Anyone use or used 24 Hour Fitness? I can get 8% discount on any of their deals... Are they good?

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    Jul 22, 2009 7:22 AM GMT
    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to get fit again so I can get back into tennis and other activities.

    I joined this shopping mall thing called CLICKBEE.NET and it has deals with thousands of stores, one of them being 24 Hour Fitness where I can get an extra 8% cash back on whatever deals they got going on at the time...

    Anyway, does anyone go to 24 Hour Fitness, especially the one in Hollywood.?

    I travel the US quite a bit. Can I just walk into any 24 Hour if I'm a member?

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    Jul 22, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    8% doesn't mean much if the price is high to start with. Look and see what parts of the U.S you'll be in. 24 hour fitness is abundant in some states, and completely absent in others. Also 24 hour fitness operates on hierarchy gyms. So if you get a membership make sure you know what gyms you're allowed into first. I would look into LA Fitness or possibly Bally's too since they have gyms all across the US as well.
  • calibro

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    Jul 22, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    I'm an employee for 24 (I teach 24Cyclye, a spin-off version of spin). As an employee, I am supposed to tell you something p.c., but as an RJer, I'll give it to you straight. They're crap for the most part.

    In general, outside of California, the only people with half a brain seem to be the group X instructors, because they are contracted outside labor that don't have to deal with actually working there all the time.

    From the front desk to the sales people to the personal trainers, I am always disappointed. The trainers are typically bad and try to get you to use superfluous supplements. The sales people try to pressure sale you all the time. Everyone there seems to work on a commission so it's all about getting you to spend money so they can make more.

    The facilities are run down at a lot of places, and depending where you go, they can be very crowded and sleazy (i.e., people cruising in the lockerroom).

    This isn't true about all locations, but it's true about a lot of them. California actually has a competitive market for p.t.s, so they're usually staffed better due to the demand for qualified people; that's not existent elsewhere.

    24 is typically one of the cheaper gyms you can use, and it depends on your specific type of membership, the location, the facilities, and the amenities to make your decision. I would recommend getting a week pass for free and seeing how you like it.
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    Jul 22, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    I've been going to one in Arizona. I haven't had any problems, but I'm also the type to just go in, do my thing, and leave; that is, I don't work with any personal trainers or participate in any classes. If you're just looking for a place to work out, I can speak for the gym I go to as being a clean, pleasant space that is relatively inexpensive to access. YMMV, especially considering calibro's reply, but I'd give it a chance.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 22, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    I won't be as harsh as Calibro, but I do have my complaints. I work out at two L.A. locations, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Both could use some fixes here and there.

    I joined a long time ago and got a good deal at the time. It's hard to beat $10/month.

    I completely agree with Calibro that you need to look at the type of membership, and the primary location(s) you'll use. Definitely try to get a week pass and visit the gym during the times you plan to work out. There are definitely times of the day the gym will be busier than others. Most gyms are like this. It's also summer, where I think people are more likely to work out.

    I work out after 8pm during my weekday workouts and mid-day on Saturday. I generally do not have to wait for equipment, so 24 Hour fits my needs, though I have considered checking out some other gyms just to see what's out there.