Any of you guys from Seattle? Or have moved to Seattle, then came back to Portland?
What was your experience like? I'm interested!
I want to join a gym. I just downloaded a free 7 day pass to 24 hour fitness downtown. There are all kinds of "they'll steal your money!!!!111!!!!eleventy!!!!" warning signs floating around my brain and the Internets.
So, will they? How do I avoid that? From what my naive, flabby ass can tell, there's a monthly membership of $29.99 with no contract. The only catch is that you have to pay by pre-authorized credit card transaction, which is sketchy as hell, and they make you pay for the "last month" up front, which doesn't make much sense, but I'm willing to live with it (hell that's just two months of Age of Conan I have to give up...I can do that). I just called and the dude was like "oh it's no problem to cancel." But that's not what the Internets are saying. They're all, "AH THEY TOOK MY HOUSE OMGZZZZ!!!!"
So what's the deal, all knowing Portlanders? Am I about to embark on an epic journey of stupid that will rob me of all sense and money? Or should I go for it? And if I do go for it, how do I go for it intelligently?
Is there a better gym? I know LA Fitness isn't it, because they're $40 a month, and that's more. And nobody seems to have anything good to say about Bally's.
EDIT: So the digging that I'm doing seems to indicate the following:
1) The people with the worst problems with 24 Hour Fitness signed up for fixed term contracts or the like, and couldn't cancel them.
2) If I sign up for a month-to-month plan, with no contract, the worst that could happen is that they charge me for an extra month or two. I've heard of worse things. Honestly, anything more than charging for an extra couple of months is fraud, and can be dealt with from a legal angle. Easy.
3) Personal trainers try to sell you supplements. *shrug* Personal trainers cost more money anyway, and I'm not planning to use one.
Any other reasons I shouldn't join?
This community is very prosaic.
All jokes about the bourgeois aside, there are many posts about where to look at, find, buy, fondle, etcetera the latest thing that must be looked at, found, bought and fondled.
We should have a spin-off community that is meant to be purely lonely rants about drunkenness, drunken rants about loneliness, or perhaps pure absurdism, screaming against the night that wraps us so tightly. But not the TRENDY type of absurdism. Oh no.
Or maybe we can just take back this community by posting fun stuff, and running it through the fun grinder.