O woe, WOE is me….
Y’all remember last year when I
threw a hissy fit expressed displeasure at my then-gym’s insistence that a change in management required me to “re-enroll” (and pay an enrollment fee) to continue my membership. I pouted mulled things over for a bit, finally deciding to take advantage of the situation to evaluate all the gyms within 2-3 miles of my house. There were quite a few, and I liked something about each one.
After much debate, I finally decided on 24HourFitness. I’ve had some great workouts (*BOSU love*), met some nice people, and received some nice compliments on my form from various trainers. No regrets here on my choice!
But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and this good thing may be ending. My membership expired at the same time that I received an offer letter for a year’s prepaid membership at a great rate. I should have been suspicious when I received the letter on the day it expired, but I dutifully hustled over to the gym with my checkbook in hand.
“Nope,” they said. “This is a corporate thing and you have to sign up through them. Call the number on the letter.” Never mind that the letter expressly lists visiting the gym (first!) as one of the ways to sign up for the offer, I obligingly step to the side and call the number on the letter.
“No,” the polite Indian lady said. “We can’t enroll you in the that program over the phone. You have to go to the gym.”
“I”m in the lobby of the gym, and they said I have to call you.”
“We can’t enroll you over the phone. You have to go to the gym.”
“I’m AT the gym! They said to call you!”
Repeat that couplet a few more times and you get the picture of how that little interaction turned out. So I returned to the desk…and learned that no one who could help me was in the house. The clerk took a copy of my letter and my phone number and assured me the club manager would call me the next day.
That was two days ago. On a lark, I tried enrolling online (the letter listed that as the third way I could take advantage of the offer), but I’m sure you can guess how that turned out.
And so, I’m in limbo again. I’ll drop by the gym tomorrow, but I’m not hopeful they’re going to honor the offer. Their other current offer is about twice what my old gym is charging, so I’m thinking I’ll drop by there to see if anything has changed in my absence.
I like the staff at 24Hour Fitness, but the old gym is looking good for several reasons:
1) cost (save about $100/year)
2) proximity (less than a mile from my house)
3) open 24/7, 365 days a year (oddly, 24 Hour Fitness isn’t open 24 hours and closes for some holidays)
My plan is to complete my two visits and ponder for a few days. Meanwhile, I’ve got some heavy-duty projects to do around the house, and I’m going to explore the exercise programs available on my On Demand cable package. If I feel like I’m getting in enough exercise with walking/biking, projects, and exercise TV, I may just stick with no gym for a while. Time will tell.
This might not have been such a big deal if a) I didn’t take my exercise so seriously, and b) it came on a weekend that I had to contact several companies (mainly hotels) who haven’t been doing what they said they’d do. Grrrr….
It’s part of my nature to expect something good to come from all this, so I’m expecting an awesome Monday! I hope yours is half as amazing!