The old facility was nice and the location was GREAT. Personally, I don't care much for socializing at the gym. Everyone was very good about respecting my privacy, but I also got the impression that it was a very warm and friendly environment. I like this over the aggressive tones that I sometimes get from other gyms (maybe I'm paranoid). In the fall of 2013, Boost announced a move and MASSIVE facility upgrade. I saw the plans and new that this was going to be very nice. I immediately renewed my contract for the next 2 years to lock in my rate. I moved to the new facility and have been enjoying watching everything come together as I work out. Sadly, I was informed in early March 2014 that my job would be sending me out of town for the next 10-12 months. I remembered checking out the Boost reviews and DREADED trying to close my contract. Technically, I am not changing addresses (I'll be living out of hotels) and I know that it is not permanent. I read the agreement and I did not feel like I had good argument other than it was a special situation. I started the cancellation process online and tried to make sure that my situation was understood. I wanted to make sure that I was polite and understanding in the fairness of the situation for both parties. The GOOD: Joey and Jon took great care of me. As soon as I got them all of the facts and had a face-to-face, the problem was solved. I am not happy to be leaving MY GYM, but I am happy that they made the situation much easier. The BAD: It was a bit difficult to get ahold of Joey to start (I did not start by putting in my 30day online notice). Obviously, it was during their huge renovation AND during the spring membership/renewal rush. The day that I had my face-to-face, I watched him take back-to-back appointments for a good 90 minutes during my workout before I approached him. It is a small business going through a busy time, no big deal. Conclusion: This place is great and the other reviews support that (unless you plan on dropping your contract). I feel like I would have been writing a very different review if I hadn't been polite. I had a contract with Boost that I had to break. I pleaded my case and asked for understanding. Because of that, I am leaving on good terms and can't wait to come back.
The front desk staff was welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere in the front room mimics trendy gyms like Hot Yoga Plus and The Dailey Method with bottled water and athletic clothing for sale. So I found myself cursing under my breath when I walked into the workout room and was suddenly in a myself in the middle of an "edgy" atmosphere with loud music playing. The trainer must have sensed my fear because I was immediately told not to worry. You will get an amazing workout here and plenty of attention from the instructor. They are encouraging but not pushy or in your face. You WILL get a serious workout! For those that are curious the workouts are usually station based. It seems to be strength based but there is a strong cardio element as well. In short, the staff and facilities are wonderful and the workout will definitely make the best use of your gym time. If you're on the fence about at least trying them out, I highly encourage you to try a class!
Working out is extremely important to me. So is not spending a whole of money to do so. As is not showering in rather stinky, mildew-y showers. Gold's Gym therefore combines almost everything I am looking for in a gym into one place. They have extensive options for both cardio and strength training equipment, great hours, and are eminently reasonably priced ($10 a month is well worth it to stay healthy). The only complaint I have is the cleanliness of the showers, which appear to have not been thoroughly cleaned since, well, ever. However, if you can stand the showers (or have an alternative place to shower), I highly recommend Gold's as a great place to get in your workout.