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.