Castro Valley Lady of America is an average small gym for women only. The weight training areas are pretty small and can get hard to get on the machine you want when it gets too crowded. They have probably six or seven treadmills and about the same number of ellipticals and bikes...all of which get really crowded during peak hours. The equipment is kept in good shape and overall the gym is kept pretty clean. They close at 9pm and they are closed on Sundays which is also a negative. The childcare area could use improvement. Instead of interacting with the children the childcare staff just set them all in front of the TV and sit back and watch along. The childcare staff seemed uninterested and quite uncaring most of the time.
And I feel compelled to mention the nightmarish parking situation. Read: Too many women...not enough parking spots....can we say we've got some angry women on our hands?.. At least we've got the gym to work out all that anger!
Now about their service contracts... They really try to push you to commit to signing up for multi-year packages. I don't know about you but I would like to be able to cancel my membership after a year....so I went ahead and payed significantly more to get a month-to-month contract.
Now the worst part is once you do decide to quit get ready for an uphill battle. You must notify the company in writing (make sure to get signature confirmation) and once they receive your notification they will cancel your membership on the last day of the month of the month following the month you cancel....YES you heard me right. Once you give your one month notice to quit you will have to pay for the next 30 days plus the rest of the next month. So if you call to cancel on December 1st you will have to pay for all of December and ALSO all of January. Does that seem fair? Well according to them it does...."read your contract" they say or you will be send to collections. Youch! So I paid and ran....I suggest you do the same.
Pros: Nice Equipment, Lots of Classes
Cons: Price, Service, Crowded, Parking, Cancellation Procedure..
It's pretty small, but a good size. Friendly staff, great classes, they have everything there in workout equipment including a tanning booth, and steamer thing (forgot what its called) and all the little things like water bottles, scales, magazines, etc. Pretty good price. Except they don't have good times like 24 hour. But the good thing, it's only women !!!
Pros: Women only, friendly staff, not busy
Cons: Price, hours