I am 23 and have been working out at LA Fitness on a daily basis since I was 14. Earlier this summer, I was leaving the gym when I was approached by a Body of Change Salesman, whom I shall remain nameless.
He said that he had seen me doing cardio for the whole two hours I was there and that I could rev up my workout if I had a trainer to introduce me to the freeweight area. That should have been a sign, seeing as I had not done any cardio that day and existed primarily in the free weight area.
I see now that I perfectly fit the Body of Change demographic--I am an average size female who blends into the background. Among his many tactics, the salesman told me all about his baby daughter that he has to pay child support for as well as the plentiful Body of Change clients who go on to compete (Lie). Too bad I cannot hold any of these things against Body of Change in a court of law.
Because I am a push over, I signed up. My trainer was late on his first day and training was nothing I had not done already (I let him know that).
My trainer was nice, but more interested in watching the televisions than watching my form. He was also a bit uneducated when it comes to fitness. I would ask him about certian muscle groups, and he would have me point to them to demonstrate as to which groups those were.
I even asked him if he had heard any new medical research about aspartame and the effects it has on the body. In reply he told me that he does not take body building supplements. Whatever?!. Due to unfortunate circumstances, which I do not hold against him, my trainer had to spontaneously leave town. The bone I have to pick is with Body of Change in that I was not told that he left town.
I continued to show up to my scheduled sessions and no trainer would arrive. This continued for a whole month. It says in the contract the client should get a free session for every session the trainer missed. This has not happened.
Seeing as the trainers are only paid $6 a session, I can see where they are scrounging for hours. That trainer is permanently gone, and they are squeezing his clients into other trainers schedules. There are no training spots around my work schedule and the contract does not say that there must be.
On top of that, my new traner is fatter than me.
The contract stipulates that I can only get out of the contract by canceling my LA Fitness membership as well as pay some fines. I am sorry that I am going to have to do this seeing as I have been a member at LA Fitness for 8 years and is a part of my life. If LA Fitness knew what was good for them, they would get rid of Body of Change, or possibly buy out my contract for me.