Pros: Nice equipment, classes are included in monthly fee, pool, sauna, studios for racquetball and classes, Personal Trainers are excellent, but underrated and under appreciated
Cons: no gym etiquette, social scene for teenagers-staff included, rough parking lot, poor compensation, no communication from management to staff, no handicapped door
Getting hired there was the answer to my prayers in the beginning. I loved the experience, building a clientele who I adore, and I've always had the freedom to create my own schedule, but compensation per session is extremely weak ($6 per session) and I cannot survive on this job alone. The management is lacking in professionalism and they abuse their freedom with regards to coming in late, leaving early, working out while on the clock, allowing friends to come in without memberships, training them without personal training contracts, and the overall care of gym etiquette is sorely lacking. They are sitting on a gold mine with no regard for its future. The staff is self serving and although friendly, the downhill domino-effect is quickly taking over. The Operations Manager seems to be the only one who really cares about this gym but she cannot maintain this business by herself. I would LOVE for Corporate to make random UNANNOUNCED visits to the gym frequently so they may see what's happening on a regular basis to correct it.
As for compensation, there is little or nothing that can be done to make more money, except as a sales person, sell more, or as a trainer, sell upgrades to your clientele. What I wanted was a higher percentage from what LA charges the client- not more money from the client. LA simply will not budge. They also run a deceiving pitch to potential clients and new clients who want personal training. The program itself is lacking and it's very expensive. If it was rewritten, re-pitched, and re-priced, it could work, but the gym also needs more trainers to accommodate – more... the clientele who want training.
As for the gym as a whole: It's an excellent option to other gyms because of what's available: a pool, sauna, basketball court, racquetball courts, a fabulous studio for classes, a spin room, and stellar equipment. The classes are all included in the monthly membership and there are classes every day of the week. In my book, it's more bang for your buck so if you don't mind the teenage drama, join LA Fitness. – less