I talked to a trainer recently who told me, "no matter what gym you pick, they're going to try to rip you off".
(side note: by "gym" she meant gymnasium)
I'm not sure that I know this to be entirely true.
Here's what I do know.
I went to a local gymnasium and went with their two week free special. I used the club every day for two weeks and figured I had a little momentum, so I'd sign up for their "no contract $19/month" memberhip.
I actually took out the little coupon and showed the sales-fella.
He said, "ok, but that's the alternate day plan"
him: You could go Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday.
me: I kind of wanted to go Monday through Sunday...ish.
him: Oh, well that's $30 a month with a $39 setup fee.
me: Well I figured that the sign that said $19/month meant the whole month.
me: and this coupon said that there was no initiation fee.
him: there's not - just a setup fee.
me: what's the difference?
him: this is to set up the membership
me: oh...of course...I'm an idiot
A year later I was shopping health clubs and took a look around to see if I could find a better deal. I'd already negotiated my other club down to $20/month...but figured I could do better.
I went to a new place (I don't want to name it - but it's very urban...and active) and signed up for two years at $10/month. I figured I have a little traction and don't fear the contract any more. I paid up front and now don't have to worry about monthly fees.
Or so I thought. They've charged me twice...so far.
And the guy I work out with told me they just charged him again.
Now I understand that kinesiology and math are very different...but seriously?