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Wow Work out World / apparently a hustle / scam

1 12805 Valley ViewLa Mirada, CA, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 877-296 9225

After reading a glowing ad offering lifetime membership for only $19.99 per month, we went down to see this great gym. It was a storefront that was "under construction". We saw three demo machines, were shown floor plans and sample photos of what it's going to be like. They wanted us to sign up as "charter members" promising the $19.99 monthly fee good for first two years, then it goes to $9.99/month for life. Membership was offered as month-to month, with 30-day notice to cancel. We would pay $50 each for enrollment fee and first and last month's monthly payment. That's about $180 with a "likely" opening date of June, 2009. The problem with this is that they could easily take the auto-pay deductions from our checking account even if the gym didn't open for another year! To top it off, they are doing this all over the country! When you look up their locations on the website, they all have the same picture on the web page, and make it seem like it's a functioning gym! All I saw in La Mirada, CA was an empty building with a wall blocking off the back (as if there was construction going on back there). Somebody should investigate these people for legitimacy! I'm sure it's a scam!

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  • An
      3rd of May, 2009
    -3 Votes

    i went to their site www.workoutworld.com and wasn't able to find any information on the california site. which is a shame sine was wanting to join but never before seeing some type of contract. itried calling one of the other fsaciities on the site since the 800 number was disconnected and the person said that they don't have any locations other than in new jersey

  • Th
      9th of May, 2009
    +1 Votes

    This is a great location! Whoever thinks otherwise must be working for the competition! My wife and I was given a tour of the space last Saturday( and yes it is an empty building under construction). The finished space will not only include new top end equipment and a multi purpose arobic room, but it also includes a day care, a women's only section and spa-like shower and locker rooms. How do I know? I asked questions during the tour, saw the drawings and called the City of La Mirada's planning department, before my wife and I bought our memberships.

    The planned buildout is beautiful! Unlike alot of broken down tired gyms in the area, this will be all new construction . Imagine at $19.99, you get a brand new gym with new Matrix gym equipment (this is tier 1 rated topline gym equipment - if you know equipment) . Whoever is complaining do your homework and just check with the City of La Mirada. You'll find out the buildout is slated for July, the drawings are in plan check and the architect is SenningerWalker. Please people, when you complain on this board use facts and do your homework; otherwise you'll make this website useless.

  • An
      10th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    Hey it is a great location! I moved and being a college student i saw this as a great opportunity to get in shape for a good price! what really attracted me was the all women part of the gym! All i was saying is that this company is very disorganized! All I wanted was a little information before joining. I tried calling the number on the flyer i received and the number was disconnected!I went to the website and found a lot of nothing. i called other branches of WOW and they told me they didn't know anything or even acknowledge that there was one being built in La habra, ca. After doing research in trying to find information for joining a came across the BBB or the better business bureau, and after seeing that a majority of their rating are below C ratings with multiple locations having F. i am going to have to say i am done and won't join because it' not worth a risk. I am glad you were able to find information and have a pleasant experience with this company. I wished it could have been the same for me

    http://www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/#middle-result

    you can look for your self. out of all the locations there were only 2 A

  • In
      14th of May, 2009
    +1 Votes

    I for one did my homework, and am very glad I did. I have seen the Wow locations in Japan http://www.wowd.jp/, and also worked out while on business in the New Jersey Wow locations http://workoutworld.com/index.php, check out the links. All I can say is finally a health club that is not trying to drain my wallet. I signed up at an unbelievable 19.99 per month. I am someone who needs to lose weight but have always been intimidated by health clubs, all I have to say is that all of the Wow gyms that I have visited on my business travel have felt more like a spa than a gym. I love the atmosphere, the availability of trainers, but I am most grateful during these hard economic times for the 19.99 price.

  • Cl
      19th of May, 2009
    +1 Votes

    ok i must say something before people just start complaining... everyone always has something negative to say but heres the positives... the work out world in california will be the best one in the country because of the owner. theres i believe 13 or 14 locations on the east coast that are owned by steve borgi and a ### named beth bennatti- they suck!!! but the owner in california is a great guy that believes in fitness for everyone and will do everything in his power to make you not only feel happy and satisfied but also make you feel compfortable. my advice to everyone thinking of joining is to join and ask for a 3 day trial... within 3 days you'll know if you like it but i swear your gonna love it!!! and next time i look on this site there will be nothing but positive reviews... i live on the east coast but honestly am in the middle of moving out there and joining that gym will be the first thing i do... if you want to talk negative about any work out worlds then talk about the ones in minnasota, RI, mass, new hampshire, and the friendly fitness in CT... those work out worlds are owned by steve and beth- two ppl that are out to screw all there members... go ahead and google there names and the work out worlds they own but honestly you need to give the one in california a chance... you will not be disappointed!!! have a wow day

  • Vi
      28th of May, 2009
    +1 Votes

    I also thought that it may be a scam, but I checked with the city of La Mirada and w.o.w did sign a 10 year lease. This is a great deal for $19.95 a month. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is. Don't worry this place will open up in June. I live down the street and I have insisted that I been shown a copy of the lease and a copy of all building permits, and they are all up to date. This is not a scam.

  • Ho
      12th of Jun, 2009
    +1 Votes

    this place is the real deal!!! i talked to the owner, who co owns the east coast clubs and minnesota, and you are right, HE CARES! his mission is to never treat members like his clubs do on the east coast, minnesota !! apparantly the clubs on east coast and minnesota used to be great clubs until his partner died and the wife and other silent partner got involved and ruined a great company. he came to the west coast to get away from the ### partners on the east coast and deliver a great place for everyone to enjoy...very nice guy and very handsome i must say( dont worry i am a happily married mother of 3) GO WORKOUT WORLD CALIFORNIA

  • Ja
      12th of Jun, 2009
    +1 Votes

    My doctor told me to exercise or die!! Diabetes high blood pressure and overeating were going to make it impossible for me to see my baby girl graduate from elementary school, never mind being around for my grandchildren. I joined L.A fitness and was doing fine until my hours were cut back at work. I asked for a more affordable plan but the best they could do was $30 per month. When I first saw the Workout World ads I thought it must be a misprint but it wasn’t. I joined and feel like my prayers were answered.
    I joined for 19.99 per month and that rate will drop to 9.99 and I will have access to over 30 locations in southern California alone. Thank you for coming to California after all we are not all movie stars with unlimited money but we all still need to exercise……FOR REALZZZZZZZ!!!

  • Ch
      14th of Jun, 2009
    +1 Votes

    This place is awsome I cant wait to start working out on the new stuff! I did my home work and its for real like they told us at city hall, was a bit worried at first. The city does their home work to protect it citizens, someone should have told that to the nuckle head that wrote the first comment.

  • Ya
      23rd of Jun, 2009
    +1 Votes

    Look into it before reading the negative comments. I personally feel this new gym is a good opportunity for people that are wanting to stay healthy and fit.. I also did my homework before signing up, it’s affordable and the staff are friendly and polite, I had the chance to speak with the owner and got a better understanding I am excited and looking forward for the grand opening.

  • Ch
      25th of Jun, 2009
    0 Votes

    The person that posted this should worry about there own employer..

    24 Hour Fitness Charges Fees After You Cancel
    Monday, 08 June 2009 18:20


    Were you a monthly customer of 24 Hour Fitness and charged fees or dues AFTER you canceled your membership?
    If so, and the fees/dues were subtracted automatically from your checking account, you may be able to take part in this class action lawsuit!


    Click here to go straight to the submission form



    24 Hour Fitness centers across the country may have illegally charged you for dues after you canceled your membership. Did you know that 24 Hour Fitness actually charged you first AND last months membership dues when you first signed up with them for a no commitment or short term commitment contract? Because of this, if you decide to cancel, you should be able to do so immediately without any extra dues or fees charged to your account.


    Unfortunately this typically doesn't happen. 24 Hour Fitness allegedly tacks on an EXTRA sixty - ninety days to your membership automatically after you request to cancel your account.

    In addition, 24 Hour Fitness allegedly tacks on these fees after your current bill cycle ends. That means you could be stuck paying for almost ninety days you didn't want. That doesn't sound like a monthly membership. Were you stuck with membership fees from 24 Hour Fitness after you canceled your membership with them? If so, you may be able to join this class action lawsuit and may even get to be a named Plaintiff in the case.


    This class action lawsuit case is ACTIVELY being litigated and the attorneys' seeking to represent you need YOUR HELP! Top Class Actions is ready to speak with you NOW! Submit the form below or Call 1-800-557-2098 for immediate assistance.


    If you submit the form below you will be contacted within 1 business day if you were a member of 24 Hour Fitness, were charged month to month, and paid by electronic check (not a debit card.) If you don't meet this criteria or have a complaint regarding someone other than 24 Hour Fitness you will not be contacted. In that case please use our general

  • St
      3rd of Jul, 2009
    -1 Votes

    WORKOUT WORLD LA MIRADA !!! CANT WAIT FOR THIS PLACE, AWSOME CLASSES AWSOME PEOPLE AWSOME EVERYTHING FOR ONLY 19.99 A MONTH AWSOME!!!

  • Se
      16th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes

    I took time to look into Wow Work out World and am very happy with what I found. The owner is really a hands on guy who cares. I am so happy that Wow Work out World La Mirada is here. I am paying only 19.99 a month and I would recomend it to everyone!!

  • El
      18th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes

    Wow Work out World, I went by yesterday and spoke to the General Contractor doing the build out, he was so excited. He said that nothing was being spared to provide the community with a world class fitness facility. I went ahead and signed up, after all for only 19.99 this Wow Work out World is definitely a great value.

  • An
      23rd of Jul, 2009
    +1 Votes

    omg this place is such a scam me and my friend went in there when it wasnt open yet adn signed up we got a good deal but then they say it will open on july the first week then that comes around no membership cards in the mail like we were suppost to haev so my friend went down there and they said oh now it wont be open til october november they are scanning everyone and she said it looked the same as when we went in there a month before dont sign up im telling you they are gonna rip u off cuz they are going to charge you for the months that you cant go in because they arent open dont let them scam you be smart no to wow...

  • Cl
      7th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    This place is a scam I know the owners and they are ###.

  • Re
      29th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    not quite sure about this place. I signed up but am thinking twice about it now. The contract is messy, says they will charge you $19.99 once a year, every year for upgrades to equipment. They don't tell you this. Also they say you can cancel any time, but you have already signed up for 24 months. Also in the contract it says they reserve the right to change the price after the term has expired, basically they are not saying for sure you will pay $9.99. As far as the customer service, they don't tell you everything, they are out to make a buck...our buck!!

    Bottom line: hidden info in the contract:
    additional $19.99 one time every year
    locked in to pay $19.99 for 24 mo.
    Not clear on when your payments begin.

  • Re
      29th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    WOW EMPLOYEES USING UNFAIR SALES SCAMS TO GET YOUR MONEY...LIKE A BAD-BAD CAR SALESMAN TRYING TO SELL YOU A JUNKER

  • Re
      29th of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    POST CARD SAYS ONE THING, YOU GO TALK TO THEM AND THEY SAY ANOTHER!!!

  • Ca
      15th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    HELLO, I WENT THERE AND SIGNED UP IN MID JULY, I GAVE THEM A POSTED DATED CHECK FOR THE DAY I WAS TO GET PAID. I LEARNED THAT I NEEDED TO CANCEL THIS AT THE TIME CAUSE I NEEDED MY MONEY FOR VERY IMPORTANT FAMILY ISSUES, WITH A VERY ILL FAMILY MEMBER. I WENT THERE THE DAY BEFORE THE CHECK WAS DATED FOR AND TOLD THEM I HAVE TO CANCEL AT THIS TIME AND WILL CONSIDER SIGNING UP WHEN I CAN. THE GUY SAID OK FINE WE WILL GIVE YOU THE CHECK BACK TOMORROW, AND HE COPIED MY MEMBERHSIP FORM AND WROTE CANCELLED ACROSS IT. SINCE THEN THEY HAVE CASHED MY CHECK, AND EACH TIME I GO OR CALL, I GET A DIFFERENT STORY ON WHY I CANT GET MY MONEY BACK. THE "MANAGERS" THERE CLAIM THEY ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO GIVE ME THE PHONE NUMBER OF THE COOPORATE OFFICE SO I CAN RETREIVE MY MONEY BACK FOR THE CANCELLATION WHICH WAS SAID 100% MONEY BACK IF CANCELLED. SO A MANAGER IS NOT AUNTORIZED TO GIVE ME THE SOOPORATE NUMBER, SOME MANAGER HUH???? I TOLD HIM HE IS NOT HANDLING THIS LIKE A MANAGER, I DEMAND MY CHECK BACK NOW AND A PHONE NUMBER TO CALL THE MAIN OFFICE AND A WRITEN STATEMENT STATING THE DAY I WILL GET MY CHECK BACK. OH YEAH THIS PLACE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN BY SEPT 3rd U WAS TOLD. LMAO, ITS NOT WHERE NEAR BEING OPEN YET!!! GO SEE FOR YOUR SELF. THEY USE BEAT TABLES AND CHAIRS AND A MAKE SHIFT MOBILE OFFICE, REALLY PROFESSIONAL... I SAY SCAM OR SOME KIND OF BOGUS JOKE THAT WE WILL ALL SOON FIND OUT. here is the number to th Better Business Bureau I am talking with about this place. feel free to call and complain. They want to hear from you.
    310-945-3166

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