LA Fitness

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  • 1435-1441 Walnut Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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We were members at Bally's and really enjoyed this place, but since they switched to LA Fitness the level of customer service has been so terrible we had to quit. They lied to us about being able to use our previous personal training

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★★★★★

We were members at Bally's and really enjoyed this place, but since they switched to LA Fitness the level of customer service has been so terrible we had to quit. They lied to us about being able to use our previous personal training

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I was a member of Ballys when it changed over to LA Fitness in December. I was very happy with Ballys with LA Fitness is a rip off. I had personal training through Bally that was awesome, my trainer kicked my butt and always pushed me

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I was a member of Ballys when it changed over to LA Fitness in December. I was very happy with Ballys with LA Fitness is a rip off. I had personal training through Bally that was awesome, my trainer kicked my butt and always pushed me

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I just looked up this gym as an LA Fitness member and was surprised to see there were already 12 reviews since it just switched from Bally's to LA Fitness this month. Then I realized that all of the awful Bally's reviews carried over to

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★★★★★

I just looked up this gym as an LA Fitness member and was surprised to see there were already 12 reviews since it just switched from Bally's to LA Fitness this month. Then I realized that all of the awful Bally's reviews carried over to

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My boyfriend signed us up for what we thought was a "no commitment" membership at a gym in Mass with 1 free guest pass for 3 months last Christmas. It was one of the worst mistakes he could have made. If you actually read all the ever so tiny fine print the contract is for LIFE. Do a google search on "bally's scam" and you will find thousands of hits. They use a lot of "bait and switch tactics". They won't let you out of scam without a fight. There are reports of deceased folks being charged a monthly bill. The only way they claim you can cancel a membership is via their customer service line in California. This is a joke and nothing gets resolved. Luckily we got the attorney general and better business bureau involved and then things finally seemed to shift after several months of work, letters sent by certified mail and phone calls. It appears that we were finally able to cancel our memberships. We changed the credit card # that we gave them and reported them to the credit card company as well. Here is a link to the template we used for our "30 day Demand letter". http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=ocaterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Consumer&L2=Consumer+Legal+Resources&sid=Eoca&b=terminalcontent&f=30_day_demand_letter&csid=Eoca
Stay away from Bally gym and spread the word!!

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend signed us up for what we thought was a "no commitment" membership at a gym in Mass with 1 free guest pass for 3 months last Christmas. It was one of the worst mistakes he could have made. If you actually read all the ever so tiny fine print the contract is for LIFE. Do a google search on "bally's scam" and you will find thousands of hits. They use a lot of "bait and switch tactics". They won't let you out of scam without a fight. There are reports of deceased folks being charged a monthly bill. The only way they claim you can cancel a membership is via their customer service line in California. This is a joke and nothing gets resolved. Luckily we got the attorney general and better business bureau involved and then things finally seemed to shift after several months of work, letters sent by certified mail and phone calls. It appears that we were finally able to cancel our memberships. We changed the credit card # that we gave them and reported them to the credit card company as well. Here is a link to the template we used for our "30 day Demand letter". http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=ocaterminal&L=3&L0=Home&L1=Consumer&L2=Consumer+Legal+Resources&sid=Eoca&b=terminalcontent&f=30_day_demand_letter&csid=Eoca
Stay away from Bally gym and spread the word!!

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This gym is the WORST in the whole city! Like so many big gyms, this one is a total con. I signed up with them two years ago, with the promotion that they would take one-third off the full membership price. Of course, that one-third wouldn't kick in until your third year membership and meanwhile, a standard monthly fee was between $55 and $65.

Their equipment is varied, but they have WAY too much of some things, like treadmills, and not nearly enough of others, like weight machines. Most of the gym's equipment is cardio. They only have about two of the same kinds of weight machines there, and if two people are using them, well, then you're screwed. Their bathrooms and showers are so filthy, I can't imagine who'd ever use them. Even their water fountains stink of sweat. It's disgusting, but to the cleaning staff's credit, it's not their fault. The men and women there just don't care about keeping a towel handy, so expect seats and floors to have dripping sweat on them and the whole place to smell because of the low air circulation. The few classes they offer seem to be okay... if you're a veteran of them and in the "clique". They don't take kindly to new people signing up for them. It's a closely knit circle of soccer moms and Asian college students there and while anyone is open to join in, the instructors have a close relationship with most of the people already there. So much so that trying to gain their attention as a newbie is quite difficult.

The WORST thing about Bally's though, is the staff. They are the most uncaring, unhelpful gym trainers and staff imaginable. They only see their customers as suckers who have way too much money to waste. And yet, sadly, most of the people at this gym are suckers who have too much disposable income. About 90% of the members there are successful women with high paying jobs (which makes sense given the location) and they're there before work in the morning and after work in the evening. They spend money on all the overpriced garbage that Bally's sell, and the staff considers them to be perfect suckers.

But what's worse is how they treat the ones who aren't the "pretty people" who go there for a combined four hours every day. If someone isn't your standard gym fanatic and are just going there to get in shape because they are overweight (which are the bodies of 99% of the city of Philadelphia) then the staff will be so evil and cruel to them. Of course, up close, they'll pretend to be nice, but you can easily overhear them in their offices cracking jokes about "Shamu" and how disgusting they are. I mean, they should be given credit for trying to better their health, and yet, instead, they're made fun of! And this is a good three-quarters of the entire staff! Only a very few select handful there actually give a damn about people's health!

So in short, this is Philadelphia's biggest (and possibly only) over-priced Hollywood type gym, that suckers wealthy fools into crippling contracts and makes fun of them once they get there. Plus the place is always stinky and sticky. Avoid this gym altogether! It's ONLY upside is the convient Center City location, which anyone can get to by car or public transportation. If you have the kind of dough to waste on a Bally's gym, then I'd suggest you buy a Bow Flex and DVD's, instead. It couldn't possibly be any more expensive.

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★☆☆☆☆

This gym is the WORST in the whole city! Like so many big gyms, this one is a total con. I signed up with them two years ago, with the promotion that they would take one-third off the full membership price. Of course, that one-third wouldn't kick in until your third year membership and meanwhile, a standard monthly fee was between $55 and $65.

Their equipment is varied, but they have WAY too much of some things, like treadmills, and not nearly enough of others, like weight machines. Most of the gym's equipment is cardio. They only have about two of the same kinds of weight machines there, and if two people are using them, well, then you're screwed. Their bathrooms and showers are so filthy, I can't imagine who'd ever use them. Even their water fountains stink of sweat. It's disgusting, but to the cleaning staff's credit, it's not their fault. The men and women there just don't care about keeping a towel handy, so expect seats and floors to have dripping sweat on them and the whole place to smell because of the low air circulation. The few classes they offer seem to be okay... if you're a veteran of them and in the "clique". They don't take kindly to new people signing up for them. It's a closely knit circle of soccer moms and Asian college students there and while anyone is open to join in, the instructors have a close relationship with most of the people already there. So much so that trying to gain their attention as a newbie is quite difficult.

The WORST thing about Bally's though, is the staff. They are the most uncaring, unhelpful gym trainers and staff imaginable. They only see their customers as suckers who have way too much money to waste. And yet, sadly, most of the people at this gym are suckers who have too much disposable income. About 90% of the members there are successful women with high paying jobs (which makes sense given the location) and they're there before work in the morning and after work in the evening. They spend money on all the overpriced garbage that Bally's sell, and the staff considers them to be perfect suckers.

But what's worse is how they treat the ones who aren't the "pretty people" who go there for a combined four hours every day. If someone isn't your standard gym fanatic and are just going there to get in shape because they are overweight (which are the bodies of 99% of the city of Philadelphia) then the staff will be so evil and cruel to them. Of course, up close, they'll pretend to be nice, but you can easily overhear them in their offices cracking jokes about "Shamu" and how disgusting they are. I mean, they should be given credit for trying to better their health, and yet, instead, they're made fun of! And this is a good three-quarters of the entire staff! Only a very few select handful there actually give a damn about people's health!

So in short, this is Philadelphia's biggest (and possibly only) over-priced Hollywood type gym, that suckers wealthy fools into crippling contracts and makes fun of them once they get there. Plus the place is always stinky and sticky. Avoid this gym altogether! It's ONLY upside is the convient Center City location, which anyone can get to by car or public transportation. If you have the kind of dough to waste on a Bally's gym, then I'd suggest you buy a Bow Flex and DVD's, instead. It couldn't possibly be any more expensive.

Pros: Convient location, a lot of exercise machines

Cons: Expensive, dirty, cruel gym staff, careless trainers

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The locker room is deplorable. Thefts are rampant. You cannot put anything down. I made the mistake of leaving my shower bag out and they stole that. What would someone want with my toothbrush!?!?!?! The thieves have purposely broken the $.25 lockers so you cannot use them. And Bally's has done nothing to replace them. The free weights are in the basement, but some of them are on the 4th floor. There is a huge open atrium that is a complete waste of space. The machines are from the 1980's. If I did not have a lifetime membership. I would not bother.

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★★★☆☆

The locker room is deplorable. Thefts are rampant. You cannot put anything down. I made the mistake of leaving my shower bag out and they stole that. What would someone want with my toothbrush!?!?!?! The thieves have purposely broken the $.25 lockers so you cannot use them. And Bally's has done nothing to replace them. The free weights are in the basement, but some of them are on the 4th floor. There is a huge open atrium that is a complete waste of space. The machines are from the 1980's. If I did not have a lifetime membership. I would not bother.

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PLEASE DON'T sign up for a Bally's membership. They care only about making money; not about your health. I spoke with a trainer at the Walnut St. Bally?s who seemed to have an interest in my personal health. I was skeptical about getting into a contract, but he reassured me that I could cancel if I wasn?t satisfied, but it turns I can't. He flat out lied to me! It turned out he just wanted to make some money by signing me up and now I?m stuck for 3 years!! You can?t just stop paying because they?ll have the credit companies track you down. Don't join this Bally's or any other. It's a terrible company. They really don?t care about their members. They are an ugly corporate giant and they?re just out to get your money?whether you have it or not. Please don?t give them your business.

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★☆☆☆☆

PLEASE DON'T sign up for a Bally's membership. They care only about making money; not about your health. I spoke with a trainer at the Walnut St. Bally?s who seemed to have an interest in my personal health. I was skeptical about getting into a contract, but he reassured me that I could cancel if I wasn?t satisfied, but it turns I can't. He flat out lied to me! It turned out he just wanted to make some money by signing me up and now I?m stuck for 3 years!! You can?t just stop paying because they?ll have the credit companies track you down. Don't join this Bally's or any other. It's a terrible company. They really don?t care about their members. They are an ugly corporate giant and they?re just out to get your money?whether you have it or not. Please don?t give them your business.

Cons: Trainers don't know much about health.

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I am in the process of trying to cancel, and I cannot get Bally to stop charging me. Trust me--stay away!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am in the process of trying to cancel, and I cannot get Bally to stop charging me. Trust me--stay away!

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This place is the worst gym I have ever been to. Do not sign up for membership here. You will regret it.

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★★★☆☆

This place is the worst gym I have ever been to. Do not sign up for membership here. You will regret it.

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I also joined this gym in 1993 and was scammed into signing one of those contracts which it took forever to get out of. However, I DID finally get out of it, and TWO DAYS AGO I was contacted by a credit agency saying that I still owe Bally's money from 1993! I don't still have the letter from them (I've moved several times) so apparently I have to pay it! They are the WORST EVER. Do a google search on them before you join, they have a lot of complaints against them.

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★☆☆☆☆

I also joined this gym in 1993 and was scammed into signing one of those contracts which it took forever to get out of. However, I DID finally get out of it, and TWO DAYS AGO I was contacted by a credit agency saying that I still owe Bally's money from 1993! I don't still have the letter from them (I've moved several times) so apparently I have to pay it! They are the WORST EVER. Do a google search on them before you join, they have a lot of complaints against them.

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I jointed Ballys for $33 a month, the best price in the city compared with any other club that offers just as many classes, machines and equiptment. It was close to my Pine Street apartment and was delighted there was such an affordable gym here in the city. THe only gripe I had was that the weight lifting machines faced each other, making it slightly awkward to lift weights while staring at the face of another person who was the midst of a set. Also, the free weight section of the gym seem entirely male dominated and wasn't very open and easily accesible. THere are three floors to this gym which again segregates people slightly and can be a bit of a pain to climb several flights to reach the machines you want.

PROS: Affordable
CONS:

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★★★★☆

I jointed Ballys for $33 a month, the best price in the city compared with any other club that offers just as many classes, machines and equiptment. It was close to my Pine Street apartment and was delighted there was such an affordable gym here in the city. THe only gripe I had was that the weight lifting machines faced each other, making it slightly awkward to lift weights while staring at the face of another person who was the midst of a set. Also, the free weight section of the gym seem entirely male dominated and wasn't very open and easily accesible. THere are three floors to this gym which again segregates people slightly and can be a bit of a pain to climb several flights to reach the machines you want.

PROS: Affordable
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First, the trainers are simply fitness trainers -- nothing more. They are able to demontrate mostly calisthentics but not strength-training. I recommend that new members skip the personal training sessions and stick with the normal membership. I got bitten and scammed. Next, the gym's layout is a bit awkward, focusing more on cardio machines than weight machines. It is primarily due to the influx of women (since the gym primarily consists of women, rather than men). The free weights are stuck in the basement, and the Nautilus machines are stuck on the fourth floor. Third, if you go in with high expectations, you will come in disappointed. This gym is mediocre and average.

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★★★☆☆

First, the trainers are simply fitness trainers -- nothing more. They are able to demontrate mostly calisthentics but not strength-training. I recommend that new members skip the personal training sessions and stick with the normal membership. I got bitten and scammed. Next, the gym's layout is a bit awkward, focusing more on cardio machines than weight machines. It is primarily due to the influx of women (since the gym primarily consists of women, rather than men). The free weights are stuck in the basement, and the Nautilus machines are stuck on the fourth floor. Third, if you go in with high expectations, you will come in disappointed. This gym is mediocre and average.

Pros: relatively clean, friendly members, high-tech equipment

Cons: "fitness" trainers, cardio focused, relatively expensive

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Aside from their 3 year contract, the facilities at this location were subpar. I had been a member at the KOP facility (also regional headquarters) and was happy. this location has no sauna, steambath, or pool. Moreover, the equipment is average at best. The showers have only one temperature and the free weights are in the basement, separated form the rest of the gym. Do yourself a favor and pick one of Philly's many other gyms.

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★☆☆☆☆

Aside from their 3 year contract, the facilities at this location were subpar. I had been a member at the KOP facility (also regional headquarters) and was happy. this location has no sauna, steambath, or pool. Moreover, the equipment is average at best. The showers have only one temperature and the free weights are in the basement, separated form the rest of the gym. Do yourself a favor and pick one of Philly's many other gyms.

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This place, like so many other Bally Total Fitnesses I've experienced, is part of the biggest con ever. They have good facilities but you are tricked into singing contracts that take years to escape. Just do an internet search on it before you join. And check with the better business bureau for their Townson, MD location.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place, like so many other Bally Total Fitnesses I've experienced, is part of the biggest con ever. They have good facilities but you are tricked into singing contracts that take years to escape. Just do an internet search on it before you join. And check with the better business bureau for their Townson, MD location.

Pros: newish machines, towel service

Cons: repetitive music, inadequate service, scam

 

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