In an effort to budget and pay off my debt, I decided it was time to let go of my $20-per-month membership at my local big box gym. Even though I have my own little studio with a weight bench, kettlebells, resistance bands and dumbbells and my own equipment at home, I thought it was worth it to keep the membership “just in case” I wanted to run on a treadmill, as it was such a cheap membership rate and I knew their prices would increase soon. Considering I haven’t stepped foot in that gym in a year and a half, I knew it was time for me to cancel my membership.
But I was nervous about it.
Remember that episode of Friends when Chandler tries to quit the gym?
Of course you do.
Well, that actually happens.
Every time I’ve left a gym I’m usually met with some form of resistance, attempts to get me to stay, special “secret” deal offers, and loads of paperwork to fill out.
I get why they do that. But c’mon.
This time when I approached the bubbly front desk associate at said big box gym and asked to cancel my membership, her mood immediately changed and I was asked the usual first question: “Oh. Why?”
I explained I haven’t been in a year and a half and I’m actually a personal trainer now with my own studio.
“Oh. Okay,” she replied. This might be easier than I thought, I was thinking.
As the front desk associate started to bring up my file on the computer, she picked up then phone and rang up to management. “We’ve got a cancellation here.” Click.
Uh oh… here we go, I thought.
Within minutes the manager came down. “Hi,” he says.
“She’s got her own gym,” the associate informs him, coldly.
“Well, it’s just a small private studio downtown,” I replied.
He looks at me. “Oh? Well we have 3,000 square feet of space here, tons of classes, spin bikes and a whole section of TRXs. Do you have a TRX?”
“And kettlebells. Do you have kettlebells?”
“Yeah, I have a full set.”
“Oh. Well we’re expanding soon so this gym will be even bigger.”
“That’s great for you…”
By that point the associate had processed everything and I was free to go. As I was signing my freedom papers the manager disappeared.
Part of me wanted to say, I may have a small studio with minimal equipment, but at least I actually care about my clients and don’t yap to them during their entire training session like I’ve seen your trainers do, create completely custom programs that are safe and effective AND don’t try to upsell clients on more training/fat loss programs that they don’t need. Ugh.
Don’t get me wrong: big box gyms are great places to get fit and are often more affordable than smaller boutique gyms. I’ve been a member of several over the years, but have never bought into their upsell bullshit. I remember one gym I joined made me do some kind of body assessment before I could go workout. The told me to stand of this scale and did a bunch of other measurements, then sat me down and said, “Well 20 percent body fat is in the okay range. But you could really look good at 18 percent. So here are the four personal training plan packages we offer.” GTFO.
Have you ever tried to quit the gym? How did it go? Have you ever signed up for personal training at the gym? What are your gym pet peeves?
Thanks Amanda for the link-up 🙂