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WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/12/13 6:28 P

Wow 145/ month membership, what do they offer free personal training, professional massages and spa privilages afterwards?!!! There is no way on this planet id pay that much for a club membership, you can have a personal trainer come to your house for loads cheaper, or afford to go to golds gym with a really nice package for that amount. Good luck with your gym search though,I personally do workout dvds and my elliptical at home or go walking at nearby parks with my kids.

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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2/12/13 5:22 P

Thanks for all the great advice!
SAILOR; I'll be sure to keep that in mind ^_^ I usually consider myself a cautious person when it comes to signing anything, and I generally don't like spending money I don't have to (which would be part of why up to now I've been doing videos I got off a friend vs paying a gym membership). Still, I'm no stranger to persuasion tactics and how often even the weary get suckered in, so I appreciate the warnings...
and as DRAGONCHILDE suggested, I am certainly going to look at the nearer locations first despite the bad yelp reviews. The closest club near me is an LA fitness (former Bally) which online is listed as $40/month for multiclub membership (some online-only offer for non-members...), but again, the Yelp is not very inviting
, with the only club-specific pics being those of the dirty pool; others are stock "typical club" images. Again, I'll certainly wait until I visit this (and the 24h fitness that's probably just a smidge further than the Equinox club, though it has similar Yelp reviews) before deciding anything.
From what I've heard on here, I assume I can beat any online offer by going in and talking things out in person (or at worst, go in and get the online deal)... though I *would* rather do a pay by month plan since I might not be in the same state come September -_-;
Just wanted info on Equinox since if the reviews prove true, I may end up deciding between it and just doing the cardio vids I've gotten used to. I did get Chalean Extreme in the lot, which does do strength training... but I'd have to invest in some free weights for it and back home there's not any good room to jump around in.
Again, thanks for all the input (and I welcome further comments/tips/etc of course!), its been quite helpful to even hear that even upper end clubs should be able to budge a bit in their listed price (guess I have a bargaining stigma when it comes to places with established prices... before I came here I thought it was like going into vons. The apple costs $1.50... you're not getting it for $1.25, so woot for SP ^_^

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
2/12/13 9:13 A

Yes, you can negotiate the monthly price and have them waive the initiation fee. Make sure you let them known that you were referred to them by a current client and that you're a student. Equinox is definitely a top notch gym. If you can afford to join, it's definitely worth it (assuming you're actually going to go regularly).Everything is always very clean, the equipment is kept in good condition, the staff is professional, and the instructions/trainers are of a much better quality than most gyms.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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2/12/13 9:08 A

great advice sailor! I never sign for gym memberships. I will only go to a gym that allows me to pay month by month with no contracts. you never know what your life will be next month, or when a low cost gym may open up closer to you. It is really hard to break gym contracts.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/12/13 8:50 A

At $145 a month, I'd investigate those closer options first. Reviews can be skewed by single experiences, and it's best to talk to actual, existing members and check them out first-hand.

There is no gym on this planet nice enough to convince me to pay over a hundred bucks for the privilege of walking in the door.

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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2/12/13 8:47 A

Dear Alorta,

Before you purchase your NON-refundable, NON-serverable, NON-Transferable membership take some advice from a guy who sold health club memberships for a living, get a one-week FREE trial membership first to see if you like the club. And, by no means should you buy your membership after your workout.

As "Membership Consultants" we are trained to work you out and get those endorphins going. You feel so good after our workout you will sign just about anything we put in front of you. We call it "The Walk Around." We get you into your workout clothes then we walk your through a brief 30 minute workout with a personal trainer who orients you to the equipment and tells you how great you are going to look after just a few sessions. We show you all of the ammenities the club has to offer, but what we don't tell you is almost everything costs extra. We make you want to be one of the beautiful people by showing you what you CAN be, if you join.

Take the FREE week and use it. Make sure the club fits your lifestyle, because once you sign, you are going to owe us $145/month for at least 2 years. And we WILL get it.

DON'T sign any paperwork. Don't give them any credit card or banking information. READ EVERYTHING front AND BACK. That "waiver" for your free trial membership may actually be a binding application.

Health clubs depend on people buying memberships they won't be using after 3 months (when the weather gets nice) but will still be paying for over the next 24-36 months. If every person who bought a membership from me actually showed up to the club to work out 3 days/wk, the club would be packed tighter than a subway platform during rush hour.

This is not to say in your case it wouldn't be worth it. If you are going to use the club 4-6 times per week and stay with it, then it may be worth the expense.

Let me leave you with one final thought: Buyer BEWARE.

Good luck.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,361)
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2/12/13 5:10 A

I don't know of anyone who's ever managed a true bargain, as in:

"The price is $145/month."
"Oh, that's too much, the most I can afford is $60/month."
"we can do that."

But you can definitely try to negotiate a student discount, and perhaps they will waive any initiation fees for you.

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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2/12/13 1:42 A

Okay, this might be the dumbest question ever. I apologize if you find it utterly ridiculous...
Recently, a friend noted that there's an Equinox near(ish) me, and since the closer gyms have a bad rep on Yelp (dirty, bad staff... that kind of stuff), he suggested I join Equinox. Equinox, I realized after a click, is like $145/month for one club...
Now, I've heard on here you can negotiate with clubs (ie; I don't have kids). My question though, is can you do that with Equinox? I mean, its like creme de la creme of clubs, right? I don't want to look like an idiot trying, but there's no way I can pay anywhere near that for a club...
I'm going to be home (finally *does little dance*) and looking at the other clubs next week to check how the situation really is... but I'd like some feedback as to equinox before I even consider it (I'd have to be able to talk them into some deep discounts.
Things going for me;
- no kids
- student (studying abroad though, not undergrad and technically taking a semester off)

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