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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fitness First vs. Slimmer's World

I have had the chance to try out both services of the above mentioned gym. In terms of price, undoubtedly, Slimmer's World has the cheaper monthly fee compared with Fitness First but as for the equipment used, I'm more inclined towards Fitness First. Of course, there's a span of 1 year between me using Slimmer's gym and then transferring to Fitness First so I don't know whether Slimmer's World has already upgraded their equipment.

I also find that Fitness First's passport membership is more convenient as it allows me to work out in other Fitness First gym, something which Slimmer's World is lacking though I heard that they are also offering the same service. Also with Fitness First, you can watch TV while you're on the threadmill unlike in Slimmer's World (again, I don't know whether they've upgraded their gym equipment) plus you can use their Sauna or Steam Room if you like to sweat it out without working hard.

Anyways, my two cents is, if you're not the type to use the sauna/steam room or you're one to work out and leave the gym immediately, or you just want to work out, period, then Slimmer's World is the better choice since you'll save a lot on membership fees. However, if you like to lull around the gym after working out, want to relax a bit in the sauna/steam room, or you like to be surrounded by TV while working out then Fitness First is for you, you might be spending a lot more on membership fee but again, since it would meet your needs, I'm sure you won't mind spending more.

24 Comments:

Finance First said...

I would not touch Fitness First. their first aim is to get your money. Their second aim will be to continue getting it even when you have stopped attended. They are money grabbing thieving b@stards owned by a private equity firm who only have one thing in mind. MONEY!!!!!

Anonymous said...

READ THE CONTRACT!!! Fitness first will not cancel your contract even if you beg for them to do so. Even if you lost your job and have no means of paying the monthly fees. So I would advise to not get the 1 year contract unless you are very religious in going to the gym. P2,500+ per month is no joke.

Anonymous said...

Defitnitely NOT fitness first, all they care about is your money, once you're hooked, you're on your own, and if you cancel, they will slap you for another 2 month to pay.

Their staff are arogant as well, and do not have any idea on what customer service is all about

Anonymous said...

Thats so true. I'm currently a member of fitness first. They keep on getting money from me. I hate their consultants. All they think about is money...

Anonymous said...

Just a question, do you know how much is the fee at Slimmers? Can I pay cash? coz i don't have a credit card.

natalie1981 said...

Last time I was a member of Slimmer's world is 6-7 years ago so I don't know their current membership fees.

Anonymous said...

FYI, Slimmer's has Gold membership which allows you to workout at any branch. not 100% sure but i think 1 year total is a little less than 15K for the Gold membership.

Anonymous said...

I'm 17, and had tried Fitness First. Yes, I agree, all they think about is money. There was this time wherein I had to freeze my account for school purposes, but they didn't allow me to not unless a paper coming from the school administration states my reason.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I've been with slimmers and yes they are way cheaper than Fitness First. And true that Fitness first have a corrupt way of draining your money even if you don't want their services anymore. That's the reason why they want you to pay via Credit Card! The only way out from paying FF is to cancel your Credit card. I think when it comes to consultants both are just the same. The only edge with Fitness are their Sauna thing and they have more branches then Slimmers. Slimmers also have the passport card like in Fitness wherein you can roam to any branch. But they call it Lifetime membership which is around 60k and a one time payment only. And it's no issue if you pay via cash.

celkkolai said...

I've been a lifetime member of Slimmers World since 1994 and i can say that this is the best gym i've ever gone to. There's no monthly fee and other fees. I can even go to the different branches if i want to as long as i present my slimmers ID card.

Anonymous said...

I was a member of Fitness first for a year, and I was paying 3200 a month! I was only able to use it for 6 months because of work, and i know i have to stop since im no longer using it. Unfortunately, the contract says all about their money. To add, their consultant does not know me anymore after all the initial payments were done. Too bad..

Anonymous said...

slimmers simple d best! Let's rock Adriatico!

Anonymous said...

Almost all the bad comments/ experiences I've read about Fitness First stems from early termination of contract. While it may seem heartless and "mukhang pera" of FF to not offer any kind of consideration for special cases, they've clearly written everything in the contract.

I've had no problems whatsoever during the year I was with FF (no bitchy members, friendly staff, great classes). I had no problems also when I left and cancelled my membership. All this because I stuck to the contract. Gave 30 days notice for my membership to be cancelled, waited 1 year for the lock-in period to be over, etc.

Though I haven't tried this, FF allows you to transfer membership to another person (with a fee of course) in case you're not able to complete the lock-in period and want out.

Anonymous said...

I'm a proud member of Slimmers World International. Got my Lifetime Gym Membership for only 40k.

If you want to pay in cash, you may do so and they'll give you a discount of 10%. It's a lot cheaper than FF. Your 2years membership with FF is equivalent to a lifetime membership with Slimmers Gym.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a nice gym to go to and reading these comments seems like the best gym betweent the two is slimmers world. Well I hope I will not regret choosing the said gym...

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a nice gym to go to and reading these comments seems like the best gym betweent the two is slimmers world. Well I hope I will not regret choosing the said gym...

Anonymous said...

how much does a lifetime membership cost in slimmers world?

Anonymous said...

matatangap po ba kami sa slimmers? hehe

toni sparks said...

Fitness first is definitely more expensive than slimmers, the monthly fee for fitness first right now as already gone up to 3+ per month, but if ever you wanted to rest for a month without using the gym, they would be charging you like 700 a month.

Anonymous said...

I am a member of FF Platinum RCBC, Golds Glorietta for my belly dancing and Slimmers for a monthly promo. I love FF RCBC until when I had an accident in one of their class Body Jam, I used to patronize (pay) their added program like PTs and Meal management however, when I ahve to stopped due to my bad fall, I have to write and freeze my membership. Gave them medical clearance and when I resumed to workout they asked me to pay 40% of my fees/month.Good I didnt gave them my card coz im one of the pioneers of that branch. I paid and resumed but when I was assigned to the US for 6moths and came back, they want me to settle my 40% again thru Credit card. which I refused so they didnt sort of accepted me. SO SHIT WITH THE MANAGEMENT esp THEIR EXPATS EXECUTIVES WHO WORKS OUT EVERYDAY WHO MILK DRY FILIPINOS

I transferred with Golds Gym. Sad thing is restrooms are not clean. Lockers stinks. Lighting in the lockers not good. Equipments tho Excellent. Group Classes Excellent especially Belly Dancing.Lots of celebrities.

Slimmers - Adriatico> Staff were nice. Facilities clean. Equipment were kindda outdated and limited and what I hate the most is logging on queue for some machines. Shows inadequacy for me. The group class were outdated they need to review and update their class workout.

In summary okay sana FF kaya lang HAYUP SA PAGIGING MUKHANG PERA. I think DTI should look into this and check if their paying right taxes. Golds to me is FIRST. 2nd and SLIMMERS and If I dont have other choice yang sakim na Fatness First and last.

CL008 said...

I inquired in Slimmers world and they're a lot cheaper than FF, actually I would only spend 6K for 6 months unlimited use of gym in SM Megamall plus I got some freebies and GC to try out, accommodating pa ang staffs. I got fat when I started to do thesis and I want to bounce back. And I think Slimmers will be a good investment for me. I could spend like 200 up for food and liquors what is a 35.00/day in a gym :)

Anonymous said...

I am a member of skimmers world.. They have change their treadmills n..it also has tv n. Great trainers they are accommodating..

Anonymous said...

I recently terminated my contract with FF. Kind of force termination actually. They have options for PDC payment and I cancelled my checking account just to get rid of them. It started with my freezing of account with which I paid 740pesos per month. I specifically asked if what happens with my checks on the freezed months and they said it will not be deposited since I already paid. When I came back from 2months vacation, I worked out for 3months but again received a notice that I have to be deployed out-of-town for 3months. Since it's a short notice, I can't freeze the current month since the notice of deployment came around 1st/2nd day of the month. That means, the check for the current month is already been deposited. I asked if they will waived my next "active month" since im already paid for the current month which I practically did not use. Sabi, "di pwede maam kasi dapat one month notice at least". That's the first time I actually was disappointed with them. I gave them a copy of my appointment for 3months and still did not give me any consideration. In short, i paid the current month full and paid my freezing for two months.
What happened has made me real furious. After I got back from out of town work, i was summoned by my bank that i have a bouncing check from a supplier because I am short of A HUNDRED pesos. Before I left i made sure that my account is sufficient for my issued checks. Later did i know that fitness first deposited all of my three months check. I went to see the gym manager, and ask for explaination of why this has happened. Now I have ONE HELL OF A BOUNCING CHECK HISTORY which has NEVER HAPPENED TO ME SINCE. What infuriates me all the more is that, the manager has told me that "it's the policy" if you paid the freezing fee, the checks will
Still be deposited". Mind you, the manager is the SAME EXACT PERSON WHO TOLD ME 3months ago that my check will NOT be deposited. Point is I don't mind paying it if i know I must, if i have been INFORMED properly. The contract says nothing about it, I said. He said, it was informed to us during the orientation and signed for it. I swear, I was not informed. I asked my friends who signed on the same date as I did but don't remember anything like that. I am very very particular with payments and money matters. Manager says, he will do something about it. I called a few times on his cp, called Trinoma and asked for status, looked for him if im in the gym but he can't be reached. Even their staffs are not that accommodating about the issue. So i decided to change my checking account. Presto, 1st of the month came and a FF accountant called me saying "maam, your account has been closed and your payment is still not cleared". And it's satisfying to say "I know! I closed my account for the purpose of not paying a single cent to scums like you". Then accountant asked me what happened. I just said, ask FF Trinoma Platinum manager, shame on him.

I haven't been to any gym in town, yet FF Platinum is the best so far in equipment, but if your there, you'll get every unnecessary offer of things you don't need.

If you're committed to one whole year of gym contract, without freezing then GO AHEAD. If you're very patient in dealing with mukhang pera then by all means enroll to FF. If you think you can waste 2800-3650pesos when you suddenly need to go somewhere important in short notice, then this is the gym for you.

If you can't tolerate inconsiderate ,money-is-all-that-matters kind of gym, then AVOID ENROLLING at FITNESS FIRST.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Lifetime Gold membership card holder at Slimmers World and I have not encountered any unfortunate incidents with them.