Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
91 Reviews
2.9
91 Reviews
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Steve Tucker
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Review Highlights

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

  • The only Pro is a Free gym membership (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Fun place to work, but focused more on sales than customers

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun place to meet new people and clients

    Cons

    Personal Training team focused a lot on sales rather than customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not always about the sales, it's about changing lives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fitness Coach- Best position.

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    Current Employee - Fitness Coach  in  San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Fitness Coach in San Leandro, CA

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Super chill work environment. Get to wear sweats, nikes, and t-shirt to work. Very good pay. If you hustle can even make much more.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is when you start in the sales team the only leads you can use are basically the cold internet leads. You get no walk ins (which are the easiest to sell). At least this is how it was at my gym. This did make me a hustler though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of my general managers micromanaged. No need to micromanage in sales. Simply fire them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    You get out what you put in

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Woodhaven, MI
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Woodhaven, MI

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You can work out for free, and you get to meet all kinds of people you would have never met before.

    Cons

    -Your salary is directly tied to your ability to schedule appointments and sell packages. Better have your entire week booked to the max to make any real money.
    -Good luck getting anybody to sign up for over 1000 dollars worth of training in a none wealthy area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't mislead anybody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Development Team

    Former Employee - Junior Applications Developer  in  Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The staff in the IT department were awesome and extremely friendly

    Cons

    The sale of a majority of their clubs to LA Fitness which resulted in many lay offs

  11.  

    BTF was OK at best.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pros are the free membership.

    Cons

    Cons are shady business practices.

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