There are many gyms in the US, and not all of them are alike. Some are local, while others are national, and some are good while others are 'not so good'. Most national chains offer more features than local gyms, and are usually larger and better equipped.
24-Hour Fitness is among the best known national gyms, and as a large chain, has many features and perks to draw in new members. Unlike some gyms, 24 Hour Fitness offers membership that can be paid on a monthly basis, instead of a large one-time payment.
If you are considering a membership at 24 Hour Fitness, here is an overview of the of their services, features, and some the most common complaints offered by members.
There are several different types of clubs within the 24 Hour Fitness franchise: sport/super sport/ultra sport and active/fitline. The sports facilities offer sports-like amenities, including courts, sauna's, day spa's, etc. The active offers a fitness gym, equipped with fee weights and machines, treadmills, ellipticals, etc.
24 Hour Fitness offers many perks, the best of which is alluded to in it's name - the majority of 24 Hour Fitness locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it easy for anyone to go when their schedule permits.
24 Hour Fitness offers Kids Club, which is a daycare center for your children to play while you workout, and is included in your membership - you don't have to pay extra to use the service.
In addition to 24 hour access gyms, they also offer a multitude of group sessions, including: Aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, boot camp, water, dance, and cycling. They also offer personal fitness trainers for different goals, be it sports training or weight loss; the personal trainers have an additional fee associated with them.
Many of the common complaints that members have about 24 Hour Fitness is that the staff often ignores issues, or poorly deals with them. Another very common complaint is that the building is kept too hot, and it not only makes working out uncomfortable, but also makes members more irritable and shorter in patience. Finally, the largest complain seems to be in regard to financial issues, usually the cancellation or transfer of payments.
Whether you are looking for top of the line cardio equipment, free weights, group classes, or a raquetball gym, 24 Hour Fitness offers something for nearly everyone, and with 370 + locations throughout the US, your likely to find one in your city.