped down to an awesome deal and is right next to my apartment so I went there.

    In this economy cost is very important and if you can save money than you should do so. It doesn't benefit you at all to continue paying the high dues.


    Good luck!



    yeah you should try ballys. I've been going there for almost a year and no complaints so far.
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    Sep 18, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    Haha, the first gym I joined was having a promotion that made it a steal, but it was the elite/celebrity gym and I felt so uncomfortable there I only went a couple times. The staff were also incompetent and wouldn't let me look for a towel I left in the personal training room. I got out of my contract really easily by telling them I was moving to Hong Kong.
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    Sep 18, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    I pay $29 a year for 24 hour fitness. Every time I think of complaining I remember what I pay.
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    Sep 18, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidMaking the quitting process intimidating is exactly what they do to keep customers. Fight the power! icon_biggrin.gif


    AGREED!

    I recently switched gyms to one that was closer to my house ad it was an EPIC hassle to do so. After five attempts to contact the 1-800 number since they couldn't do it in the gym, *smirk* ... although they were more than happy to attempt to upgrade my membership at the gym ... I was able to get in touch with someone. Quite aggravating!
  • Tritimium

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    Sep 18, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    Do you still get good value for money from this gym, or does a rival gym in the vicinity do things better, at the same or less cost?

    If it's still good, then stay; if another gym is better / cheaper, then move.

    Gyms - like any other company - exist to make a profit for their owner by offering a competitive service to customers. If it doesn't do this, then it needs to get its act together or its customers will rightly leave for another gym.
  • omatix

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    Sep 18, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    The pain in the ass factor is that there probably aren't that many choices of gyms in Dublin. At least, there weren't when I lived there. Most of the options are sports clubs that have pools and spas and stuff, which get incredibly expensive.
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    Sep 18, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI pay $29 a year for 24 hour fitness. Every time I think of complaining I remember what I pay.


    They have me for life now. I signed up for the 3 year membership at about
    $18/mo. after the third year its $99/year! at the point its not even worth canceling


    EDIT: pretty sure Dallasfan824 meant 29/month
  • Lincsbear

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    Sep 18, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    If the gym is not helping you get/maintain/and improve your fitness,then you need take a deep breath and quit.It`s that easy.You`re the paying customer,deserving of a good service.
    Do you even need to belong to one?
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    Sep 18, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidI pay $29 a year for 24 hour fitness. Every time I think of complaining I remember what I pay.

    $29/year? How do you get that deal?
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    Sep 18, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    You all lucky, here in France its about 300-400 euros per year, so US is still cheaper!!!
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    Sep 18, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    NakedBudd said
    Dallasfan824 saidI pay $29 a year for 24 hour fitness. Every time I think of complaining I remember what I pay.

    $29/year? How do you get that deal?

    I'm not sure if they still offer these deals any more. Basically, you pre-pay for 3 years. It's a lump sum that you pay up front. After the 3 years passes, you just pay an annual maintenance fee. Which is ridiculously cheap. Back in ~2004, I paid $500 (I think) up front, with a $20 annual fee. Last time I checked, the prices increased to $700/$50. This was a few years ago. With that membership, you get access to all of the 24 Hour Fitness locations, except the upscale ones. Really, this is the best gym membership deal out there.

    Also, some Gold's gyms offer a similar deal as a grand opening special. You pay like $1000 up front, and they either give you lifetime membership or a really cheap annual renewal fee.
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    Sep 18, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    hot_french_men saidYou all lucky, here in France its about 300-400 euros per year, so US is still cheaper!!!


    That's cheap

    Mine is going from €55 a month to €80 or €960 a year icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 18, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidMaking the quitting process intimidating is exactly what they do to keep customers. [b]
    Fight the power! icon_biggrin.gif
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    +!
  • josephmovie

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    Sep 18, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    You could let them know that the price will be too high for you to stay a member. Maybe they might be willing to strike a deal for you if you have been going there for a while.
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    Sep 18, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    DudeInNOVA saidMaking the quitting process intimidating is exactly what they do to keep customers. [b]
    Fight the power! icon_biggrin.gif
    [/b

    +!


    Okay reasons to stay.

    1. The location (it's across the road from my office)

    2. The hours (it's the latest opening of any gym in the city 10.30 weekdays, 8.30 weekends)

    3. The cushyness of the spa facilities

    Reasons to leave...

    1. The price, it's going from €55($71) to €80 ($112)

    2. The actual gym is neglected stating to get run down broken equipment, very dated and the gym trainers have told me they have given requesting upgrades that management want to focus on their bread and butter clients that are there to socialize and not workout.

    3. The same demographic are starting to irritate me, they have the same 2 loud obnoxious conversations about the weather or the failings of the republican party while making racist and sexist slurs

    4. They ripped out the stereo and play elevator music all the time, half the speakers are broken and they don't seem to care. The cheap florescent lights are broken and buzz and flicker too. They have pulled space from the main gym for a ladies only circuit gym and a ladies only weightlifting and toning area... sigh not my thing and nice to keep them out of the way but they have crammed everything into half the space and it's claustrophobic.

    5. The management are douche-bags, they abuse the staff, have looked for excuses to kick out people that aren't white. I've held the door open for the MD and had him barge passed talking on his cell and smacked me with his briefcase.

    6. They cut they're budget for gym cleaning. So it's no longer being cleaned after hours, they push a vacuum cleaner between my legs as I lift and it's deigned to look stylish and modern not for easy cleaning so the showers are clean... in a large circle in the center but the edges are growing slime.

    7. The windows are broken or always open because the place is poorly ventilated as we head into winter that means the gym and changing rooms will be freezing.

    8. Since it's really poorly maintained, and the staff paid minimum wage and abused...no one cares enough to bother to put ANYTHING back... a workout is like a scavenger hunt.

    9. All of the above means I'm just not motivated towards progress in that environment any more.

    10. This is not related to them but a retarded guy who used to workout there was obsessed with and harassing me was spreading rumors and nasty comments about me...

    I could probably think of more but it's mostly things have changed... but nothing for the better and what was bad has just degraded more


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    Sep 18, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    Reasons to leave...

    9. All of the above means I'm just not motivated towards progress in that environment any more.


    This is probably the best reason to leave. If you're not motivated anymore, you're paying for nothing. You need results to make it worth the money. It sounds like you are paying too much for a gym that is falling apart. The convenience is what is probably keeping you there, but again, that's what they count on to keep you paying month after month.
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    Sep 18, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Get out drew! All that sounds beyond terrible.


    Come here and u can squat on me lol ; )
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    Sep 18, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidGet out drew! All that sounds beyond terrible.


    Come here and u can squat on me lol ; )


    160lbs... that's a light weight squat, do you have a friend to throw over my other shoulder icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 18, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    I HATE...
    Taking stuff back to the store
    Sending food back at restaurants
    Quitting or unsubscribing from anything
    Any tips?


    1. Give it to Salvation Army, or put it in storage.
    2. Get a doggie bag and give to the homeless person on the street.
    3. Use a junk email address, or create a junk filter in your mail app.

    Gym: Just stop going.

    Life solved. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    Don't think of it as quitting. Think of it as a layoff. It's not like you'll never go back.