LL C2W3D6: Entering the Evil Empire

I have a “free guest pass and trainer consultation” with the local Bally Total Fitness in Winter Park at noon today. Bally is one of the gyms I am thinking about joining in December/January after I move from my convenient little apartment just 2 miles away from the office to a townhouse 26 miles to the northeast. At that point I’ll need a gym with locations close to both work and home, and so far only Bally and LA Fitness fit the bill.

I’m leaning toward the newer and slightly cheaper LA Fitness right now, but I’m willing to let the Bally people try to talk me around as long as they are willing to match or beat the rates at the other gym. In any case, I’ll get access to a gym today while I’m away from home, so it’s all good. I hate to give money to the evil empire that is Bally, but hey, a girl’s gotta work out somewhere, and Gold’s doesn’t practice the reciprocity between locations in the same hassle-free manner.

On a more grim note, I missed my Leanness Lifestyle Lean Account goal for last week of 136.5 lbs, so my negative leverage kicked in: No splurge meals until I hit my target. I’m down to 137 today, though, so perhaps this will only last for a week or two. It’s a good thing I didn’t put down “Will not work on Pink Dumbbells until I reach my weekly weight target” for my leverage!

UPDATE: I toured the local Bally (which I’ve already seen before since I went in as my father’s guest last Christmas week–it’s one of the older gyms in the area and the equipment is kind of old school compared to the shiny MTV Gold’s Gym in Dr. Phillips) and heard the sales pitch. They tried to sell me the regional package for $47/month + $149 enrollment fee for a month-to-month membership, or $42/month + $149 enrollment fee for a 3 year contract at first, but I nipped that in the bud by showing them the print out from Globalfit.com, a subcontractor that negotiates reduced month-to-month membership rates for people qualified through their employer’s health insurance plans. Globalfit’s regional plan for Bally is $36.95/month + $118 enrollment fee. I also “accidentally” allowed my printed LA Fitness guest pass with that club’s $34.99/month + $149 enrollment fee price quote to be seen.

The regular sales associate sent for the assistant manager at this point as I no doubt appeared quite perturbed at the outrageous membership fees he was quoting me. 😉

After I pointed out that it would be cheaper for me to join Bally through Globalfit or just go with LA Fitness, the assistant manager offered to reduce the enrollment fee to $99 and suddenly recalled that they were running a special free regional membership upgrade for this weekend only, so the 3 year contract would only be $36/month instead of $42 ($36 base local club membership + $6 for the perk of being allowed to work out in any of the Orlando area gyms).

I then asked about the special paid-in-full deal on the original price sheet–Pay for 2 years up front, and get a 3rd year free. Was the regional upgrade applicable to that deal?

The assistant manager trotted off to check with “corporate” about this question.

When he came back, he said that he could extend the upgrade to the paid-in-full contract for a total of $924.48 for three years of regional club access, or $25.68/month with NO enrollment fee.

I then made an even bigger pain of myself by pointing to the “Add a family member for just $16 more per month” clause on the price sheet.

“Hey, my father is a member of Bally with a national plan. Could he add ME to his membership for $16/month? Wouldn’t this give me the national access plan, too? Do I get any perks for signing up as a new account for $25.68 versus just having my father add me to his plan?”

The poor manager looked pretty sad and resigned then. He admitted that he couldn’t really beat that deal and even gave me the phone number for the corporate headquarters so my dear Daddoo could call in and get me added if I decided to go that route. I also got him to write down the paid-in-full rate with the free regional upgrade just in case the family add-on thing doesn’t work out. Overall, I thought that was a pretty productive meeting.

Then I motored over to LA Fitness down the road to check out their facilities and get their rate quote. Unfortunately, LA Fitness is a flat rate establishment, and they could care less if you sign up or not. The desk clerk took me on a quick 3 minute tour of the place, then waved and told me to have a good workout. I spent the next hour and a half there getting in both cardio and workout 5 in the Full Body Blitz Muscle Audio Professor series.

The gym was quite a bit prettier and newer than the Bally, but it didn’t really offer anything more than the older facility. My gym needs are pretty modest: squat rack, free weights, a handful of cable/lever machines, 2-3 different cardio machines, and a functioning shower. Bally may not be the newest gym around, but they’ve got the basics and they will be cheap. They also toss in a free monthly physical assessment and body fat measurement with a trainer.

I shall go ask dearest Daddy Wang about putting his elder daughter on the gym plan tomorrow. (Pity I can’t get HIS deal–$110/year. He quit Bally after his initial contract was up a few years ago, and they wooed him back last year by offering him the national plan for $110 a year. Now THAT’S a deal!)

Don’t look at me like that. I do plan to set up my billpay to send him a $16 check every month to cover my membership fee. I may be a tightwad, but I don’t freeload!

Nutrition: Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)

1: 1/2 can tuna, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal with 1 T. raisins
2: 1/2 can tuna, 1 pear, 1/2 T. peanut butter
3: 2/3 c. low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 T. oats
4: 3 oz. Caribbean jerk chicken breast, 1/2 c. rice, 2/3 c. sauteed Napa cabbage
5: 2/3 c. low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 T. oats
6: SGX meal

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

1:00 PM Cardio – Run (6 mph / 0% incline / 20 minutes)
1:20 PM MAP Full Body Blitz workout #5 (60 minutes)

The Awful Truth:
1. Took a break from Yourself Fitness today. Will do fitness assessment tomorrow first thing in the morning.

Brownie Points:
1. Stayed on plan today while away from home.
2. Got decent price quote from Bally.
3. Had a great workout at LA Fitness.

Short-term Goals:
1. Turn in read library books.
2. Get blog function working properly at PinkDumbbells.com
3. Deposit new FSA check.
4. Put car registration back into glove compartment.
5. Create logo/banner for PDB.
6. Upload HandBase workout module.

2 thoughts on “LL C2W3D6: Entering the Evil Empire

  1. I’ve been a member of LA Fitness for over 5 or 6 years now. I love it! I couldn’t imagine myself at any other gym. They open at 5 too… I don’t think any of gym around here does that!

  2. Good job on gym hunting:claplow: Bally always do that, in my Bally in NY, they have a whole big group of sales team and if u r good, u can fight for the best price ever! I’d finished my 3 yrs contract and they gave me a price of $10/mo for renewal, after that will be 10% increase every year. It is a decent price in NY.

    Good luck on your new place and new gym 😀


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