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    Gym membership pricing scam?

    Ok, so I've only been to one gym and quit twice because I would rather exercise at home. Recently, I was nearby so I decided to go in again, asking how has the gym changed and what it costs to sign up.

    There are a few quirks that I'd like to get opinions on.

    1. To cancel the gym membership, they always charge me an extra month of it, no matter what. They say there's no commitment, but they want to charge extra. Let say today is March 5, and I come in and want to quit, since they have already charged me for the month of March, which they always do on the first of the month, but they will continue to charge me for April as well, but stops there. Why is that? Oh, and they only take credit card, no cash.

    2. When I was trying to be talked into signing up, I notice they have this thing about a sign up fee. Let say its $39 for the basic membership, "but if you sign up today, it's waived" trick is being pulled on me. I really hate this. What are they really trying to tell me? Of course, they have multiple level/tiers, which yoga classes at the top, and apparently has the highest membership cost.

    3. I notice there is a "womens-only" area. Where is the "mens-only" area? I'm paying the same price as everyone else, but I don't have equal access. Who am I paying for, other than myself?

    4. They also have this yearly "maintenance fee" of $30 or whatever, which I have no idea what the hell that means. What's the difference between a maintenance fee and a monthly subscription fee? I think this is a bait for most members. Like if a month costs $10 for the membership, they would think it's $120 a year, but it's really $150, maybe more. I guess it's just another way for the gym to advertise lower than their target price, but they are hit with hidden fees not shown on the advertisement.

    It's not that I'm cheap or can't afford it, but what the hell am I paying? I'm being nickled and dimed. Again, I quit because I would rather exercise at home during the winter, and in the summer time when it's nicer out, I only exercise outdoor.

    Certainly sounds like a relationship. Lots of hidden fees and trickery.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    Simple go to Costco or a member store. Pay $369 for 24 months at 24 hours .... no fees, no bullshit, problem solved.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    How long has this place been open? Is it new?

    I ask because I once bought a membership at a new gym. They had a special opening price where I bought a four-year membership up front for about 30% of the total price. A few months later, over Christmas break, they shut down and moved out all the equipment overnight, and the owner relocated to the United States.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    It has been around for longer than I have been in this area, and it was under a different name/company. This is in a mall close to where I live.

    I don't know what to think of the pricing. I mean, are they listing all the different charges to make it look expensive but make you feel special because you are getting all these discounts? I don't know if that's the case, or if they're selling the company to another person/management.

    Perhaps they are trying to sell. Getting a person to commit to a gym is hard. It's easier to buy a pizza or a bag of chips than it is to buy a gym membership.

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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    If you are doing cardio skipping rope is the best exercise. If you're doing weight training you can get a half power rack or full power track. These racks tend to run around $1200 or more. You can also build your own power rack out of wood, you can find them online. Don't waste your money on gym membership.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    I mainly do body-weight exercise, like one hand push up (straight like a board and with both legs shoulders width). Most of the equipment I need are relatively cheap, like a swiss ball, or floor mats. I know I'm not achieving as much as a person who pumps iron in the gym, but I don't plan to waste my energy trying to look like a bodybuilder. Tone and enough muscles is my goal.

    I'm just curious why are gym membership pricing works like one of those TV advertisement. If you call now, we'll double the offer and you'll only pay 50% of the price! Don't delay! Offer only good for today!

    I could probably post this question on bodybuilding.com or whatever but that's not a place I visit, and I'm sure there are some gym owners lurkers who would be resentful as I try to figure out their business tactics.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    Gyms have a weird scammy business model.

    They want to sell memberships to people who will stop coming after a while but still keep their membership. (Because it's a pain in the ass to cancel, or they kid themselves they will start going again.)

    If everyone who signed up actually went often they'd be in trouble. Notice how crowded it gets the first few weeks in January?

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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    I just signed up at anytime fitness. Pretty cool gym.

    they are a national chain so look them up.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    Used weight equipment is incredibly cheap on craigslist

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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    the women's only areas have (primarily) HUGE & ugly women in them.
    They are ashamed of their looks, and can't / won't work out next to the hotties that get all the looks.
    and you really don't wanna see inside those gyms that are entirely women only. The worse of the worse go there.
    my gym also has a theater / big-screen room , very dark inside. It is also popular with those that are less than desirable.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    Really? That's good to know.

    I guess lots of insecurity going on.

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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallabe View Post
    Really? That's good to know.

    I guess lots of insecurity going on.
    Yes. Insecurities. You put your finger right on it.
    And a wide variety of things can cause insecurities. Don't ya think?

    There are extremely few fat girls in yoga classes i have been to. The larger the town, the less likely you are to see big women in the classes. In fact, there seems to be some kind'a rule of thumb in that regard.
    And the REALLY big cities, only the hottest-of-hots are in "open" yoga classes (being thin doesnt seem to be enough, they have to be amazing, as well as wear $200 leotards) It is some kind of meat market mentality.

    And yes, I look, but don't stare.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    I saw heavy advertising for New York Sports Club - $19.99 per month, no commitment.

    Based on the challenge thread that I am too lazy to link here, this sounded perfect.

    Unmentioned in the advertising in any way shape or form are the fees that make the first month $210.

    Needless to say, I walked out.
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    Re: Gym membership pricing scam?

    That is totally bogus! I would have (prolly) told them they owed me cab-fare for their bogus bullshittery
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