Venting 101: “The Club”
Last week I was out of town visiting family in Jackson (Ridgeland:suburb),Miss… I had made up my mind that I was going to train while away. So I went to this place called “The Club”. Upon entering, it appeared to be a newer place with nice equipment. I met with the membership coordinator, told him I was in town for a few days and was looking to train at this facility and kindly asked him how much the fee would be. We don’t allow people to train here unless they have a membership. Are you here with a member? No. Well the membership fee is $48/month with an $80 dollar initiation fee. So there is no way I can train here even though I’m willing to pay you $$$ for a walk in fee? Nope. How do you expect people to promote your club? I have family members that are interested in joining here. No comment. My departing comment: “You know that negative word spreads much quicker than positive, right”? No reply. At this point I’m furious and just walk out. So then I quickly find 2 other gyms (Powerhouse/Courthouse) that allowed me to train, no problem! Problem solved…or so I thought.
While at one of these other gyms, I talked with another trainer. He was black (I’m white) and told me that he had just been over there and they quoted him with a $55/month and $200 initiation fee. He went on to say that racism is alive and well in Mississippi (he wasn’t angry or sore about it either). I was astounded to hear this. I guess I’m just a bit naive when it comes to this. Anyone else out there still experiencing this level of racism? Perhaps it’s more of a southern thing. In closing, I would just like to say that “The Club SUCKS”. Promoting fitness and health is for everyone.