My club is a little pricey, and it may even be the most expensive in town. But for me, it's completely worth it.
First, the club is across from the court I appear in every Thursday morning and any time I'm required to be in court in the afternoon. I'm working on my swim for triathlon, so having the chance to get in a few long workouts a week and short ones any time I have to go the court has really helped me improve my swim.
Second, the club is eight miles from my work and eight miles from my house. I commute by bike a few times a week, and the club's location allows me to ride to the club after work, work out, then ride home.
Third, there's no gimmicks in the club's pricing. I pay one fee that permits me to use everything but the racquet sports courts and the fancy locker room with rented lockers. (The folks in this locker room have assigned lockers, and the locker room is nicer than the general one.) No towel fee, no class fee (with rare exceptions, like Pilates and sessions with the personal trainers), no pool fee (and this club has two pools), no fee to use the water park.
My club requires a person signing up commit to a year; after that, the contract can be cancelled with written notice. I understand their logic: if you're committing to a healthy lifestyle change, it is a long-term commitment. I wasn't crazy about signing up for a year, but It turned out to not really matter. I'm well past my first twelve months, and I have no intention of quitting.
This club is independent and locally-owned. They appear to treat their employees well, and it shows. Everyone I encounter - the life guards, the folks "patrolling" the weight rooms, the trainers, the women making their rounds and mopping the locker room after every pool-based class and the swim lessons, the people at the front counter - is polite, courteous, encouraging, and professional. One of life guards gave me some excellent tips to assist me with swimming - she helped improve my swim form almost as much as the swim coach with whom I took a private lesson. The club is closed on major holidays and it closes early the day before those holidays. I'd love to be able to get in an extra workout, but I also love that my club treats its employees that well!
I've never seen a piece of fitness equipment out of service for more that a day. The carpets may be a little weary, but this club's equipment is well-maintained.
Price isn't everything. Contracts shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Convenience - hours and location - and service are far more important.
- 3/18/2015 7:10:56 PM