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February 3, 2013 5:47 PM
We are members of O2 Fitness- and I *strongly* recommend against them.

However, the staff there are horrible if you are not in shape. One of them would actually point me out to other members and laugh at me whenever I got on the treadmill. One time he got on the treadmill next to me and kept looking pointedly between me and the display until I got so uncomfortable, I had to leave. I haven't been in over a month, and will not go back. We are just waiting for our contract to expire, because they will not let us out of it.

What has been your worst gym experience? Were you able to go back afterward?
February 3, 2013 5:55 PM
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What has been your worst gym experience?

It involved a pre-workout carne asada burrito and squat day.

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Were you able to go back afterward?

We were all allowed to return after the hazardous materials team completed the cleanup/decon.
  18984754
February 3, 2013 5:58 PM
I really doubt the staff would point you out and laugh. Are you sure you weren't imagining it?
  30273844
February 4, 2013 3:50 AM
Oh, he did. On multiple occasions, and my husband saw it. This was after we turned him down for trying to strong arm us into personal training sessions. We told him we were just getting started and wanted to try working out on our own first. He looked at each of our bellies and said, "Obviously, what you're doing isn't working." That was the day we met, and he only got worse. We met another obese couple at the gym who said he'd treated them the same way.
February 4, 2013 3:55 AM
Write to the manager and complain!
February 4, 2013 4:01 AM
They have to let you out of your contract.

If anything get a doctor to write you a note saying that you can't exercise due to whatever reason, and then they have to let you out since you don't have a doctors OK to exercise.
  6370231
February 4, 2013 4:04 AM
I find it shocking that you even have to wait until your contract is over. Either you didn't make your feeling clear enough on the matter to a manager or you are telling porkies.
  719856
February 4, 2013 4:10 AM
Jesus wept.

1) Write to the manager and demand action is taken. If nothing then:
2) Write an open letter to the manager in your local newspaper. Or speak to a journo there.
  20496170
February 4, 2013 4:12 AM
^ This.

I don't know what it's like in America (I'm assuming you're from America?) but here in the UK you can just cancel direct debits. That's just unacceptable and you shouldn't take this laying down.
Edited by babydiego87 On February 4, 2013 4:12 AM
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February 4, 2013 4:15 AM
QUOTE:

Jesus wept.

1) Write to the manager and demand action is taken. If nothing then:
2) Write an open letter to the manager in your local newspaper. Or speak to a journo there.


This. That is completely unacceptable.

My worst incident is one I hope no one noticed. I was so proud to be able to fit into a pair of workout pants I hadn't worn in years. Note to self: If you haven't worn a garment for years be sure to check the important seams first, especially the crotch seam! blushing
February 4, 2013 4:17 AM
I had an appointment with a personal trainer for joining Planet Fitness a while ago, and was not in the best of shape at all. The personal trainer was this @ss of a guy who was showing me how the triceps weight machine worked and cheering me on for doing such a huge weight so well. When I looked in the mirror, he was pushing the machine so I was doing absolutely no work at all, because my triceps were wimpy. I wouldn't go back after that and cancelled my membership the next day (had to make sure I wasn't just over-reacting and truly was upset.)

Now I belong to another gym that has women's only centers. They're great and I wouldn't consider going anywhere else!
  33592859
February 4, 2013 4:20 AM
I had been going to my gym for a while and had tried to get my friend to get a membership with me. She got a week's long free pass, so she finally was able to go with me. We were doing our thing and playing around with some machines trying to get a feel for some of the weight machines that I wasn't familiar with. This guy who I knew in high school was watching us for a while and decided to come over and show us the ropes. He would NOT leave us alone. She and I were making it very clear that we were doing fine without him. Every time we tried to have a conversation, he'd interrupt us with his two cents. He tells me "Yeah I was supposed to get a job here, but I was too good." This guy is totally disgusting and the epitome of white trash. The final straw was when he pulled out his cell and showed me a picture of his abs. He hounded us some more when I finally said "MY FRIEND AND I...WE'RE GOOD." He scoffed at me and said "Well, I'm only trying to help." I said "Yeah I know, but we're good." He ran off in a huff but he has to keep his presence known. He gets on his phone and begins have loud conversation after loud conversation just to be obnoxious. Then every time he looked at me or my friend, he'd give us dirty looks.

KNOW WHEN YOUR WELCOME HAS BEEN WORN OUT.
  2789939
February 4, 2013 4:20 AM
You definitely should contact the manager about this trainer. That is totally inappropriate for him to do, not to mention incredibly rude. If the manager won't do anything about it, like others said, write a strongly worded letter to the newspaper. Word of mouth can be very powerful, and the manager should do everything in his/her power to prevent that from happening. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that, and I hope it doesn't put you off of working out elsewhere!
  33592859
February 4, 2013 4:23 AM
When my friend and I used to go to the gym together we were looking for a new personal trainer as our previous one had left the island. The female trainer was quite aggressive about taking us on so we did a trial session. It did not go well.

My friend had had multiple knee surgeries and there were certain things that she was flat out not supposed to do, the pt refused to listen to her explanation, despite having been shown the still livid scars from the operations, and attempted to bully her into things she not only shouldn't, but couldn't , do and started to belittle her on her 'lack' of effort.

Needless to say there was a confrontation with me expressing just what I thought of the woman's tactics and professionalism which was overheard by the gym owner.
  7425918
February 4, 2013 4:43 AM
As a former manager, I say get in contact, please! Good managers will definitely address your complaint with their employees, and work to see to it that you're compensated somehow for this sort of nonsense.

If the manager avoids or ignores you, go over his/her head. If it's a chain, there will be a manager beyond and probably another manager or two beyond that person as well. Just keep asking to speak with supervisors until you get things settled. Going public with your complaint can also be effective if management won't do anything. Don't just go to the papers--go to the Better Business Bureau and any other professional association that rates businesses, gyms, whatever.

I've never had bad experiences like that at gyms or with personal trainers, thank goodness, but if I did, I'd go right to the management. That is really poor and unprofessional behaviour. I think I'd want my contract cancelled, too...which is totally understandable and not at all unreasonable given the circumstances.

I'm trying to think what my worst gym experience would be, but I just can't come up with anything I consider to be really bad. Hmm. There are always those dumb guys who think they're trainers and want to tell everyone what they should be doing or how they should be doing it...haha. They're kinda funny, but also really annoying! Those dudes have been part of every single gym I've gone to. Also the guys who never wash their gym clothes, or those people who come in reeking of alcohol/garlic/whatever. UGH. But again, they're part of every gym I've ever been to. tongue
  28550113
February 4, 2013 5:12 AM
Never go through a manager. Most managers will always back up their employees. Go straight to corporate.
February 4, 2013 5:12 AM
Mine isn't how the gym treated me. Its just a pet peeve.
When 2 people (who come in together) cant get 2 treadmills next to each other - take one on either side of me and then proceed to have a full blown conversation "through" me - i was going to offer my treadmill up and switch but I was already 35 mins into a 60min run and didn't want to stop in the middle... they kept leaning foward to talk in front of me... aggh it was so frustrating and distracting... I know it is petty but really have a little consideration for those around you.
Oh yah and I love to see people working out but please dont wear the same shirt to the gym everyday without washing it.. the smell can also be quite distracting...

But I do think the OP should contact management about her issues. that is unacceptable. Good luck!!
  11812718
February 4, 2013 5:12 AM
QUOTE:

I had an appointment with a personal trainer for joining Planet Fitness a while ago, and was not in the best of shape at all. The personal trainer was this @ss of a guy who was showing me how the triceps weight machine worked and cheering me on for doing such a huge weight so well. When I looked in the mirror, he was pushing the machine so I was doing absolutely no work at all, because my triceps were wimpy. I wouldn't go back after that and cancelled my membership the next day (had to make sure I wasn't just over-reacting and truly was upset.)

Now I belong to another gym that has women's only centers. They're great and I wouldn't consider going anywhere else!

i think you overreacted. he was just trying to build up your self confidence.
February 4, 2013 5:27 AM
My worst experience was at a Golds Gym.

The staff were rude and not helpful. They had like ten TV's (all terrible quality) and over half of them were showing the same thing one Saturday morning (KID'S CARTOONS WITH NO CHILDREN IN THE ROOM). I asked them to change the channel to the food network (knowing ahead of time that they had this channel). First they take over a half hour to even walk over to the t.v. After asking them a second and then third time, the guy goes over and dinks around with the t.v. for, I kid you not, 15 minutes. He gives up and says "I just can't find it. Sorry."

I would show up for classes that they had on the schedule (pilates) on Saturdays only to find out they cancelled them and did something else instead.

When I told them that their service was horrible and their customer service was horrible and I would like to cancel my membership, they inform me that the only way I can cancel is to show up on a weekday at very limited hours (when most people with regular jobs would be at work). When we (my husband and I) left, they just laughed and said "Let 'em walk..."

My husband had some choice 4-letter words for them.

Horrible experience. I would NEVER go back. The only time I did go back is to actually quit and to hand them a hand written letter explaining in very great detail what made Planet Fitness a better gym than theirs. Terrible.
  26667485
February 4, 2013 6:13 AM
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My worst incident is one I hope no one noticed. I was so proud to be able to fit into a pair of workout pants I hadn't worn in years. Note to self: If you haven't worn a garment for years be sure to check the important seams first, especially the crotch seam! blushing


I had that happen to me at a party once! Mortifying!
February 4, 2013 6:15 AM
QUOTE:

Never go through a manager. Most managers will always back up their employees. Go straight to corporate.


You're right- the manager said it was a "personality conflict' and that I needed to 'grow up.'

I did try BBB, but they are not listed there by website or physical address.

Never thought to call the corporate office, but I am going to do that now. Thanks for the advice, everyone!
February 4, 2013 6:20 AM
The Fitness Mangers of the Personal Trainers at LA Fitness dilerberatly called me fat just to get me to buy a personal training package... I had already lost 20 lbs without the gym.... since then i never went back to a gym! grumble explode
  1387233
February 4, 2013 6:20 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

What has been your worst gym experience?

It involved a pre-workout carne asada burrito and squat day.

QUOTE:

Were you able to go back afterward?

We were all allowed to return after the hazardous materials team completed the cleanup/decon.


bahaahaahaaa *snort*
February 4, 2013 6:24 AM
i was probably twelve or thirteen at the YMCA, waiting for my family to get out of the lockerroom, and i was approached by this small boy, who appeared to have down syndrome....and he was touching himself, starring at me....worst experience in a gym ever.
February 4, 2013 6:26 AM
Absolutely spot on. Just have to handle business and not cry about it. If they delivered terrible service (and they obviously did) then you go to the management. If the contract is not allowed to be terminated without penalty then I would also involve the local papers to make sure that everyone is informed. I would also hit up a site like theconsumerist.com to make sure that it is well publicised how bad they are to their clients.

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