Decent facility but... I was looking for a nice gym that had a good amount of cardio equipment and free weights that was close enough to my work. MAC fit the bill as far as equipment and facilities -- full locker room that could use updating (the men's locker room has a group shower while most other facilities in this price range have separate showers), plenty of treadmills/bikes, multiple benches, racks, and free weights...a little dated but good enough. However, after switching to a new gym I had failed to cancel my membership for many months after non-use. Upon realizing this, I attempted to cancel my membership on 1/24 effective no later than 1/24 but hopefully back-dated a few months since my last use. I was notified by MAC management that not only could I not back-date my cancellation, [MAC management quote: "Also, we have a number of members who pay their dues diligently each month, but haven't been in the club in months. It's out of fairness to them that we adhere strictly to the 30 day cancellation policy and do not issue refunds in the case of non use. I'm sure you understand."] but the 30 day cancellation policy is actually longer. If you don't cancel prior to the 18th of the month in which you wish to cancel, you will be billed again in the following month, per MAC. Also, I guess MAC is being "fair" to its members in a sense by equally screwing everyone who pays without usage. If the MAC really did have the best interests of its members at heart, maybe an automated email message to members alerting them that "It's been X days since your last visit, hope to see you soon or click here to manage your membership" would be better. I suggested this to MAC but I know this isn't really an effective business model for a fitness club. So, this gym is suitable for what gyms are actually for - working out - just be careful around the memberships and business side. The "No Contract" / 30 day cancellation policy isn't quite what it seems. My impression is that this place tries to build a community for its members and wants people to feel like they belong to that community. Turns out that the bottom line is the most important thing...as long as they've got your $$$ they really don't care about the member, which is fine, just don't purport to be something you're not - different than any other gym. Fair enough.
14485 Bellaire BlvdHouston, TX 77083
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11. Planet Fitness
THis is the best value, great staff, always friendly. I enjoy the member bagel mornings, workout and breakfast on the go. I am on my way back into shape because of the fitness trainer, Tony, and the nice atmosphere.
My family has been members here for almost a year now and I can say that there is no other club like the MAC anywhere in Houston. Aside from the wide range of equipment, (which includes and outstanding aquatics center), this club has a family atmosphere and neighborhood feel. If you're looking f…
24. Slender Peach
Slender Peach is a great alternative exercise place for women. They have Toning Tables which move you. There are six different tables and you do ten minutes on each for a one hour session. It will help you tone core muscles, improve circulation & flexibility, help you lose inches and if you …
Not a stable fitness club I doubt that Fitness Connection will stay in business for much longer. They heavily rely on people paying for the membership but not using it to alleviate the costs for the people who actually use it. I'm pretty sure their members/active member ratio is ridiculous and they are making money on a lot of people simply because they don't mind paying the $10 a month just because it's cheap or they simply don't know how to cancel it. It's the information era for crying out loud, people should be able to cancel their membership on site or through a website instead of having to send corporate a letter that they want to cancel(most people don't know this). I asked one of the workers why they don't switch to using a fingerprint scanner instead of using their outdated keycards and he simply replied "fingerprint scanning technology is too expensive and we make a pretty good amount of money on the people who lose their keycards" i decided to cancel my membership based on that alone. I just didn't like the feeling of knowing that they are aware of the damage they are doing to people's wallets. It is only $10 dollars to replace your keycard but i'm pretty sure that money adds up with their multiple locations and thousands of members. Also a fingerprint scanner is dirt cheap and fitness connection won't have to worry about multiple people using the same membership(which is something they also make money on by charging people a fee for letting other people use their membership.) quick story..... my friend tried to sneak his little brother in by letting him use his membership and he got caught so Fitness Connection gave him 2 options. He could either pay the fee which was about $80 or he could sign his brother up with a down payment of $35(at the time) and pay $10 a month with a $25 a year equipment maintenance fee. I mean how scammy is that lol. they could easily avoid this situation by using fingerprint scanner. One finger print to one person so there is no way non-members can sneak someone in. Overall only sign up if you're seriously going to visit the gym regularly and are aware of any fees and the cancellation process.
In reply to Amber's negative comment all I can say is WOW! I feel that I have to post this so that people can read the truth and make their own decision based on the facts rather than an unstable persons rant online. Amber registered online and when our receptionist attempted to set an appointment for her 1st class she began using profanity and talking in a very aggressive and loud tone because she did not know all of the details about our 20 different membership options, which, by the way, are explained in detail with a fitness consultant upon the initial visit. After several attempts to set her appointment time to no avail, our staff thought it best that we issue a refund and go our separate ways rather than have a hostile and negative personality in our place. After issuing the refund, Amber continued to register online under different email addresses and aliases and we continued to issue refunds and elected not to schedule an appointment. To be honest this behavior was quite unsettling and we even had to call the police to inform them that she was behaving strangely. After all of these shenanigans she called and left the following apologetic message on our voice mail system: ...Hi, my name is Amber Myers and I understand that how I have behaved is not appropriate, so I am calling to apologize. But, I'd still like to come and see your Zumba studio. I apologize if I've offended you, but please call me back at 832-837-9101 because I'm still very interested in seeing your studio... If you or anyone else would like, please call us back and we can play it for you. Well, sorry Amber but your childish behavior behavior is not something that we tolerate or welcome at our place. We have many rave reviews and have helped many women change themselves for the better in our place and your attempt to smear our reputation online will not deter us. We will continue to offer the best classes in the city for women focused on improving their health and self confidence.
BEST. GYM. EVER. And I've been to quite a few gyms. I starting going here last August and have lost just over 60 lbs. That's the most weight I've lost EVER. There are no exercise machines used at this gym; it's lots of burpees, mountain climbers, medicine ball/kettlebell workouts, jump roping, suicide sprints, BOSU ball exercises, etc., just to give you an idea of all the "FUN" that goes on here. The awesome thing about Knockouts is that no matter what your exercise skill level is, the trainers can always find a way to make your workout more challenging; whether they're giving you heavier weight, or just modifying the exercises to make you work harder. I've got about 30 more pounds to lose, but I definitely will continue working out here just to maintain. The trainers are great (i.e., knowledgeable, friendly, experienced), and I've become great friends with some of the gals that I work out with. I'd recommend anyone to give this gym a try...you won't regret it!
I love Lindy! She makes working out fun and she never has you do the same workout twice which keeps it interesting. I've tried other personal trainers before, but I was always intimidated by them, thinking they were judging me, but Lindy is awesome and layed back and I never feel embarassed or that she's judging me. We're constantly laughing and talking during our workouts so its always exciting to go to a training session. My friends laugh at me because I talk about her so much and if were eating I always seem to throw in a Lindy phrase like "eat protein with your carbs". Even though I'm away at school now I can still email her my food logs and she sends them back with advice and new workouts to try which is different from a lot of trainers who lose contact with a client once their sessions are done. She also trains people of all ages and really flexible with people's schedules. I would highly recomend her to eveybody! love Lindyfit!
What I like best about the facility is the child care area. The children's area has a flat screen television, study area, playground, tables with toys and seating. It does however get very, very packed in the evening. They give you two hours to workout before you need to pickup your child/ren. While you are working out they have televisions going that view the children's area which is wonderful. There is a nice enclosed women's section that is not too big and not too small for those who are little bit more bashful. The downfall of the gym is no inside running track, swimming area or wet sauna, there is a dry sauna. On occasion it is hard to find loose weight bars that are light enough for women to use in the free weights area, however you can use a bar in the aerobics area.
Insanity rocks at Studio Tropa! I love this place! The classes are fun and rewarding. Jerry thee owner is great and really cares about his clientele and all who are striving to feel good about themselves. Jared his son who teaches INSANITY is Awesome! He goes at a pace to help you learn the exercises yet maintains a level of modesty to allow you to feel that you can do it and he's not a show off . He really is seeking to teach you to get the maxims out of this workout! I must say it's not for the faint of heart , but you definitely in 30 minutes will feel the burn the cardio and the transforming of your body to prove it ! Go Jared you rock! Of course I travel all the time but when I'm home I'm off to a worthwhile workout with Studio Tropa and Jared!
Phat body is a good gym to workout at. However the trainers are very nice. The environment is very pleasant and very family oriented.I went into Phat body with concerns on how to better my overall health,I wanted to be able to run on the treadmill for 30 min..and not be tired and feel faint. My eating habits were horrible. The Trainer Deandre was able to help me achieve my goal, thanks to him I've lost 20 pounds in 4 weeks, able to run on treadmill for 45min know and not feel like i need some oxygen : ) or faint. Also my eating habits are great! Deandre is extremely knowledgeable of Health and Fitness. I would highly recommend Deandre...he will achieve the results that your looking for and get the job done for you. God bless..
Lindy is awesome! I look forward to my workouts because she makes them so much fun. I’ve tried other trainers and dreaded going because I would get bored. Lindy offers a wide variety and never does the same workout. She is very motivating and encouraging. She is always offering nutritional advice and will email with information which she feels will be beneficial to me. She is committed and will help you succeed and reach your own personal goals. She understands that each person is different and will devise a workout and nutritional plan that works for you. I would highly recommend LindyFit training to everyone! She is the best!
I would like to thank Terri for helping me reach my fitness goals. I started training with her a year ago. I started with the one on one personal training package which was great. I didn't think I could get through a boot camp class being 50 years of age. The class was taxing at first, but Terri worked with me and made the class fit my fitness level and it has been great. I still workout with her on a one on one basis and I go to the Saturday boot camp class every other week. I love it and I feel good that at the age of 50 I can keep up with the younger crowd. Thanks Terri for showing me I can do it. Believe in yourself! Deb