A few months ago I opened a small free weights gym,which is available for all members of the public to use on a pay as you go basis.
I decided that unlike the large “commercial” gyms,I would not have contracts and agreements tying people down into a membership for at least a year.
The focus is purely on training,though the gym is small it has the very best free weights equipment I could find (Power racks,Reverse Hyper,Glute/Ham) to name a few.
I thought I could develop a friendly,though serious gym for people to train in, who were fed up with fitness centres and all the geeky exercises that are performed in them.
So I threw open the doors to the public,no joining fee,no contracts no agreements.
And I have to say that after 3 months I now understand why all the major clubs have people sign contracts.
I have had many people use the facility without paying or book a PT session then not turn up.
And when I finally manage to contact these people(by phone) they tell me that they do not have to pay a cent as they have not signed a contract/agreement.
This has happened enough times,for me to of changed this policy.
I have now introduced a 12 month agreement,which stipulates that you pay before each training session and that if you book a PT session and do not turn up without giving 24hrs notice you will be charged for the full session.
I know that no T-men/Vixen would behave in such a dishonourable way.
But the fact is the public want contracts.
I tried to be different and put trust in the people to have honour and dignity,and it was thrown back in my face.
So next time you find yourself having to sign a contract with a new club.
Do not blame the Gym after all they are only giving the public exactly what they want.