24 Hour Fitness vs. LA Fitness?

Friday, December 26, 2008

I've been a member of 24-Hour Fitness for 7 years. They pull $40 out my account every month for the entire time. For most of that time, I used the club maybe 2-3 times a year. I just couldn't bring myself to cancel back then, because that would have felt like I was giving up on my fitness.

For the last 7 months, I've used the club quite a bit, and I've found it to be OK. It's 1 block from my Condo (in the Pearl), and so obviously it's highly convenient. I've never been in love with the quality of the equipment (exercise and A/V), the services are very bare bones, their maintenance of the equipment is very poor (stuff is always out of order, not working properly, and supplies are always out of stock). I also feel like I know more about fitness than most of the trainers, so I've never used them.

So now there is a new LA Fitness opening about 4 blocks from my house. I've always thought of LA Fitness as roughly the same quality as 24-Hour Fitness, but the new LA Fitness will obviously having newer facilities and newer equipment than my old 24-Hour Fitness has. Also the maintenance practices at LA Fitness are likely to be better than the poor ones I experience as 24-Hour. So I stopped by to get pricing info, and sure enough, I can get the same level of membership for $34.99/mo vs. the $39.99/mo I'm paying at 24-Hour. So I'm heavily leaning towards switching.
My only concerns are that 24-Hour is one block away vs. 4 blocks for the LA Fitness, and the 24-Hour is (usually) open 24/7 vs. shorter hours at LA Fitness. But in general I'm eager to try something new vs. the devil I know, and save some money in the process.

Does anyone have experience with LA Fitness, or even with both clubs?

I'd be paying $49 startup fee, $29.99/mo for the club, and an additional $5/mo for access to all clubs.
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    Do not go with LA Fitness their hours suck and they just want your money from day one... in the other hand you should always ask abou the billing period that 24 hr. I think you cancel ten days in advance to avoid charges... I've had both clubs and really regret going to LA fitness...

    2717 days ago
  • RUSSKX02
    24 hr. fitness are rip off artist...use LA fitness instead.
    2917 days ago
  • ALENE23
    You could always tell 24-hour that you're leaving because they closed without notice and you broke your 227 day streak. . . okay, I'm a little peeved at them for that, can you tell? LOL

    I like the idea of giving them a try with a one week pass. If you tell them you've been with 24-hour for 7 years they'll want you bad! ;)

    Have you decided yet??
    3355 days ago
    I have not been to LA Fitness, but I would suggest taking advantage of a 1 week pass if they offer it. Most clubs do and it might help you get a feel for what it's like and whether or not the additional three blocks will make a difference to you. I do know that when you go to cancel your 24 Hour Fitness membership, they're going to try and talk you into staying with them and they will probably offer to reduce your monthly dues. I think they went as low as $19.99 or maybe it was $24.99 per month when I canceled. If you stay, at least you'll get that rate reduction.

    I'm also looking for a new club to join. My 1 year contract expires in April and I will be looking elsewhere. Talk about old equipment! You should see where I go. Besides, I was really ticked off when I got there this morning at 8am and even though the manager was there to open the doors, he was staying closed because there was too much snow in the parking lot. He said he might open later today. He was turning people away left and right just during the brief time I was there in the parking lot. It just doesn't make sense.

    Good luck with making your choice. I wish I had an LA Fitness near me.

    3367 days ago
    I went LA fitness. They are nice. They had cherry oak lockers. Carpet in the lockers. They had one floor all cardio. they had a spinning glass, basketball court, racketball court. It was very well lighted. I Loved it. You will love LA fitness. Its top notch. Everyone I have went too was nice.
    3368 days ago
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