I'm breaking up with my gym.

  • Timbales

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    Aug 27, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    I've been going to an independently owned gym for several years. The owner is a nice guy, but the facilities have declined and he doesn't really seem to care. Currently, 6 of the 12 treadmills are out of commission. He and other trainers leave equipment all over the place, which I think sets the tone for the rest of the members to do the same. The equipment is crowded in the free weight area and the locker room is never clean.

    I've been paying $350 a year, but I can go to a Planet Fitness for either $140 a year for a single membership or $280 for the black card membership. I looked at the one close to my work and it was clean, roomy and had tons of equipment.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 27, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    Sounds like a deal breaker to me. Dump the mo'fo already.
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    Aug 27, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    its a big deal to change gyms, but it sounds like you have good reasons. plus the new gym is part of a chain which offers different benefits: access to classes you might want to try, different machines/amenities, etc. sometimes there is an added benfit in shaking up your routine.

    i thougth long and hard about my membership recently (mainly due to cost: over $600 a year) but ultimately decided to stay. it's the "upscale" gym in my area and that buys a level of civility i like.

    good luck with your new gym/final decision.
  • bulletuk

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    sounds like your doing the right thing, i had the same thing in my local gym so changed to a bigger and better gym , all is great at my new gym, staff great, lots of high impact classes and made some great new mates.......hope it goes well for you ......gaz ukicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • cowboyathlete

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    Aug 27, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI've been going to an independently owned gym for several years. The owner is a nice guy, but the facilities have declined and he doesn't really seem to care. Currently, 6 of the 12 treadmills are out of commission. He and other trainers leave equipment all over the place, which I think sets the tone for the rest of the members to do the same. The equipment is crowded in the free weight area and the locker room is never clean.

    I've been paying $350 a year, but I can go to a Planet Fitness for either $140 a year for a single membership or $280 for the black card membership. I looked at the one close to my work and it was clean, roomy and had tons of equipment.
    I think you need to get on a lifeboat before the Titanic sinks any further.
  • dmhe

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    Aug 27, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    If he does not take enough pride in his business to put away his equipment and keep the place clean, you should not be giving him your money.
    You should let him know why he is losing your business
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    Aug 27, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    Yep, nothing like capitalism, eh?
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    Aug 27, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    I would definitely tell him why you are moving gyms. There's no reason to be nasty about it but you can just detail the problems you have with the facilities. I change gyms quite frequently and don't have any issues with it; ultimately it's my money and I want value which means lots of weights, clean changing rooms and helpful staff.
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    Aug 27, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    You want to go to a gym you are proud of. This gym doesn't sound like it has much respect for itself or the guest. I left my last gym because I didn't like the customer service and there were to many fat people in the saunna and steamroom. Enough is enough already. Lol
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    Aug 27, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    The LA Fitness I workout at is awesome but I will be changiong gyms soon because I need to have 24 hour access. I'll probably end back up at the Planet Fitness I used to workout at.
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    Aug 27, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    I agree with the rest of the posters, if something that you are paying for is not up to a standard you are hoping for, then it is time to take your leave and find a better deal.

    Saying that, I have been at my gym for nearly 4 years now and I think that it will be hard for me to leave it too. They went through a period were they were taking memberships left, right and center and the gym was full of giggling girls, socializing soccer mums and arrogant 'lets-take-3-machines-at-once' guys. I did very nearly leave, but it got better when all their 3 month of lower price period finished.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Aug 27, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    Vote with your pocketbook, it's the greatest leverage we have as consumers.
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    Aug 27, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    I hear you. It's tough because we're at a time now where (at least here) no choice is really all that great; the place I go to that was the 'gold standard' has become aligned with the biggest medical center in the city, which means all the money made goes into the medical center system rather than the fitness center, which means the club gets nothing in terms of new equipment (what we have says 'July 1996' on the stickers!), the locker rooms are so crowded that the lockers are rusting apart, and this club which was built in 1991 and for a cap of about 1000 members now has about 5000 members due to other clubs closing in the downtown. And then this summer, the crappy equipment that we still have, 5 machines were taken away. Which means that by November, when everyone and their gramma Libby is going to be there working out, the lines will be outrageous. A lot of people are going to see how crowded it is and say screw it, I'm outta here.

    We do have a YMCA here but it's not the cool YMCA's that you see in other cities, it's one that is controlled by these Assemblies of God assholes who hate gay people and make it very clear when looking at the board of directors. We have Anytime Fitness here but all the group homes and every retarded person in town is parked on the machines to drool for about an hour while their 'worker' sits on the phone and farts around with his or her girl/boyfriend so they don't have to babysit a 50-year-old with Down's Syndrome or TBI for an hour or so. The only thing we have now, in a community of about 120,000 people is Snap Fitness - it's great except for the fact that there are no showers or lockers. They do have the best equipment I've seen. Their prices are fair. You can use any other Snap Fitness in the country. They also allow same-sex partners on a family membership which most other places do too, but Snap actually advertises this which at least is cool in that they acknowledge that we are actually a customer base (rather than the Y who will surely take our money but unless you have kids you're a nobody)...

    It's sad because with the current economic situation the Gold's Gyms, the Lifetime Fitness clubs and other expensive place are no longer making it. People are looking at places like Snap Fitness/Anytime Fitness/Fitness Together, etc and figuring they would rather spend $34 a month for a 24/7 club without the locker room/pool/etc., rather than over $80 for a place where you have to sit and wait for someone to open the doors (if you're an early workout person) and deal with the place being closed on holidays. I'd much rather have a place that's always open no matter what. I just hope these places stay around for more than 5 years - that seems to be the shelf life over the past decade.
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    Aug 27, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    I went to the gym for the first time in months yesterday (have been working out at home and at the beach) and I am now officially DONE with them. An assault on the senses on every level. It's either in my living room or outdoors for me.
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    Aug 27, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    evilgemini said it's the "upscale" gym in my area and that buys a level of civility i like.

    I breathed a huge sigh of relief and understanding, many of my friends think I'm cuckoo for having two memberships.

    - One that's economical and for convenience at home and traveling
    - The other for civility and quality of facilities and classes which I go to when I'm about to lose my marbles over how janky the other one is
  • Timbales

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    Aug 27, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    I'm going to cheat on my gym for awhile with Planet Fitness to make sure I like it there.
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    Aug 27, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    The first gym I joined was in my local suburb. Was owned by two brothers who were really into fitness. At first it was great and convenient, but then it just became the type of gym where muscle marys would spend all day on the one smith machine, or three of the six treadmills had konked out and they were lax in getting them fixed. I soon high tailed it out of there.
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    Aug 28, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    *squeezes out a tear*

    RIGHT with that outta the way, time for you to go to the new one icon_biggrin.gif

    On a side note, I have found new love for my gym, the guy at the counter was just DAMNED FINE and he was working out today and *quivers* he's flexable, strong and *drools* ugh I could have done him in the middle of the weightroom floor!

    Sorry..

    So.. new gym, YaY's all around I'd say yes icon_smile.gif