There’s no question about the popularity of Bally Total Fitness. At the height of its peak, this company operated approximately 440 locations in 29 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean, China, South Korea and Mexico.
Although Bally is still popular and many people have maintained their gym memberships, they are not fully aware about certain things they need to know about this gym.
Knowing these facts may help them access more membership benefits, as well as value fully what they are being offered at present. Here then are some important things about Bally Total Fitness that need to be divulged to its members and the public in general.
1. Total is not just a name, it is a part of their company philosophy.
The ‘Total” in Bally’s name signifies its gym philosophy which is to provide a total and effective workout and not just specific and separated fitness schemes.
Total Bally Fitness utilizes a balanced approach to fitness by integrating resistance training, cardio workouts, flexibility and mind/body techniques, together with other challenging activities to provide their members total body conditioning.
2. Their membership fees are not fixed.
Bally’s membership fees vary according to the location of the gym and the type of membership you will choose. Generally, it will cost you around $25 per month. With that amount you will be allowed to use the gym’s facilities.
3. You can try it for free.
If you don’t want to shell out the $25 membership fee, and want to try it first, you can opt for a Guest Pass. This will give you an idea if this is the gym for you or not.
4. Bally does not require long term membership.
This is the best gym for people who want to test the waters first before plunging in. You can opt for a one month, two months or three months membership at the start. With this trial period, you will be able to determine if their services and facilities tie up with their advertisements.
5. If you are a Bally gym member, you can add your family members at lower costs.
This offer is valid regardless of the kind of Bally membership you hold.
6. A Bally membership gives you several access choices.
By becoming a member at Bally, you will be provided with its National Access Membership which will allow you to enter all of Bally’s network clubs. For instance, you will be able to continue your workouts even if you travel outside of your locality. Your access card will be honored at the closest Bally local club in the place where you are going.
7. Bally will provide you with a customized workout plan.
When you join one of the various classes offered in Bally, you will be taught by certified personal trainers. They will design a customized workout plan based on your present health condition, strength, and fitness goals.
8. Bally will provide you the motivation you need.
Bally is not just interested in your membership fees. This company understands why you are getting a gym membership. So, its staff and personal trainers will provide you the motivation to continue working out especially if you are already losing interest.
If the cutting edge equipment, lighting, video and audio equipment have already lost their novelty and effectiveness in pumping your adrenaline, your personal trainer will be there at your side to goad you to go on.
9. Bally has suffered setbacks but it still keeps going on.
You may not know that Bally Total Fitness filed for Chapter 11, not just once but twice. From its peak of 440 locations, its number of facilities dwindled down to just 60 locations throughout the country.
Bally sold 171 locations to its competitor, L.A. Fitness in November, 2011, and another39 facilities were sold to Blast Fitness in April, 2012. Furthermore, Bally sold most of its remaining gyms to Blast Fitness in December, 2014.
But as the saying goes: “you cannot put a good man down,” Bally Total Fitness has risen from the ashes and is now actively managing and operating 60 locations throughout the United States. The company is now poised for another aggressive effort to woe health conscious customers with their total health and fitness philosophy.
There may be other things that you don’t know about Bally Total Fitness. But with the above information, you are now in a position to judge whether a membership in this gym will offer you many things that other gyms cannot offer. The best way is to try them first. And you don’t have to pay anything at the start because Bally is offering you a free Guest Pass.