Children at the gym

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    Dec 23, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    Recently (last 3 months) my gym has leased out it's basketball courts to a youth progam. They come in now 3 times a week (different teams) and play BBall.

    I don't have a problem with children. However I specifically asked, and made sure the gym I joined did nto offer youth programs as to keep the number of screaming, annoying brats from interupting my workout.

    Approxiamately a month ago and then last night my routine was interupted by these brats. While in the middle of some reps two boys walked around the machine I was using. one on each side. Hence creating a danger and causing me to stop mid rep. I was PO.

    I have spoken to management, and soon to district management regarding this problem. One do others have this problem? Second any suggestions on how best to handle management regarding the problem?

    I feel the gym has breached it's contract with me. one in the facility not being open to me (IE the BBall court) for useage. Two in creating an outside influence the now on a regular basis disrupts my main goal and useage of the gym..IE to workout.

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    Dec 23, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    Take your contract to an attorney who offers a free initial consultation. You may find that you have nothing in writing that guarantees non-adults will not use the facility, despite your verbal understanding.

    I also doubt an attorney will take your case on contingency, since you likely wouldn't be claiming substantial damages, against which the attorney would take a percentage, but rather just be seeking a no-penalty release from your contract, and/or compensation for the period of gym usage in question. That means you would have to pay a fee for this legal service, which may or may not exceed the value of your current membership.

    It doesn't surprise me that a gym would lease its facilities to non-traditional groups in this economic climate. My understanding is that many gyms and health clubs are struggling to survive, and looking for ways to bring in new money.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 23, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    I don't understand why the boys would be allowed to wander the gym floor if they are only there to use the basketball court. I'd say something to management and make sure they are being supervised correctly and not creating unsafe situations. I doubt they'd be happy with the lawsuit they'd be facing if one of the kids had a foot crushed from a fallen weight.
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    Dec 24, 2008 3:32 AM GMT

    Stopping in mid rep won't kill you, relax.

    Besides the little girls are way more annoying "Do you wanna marry my mommy! Do you wanna marry my mommy!"
  • cowboyathlete

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    Dec 24, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI don't understand why the boys would be allowed to wander the gym floor if they are only there to use the basketball court. I'd say something to management and make sure they are being supervised correctly and not creating unsafe situations. I doubt they'd be happy with the lawsuit they'd be facing if one of the kids had a foot crushed from a fallen weight.
    That is exactly how I would put it to them.
  • vj2004t

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    Dec 24, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    My gym provides a daycare for people working out so that keeps the brats out
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  • Rookz

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    Dec 24, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    Stopping in mid rep won't kill you, relax.

    Besides the little girls are way more annoying "Do you wanna marry my mommy! Do you wanna marry my mommy!"


    You can always say, "No, I do not want to marry your mommy. She's a dirty whore who had you."
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    Dec 24, 2008 6:18 AM GMT

    Actually, that's quite good looking out for mommy. I'm a pretty decent catch except for that whole I like men thing.
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    Dec 26, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    Update: the issue was brought up to local management. They refused to discuss it and sent it to district managment. District management got hostile, huffy and in general argued. Stating that these boys were members because they had leased the BBall court. That they are like any other member. I asked do they pay the $40 a month membership. I was told no. Are they on a contract like myself. Told no. I said then how are they members. They refused to do absolutely anything. Even have a discussion with the boys. Seems since they had me in contract they thought they owned me and didn't have to show me and resp-ect or comoon courtesy.

    Well I first called my bank. Stopped payment ion my monthly dues. They won't get any further money. Unlike many I had a loop hole I could get out of. I moved since I joined. I moved more than 25 miles away. I used it to cancel the contract and demand several hundred dollars back in unused personal training fees. They didn't like that at all.

    I contacted my attorney. Since he is a nice guy he called them. His arguement is that they have altered the main purpose of the gym. I joined to have a good workout. Since this can no longer be preformed without dangerous interuption it no longer serves the purpose.

    He informed em..MOST contracts liek this gyms is worth nada and not to worry any more about it. I recieved a refund check.

    BTW guys..it is GOLD's Gym I speak of. Just don't go to them.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Dec 26, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    Ekkkkk........Oh Dear god!!......I had the same problem at Golds Gyms. They started the Day care center crap, And youth Fitness programs. It was soooo annoying. Having Brood mares with their kids running around. I left went to Planet Fitness, very happy now!.....icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 26, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    Well I joined it because there were no kids there. This was somethign they started after I joined.

    I know most adults go to the gym to get away from it all. We use it for exercise and fitness, but also as "ME" time. Last thing most of us want is to put up with screaming kids.

    I understand they are trying to make money. But as I left a review on yahoo about the gym, I saw 2 other reviews with simular comments. mostly about the lousey treatment/customer service and near impossible to get out of thier contract.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Dec 26, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    Yup, yup........They started that crap after I had joined to!!. Atleast i was there for like 5 years. So I had no contract, I was month to month. So I just left............icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 26, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    Gosh, aren't you being maybe just a wee bit harsh?

    It doesn't exactly sound the place has turned into a day care center. Your major complaint is that TWICE--in ONE WHOLE MONTH--a couple of kids dared to wander--OMIGOD!!--INTO YOUR SPACE!! Once, you actually had to STOP IN MID-REP. How horrible. And yes, how disruptive. . . imagine, having to cope with other human beings in the midst of such an intense process.

    Really. . . what exactly are you mad about? Because it has to go deeper than this.

    (And by the way. . . a kid isn't a "brat" just because he got in your zone for a few seconds.)





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    Dec 26, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    It could be worse...

    As long as were whing about the kids


    there's these three 14/15 come into my gym collect 10 sets of dumbells 35lbs down to 5lb and proceed to do a set of curls with each weight from heaviest to lightest.... It take 45 mins for the there of them to get through this challenge, while yelling at each other, during which no one else can really workout and then they walk away leaving them all over the floor...
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    Dec 26, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    lol...wel that was part of my point to my former gym...these kids were using part of the facility, making it impossible for any normal member to use it. With your problem I'm assuming they are members where mine were only leasing the gym.

  • Latenight30

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    Jan 07, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    I think unless children are working making shoes or clothing they shouldn't be seen at all. I know even when I'm looking into apartments I know how to ask if there will be a bunch of children. "Do you have a play ground or any plans to install one?" Legally they can't tell you the demographic of any property or membership. I'd try to find the parents or whomever is running the children fitness part of it and tell them. Be very blunt and explain they may get injured and then that gym will get sued and close. So it would be to their best intrest to limit where these children can go unsupervised.
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    Jan 07, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    Gold's has long been known for the antics described above.

    You did what you did, which was about the best you could do.

    You may wish to file a protest with the Better Business Bureau, and if Gold's persists, contact your local media to do a story on their practices. Between the BBB, and the local broadcast media, they (Gold's) should calm right down and do the right thing. They won't want a raft of negative publicity. If all that fails get in touch with their corporate office and ask to speak to Mr. Connors.

    http://www.bbb.org
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    Jan 07, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    So the problem is solved. They are not going to send the children away and the primise of a youth program is to keep the kids off the street and out of trouble. You were a kid once yourself. Maybe they wanted a work out tip.

    They are just children and that's what children do. Did you yell at them to go away. You bratty little snot nose ankle biter????
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    Jan 07, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    There are certain understood rules and regulations, courtesy and common sense things that are expected at a gym.

    Screaming kids are not one of them. Management should be required to make certain the kids are not disrupting the environment.

    Screaming kids running around is not good and its unfair and unsafe for all the other members.

    I dislike when someone complains about unruly kids and their oblivious guardians and then someone else labels them child haters. Get real.

    DON'T GET ME STARTED WITH THE CRYING NOISY BRATS ON AN AIRPLANE! ( AND THEIR CLUELESS PARENTS).

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    Jan 07, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    Don't like it.

    One branch of my gym (the one with a pool) has "family hours" for the pool on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer. The people who show up with kids at the pool invariably don't know the lane rules, etc, and scream and splash a lot, which is a real pain for lap swimmers!

    At least it was just limited hours. But it really comes down to the gym promoting a use that violates your contract, and on top of it not supervising the non-members while they're in the gym. They need to tell the kids if they go out of bounds they will lose the whole program. That simple.

    MOST commercial gyms do not allow use by anyone under 18 for the very reason of liability. Their insurance undoubtedly does not indemnify them for minors, especially non-paying guests. Good intentions aside, they need to be professional about this.
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    Jan 07, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Oh, and perhaps if they are free to open the gym to non-member minors, you are free to bring anyone you like as well? To break other rules? Bring lunch, wear cleats?
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    Jan 07, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    I solved the problem fro myself. i left the gym..took my money, membership and am playing elsewhere.

    I understand kids need a place to play BBall. The gym is a safe place for them. however it went way too far. thier interference cause more than just me to complain. A friend who still belonged to the gym encountered a simular situation with them. He was actually using free wieghts when one bumped into him during horse play with another. My friend has filed suit against the gym, and Im a witness for my friend.

    Gold's gym here in KC seems to have serious problems. Several have complained, and joined as witnesses in the suit. To what I hear several have cancelled membership in the last 2-3 weeks because of these kids.
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    Jan 07, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    And that's just bad management. Obviously not that there should be no "community involvement" etc, but that it needs to be supervised. Any YMCA would do no less to protect both the kids and adults.