Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    bally total fitness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    fun atmosphere, great people to work with. Members are great.

    Cons

    No structure in promotion, commission was good at first but then sucked after LA fitness brought them up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for a part time job

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

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

    Pros

    Company allows you to make your own schedule. As a college student it is ideal but not if you are looking to make a living.

    Cons

    Lack of organization.
    Managers don't know what they are doing.
    No opportunity for growth.
    Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less socializing more managing

  3.  

    Super start to my professional career

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    Former Employee - General Manager/Corporate Sales Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - General Manager/Corporate Sales Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This cutting edge Health Club offered upward mobility in every area. I advanced through management very quickly based on my sales performance. Supervisors were very supportive. Great pay! Achieved 100,000k in income before I left.

    Cons

    Very long work days. Typical day was 12 hrs. Pay scale would change sometimes based on a large contract sold. Too much travel on the last half of my career. Was gone too long from my family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To select sales staff demanding a very high standard and work ethics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The most fun - albeit poorly managed - company I've ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    CIO was very aggressive about new technology and permitted a loose, happy work environment - all the while pushing us to be a high-functioning team. Best team environment I've even seen.

    Cons

    The business was poorly managed. They grew by acquisition, not by organic growth, taking on too much debt, and ultimately dying in paroxysms of bankruptcy cycles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Natural growth is always better (when possible) than buying competition - unless it's at a firesale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tired brand and political company

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    Former Employee - Personal Training Director
    Former Employee - Personal Training Director

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None to add for this company

    Cons

    Political
    Old worn out stores
    No money to fix up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the stores

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    wish it was still around

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    career advancement, work environment, schedule

    Cons

    bankruptcy, bit off more than they could chew

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Programming for Bally Total Fitness was a daily exercise in frustration management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    They were a Microsoft .NET shop from top to bottom, and they maintained an MSDN subscription.

    Cons

    Everything else. The company is hurting financially and had already been through two bankruptcies.

  9.  

    Things have changed to much

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with and freedom of management. All long as you follow protocol with the business plan, you are able to implement your own personality.

    Cons

    Futures of the company, once you hit a gm position theirs really no where to go. pay scales have gone down hill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring back competitive wages for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Former Personal trainer and Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bally Total Fitness in general have a fun atmosphere, great co-workers, and you meet a lot of great members. It is a great place to get customer service, sales, and phone experience.

    Cons

    In general managers only care about membership sales. Customers are often disgruntled due to false promises and often have to call the corporate offices to get the correct information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer service and ancillary services. I feel their sustainability depends on more than how many memberships are sold in a month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company in it's prime thoughout the 1990's and early 2000's.

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    Former Employee - Regional Management
    Former Employee - Regional Management

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a pioneer in the Fitness Industry, that produced thousands of great employees in sales, management, an service fields.

    Cons

    Two corp BK in 2 years will tear any company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the brand back!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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