Posted by m, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 8:28 am
Plunging membership, economic hard times ... Club Sport was giving away memberships for awhile. There are a number of alternative exercise facilities available in the area. Exotic fitness may not stand the test of the times.
Posted by Ryan, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 27, 2010 at 11:34 am
m: wow, I had no idea Club Sport was giving away memberships.
As for there being a number of facilities available in the area: I can't think if one that allows 24-hour access to a pool. Also the San Ramon club has been getting progressively more crowded in previous months (and is totally packed during peak times).
Re: "exotic fitness" 24-hour super sport isn't *quite* in that category (from what I hear Club Sport does but the fact they aren't open 24/7 makes them a subpar option for me). I would argue that a 24hr super sport would be both popular and pose a serious problem for club sport (as I believe such a club, assuming they ever build it, would be in the sweet spot for local demand).
Posted by Qwerty, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm
I haven't heard anything, but I hope the new facility, if it ever materializes, will provide better customer service than regular 24 hour fitness centers.
I briefly considered signing up for the existing smaller facility to use primarily when it's too hot or too rainy to exercise outdoors or when I want to work out after dark. However, I found the staff members incredibly pushy and was so turned off that I never went back. I wanted to sign up for a 14 day trial, but they wanted either my credit card number or bank account info and for me to fill out tons of forms. I told them I did not feel comfortable providing that information until after i was finished with the trial period, provided I liked the facility. They gave me a very hard time over that and seemed to be pushing very hard to get me to sign up before I really had a feel for the place.
I personally felt that planet fitness has a more congenial staff. I've also been pleasantly surprised by the flexibility of Gold's Gym letting people sign up for a trial period without being pressured into signing up for other stuff.
Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2010 at 3:45 am
I've done both ClubSport (in Pleasanton) and 24-hour Super Sport (in San Ramon). ClubSport is a lot better (service, atmosphere, more stuff to use to work out, etc). I know some people who have worked at 24-hour and the only goal there is to sale memberships. Once you are a member, they don't care too much, because there goal is to sell stuff. Additionally, the personal trainers there go through a VERY short course and are used more as sales people even while "training you" (I don't use them anyways).
With that said, I'm currently a 24-hour member because of a deal I got through Costco. $300 for two years, which is very cheap. The deal only works at Fit-Lite, Express, Active, and Sport Clubs (not Super-Sport) - which is fine with me. Ironically, when I went into 24 with my Costco paperwork I got in the mail, the 24 employees were asking me if I already had paid Costco because they had two "great" deals going on. The deals were pay $25/month to month or pay $200 for one year today (which works out to about $17/month. Umm hello, the Costco deal is around $12.50 per month soo I think I have the better rate alread, but thanks for trying to screw me out of money. Amazing how people are all about the commission there.
Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2010 at 3:49 am
Also, keep in mind you can not upgrade the 24 deal to Super-Sport.
A couple years ago there were talks of people suing 24 because they would add a couple small amenities (i.e. warm towels) to their smaller clubs and re-name them Super-Sport. This meant people who didn't upgrade and pay hundreds more for Super-Sport couldn't go (even if it was at the same location!). Look it up on Google. Their business practices are unique. Sure hope they don't do that to Pleasanton.
Posted by Kay, a resident of the Pleasanton Village neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm
Has anyone heard anything about Gold's Gym closing their new facility on Santa Rita Road? I was a member at Kathy's Fitness and transferred my membership to Gold's so I could stay in the area. I went to the facility today and there was a sign that said "this location is closed, sorry for the inconvenience." I called the phone number that was on the schedule and it just rang - no answering machine or voicemail. I'd really like to know what's going on. Comments?
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm
Gold's was having problems with their permits. I don't know the full story, but I found it strange because it wasn't like they were changing the function of the place, just remodeling... Can somebody elaborate?
I am extremely irritated because I was paid up for a full year. They're refunding, but now I have to go to the San Ramon Kathy's facility, and I don't want to continue making that commute. I also don't know where I'm going to find anything to equal the rate that I got at Gold's.