Westmere >Bally Total Fitness-Albany
I met people with similar challenges. Working alongside them at Bally helped me stay dedicated.
This is a 3 star gym in what will be
for many members a 5 star location. Especially around the holidays, the chance to break up a shopping trip with your choice of a workout is a real luxury, compared with spending a solid several hours fighting crowds.
The facility itself could be considered average; it is clean with good availability of equipment as another reviewer said. There aren't any extras here though -- there's no pool or sauna such as at many Bally clubs, and certainly no racquetball courts as a few have. Unlike other's possible views, I'd consider this a Planet Fitness class club in an excellent location for people who can appreciate a few hours only of mall shopping at a stretch. The integration of many Bally clubs into the LA Fitness group should prove very interesting and may offer future improvements -- or not. If you like its location, you'll find parking to be not a serious problem; it's reasonable to walk a ways to get to a workout of course, and actually parking is very easy much of the day. You should find this at worst an excellent addition to a set of clubs to visit in a multiclub membership.
I signed up for the free week long guest pass to check it out. This gym is really clean and there is never a wait for the machines here. The location is convenient (it's in the mall after all) and you can treat yourself to some clothes after working out! It's a two level gym-the first floor has all the weights and mats for weight training and toning as well as the studio for most of the classes. The second level has all the cardio machines-bikes and treadmills and ellipticals-and there is plenty of them! There is also a small studio for the spinning bikes-spinning courses are offered daily. I have taken the yoga morning class which I thought was relaxing but a bit too slow for me. It was more catered to the elderly I'm guessing but it was still calming and relaxing. I also took the powerflex class which woah worked my ineffectual arms HARD. A lot of reps! The zumba class is really fun-lots of upbeat music and it definitely will make you sweat! I have taken a spinning course-also makes you sweat but I really don't like being so stationary when working out. If you take spin though, I find Bernie really endearing and fun. He shouts, "ARE YOU READY?" The front desk guys always have a smile on their faces which is a small thing but really goes a long way to making me feel welcomed. I have been to the gym on weekdays in the morning and evening and at both times--there is NEVER a wait for a machine! SWEET! :)
The best trainer at this gym is Edson! Ask for him if you really want results
False Image. very disappointed in how my situation was handled, as I was hired part time for morning and worked a week. 1st of all the person I was replacing should have been informed, rather than him asking me, and storming out slamming the front door to the mall- apparently he was not aware I was taking 2 days away from him- and although the person that trained me did a fantastic job, never got to talk to the GM, he was sick, and basically just sat there- that is not how I operate. needless to say, went in to pick up my check a week ago, and was told by the owner that "they" mailed it out....they who? have left several messages for the owner, and of course no check. I worked the days, worked the hours, not understanding why no one will get back with me>?
Was a member here 4 years ago and although it was not as bad as some of the other reviews mention it was what I would expect from a gym.
On the other hand re-joined after moving back to albany when a they added tanning and love the new staff and equipment. Buying my mother a membership for her birthday...
Stay away from Bally's albany..Uneducated,uncivilized staff. Please dont join Bally fitness in Albany..They are complete frauds..They are not professional and are a complete rip offs..They just want your money and will do anything so that you join teh gym and then u will repent your entire life..They are a bunch of losers who just sit there and keep giving false information to teh customers..please stay away from thsi gym..u r better off joining any gym in this world but not bally's for christ sake..There are many better gyms in albnay than bally's infact any gym is better than this gym..There is a guy..i think his name is Jeff he thinks he is teh owner and tells people taht he owns the gym and talks trash..they are all uneducated,uncivilized people..i have had an awful experience joining this gym..most of my friends who joined after me closed their membership as well...please stay away..its not worth it..they make u join and tehn will rip u off by lying...
This gym is a total fraud, gives meaning to the word "scam". I and a friend walked past this gym in the mall one day, was approached by a bulky muscular guy and shown some excercizes and such. I was told about the 30 day trial, and also told that I could just cancel by phone or stopping in if I wanted to. Easy enough. I changed my mind before the 30 days was up, and lo and behold! The contract said otherwise, and what they told me was complete garbage. Dont believe what they tell you as they are complete liars and fakes. Look at the print on the document, not at their smiling commissioned-fueled lieing-to-make-a-buck faces. I declared bankruptcy (them included) because I lost my job in 2009 and still they lie to the credit agencies so as to look as if "not included in bankruptcy". Im beginning to fighting this and have a lawyer, but please, anyone reading this, DONT trust them for anything, dont go through the anguish I am going through, there are plenty of great gyms out there just look into them before committing anything, even a signature on paper as thats how unscrupulous, uncaring places such as Ballys get your money. If you are not a member, just walk past the place looking at it with interest. See how fast an employee will approach you to try to hook the bait. Thats all you are to them. bait. I gave this place a 1, which is too high but the lowest I could give it. Try them, and you will want to do the same, believe me. I fell prey to them, please dont do the same.
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