6 Things Your Corporate Gym Doesn’t Want You To Know East Bay

Hey there hope your doing awesome and that your achieving your fitness goals. It’s the holiday season and that means lots of parties, drinking, and eating tons of high calorie food.

At the end of the holidays most people start to think about making a new years resolution and getting in shape is always on most people’s mind at the beginning of the year.

join a local east bay health club and start to exercise during and after the holiday season

But before you join a health club or gym, there are a few things you need to know before you spend your hard earned money.

Now I can say that I’m an expert when it comes to health clubs because for 10 years I’ve managed gyms and was a corporate trainer for many years.

But before you go and shop around for a health club or gym, here are 6 things that these big box gyms don’t want you to know:

1) Most of these gyms don’t care if you continue working out. You see corporate gyms make money on the volume of it’s members. They know that the average person will come and utilize the facility for the first 3-4 months and stop coming.

 crowded east bay health club

If a gym was able to keep 100% of it’s members coming every single day, they would be in violation of breaking sometype of fire hazard and will have tons of drop off because it would be too crowded. Most gyms will have over 10,000 active members paying on a monthly basis and have an average of 2,000 members that come and workout consistently.

Once they sign you up, they forget about you and they are onto the next person to sell a membership too.

2) They make it hard for you to cancel your membership. If you want to cancel your membership for any reason, they will make it extremely difficult for you to cancel.

most east bay gyms don't want to give you a refund

They may never return your calls and will make you jump through tons of hoops and pay expensive cancellation fees.

3) There sales staff doesn’t know anything about fitness. The funny thing with MOST corporate gyms is that their sales staff is extremely uneducated about fitness.

most coporate gym sales reps are clueless and uneducated about fitness

They are the wrong people to ask questions too about proper nutrition and how to workout. The next time you go to the gym, notice how out of shape these sales reps are. If these health clubs are trying to sell fitness, don’t you think that their staff should be in shape?

4) When you move away from the health club, you have to move exactly 25 miles away from any nearby club. Their is one stipulation in most contracts when your trying to get out of your membership. You must move EXACTLY 25 miles away from the nearest club.

When I mean EXACTLY 25 miles, I mean EXACTLY 25 miles away from the nearest corporate club you signed with. I had a friend who was moving away and it was going to be a waste of money and commute to continue her membership with that club.

But unfortunatley her health club wouldn’t let her discontinue her membership because she moved 24.8 miles away from her gym. Because she didn’t move EXACTLY 25 miles away, she had to continue paying off the rest of her 3 year contract.

5) There is a high turn over rate with their personal training staff. Have you ever noticed at your health club new trainers popping up on the gym floor all the time? That’s because the average corporate trainer only lasts 90 days.

most corporate gyms have a high turnover rate with it's personal trainers

Most of these trainers lose their jobs because they are unable to get any of the members to buy personal training from them. Because personal trainers are naturally not salesman, they have a harder time adjusting to the nature of the corporate gym.

Corporate gyms are driven by revenue just like most businesses. Most of these trainers have monthly quotas that they need to meet in order to keep their jobs. If these trainers don’t meet their monthly quotas, eventually the health clubs will let them go.

there are a high turnover rate with east bay personal trainers in corporate gyms

It’s very unfortunate because the corporate gym enviroment encourages it’s sales rep and trainers to sell and make money instead of educating it’s members on fitness.

In time, some of these trainers lose site of why they got into the fitness industry in the first place…and that is to help change people’s lives.

6) If you want to save money on purchasing a gym membership…sign up on holidays, on the weekends, or at the end of the month. Here’s a secret that corporate gyms don’t want you to know and that most of their sales reps will lower their membership rates on holidays, weekends, and at the end of the month.

daily discounts from an east bay corporate gym

Because corporate gym employees have monthly quotas that they need to meet their revenue goals before the end of their month if they want to get their bonuses.

Because weekends and holidays are slow, most of these sales reps are dying to make a sale during these days. Sometimes the company will give these reps an extra incentive to make sales on the weekends and on holidays because these days are sooo slow.

So if you want to join your local gym, sign up on those days. Guaranteed that these reps are just a few thousand dollars off from hitting their montly goals that they will lower their rates to make a sale.

I hope you found these tips helpful in choosing your health club this holiday season.

I’d love to hear your comments and questions at the bottom.

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