LA Fitness Informative - Buyer Beware - Gym Contracts
When joining a gym, read, read, READ the contract before signing! LA Fitness has an aggressive sales staff that has specific sales quotas to fill each month, and they will spin information, make empty promises, and woo you to make the sale. It is no different than an auto dealership, so be smart before you buy. Ask for the best deal possible. Ask to waive "sign-up," "activation," or "new membership" fees - these are implemented to keep monthly membership dues competitive with other gyms. Personal training contracts are also aggressively marketed and sold and are a HUGE money-maker for the company, but don't be impressed by the sales pitch - trainers are paid a mere $6 per session and the corporation pockets the rest after the salesperson gets their commission. As such, underpaid trainers are not heavily invested in their clients and are essentially just a paid workout buddy. Most trainers work full-time and can have up to a 100 clients a week, which doesn't really allow them the time necessary to individualize or concentrate on your 30-minute workout session or help with your personal needs. If you're looking for an individualized workout to meet specific goals, don't waste your money on one at LA Fitness - it literally isn't worth it. Go to a reputable personal trainer that isn't linked to a fitness chain where the emphasis is on making money off members rather than achieving your fitness goals.