Merritt Athletic Club

★★★☆☆
  • 921 E Fort Ave 101

    Baltimore, MD 21230

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  • 410-576-2004

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Sun 9am-6pm, Mon-Thu 5am-10pm, Fri 5am-8:30pm

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After living in Federal Hill for the past 6 years, I have seen the many changes that Merritt has had and have really held off on voicing my opinion. In my 6 years I have had a membership covering two periods. I first canceled after a few

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After living in Federal Hill for the past 6 years, I have seen the many changes that Merritt has had and have really held off on voicing my opinion. In my 6 years I have had a membership covering two periods. I first canceled after a few

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Thank you very much for your feedback Peggy A. Unfortunately the space you are referring to is occupied by a tenant Physical Therapy Associates, that lease the space from Merritt Athletic Clubs and is completely separate from us. The carpet you are referring to must be maintained and updated by Physical Therapy Associates. The carpet in the locker room was replaced because that is Merritt's area and we want to keep all of our facilities looking their best. Please do not confuse the Physical Therapy clients as Merritt's they are not. These are Physical Therapy Associates clients. The requests made by the therapists for new carpet must have been made to the owners of Physical Therapy Associates and not Merritt. I will pass your comments along to Physical Therapy Associates. Thank you very much.

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Thank you very much for your feedback Peggy A. Unfortunately the space you are referring to is occupied by a tenant Physical Therapy Associates, that lease the space from Merritt Athletic Clubs and is completely separate from us. The carpet you are referring to must be maintained and updated by Physical Therapy Associates. The carpet in the locker room was replaced because that is Merritt's area and we want to keep all of our facilities looking their best. Please do not confuse the Physical Therapy clients as Merritt's they are not. These are Physical Therapy Associates clients. The requests made by the therapists for new carpet must have been made to the owners of Physical Therapy Associates and not Merritt. I will pass your comments along to Physical Therapy Associates. Thank you very much.

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I love the Towson Merritt. It has helped me with the therapeutic pool, the equipment, and the staff is very supportive and friendly. I would highly recommend it except for one major flaw.

What I do not understand is why they have a room that is the first thing you see for those who need PT services and they still permit the carpet to be buckled, the carpet to be taped with duct tape in multiple places, and ignore the considerable vulnerability and potential for injury. The carpet is significantly ripped and freyed, held together by duct tape. A member has offerred to take the case pro bono if someone is injured and they want to sue.

The PT's have persistently, for more than a year requested new carpet. The excuse is that Physiotherapy Associates is supposed to pay half. The room is not that big and carpet is not that expensive. It will cost a whole lot more to settle a law suit. The most vulnerable club clients go into that facility. I was one of them. The woman's locker room got new carpet and very little was freyed. Why not duct tape that if that is a reasonable solution?

I really am grateful for the facilities but feel insulted that they think it is ok to take a chance with my and other client's safety. That room represents the attitude of the Merritt CEO's toward the less able bodied clients. I have been told the carpet will be replaced. I think at least 1 1/2 years, maybe two, is a bit long to wait for someone to injure him or herself and test the results of the negligence exhibited.

Merritt has lost physical therapists and clients as a result. It is not representing the club well and it is the first thing one sees if they look through the glass. Sad, very dangerous, and offensive!! Please take the initiative and fix it!! How can I give a good rating if safety is not a priority at a fitness club?

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I love the Towson Merritt. It has helped me with the therapeutic pool, the equipment, and the staff is very supportive and friendly. I would highly recommend it except for one major flaw.

What I do not understand is why they have a room that is the first thing you see for those who need PT services and they still permit the carpet to be buckled, the carpet to be taped with duct tape in multiple places, and ignore the considerable vulnerability and potential for injury. The carpet is significantly ripped and freyed, held together by duct tape. A member has offerred to take the case pro bono if someone is injured and they want to sue.

The PT's have persistently, for more than a year requested new carpet. The excuse is that Physiotherapy Associates is supposed to pay half. The room is not that big and carpet is not that expensive. It will cost a whole lot more to settle a law suit. The most vulnerable club clients go into that facility. I was one of them. The woman's locker room got new carpet and very little was freyed. Why not duct tape that if that is a reasonable solution?

I really am grateful for the facilities but feel insulted that they think it is ok to take a chance with my and other client's safety. That room represents the attitude of the Merritt CEO's toward the less able bodied clients. I have been told the carpet will be replaced. I think at least 1 1/2 years, maybe two, is a bit long to wait for someone to injure him or herself and test the results of the negligence exhibited.

Merritt has lost physical therapists and clients as a result. It is not representing the club well and it is the first thing one sees if they look through the glass. Sad, very dangerous, and offensive!! Please take the initiative and fix it!! How can I give a good rating if safety is not a priority at a fitness club?

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I have a very bad experiance. No good words

I joined this club on 23rd of July and enrolled for monthy basis scheme - This was my first gym experiance. On the enrollment day itself i mentioned that i will be moving out to india in Sept. 08 and would return back probably in Feb 09.

At the time of enrollment it wasnot made clear that this scheme is minimum for 3 months other wise i might not joined for this - I paid costly enrollment free ($99) plus two months of fee upfront inorder to use the facility hassel free.

But the sad part was later when i went to cancel my membership on 31st Aug - I was told that i need to pay for sept. and for Oct. i have already paid (that was the surprising part i thought i paid for Aug and Sept).

Now i am leaving on 4rd of Sept i availed the facility just for one month and 1-2 days in July and i end up paying for three months plus the enrollment fee.

So a month service costed me 99+3*59 = $276 and it doen't make any sense to me.

Here i am making sure after this treatment and after a lengthy talk with the manager (althougt he talked very polietly) i will not join this club again in my life nor i will recommend any of my friend and family members to join this.

I found no place to complain - Otherwise i might have done it.

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I have a very bad experiance. No good words

I joined this club on 23rd of July and enrolled for monthy basis scheme - This was my first gym experiance. On the enrollment day itself i mentioned that i will be moving out to india in Sept. 08 and would return back probably in Feb 09.

At the time of enrollment it wasnot made clear that this scheme is minimum for 3 months other wise i might not joined for this - I paid costly enrollment free ($99) plus two months of fee upfront inorder to use the facility hassel free.

But the sad part was later when i went to cancel my membership on 31st Aug - I was told that i need to pay for sept. and for Oct. i have already paid (that was the surprising part i thought i paid for Aug and Sept).

Now i am leaving on 4rd of Sept i availed the facility just for one month and 1-2 days in July and i end up paying for three months plus the enrollment fee.

So a month service costed me 99+3*59 = $276 and it doen't make any sense to me.

Here i am making sure after this treatment and after a lengthy talk with the manager (althougt he talked very polietly) i will not join this club again in my life nor i will recommend any of my friend and family members to join this.

I found no place to complain - Otherwise i might have done it.

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This review is for the Fort Avenue location. Is this gym cheap? Absolutely not, be prepared to pay. I would also read the fine print of any contract you sign with these folks as they currently require an 18 month contract unless you opt for the month to month plan. Even getting out of month to month isn't easy. Having said all that, the place is clean, well lit, well appointed and the staff is friend although I wouldn't say overly knowledgeable. I have to admit I am a heavy user of this gym. The hours are 5:30AM to 10PM on the weekdays and it is well used, I don't think it would hurt for this site to become 24 hours. Clean towels are supplied but they are the type of towels that won't cover Karen Carpenter. Showers and bathrooms are clean and there is plenty of room in the locker area. The pool is nice and well maintained, but isn't necessarily an outdoor mecca. Unfortunately, the big downside is that this place is packed in like sardines between 5-7:30PM on weeknights, especially in the winter. There are plenty of treadmills but not enough to sate the masses that come here. The clientele aren't the Ravens or even the Ravens' cheerleaders. It is mainly the unattached yuppies from Federal Hill. These folks aren't the friendliest but they won't hurt you either. The music is cranked up so high that you won't be able to strike up a conversation with anyone even if you wanted. This is a gym for the business of working out, not socializing, so don't expect to cozy up to Mr. Right because he is busy with his routine. The classes are so packed full that you won't be able to slide in sideways. The weightroom is probably the best thing about the place, lots of good equipment and there are plenty of machines even at the busiest of times. If you are very overweight or very out-of-shape you might want to check out Curves or another local gym because this place might intimidate you.

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This review is for the Fort Avenue location. Is this gym cheap? Absolutely not, be prepared to pay. I would also read the fine print of any contract you sign with these folks as they currently require an 18 month contract unless you opt for the month to month plan. Even getting out of month to month isn't easy. Having said all that, the place is clean, well lit, well appointed and the staff is friend although I wouldn't say overly knowledgeable. I have to admit I am a heavy user of this gym. The hours are 5:30AM to 10PM on the weekdays and it is well used, I don't think it would hurt for this site to become 24 hours. Clean towels are supplied but they are the type of towels that won't cover Karen Carpenter. Showers and bathrooms are clean and there is plenty of room in the locker area. The pool is nice and well maintained, but isn't necessarily an outdoor mecca. Unfortunately, the big downside is that this place is packed in like sardines between 5-7:30PM on weeknights, especially in the winter. There are plenty of treadmills but not enough to sate the masses that come here. The clientele aren't the Ravens or even the Ravens' cheerleaders. It is mainly the unattached yuppies from Federal Hill. These folks aren't the friendliest but they won't hurt you either. The music is cranked up so high that you won't be able to strike up a conversation with anyone even if you wanted. This is a gym for the business of working out, not socializing, so don't expect to cozy up to Mr. Right because he is busy with his routine. The classes are so packed full that you won't be able to slide in sideways. The weightroom is probably the best thing about the place, lots of good equipment and there are plenty of machines even at the busiest of times. If you are very overweight or very out-of-shape you might want to check out Curves or another local gym because this place might intimidate you.

Pros: Clean and well appointed

Cons: Crowded at certain times

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I have frequented a few gyms around the area, and found that the Merritt Athletic Clubs are much more expensive than the other clubs in town, and don't offer much more for the extra money. They do have newer equipment, but since I usually go to the gym to go to the classes, I really don't use the equipment much. My recommendation would be to skip Merritt, and use another club.

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★★☆☆☆

I have frequented a few gyms around the area, and found that the Merritt Athletic Clubs are much more expensive than the other clubs in town, and don't offer much more for the extra money. They do have newer equipment, but since I usually go to the gym to go to the classes, I really don't use the equipment much. My recommendation would be to skip Merritt, and use another club.

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The Merritt Athletic club on Fort Ave in Baltimore is a good place to work out. The club is expensive (more than $75 per month) and it is a little bit cramped. The club has pretty new equipment (most of it is less than 5 years old) and it has a good variety of equipment. There is an outdoor pool for use during the summer. They have 2 racketball courts. The music at the club is terrible, though, so bring an mp3 player or walkman. Their staff is really friendly. The club's hours need to be extended on the weekends because the club closes too early.

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The Merritt Athletic club on Fort Ave in Baltimore is a good place to work out. The club is expensive (more than $75 per month) and it is a little bit cramped. The club has pretty new equipment (most of it is less than 5 years old) and it has a good variety of equipment. There is an outdoor pool for use during the summer. They have 2 racketball courts. The music at the club is terrible, though, so bring an mp3 player or walkman. Their staff is really friendly. The club's hours need to be extended on the weekends because the club closes too early.

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