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Gold's Gym International / no respect

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I was excited when I was living with roommates and we all decided to join a gym together. Strength in numbers, you know.

We went in to a Gold's Gym and told the man (let's call him "Brady") that we were thinking about joining. He got excited. You know they get paid for commission. Almost like a cartoon, his pupils turned to green dollar bill signs... $^$

There were so many papers and he rushed them by all of us. We were reluctant to join because to get the deal we wanted, we had to join for 2 years.

Us: Well we are just roommates and won't be living together for that long. Perhaps we shouldn't join.

Brady: That will be fine. I'll sign this paper saying that upon termination, your cancellation fee will be $0 when one of you ladies decides to move out.

Well, as predicted, our rental lease ended, and we all headed our different ways. I had forgotten about the gym membership until the auto-withdrawal hit my bank account.

I called to cancel.

Golds Gym: Well we are sorry, but you can't just cancel like that. In the contract it states (*in very fine writing I might add*) that you have to move at least 25 miles away from the nearest Golds Gym.

Me: You're kidding. Brady never told us anything about us. In fact, the opposite. He told us that for sure once we left we could cancel.

Golds Gym: Well I'm sorry if someone told you something. I wasn't there. You signed the contract.


My old roommate and I decided that she would make a "rental agreement" for her parents house (at least 25 miles away from the nearest Gold's!) to cancel the membership.

So today I called Gold's Gym just to get an update on the situation...

Me: My old roommate is working on faxing me her new lease agreement to void out the contract.

Golds Lady: "Well that doesn't matter. The only one that can cancel the contract is you, since you are the one that the contract is under. You have to be the one that moves over 25 miles away from the nearest gold's gym."

Me: "Well that's not what I was told when I signed it. In fact, I was told the opposite. Brady understood that we were all going to be staying around, just not living together in the future, and proceeded to sign us up for this contract."

Lady: "Well, I can't do anything about what anybody TOLD you. You signed the contract, and that's what it says. You're obligated to abide by it".

Me: "You know what. Just forget it. How much does it cost to just cancel the membership all together?"

Lady: "You can't".

Me: Pardon? I believe I can. How much does it cost?

Lady: No. You cannot cancel a contract. You may only transfer it to someone else's name. But there is no cancelling. Period.

Me: You've got to be kidding me.

Lady: No.

Me: Well I can't accept this. There's got to be something we can do.

Lady: no.

Me: I don't believe you. I need to be transferred to someone else.

Lady: Ok.

Proceeds to transfer me to someone else that doesn't answer, and I have to leave a voicemail.

No one called back.

I call again 6 hours later and talk to a different girl (surprise, surprise). I tell her I've looked over the contract I sign, and I see where it says that a member has to move 25 miles away for the contract to be void. However, it doesn’t say ANYWHERE that it has to be the "Primary" member. Just member.

More arguing continues.

ME: Does this seem like good customer service to you? I mean, do you think I'm going to come away feeling treated with respect? Do you think I for one second would recommend this gym to ANYONE?

Lady: (no answer)

Me: I mean, honestly, how many argumentative conversations like this do you have a day?

Lady: I'm not sure.

Me: Ok. Never mind. So if I'm going to stay with my sister in Oregon this summer for a few days, can I have her write up a lease agreement for me to sign, and cancel the membership?

Lady: If it's 25 miles away, and if it's official-looking.

Me: Official-LOOKING?

Lady: Yes.

It doesn't have to be official. Just official-looking. From the mouth of a Golds Gym Employee.


Bottom-line: After having the time to read the contract OVER and OVER, it says in at least 2 different places that "No oral promises or statements are part of this contract".

Translation: We will tell you whatever we feel like to get you to join and don't have to honour it.

Last night I was watching an SVU episode where a bad cop told a Mentally ###ed man that if he just signed the paper (admission of guilt to several murders), that he could go home to his mother. Obviously the man didn't get to see his mother again. Not for 18 years.

Striking similarity.

At any rate, if you ever... EVER think about joining Gold's Gym, please don't.

Apple Fitness, Planet Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness... whatever. Join them. I am 100% positive that they will treat you with more respect and service than Gold's.

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  • Va
      20th of Jun, 2008
    0 Votes
    Gold's Gym International - Rip off
    Gold's Gym International
    United States

    Gold's Gym, Malden MA. It appears just like all other Gold's Gyms this one is in on the "contract" scam. We were given a very long talk by the Gold's Gym "operative" who told us that we would be able to cancel, and we stupidly signed a contract. Now, as we can't stand the Gym with all it's noise and posers we can't get out of the contract. So are we going to end up paying the full 24 months!?! I don't know...but I'm going to try everything I can to stop this abuse.

  • Da
      26th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    I joined golds gym and signed a 1 year contract for $40 a month. I paid up to 10 months and called telling them i moved and the lady said that i just have two payments left. I said ok i'll pay the $80 since i did sign the contract. My contract was up and they billed me yet again the next month. I called and asked why and they said I have to give a thirty day written notice so i did. I then call billing and 20 days later and they said they had no request for my cancellation. I called up my gym and they said billing doesn't take care of it but a company out of state does. I call billing back and they said that they didn't know there was an out of state headquarters. My last draft date is December 1st. Once I am billed I will change my debit card number. If they have the audacity to seNd me a bill in the mail and a have my cancellation contract i will take them to court. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT JOINING GOLDS GYM JUST RUN HOME, ITS FREE ANYWAY. THIS GOLDS GYM IS IN THE INNER CITY AND THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY BLACK PEOPLE. GOLDS GYM IS WORSE THAN THE IRS AND GOD HELP YOU IF YOU GET A BLACK EMPLOYEE ON THE PHONE CAUSE THEY ARE JUST DUMB LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS.

  • Bi
      26th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    David is right. There are too many black people that look like scrubs there. I think they are getting in free while us whites have to pay to get in. ### ###S. THEY SAY CRACKER ON TV AND I AM OFFENDED. ### GOLDS GYM AND THEIR ### LOVER WAYS.

  • Hs
      23rd of Dec, 2008
    0 Votes

    So get this! I bought the two year membership and now a few months later...they close the doors! Going out of business! Another member renewed their membership Wednesday for a year, and they closed the doors the next day! What a scam! How can they get away with this?

  • Ta
      14th of Feb, 2012
    0 Votes

    Twlight Zone... need I say any more.

  • Ta
      14th of Feb, 2012
    0 Votes

    TWILIGHT ZONE... need I say anymore?

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