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24 Hour Fitness

A United States-based chain of gyms.

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Exercising is easier (and practical) with 24 Hour Fitness!

  • Jul 19, 2010
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Last May, I began looking at different options for gyms to go to. For a year, I was paying monthly to keep my membership at the gym at the college I graduated from. But as I began to notice, what I was paying was not what you would consider an alumni benefit. And as much as I loved having a reason to keep going back to Loyola Marymount, I had to go out of my way to make the most of my gym that had only a single location, not to mention the student hours that were growing more and more inconvenient. 

Using my parents membership at Costco, I'm now with 24 Hour Fitness. It's been one of the greatest switches in service that I've ever done. I've waited a couple of months to put this review up. If you're looking for some honest talk about this gym chain, I hope you find what I have to say useful to your decision.  Here are some of the main points that most people think about when choosing out a gym: 

PRICE & VALUE

This was probably the biggest factor for me when choosing a gym. Even when there is no promotion, 24 Hour still manages to stay competitive in their pricing. The plan I got was $299 for 2 years, which comes out to $12.50/month. If you're somebody that fluctuates in gym activity (and you have the intention to improve your consistency in keeping yourself going to exercise,) 24 Hour Fitness's pricing is enough for you to get a lot of value in your visits while keeping 'money wasted' at a low when you choose to slack off.

HOURS & LOCATIONS

At LMU, I was paying $34/month for access to ONE gym location and hours that had it opening as late as 10AM on the weekends and closing as early as 8PM on At LMU, I was paying $34/month for access to ONE gym location that had hours that had the gym opening as late as 10AM on the weekends and closing as early as 8PM on Fridays. Realizing just what value 24 was just with the hours and locations they offered was not difficult at all. Most of the facilities are open around the clock, and there are locations both near my home AND work. Knowing that keeping in mind my gym's hours has never been an issue since my switch and knowing no matter where I am, I'll be close to a gym has been close to a luxury! 

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE

If you need to be pampered when you work out, 24 isn't going to be for you. The most noticeable difference in my switch from LMU was the maintenance that was noticeable at 24 Hour. Since tons of people are members, their equipment is used more often and doesn't get replaced/maintained as fast or as often as they should. If you go during peak hours, you'll feel like you're walking through the mall during the holidays; it is severely packed. There is often a wait for cardio machines, and weights often go misplaced off the racks.  You'll have to keep in mind when you go to the gym to adjust to your working out preferences. It's easy to do this with 24 hour, but for some people the crowds can be tough.

In other words, 24 hour isn't the country club feel. But as good as the towel service and assigned lockers were at LMU, these were things that were enough to keep me from giving a little up in order to get a lot more. 

GROUP CLASSES

I took advantage of few group classes at LMU, mostly because the times they had classes were organized in the same time frames as class schedules were, and many of them were held during early morning or late afternoon (right before classes began and ended.) At 24, classes are offered throughout the day that align with normal work schedules (before 9AM, during lunch hours, after 6PM.) The classes are great and give a good switch from working out on your own. My favorite thing about the group classes at 24 is that you can jump into a class without worrying about being the 'new person.' Because of the nature of gym memberships, there are always new faces - so being intimidated to try something new is never an issue. 

A COUPLE OF RANDOM THINGS

Because your membership gets you to more than one location, it's nice to know which gym has what you need. Basketball courts, swimming pools, saunas, etc. 24 has a great website to let you know where you can find what you're looking for. Class schedules are updated every week, so you can quickly check what is going on. 

And just because I came from a gym located within a college, I have to say that parking has never been easier! 

I love the incentive they give new members. For the first 6 months, you can manage your online account and earn medals and badges for working out and completing tasks like identifying your goals, attending a group class, or bringing a friend to work out with. You can earn prizes like free sessions with personal trainers, gym equipment or nutritional products. I'm working to get my Motorola blue tooth headphones!

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All in all, I'm VERY satisfied with my purchase. 24 Hour has given me everything I've needed to be accountable of my health without any excuses! Saving money, open 24 hours, several locations, friends to work out with, etc. 24 Hour is simply practical. Highly recommended! 

(I still love you, LMU!)

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July 19, 2010
Welcome to the 24 family! Glad to hear that you're happy with your switch because I remember how upset you were at having to leave LMU's gym! Hmmmm, I never heard about the online account, or maybe they just didn't have it when I signed up a few years ago, but that's neat. And while their group classes aren't the best, they are decent, too, and you do get a nice work out and more bang for your buck.

For your particular plan, did you discuss renewal options with them?  I initially paid several hundred dollars for a 4 or 5 year plan with them and each year thereafter for the rest of my life is $29 or something ridiculously low like that.  By the way, you should join the Healthy Lifestyle community and add your review there!  Thanks for sharing, Angelo :)
 
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24 Hour Fitness is the world's largest (by memberships) privately owned and operated fitness center chain, and 3rd in number of clubs behind Gold's Gym and Fitness First of the UK. It currently has 425 clubs in the U.S.A. The company's corporate office is located in Carlsbad, California. The operations' headquarters is in San Ramon, California in the Bay area. 24 Hour Fitness has over 19,000 employees. The founder is Mark S. Mastrov and current CEO is Carl Liebert III. 24 Hour Fitness is currently a subsidiary of the private equity firm Forstmann Little & Company, since its acquisition in a $1.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

Club Levels

24 Hour Fitness currently has 6 levels of Clubs: Fit-Lite, Express, Active, Sport, Super-Sport, and Ultra-Sport. In addition 24 Hour Fitness has signature clubs with Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O'Neal, as well as Jackie Chan and Yao Ming in its clubs in Asia.

Ultra-Sport

Generally over 100,000+ Square Feet Amenities include Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Group X Room, Kid's Club, Basketball Court, Pool, Tanning, Executive Lockers, Massage, Racquetball Club, Rock Climbing and Volleyball. There is only 1 open Ultra-Sport level club, located in Irvine, California. The Second Ultra-Sport level club is coming to New York City, New York on 31 August 2008, and the third is planned for Northern Colorado in 2009.

Super-Sport

Generally over 50,000+ Square Feet, Cardio Equipment, ...

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