Avoid LA Sh*tness at all costs!!!!!
LAKE GROVE, NEW YORK -- I joined LA Sh*tness a year ago because I was living at school in Stony Brook and there weren't any other gyms around that town that I knew of, so I pretty much had no choice, seeing as how the gyms Stony Brook provides its students with are overcrowded and under-equipped. I wish I would have known that there was both a Bally's and a World Gym very close by before I joined LAS. I very deeply regret the day I stepped foot into that gym.
I walked in told the lady at the desk I was interested in a membership and I wanted to know the price. She snubbed me about the price but started acting overly kind to me and gave me the 'grand tour.' (They work on commission.) The tour lasted about ten minutes and all I wanted to know was the price but she wouldn't tell me until the tour was over. This whole time all the employees were giving me that fake-nice, no-pressure-but-there-really-is-pressure attitude that you would expect from a typical low-life used car salesman, which I did not appreciate.
The lady told me that it was $50 a month with a $150 initiation fee (which is ridiculous), and it took ten minutes of me negotiating and her not budging for her to finally mention that the initiation fee would be $50 less if I only wanted to use that LAS and no other LA Sh*tnesses. But otherwise the prices were not negotiable. Also the first and last months' payments were due at signing and you have to give them a credit card number.
When you cancel, you have to tell them at least 10 days before your next payment is due THEN the $50 you spent on your last month is applied for one final month of membership. So, if you realize 9 days before your next payment what a sh*t-hole LAS is, you still will be charged $50 for another month, then the $50 you already spent will be applied towards your final month. So, you could be stuck for up to 69 days at a gym you no longer want to work out at.
This is because the people that run LAS are so grimy that they need to ensure their incoming cash flow even if their members don't want to work out at LAS anymore.
So, the prices were a lot higher than I expected but I had no choice, so I joined. The first thing I didn't like about LAS was the music they played on the radio, which you had to listen to unless you wanted to work out with headphones or ear buds - which to me are annoying and get in the way. It was nonstop Top 40 Miley Cyrus Taylor Swift Lady Gaga Kanye West bullsh*t. They never played any good music and to top it all off, in between every song, they played a cheesy-ass LA Sh*tness commercial - which got real annoying, real fast.
The next thing about LAS that pissed me off was when they tried to get me to hire one of their "personal trainers." As a new member, every time I walked into the gym, they would bug me to schedule their stupid "complimentary fitness assessment" which I knew was just a lame attempt at selling me a personal trainer. So, to shut them up I finally did it. They made me fill out a f*cking stupid sheet about my goals then walked me through a dumb*ss 30 minute circuit workout, which sucked. Then they sat me down - and after I kept telling them I couldn't afford and didn't need nor want a personal trainer - they say "Alright let's do this: $80 a month and you get 2 sessions each month." I couldn't even believe they would make an offer like that, so needless to say I turned it down. Then they say "Okay, how about this - $40 dollars a month for one session a month" I'm not kidding. So, that was a complete f*cking waste of my time.
But for me the last straw was when they clipped my lock and threw it out. I would leave my lock on their lockers overnight, because there was an abundance of lockers and I saw that plenty of other people did it. (I would sometimes work out at night and leave right before they closed.) So one day I show up, walk to my locker and someone else's lock is on it. I go up to the front desk and ask them what happened and they told me they clipped it. By the way, nowhere in the locker room or in the gym were there any signs posted saying that you couldn't leave locks overnight, nor was there any fair warning that they clip locks.
So, I wanted to talk to the manager about this because it had really pissed me off. Every day I went to that gym, I would walk in, ask to speak to the manager, they would tell me he was out to lunch, I would work out for an hour, on my way out I'd ask again to speak to him and they would tell me he was still stuffing his fat face (not in those words, obviously).
After 2 weeks, I finally tracked this guy down. His name is Jon and ironically this gym manager is a bald, fat sack of crap. Anyway I told him what had happened and asked if the gym could reimburse me considering I had to go out and buy a new lock and I missed a workout (no gym clothes or lock) because the gym I pay so much money to be a member of unfairly clipped my lock. After a long argument he refused to just give me $5 for the lock I had to replace. Jon was trying to get me to leave so he could go on with his busy schedule of eating everything in sight, so he was like "Okay let's move on and let this be a learning experience" and I said "Okay well you can learn from it too. You should put signs up in the locker room warning people that you clip locks left overnight, so this same situation doesn't happen to another paying customer." And Jon refused to even do that.
So I cancelled my membership. But I couldn't simply tell them “I want to stop coming to the gym, so stop charging me.” I had to postmark a cancellation request to their headquarters in California. Then I was still being charged money to belong to a gym that I hated with every fiber of my being for another 2 months. And now they keep pestering me with emails every week trying to get me to rejoin, which is just another reason I regret joining.
I just want to mention one more thing. LA Sh*tness does not have the atmosphere of a real gym. The company likes to refer to itself as a "fitness studio." They have the atmosphere of a "fitness studio." So if you are the kind of douchebag that would prefer to work out in a "fitness studio" rather than a gym or weight room, and you listen to sh*tty music and don't mind signing a contract that milks every last penny out of you, then LA Sh*tness is for you. But if you are a normal person just looking for a good place to work out at a fair price, then please STAY THE F*CK AWAY FROM LA SH*TNESS!!!!!