Goodlife Takes Over Extreme Fitness?

  • squally

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    Feb 12, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    I am surprise no one posted this yet, or have they?

    http://www.cp24.com/news/goodlife-eyes-takeover-of-extreme-fitness-1.1150623
  • Fritter

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    Feb 12, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    I saw this yesterday surfin online news articles. Just recently, they took over some Ontario Golds gyms, specifically the one in Peterborough. I guess in the Extreme takeover its better than having the place fold. I experienced that when Premier Fitness fell apart last year, and had to join Goodlife.
  • iErik

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    Feb 12, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    Not surprised. When I worked there, rumour had it the American parent company of Extreme was trying to sell it off for quite a while, but no one was interested in buying.

    Was more noticeable when they fired the CFO, as well several Managers of the clubs.
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    This is going to suck. I tried Goodlife and it felt like they were herding cattle in the locker room. So many guys and not enough lockers, plus they charge for some of their fitness classes on top of their membership fees.
  • Puppymuncher

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    Feb 12, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    "GoodLife also said Extreme members would gain access to all GoodLife clubs across Canada if a deal were to go through."


    All Goodlife clubs across Canada? OMG so many new gyms to try. lolicon_biggrin.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 12, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    What is Goodlife like? How does it compare in quality to US gym chains like World and Goldsicon_question.gif
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    Feb 12, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is Goodlife like? How does it compare in quality to US gym chains like World and Goldsicon_question.gif


    From the two I've been in to check out it's a typical chain fitness center full of treadmills, bikes, ellipticals all replete with flashing colored lights built in, tv's and cupholders as well as some semi-automated exercise machines. There are a few free weights at the back for decorative purposes only.
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    In my opinion, Goodlife has a better management than Extreme. I have had membership at both gyms (at different times) and is currently a member of Goodlife.

    Extreme: newer facilities, modern equipment, a bit more spacious (particularly in the locker rooms). Great classes. Tried to brand themselves as a somewhat high end gym. Have aggressive sales tactics (on personal training packages); resistances when you try to cancel membership (from what I heard); and sometimes members continued to get billed after cancellation.

    Goodlife: A lot of the facilities are older (in age), so is the equipment. Some gym showers only have curtain (instead of doors). But I like the judgement-free, all-inclusive atmosphere that the club portrays, and I found the personal trainers more approachable (even though I am not training with them). Classes as far as I know, are free with membership. I have not faced any pushy sales on personal training or any packages. However, the gym can be quite packed during the hours after work, and they often short on towels.

    The acquisition is good in the sense that probably members of both gyms can now have access to all the gym locations owned by Extreme and Goodlife. The bad thing is that this will create a bigger monopoly for Goodlife and renewing membership will probably cost more.
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    soulman1969 saidThis is going to suck. I tried Goodlife and it felt like they were herding cattle in the locker room. So many guys and not enough lockers, plus they charge for some of their fitness classes on top of their membership fees.


    It really depends on the gym... they've been inconsistent in their renovation plans - but some like the one in Liberty Village differs dramatically from some of the recent acquisitions (Goodlife has been buying up lots of gyms to make their membership number goals).
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    Goodlife has now announced their acquisition of Extreme Fitness

    http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1138515/goodlife-fitness-grows-to-over-300-clubs-coast-to-coast-with-the-acquisition-of-extreme-fitness

    More clubs for us to go to!!
  • metta

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    Apr 01, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
    They might not keep all of them. I know when LA Fitness bought most of the Bally's Total Fitness clubs, they ended up closing quite a few of them. I think that it was entirely based on profitability of the individual club.
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    Apr 01, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    metta8 saidThey might not keep all of them. I know when LA Fitness bought most of the Bally's Total Fitness clubs, they ended up closing quite a few of them. I think that it was entirely based on profitability of the individual club.


    LA Fitness closed every Bally's here in Portland even after saying they would keep them all open...it was a string of empty promises! The net result for Bally's members: less clubs to go to and increased rates. For LA Fitness members: twice as many people for the same amount of equipment and weights. Gym takeovers can end up being a lose/lose proposition.
  • squally

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    Apr 09, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    Yay to getting access to all Goodlife locations!
    I always felt Goodlife had hotter members icon_razz.gif