What's the big hype with 24 hour fitness? Is it all in the name?

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    May 15, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    So, yesterday I finally went ahead and tried out 24 hour which is so close by my house and so convenient. Currently I go to Bally.

    I walked in there at 2 pm, which normally at Bally I can get a good solo workout done around that time. I went in and there's like 50 guys hovering over 2 cable machines, the place is like rush hour 6 pm at Bally which I always try to avoid.

    Also, not sure if it was just this location, but the machines looked a bit dated. It was called 24 hour Sport. They weren't falling apart, but the leg press machine was awkward and had some ugly 1960s vintage green Cadillac color...felt like I was getting into a roller coaster. There were a bunch of stirrups missing from the cable area when I finally did see it cleared out. I saw no calf stand machine. I'm thinking to myself, what is THIS and why are all these people here?

    I know in my area everybody who has a gym membership that I know goes there. I'm like, how can someone get a decent workout with so many people? I know I'm probably a bit spoiled being that Bally tends to have less people...but also both of the gyms I go to are on the 2nd floor so you get a view. I felt a bit claustrophobic in a shopping mall.

    Is there something I'm missing? Their membership is also higher. And you'll never catch me working out at 3 am or anytime after midnight for that matter unless it's working out on the dance floor piss ass drunk.
  • musclejames

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    May 16, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    I have been going to 24 hour fitness for a while now, I have been to 5 different ones, and only one is decent.

    Most of them are dirty, and crowded, and you have to go either really early or really late to get a good workout!

    Why do I put up with it? Because, they are conveniently located relative to where I work. Also cheap .

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    May 16, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    Like most gym chains, it largely depends on the branch. While test driving gyms in Miami the local 24 Hour Fitness was the most antiseptically clean looking, glassy space around - huge and expansive, with what appeared to be all the latest equipment, a nice lap pool which no one used and shiny finishes galore. I'm sure you two would've loved it but I didn't as it didn't meet my particular needs; it was a bit too hard edged, light on free weights, missing certain pieces of equipment and tried too hard to convey a studied urban "street" vibe for my taste. I then tried LA Fitness which had multiple locations but only one was a good fit - almost everything was on one level, there was free covered parking, a big pool, the most equipment and working central air. I even liked the color palette - when you know you'll probably be spending a lot of time at the gym these things count, at least for me. Now back in New York I'm at the best LA Fitness yet - huge square space with everything on one level, beautiful lap pool and tons of "signature" level equipment (free weights and machines). I travel an extra 20 minutes for it (it's 25 minutes away) but I learned that if a gym has a comfortable physical environment and is properly equipped I go more, stay longer, train harder and progress faster. Plus it's worth burning the gas because the membership was a ridiculously low, tax-free $29/mo with no initiation (a better and cheaper branch than in Florida!), and Costco is directly on the way back so I save a small fortune on certain grocery staples.
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    May 16, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    DisasterWolf saidI have been going to 24 hour fitness for a while now, I have been to 5 different ones, and only one is decent.

    Most of them are dirty, and crowded, and you have to go either really early or really late to get a good workout!

    Why do I put up with it? Because, they are conveniently located relative to where I work. Also cheap .


    Well there's 5 or 6 Ballys in the local Denver area though and the one in my area is only 4 miles from where I live and in the strip mall area. However, I was compelled to try 24 hour because it's like walking distance. If I go to the gym 4 days a week and add up all the mileage it's costing me gas.

    But then again, I just got a cheaper deal for local access here since it was useless having national Bally access. Ummm, they all closed down! So now I'm only paying $22 bucks compared to 24 hours $40 bucks. Works for me! The other day, I was trying to do too much: I started a new routine, at a new gym, and downloaded a new album... Like get me back to what's familiar LOL.

    And I can't do crowded because I just had experiences where people have tried me with some shit in the past. Walking into a crowded ALL WHITE fitness club and being the only Black guy there..It wouldn't of taken long. In fact, as I was unracking one of the machines, some guy is trying to tell me to leave them on and I can't hear him over my headphones. I'm like, don't come stalking me, just wait til I walk away.




  • MikemikeMike

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    May 16, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Depends on which one. Many have saltwater pools so if you swim all year as a work-out it's right there.icon_idea.gif
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    May 16, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    I've yet to find a 24-Hour Fitness that I like. all the machines, even if they are "current", are poor with their movement and ergonomics. The facilities, overall, aren't that bad, it's just that the machines leave alot to be desired. And the amount of free weights and free weight benches/stations are limited. I have one that's literally a mile from my house, but i go to LA Fitness which is 7 miles away.
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    May 16, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    some rely the on 24 hour steam room cruising

    these r the guys who go to the gym and never work out
    just creep the steam rooms
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    May 16, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Why do I go to 24 Hr Fitness?
    Convenient location. And a lot of Hot guys. icon_cool.gif
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    May 16, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidWhy do I go to 24 Hr Fitness?
    Convenient location. And a lot of Hot guys. icon_cool.gif


    Yeah, I can say I seen a few hot guys yesterday LOL. Hell, if I went enough I'd probably run into all the ones I dated too. AWKWARD!

    fasterpace saidsome rely the on 24 hour steam room cruising

    these r the guys who go to the gym and never work out
    just creep the steam rooms


    LOL, does that really exist? $40 bucks a month for sneak peaks?
  • Scott7031

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    May 16, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    It really depends on what you're looking for.

    Personally, I think that they're garbage but the one I go to is the most convenient gym for me and it's not too crowded.

    I'd love to join Equinox but at this point, 150 bucks/month is a little too high for my pocket book.

    24 hour is great if you travel a lot and simply need to have a club wherever you go as they seem to have plenty of facilities around the US but the quality can be subpar. The one I go to is one of their "Ultra Sports" which is one of two of their most expensive clubs, and you'd assume it would be one of their nicest right?

    Well, the majority of the machines have rust on them, the locker rooms have broken showers, the carpet is circa 1986 and it's just very poorly maintained. I wish there were a better option by me but unfortunately, for the price, there's nothing better.
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    May 20, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    24 hours, means you can go anytime of the day or night.. If you dont want allot of people, go late at night like after 10pm or even around midnight. You will probably be the only person in there. Im a member of a 24 hour gym and i go when its not crowded.
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    May 20, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    bodybuilders seem to like 24 hour the best. I've never seen more in one place in Portland than at 24 hr fitness. For me, the ridiculous overcrowding issues (I once witnessed EVERY machine and weight bench in use on the weight floor, not exaggerating either) vastly outweigh the features of the gyms, which are pretty nice compared to just about everywhere else (with the exception of some large university gyms).

    they're also a complete pain in the ass to try to get out of a membership with. again, more than other gym chains.