Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
96 Reviews
2.9
96 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free membership, cool workers, good smoothies, good location (in 12 reviews)

  • Decent sales and fitness training for beginning personal trainers (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for trainers, personal training session at the time were too expensive, disorganized at times (in 5 reviews)

  • Hires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hit or miss

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    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commission plus hourly. Been able to use the gym for free . Opportunity to meet lot of people.

    Cons

    Dead end job. Sketchy business practices,Having to lie to customers . Unrealistic goals . For example a program advisor's job is not limited to selling membership. You are expected to sell everything from memberships to protein even personal training lesson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not hard work

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    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy , gym atmosphere, good people manager pay ok

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedule, annoying hire ups , high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    paid better and your employees will stay longer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Certified Personal Trainer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Certified Personal Trainer in Troy, MI

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The clients were great and so was the staff. Large collection of facilities locally, with upgraded facades and great equipment selections..

    Cons

    Well, it was commission sales, which always suck because of their inconsistency. Doesn't help that they were bought by L.A Fitness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Too much fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Not too much travel. Great coworkers, good technologies tools.

    Cons

    It's a big company but with management lack of experience in international companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to professionalize their management team

  6.  

    If you enjoy working people and helping them reach their goals, it is a great job.

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay bumps if you hit your "bumps", Can make your own hours as a personal trainer, good training seminars for trainers from corporate that you get paid for.

    Cons

    no room to move up what so ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and invest in them because they are the ones who help you make your bonuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Managers do all the work and the uppers make the money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fitness Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Fitness Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honestly the only positive thing I can think of working for Bally was that you learn how to hustle at an incredible pace and multitask like no one else.

    Cons

    The hours they expect to to work are outrageous and compensation is very poor. No manager should have to work for $12 an hour. Upper management holds very high requirements and leaves you to del with their poor corporate decisions and keeps their hands clean of the dirty work. Hard work is never rewarded. As a former employee of 5 years, you keep getting promised more but in the end you realize it's never true. You'd think that a manage who takes two clubs out of the negative would be honored a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want your employees to work hard for you show them you care for them when they need something from you. It cannot be a one sided situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    OK job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Child Care in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Child Care in Bowling Green, KY

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great hours. Good people to work with most times. Can really balance work and life.

    Cons

    Not so good pay. There is nowhere to move up in the company. Dead end job. Only good for part time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, help from co-workers, workshops to improve

    Cons

    A bit of sales pitching is required

    Recommends
  10.  

    Limited Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness as an intern

    Pros

    Provided Reimbursement for school was a great bonus. Not a lot of employeers provided reimbursement.

    Cons

    Didn't live up to the brand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice gym

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free membership, cool workers, good smoothies, good location

    Cons

    Low pay for trainers, personal training session at the time were too expensive, disorganized at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through with what is planned

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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