24 hour fitness crapness
May 11, 2005
If you read nothing else in this entire post, read this: if you are in the Mountain View area and you are looking to sign up at the 24 in the San Antonio shopping center, avoid a sales guy named Michael Parker like the plague. Let me tell you a little about my experience…
A few people I’ve met have told me about the deals they’ve gotten from 24 hour fitness. One guy I know pays $20/month (no contract, no enrollment fee, etc.), other people I know paid $600 / 3 years and $49 / year after that. Still, others paid $750 / 3 years, $99 / year. Well, I figured that I could get a similar deal. Nope, not with Mr. Parker.
He’s well trained and he tried to use a high-pressure sales tactic on me. He threw out gems like “clearly, you need to get back into a gym routine” and “you didn’t come in tonight looking for a deal, you came in looking to join a gym. Let’s get you started right now.” Um… ok, not exactly the angle I would’ve chosen, but I guess he’s the sales guy, and I’m the unwitting customer right?
He was closing the whole time; I’m sure he was doing whoever trained him proud. On an average day, I’m sure he gets at least 10 people to join and he probably makes a tidy commission off of it…
Except, here’s the problem: now that there’s this thing called the Internet, information is everywhere. Including what people pay for gym memberships.
I told this to Michael and he proceeded to tell me how the Internet was full of lies. He said: “obviously, people on the internet don’t know what they are talking about. Do those people work at 24 hour fitness? No, they don’t. I actually work here, why would you trust those people you don’t know over me?”
Actually, the logical question is: why would I trust you, Mr. Parker, a sales guy who is obviously trying to make a healthy commission off of me?
Being the oblivious, hard-driving sales guy he is, he completely dismisses that when I bring it up, claiming that he’s a man of “integrity”. I don’t really see how that proves the internet is full of lies, nor how it proves that he isn’t lying to me, but I guess I can’t really stop him from making wild accusations.
Anyways, in a moment of weakness, I bought a membership last night. Then I found out I had been ripped off so I canceled it under a “3-day buyer’s remorse period”. The fact that they even have that in their contract should make potential buyer’s weary. Now, I’m shopping around and looking for a decent deal. $840 for 3 years and then $99 / year after that? I don’t think so. Not when people are getting $550 / 3 years and $20 yearly renewals.
Sound like trying to buy a used car from Shady Joe? Yep, thought so.
Anyone out there a member of 24 hour fitness? E-mail me with your experience or leave me a comment with the deal you got.