Nice eye candy but way too small and too few cleaning staff!
PROS: very new gym, new state of the art equipment. Great downtown location, not a whole lot of competition shall we say. All classes except spinning are free with membership. Lots of cute women in their 20s and 30s (shocking for Houston, lol), probably due to the location (the fat older ones get married and go live in the burbs probably).
CONS: pricey if you try to buy a membership here (better deals if you go to a less popular location out in the sticks and haggle them down), I went on a 2-week free pass from the website. Biggest 2 problems: small and dirty! Not enough cleaning staff so the locker room floors esp. the shower floors, are pretty disgusting---bring flip flops if you want to take a shower! Locker rooms are also way too small, get very crowded around peak times. Generally, peak times (5-7pm M-Thu) are the worst because the club is filled way beyond its capacity, with long waits for machines and free weights. The cardio area is kind of small and cramped-feeling, you're really packed in like sardines when it's crowded. Upstairs is a lot more space but only 3 free weight squat racks.
Overall energy/atmsophere of the place is very impersonal, sterile and cold---hard to describe how or why exactly, but I've been in other 24HF locations in Houston that just ""felt"" a lot nicer to work out in. Staff is typical of national gym chains: they don't give a raat's @ss once you've signed a contract and they've gotten their commission, unless you pay for a personal trainer. Yoga classes are also typical for a national gym chain: very mediocre, with cheesy New Age music, undertrained instructors never go around and correct your poses...but oh well, at least they're free.
Well, I guess what you're paying for is simply location, location, location when it comes to this part of town. Don't know why they can't hire more cleaning staff though...maybe I.N.S. keeps a close watch on them, lol.