Since going to the gym is more like a lifestyle to me, when I first moved to Seattle, one of the first things I searched for was a gym.
My residence at the time was in downtown Seattle, so I looked for gyms within the same area. There were many to choose from, but 24 Hour Fitness stood at the top of the selection due to its attractive price, variety and top-of-line equipments.
Though I normally oppose big chains, I decided to give this 24 Hour Fitness location a try. I liked it at first. But after a few months, I began to see some drawbacks.
I’ve listed out my likes and dislikes below to help anyone else who is also looking into joining the same gym.
There are three options to choose from:
1. All club access, month-to-month: $31.99 per month
2. One club access, month-to-month: $29.99
3. 1 year limited term: $273.74
For someone like me, who honors flexibility, I chose choice no.1. I think for a facility so large and with so much to offer, $31.99 a month is a reasonable price.
The associates at 24 Hour Fitness in Downtown Seattle were very friendly. I was always greeted with a smile. The trainers were always polite in the weight rooms. I felt really good going to and leaving from that place.
Variety of group classes
From kickboxing to yoga to aquatics, 24 Hour Fitness Downtown Seattle catered to all kinds of group exercise needs. To see what they are offering now, go here: http://24hourfit.schedulesource.com/public/gxschedule.aspx?club=00412
New and quality equipments
Because everyone shares the same equipments, they break a lot. But at this 24 Hour Fitness, I rarely saw any broken machine. All of them were clean, up-to-date and easy-to-use. I was very happy with the quality of equipments there.
Not many places have a pool, especially in Downtown Seattle. But this 24 Hour Fitness has a large indoor lap pool. That’s pretty impressive!
After a while in downtown, I moved out. Going to this place on foot or by bus was easy, but driving in and out of downtown was a nightmare! Some nights, I was stuck in traffic for ½ hour.
No Parking on Weekends
During weekdays, parking was free. But on weekends, I had either street parking or the expensive parking lot. If I’m paying for a health club, I expect free parking at all times. This was a set back for me.
Since the location is convenient to those who work or live in Downtown Seattle, the gym attracts a lot of people. Especially during weeknights, the place gets too crowded. I was often waiting in line to use the equipments – not fun!
There IS penalty for month-to-month members who discontinue
When I first signed up, the sales person specifically told me that “month-to-month” meant I could quit anytime, without penalty. But what really happened when I quit was that I was charged the last month’s fee. So if you quit in October, you still pay November’s due – sounds like a penalty fee to me.
This policy should have been explained during sign up, but I guess the sales person was too busy making money off of me.
My overall review for this gym is that it’s very nice. But it just wasn’t for someone living or working outside of downtown. If I ever move to downtown Seattle again, I would definitely consider rejoining. Just be careful of the sales people and read the fine print on their contract.