Houston >Fitness > Fit Athletic Club
1532 W Gray St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.753195 -95.399659
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
music in classes is too loud – The classes are good, but the speakers are harsh and the music is deafening.
Looking for a New Gym – I have been a member at Fit since it opened and go almost every day, but I am now shopping for an alternative. Because of a foot injury, I am limited in the cardio equipment that I can use. The shoulder bike that I regularly use broke more than a week ago and I reported it to the gym manager. When I asked about it this week, the manager told me that a part was ordered but that the machine was old and obsolete, implying that the part might be difficult to find. I suggested he buy a new machine. He said that wasn't practical because only a couple of members use it. In other words, I am not important. I have been a member at Fit for years and used a trainer regularly for well over a year. In addition, the piece of equipment is relatively inexpensive, less expensive than what I pay in membership and trainer fees in a couple of months. I once loved Fit, but today I am in the market for an alternative gym.
Paying for value – There are a lot of divisive reviews of this place, so let's get this out of the way: yes, you'll be paying more here than at 24 Hour Fitness or Bally's. The real question should be whether the price is worth it for you or not.
We've worked out at several gyms in the loop, and this one is by far the best. It’s always clean, there’s machine availability during peak hours, and they’ve got plenty of classes & special programs. There’s a good mix of Beautiful People and Everyone Else with members of all demographics. It’s a laid-back environment and the staff is approachable. Plus, the locker rooms are nicer than the resort where we spent our honeymoon.
The factor that keeps coming up is price. No, I’m not thrilled by the cost. We don’t make a lot of money, and I carry a coupon binder that would put most little old ladies to shame. Fit Athletic offers cheaper rates if you go during off-peak hours -- we can’t because I work two jobs. But since we both have chronic medical issues where exercise is recommended, we took a long hard look at our spending and decided it was worth tightening up the budget and finding the money.
Why? Because we’re lazy by nature and have mastered the art of weaseling out of the gym. We used to pay half of what we pay now at another gym, but if either of us had to wait up to 10 minutes for a machine, we’d leave. Other places we tried had us circling the stupid parking garages so long that we were wiped out by the time we walked inside. Yeah, we’re lame. And, no, we can’t really afford to eat out at restaurants very often, but we’re more likely to stick to a consistent exercise regimen now. That might not be the right decision for you, but it works for us.
As for all these cheap shot reviews of this place, click on the author’s profile. Were they happy with any place they reviewed? No? Exactly.
'Bar none' the best gym for the inner loop crowd – I lift weights 6 times a week or more and I'm a member at all the 24-hr gyms as well as FIT but FIT is by far the best and my favorite. It is never overcrowded, they have excellent equipment, a convenient location, very professional clientele and staff, and the facilities are immaculately clean. It is also the little things that count at FIT like the towels that are always available by the showers, the shaving cream, hair product, and disposable razors in the locker rooms, and the comfy lounge and cafe in the front. The membership dues are in the higher end but it is well worth it to be able to unwind at the end of a hard work day without dealing with the hassles of a big-box retail chain gym.
The only con I could think of is that the dumbbells go up in 10 lb increments per pair (5, 10, 15, 20) instead of 5 lb per pair increments (15, 17.5, 20, 22.5). This is pretty minor especially considering that the other gyms are so crowded after work that you have to wait 5 or 10 minutes for the equipment you need. At FIT I almost never have to wait for equipment and the members are usually more than eager to let someone work in.
FIT Rocks! – Although it's not rock music they're playing and that's fine by me. I'm a former club kid, age 44, male. The awesome club music keeps me motivated. The vibe is clubby and so is the look; concrete floors, lot's of black and chrome. I love the view of downtown Houston also. The equipment is top knotch. The gym has got just enough space and the lay out is great. It's like a huge downtown loft. The smoothie lounge area is excellent with a flat screen TV on the wall, and again, a view of downtown. The Wi Fi makes it easy for me to use my lap top and a very comfortable space to hang out in. They also have two computers there to check e mail or surf the web. FIT has re-motivated me after being at LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness for years. I just joined and feel like I've been missing out.
When I joined 2 months ago, they only wanted one month dues down, much less than the others who try to swindle you in to hundreds of dollars down when you walk in the door. I also have the option to give FIT my hundreds and get 6 months free in a few months when I'm able and if I want to. The music they play is HUGE to me. It gets me pumped to work out. I've been losing some fat and gaining muscle already because of the great cardio equipment and weight room. I'm too chicken to try the classes now but I will.
The few extra bucks I pay monthly is well worth it for me. This is a gym where I can honestly say "I want to be there" and not "I should be there".
*****Most likely the best gym in Houston ***** – I have been to many gyms over the years and Fit Athletic Club has been the most exciting gym Houston may have to offer. I compliment Pete Ekstrom the General Manager for being there and listening to his members. I feel he wants your business and will prove it to you.
I assure you if something is not to my satisifaction I will be the first to speak up.
Since I have joined almost a year ago, what few things have not been to my satisfaction they were addressed and handled professionally and to my satisfaction. This to me is not just a gym but a health club that strives to be the best.
I have always said you get what you pay for and Fit has delivered 100% to me and I think many of my friends and neighbors that live in the area that utilize this gym would agree.
Fit Athletic Club strives to be the best and I am proud to say I am a member of this gym and will continue to support this business as this is a first class establishment.
Great Gym, Great Location – I'm really suprised to read some of those bad reivews. I have been working at at FIT for 2 years now and I have never had any problems with a lot of broken equipment, the AC not being cold enough(?), or rude staff. I agree very much with one review that said "why are you even talking to the staff if they are rude to you?" Other than the passing hello, I have not had a full conversation with a staff member since I joined two years ago. The gym has a plethora of high tech work out equipment and they are constanly getting the latest and greatest thing (especially for cardio), also it's the most convinently located gym for me. The only complaint I have ever had about FIT is that sometimes it gets really crowed after work Monday through Wednesday and there have been times when I wished they opened earlier than 8am on the weekends. But overall, I think it's a first class gym!!
World Class Gym – I travel a lot for work, and always go to a gym in the local city to keep stress down and body in shape, so I'm able to compare FIT to say gyms in Taipei, Melbourne, London, Denver, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Chicago, Mumbai, and so on. I also maintain a blog on good gyms worldwide. Aside from a few gyms in New York City, FIT is one of the best gyms I've been to, ever. I'm not sure where the other postings are coming from, but from my perspective, there simply isn't even another gym in Houston, in Texas, or in this part of the country that can compete with great bodybuilding equipment, clean locker rooms, location, easy tanning, plenty of cardio equipment, unlimited towels, shaving equipment, smoothies, coffee, internet lounge, and on and on. The new Gold's Dallas might... but then they don't have the amenties. It's mazing to see the combination done right. Likewise when I bring friends to FIT, they are usually shocked at how attractive all the people are, like stepping into a Men's Fitness magazine (I'm male, mostly weight training and cardio). And in two years, I don't see a big turnover. I see the same faces again and again. I also have detected zero attitude, and always look forwards to workouts. There are a number of people here who complain about "broken machines" or "broken cardio" (and I note, frequently posted with poor grammar) - they seem to be going to a completely different gym than FIT. I've been going to gyms for 26 years, and have yet to see one which has perfectly operating equipment 100% of the time, so I think it's time for a reality check. I have never experienced anything except a professional, can-do attitude among the staff. One small example: once when I asked if the music be turned down, "no problem" and done 15 seconds later. Lastly the gym is squeaky clean. Big plus for me!
FIT is hands down the BEST gym in Houston! – I have been a member of FIT for 2 years and absolutely LOVE it. It's more expensive than your average 24 Hour Fitness-type gyms but you get what you pay for. The ambience, equipment, classes and friendly staff all make FIT a great place to work out. The classes range in levels of difficulty so not to worry if you are a beginner...nor if you become better and want to take more advance classes. Though it was slightly intimidating for me at first, since a lot of members are in great physical shape...it became encouraging to see what results could be for me if I kept at it.
The only complaint I have is the music is not always that great (techno) but that's why I bring my IPOD! They also have a variety of primetime shows on the TVs facing the cardio equipment. Sometimes I get sucked into watching a good show and forget I?m even on the Treadmill.
If you're teetering on joining....you should definitely try it out and see if it's for you. It?s close to downtown so if you work anywhere in the vicinity, it?s convenient!
I felt degraded! – OMG! The women's dressing room does not even have private, individual clothes-changing rooms. You literally have to undress in front of everybody. I felt highly degraded.
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