Written on: 12/10/2011 by yardiebarbie
I wasn't quite impressed with Fitness First Landmark Plaza (Bangkok). I didn't like the layout and the changing rooms looked gloomy, but it was just ok. I thought it being 'ok' was good enough for me, until....
I was hoping that FF Thailand would be different from FF India. I read so many bad reviews in India that I only went to hear them out, re the costs, but joined another gym instead (Celebrity Fitness). Now here in Thailand, it seems to be the same...their determination to have your credit card details!!! I don't understand why...
Usually I only sign up for a 3 month expat membership where I pay the cash up front for the 3 months, why the hell do you still want credit card details when I'm paying for the 3 months in advance? Because they have a record (based on customer complaints) of charging people's credit cards even years after they have left the gym. They kept insisting...I told them 'I don't have one'. My husband's credit card? I told them 'I'm not allowed to use it for that purpose'. So they decided to tell me that with the credit card details provided along with the cash upfront I'll be getting a special promotional rate, without the credit card it will cost me much more. What crooks! I just got up and left them there.
If I have to travel to any other country that has fitness first, I'll be sure to pass them up.
I signed up with California Wow Siam Paragon, 3 months, cash up front, no credit card details, (they didn't even ask me for my credit card details after I told them I'm paying cash), and much cheaper rate. And the gym has more life, nice changing rooms. At Fitness First it was so boring, just like 3 people around...I could imagine myself falling asleep doing cardio...Fitness First agents and gym instructors could hardly speak any English, but at Cwow I never had problems getting my questions answered. Both FF and Cwow offer the same Les Mill classes.
Yes I noticed there were more Thais than Farangs, just a few Farangs, but I could work with that. I just didn't want to fall victim to Fitness First's credit card scam.