Most important reasons to switch gym

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Why switch?

  1. pricing (high prices, price increase, unfair pricing practices)

    9 vote(s)
    15.8%
  2. inconvenience(location,opening hours,waiting for appointments)

    15 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. core service failures (hygiencs, equipment maintenances/condition, billing errors)

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
  4. service encounter failures (impolite, unknowledgeable staff)

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
  5. employee responses to service failures (slow/unsatisfying responses)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. attraction by competitors (pluses of others)

    3 vote(s)
    5.3%
  7. ethical problems (atmosphere,target group,nonsensical prohibitions,training/gym philosophy)

    4 vote(s)
    7.0%
  8. involuntary switching (moving away,job change->distance)

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
  9. owercrowded gym

    10 vote(s)
    17.5%
  10. variety of equipment/machines/cardio-equipment

    8 vote(s)
    14.0%
  11. Variety-Seeking (Motivation/Try something new/different)

    2 vote(s)
    3.5%
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  1. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

    hey guys

    I am working on my final paper (MBA)
    the title is: switching behaviour in the fitness industry
    It would be absolutely great if you could help me with it by specifying the reasons why you would switch gym

    it would also be great if you mentioned other reasons that would be important for you (reasons that I forgot)

    thx a lot
    Hannes
     
  2. nukegoat

    nukegoat New Member

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    i don't like people in my gym
     
  3. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Shitty equipment, too many machines and cardio equipment, lots of clueless idiots and people wearing cutoff shirts and spandex, no power rack, no heavy dumbells, a no chalk policy, playing dance music over the stereo, etc.

    Then again I like dirty hole in the wall gyms, but thats just me.
     
  4. DNR

    DNR Guest

    biggest problem in my gym is overcrowding/idiots
    but it is a univ. gym :sad2:
     
  5. fusion210

    fusion210 New Member

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    I figured it might help a little if I explained why involuntary switching was the only choice I could make...
    And I'm bored.
    pricing (high prices, price increase, unfair pricing practices)
    This would have to be quite excessive. At the moment I do pay a small premium but I feel that it's worth it (largest? selection, 24 hrs, local)

    inconvenience(location,opening hours,waiting for appointments)
    Mine is local, is open 24/7, I don't make appointments...
    core service failures (hygiencs, equipment maintenances/condition, billing errors)
    I don't shower there or really use the bathroom, and they have enough equipment that there are almost doubles of everything that if something breaks, it's no problem.

    service encounter failures (impolite, unknowledgeable staff)
    I go when there is no staff. :)

    employee responses to service failures (slow/unsatisfying responses)
    They have enough equipment I don't think I could complain. :dunno:

    attraction by competitors (pluses of others)
    If they attracted people to work out at night like me, that's a negative. I hate crowds. :hs:

    ethical problems (atmosphere,target group,nonsensical prohibitions,training/gym philosophy)
    They have a semi strict seemingly unenforced dress code? That's about it. :dunno: The rest of the policy is pretty common sense/common courtesy. I can see how this one can be bad (no grunting for example, lol)

    involuntary switching (moving away,job change->distance)
    Yeah, they have a $50 cancellation fee or something. It would have to be a move out of the area for me to use that fee to cancell my membership. I'd have to find a comparable 24 hour gym to leave my current one though...

    owercrowded gym
    Early AM hours = win

    variety of equipment/machines/cardio-equipment
    They're expanding right now, but if they cut back or got rid of the racks or something I'd be pretty salty.

    Variety-Seeking (Motivation/Try something new/different)
    I'd only do this if I was unhappy with any of the above.
     
  6. DNR

    DNR Guest

    this monday was horrible, worse than last monday, the only thing open were the squat racks :hsugh:
     
  7. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

  8. TheMentor

    TheMentor Guest

    I wish I could vote for more than one thing, I stopped going to my local gym and just decided to by some DB's and an elipitcal (sp?) trainer and do it at home. My local gym was local, only 10 mins away, but it's a hassle to go there, when I could just go downstairs and workout. The gym I used to belong to was very small (in a stripmall type thing), didn't have enough equipment (only 4 of each type of cardio machine), and their freeweight section was weak. Also it cost $180 for 6 months, and if you chose to take some of their classes that was extra money. I can't see spending $180/6 months when I can have all the equip at home and it's much more convienent.
     
  9. deznutz

    deznutz New Member

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    :werd: I go to the YMCA.....

    The freeweight section needs better lighting, its so damn dark in the room.

    and cant see any hotties since seperate cardio room
     
  10. D-GUy

    D-GUy Guest

    I picked pricing since that is my main deal. I can't find it any cheaper than the Y in the closer town. We just had a new big gym open up by my house but I don't like big crowds and all I really need is some db's and a squat rack.
     
  11. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

    go on voting

    very interesting
     
  12. blink 17

    blink 17 New Member

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    i would say just about the majority of those so i am not going to vote cuz i would choose most of them...pricing would be fine as long as its good but location would be the biggest factor i need something close and all the other stuff
     
  13. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

    how important for you guys is the word-of-mouth-recommendation?
     
  14. Elfling

    Elfling New Member

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    Worthless. I need to see the place for myself and go through a week's workouts there first, though I can usually tell first visit if it's going to work for me.

    The one thing I currently hate about my gym is the staff doesn't care shit about keeping the place organized, and neither do most of the people working out there. I always have to unload other people's weights to get to my workout :mad:
     
  15. hannesburk

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  16. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

    another bump!

    tell my story about what made you switch or what would made you to switch
     
  17. Bausk

    Bausk New Member

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    The most important thing to cause me to switch gyms was inconvenience. My original "helath club" was too far away and I found myself not wanting to make the drive. My new gym is closer, and that helps alot when I have to get my ass out the door to lift or run.
     
  18. dank

    dank fuck yeah

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    its all about convenience, i up and quit a gym w/o having another in mind simply because it was too far from my new place and i knew i'd never make it out there.
     
  19. NoXeN

    NoXeN You can find me up on one

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    old equipment pisses me off
     
  20. GOGZILLA

    GOGZILLA Double-Uranium Member

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    i put variety of equipment but was looking for something more towards type of equipment
     
  21. ACURA TL-S

    ACURA TL-S OT Supporter

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    If it is within reasonable distance (15 minutes) I would switch for three reasons, less crowd, more experienced/dedicated lifters, or better suiting equipment.
     
  22. JordanClarkson

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    I can't stand poorly maintained equipment.
     
  23. SteveO

    SteveO Guest

    I switched from my old gym, which was much cheaper than my current gym because of lack of maintenace, missing lots of free weights (100 db's to 130 db's), and the disorginazation. Overall the people were all friendy and had a good lifting atmosphere. This gym now is perfect, except DB's only go to 125's
     
  24. Dr. Smooth

    Dr. Smooth dazed and confused

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    i hate my current gym, which is a university gym. dumbells all over the fucking place, nobody takes the weights off bars, its always a clusterfuck...im seriously thinking of buying a membership to a diff. place next year when i have a car
     
  25. hannesburk

    hannesburk Guest

    very interesting
    go on
     
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