Houston Gym

★★★★☆

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I want to thank Houston Gym for helping me to safely lose weight through a regimented program of diet and exercise. My personal trainer, Jaymes Alexander, and nutritionist, Johnnie West, developed a program tailored for my specific needs,

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I want to thank Houston Gym for helping me to safely lose weight through a regimented program of diet and exercise. My personal trainer, Jaymes Alexander, and nutritionist, Johnnie West, developed a program tailored for my specific needs,

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I was a member for two years, its not a bad gym, staff is pretty cool they also have workout routines and trainers. Upon the end of my tenure I moved to Florida and assumed the contract would terminate at the end of its two year life, it

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★★★★★

I was a member for two years, its not a bad gym, staff is pretty cool they also have workout routines and trainers. Upon the end of my tenure I moved to Florida and assumed the contract would terminate at the end of its two year life, it

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After reading the bad reviews of Houston Gym, I just had to pause and say "really"??
I'm assuming you are all adults and have signed contracts before. What ever happened to the "educated consumer"? Do you really have to be told to read the contract before signing? When you buy a new/used car, do you just sign on the dotted line without asking questions? Do you rent? Do you own a house? Did you not negotiate those contracts? Come on people. Do your homework.
I understand you're mad for not educating yourself before signing, but don't berate an establishment for your own mistake.
Personally, I like the casual atmosphere and the interaction between the trainers. It's not a gym you come to to show off your workout clothes or impress the opposite sex. It's a gym that gives you what you joined for: the tools to achieve a full body workout.

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★★★★★

After reading the bad reviews of Houston Gym, I just had to pause and say "really"??
I'm assuming you are all adults and have signed contracts before. What ever happened to the "educated consumer"? Do you really have to be told to read the contract before signing? When you buy a new/used car, do you just sign on the dotted line without asking questions? Do you rent? Do you own a house? Did you not negotiate those contracts? Come on people. Do your homework.
I understand you're mad for not educating yourself before signing, but don't berate an establishment for your own mistake.
Personally, I like the casual atmosphere and the interaction between the trainers. It's not a gym you come to to show off your workout clothes or impress the opposite sex. It's a gym that gives you what you joined for: the tools to achieve a full body workout.

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Cons: parking sucks, too crowded, unprofessional trainers

Joining this gym might be the worst decision I've ever made. For starters, the parking is terrible. Many times I find myself parking in the dirt lot across the street (Jax Grill) and playing frogger in rush hour traffic. It's a relatively small gym so if you work 8-5 and plan to get a quick workout before of after work....good luck. I spend more time waiting on machines than I do working out. The trainers are friendly...but extremely inappropriate and unprofessional. They yell at each other from across the gym. They use profanity. They are always on their cell phones. And once I even walked in on one sleeping in one of the tanning beds. Having said that, I'd take my money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

Cons: parking sucks, too crowded, unprofessional trainers

Joining this gym might be the worst decision I've ever made. For starters, the parking is terrible. Many times I find myself parking in the dirt lot across the street (Jax Grill) and playing frogger in rush hour traffic. It's a relatively small gym so if you work 8-5 and plan to get a quick workout before of after work....good luck. I spend more time waiting on machines than I do working out. The trainers are friendly...but extremely inappropriate and unprofessional. They yell at each other from across the gym. They use profanity. They are always on their cell phones. And once I even walked in on one sleeping in one of the tanning beds. Having said that, I'd take my money elsewhere.

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Unless you want to be locked into a cheesy gym for two years, avoid this place like the plague! I had a similar experience to several other reviewers.

BEWARE of the manager MATT. He's got a sneaky salesman approach to signing people up. "If you sign up within two days, you get this much free. If you sign up today, you get this much free." [Cheesy circles and "x" marks the spot.]

I specifically asked: "I am probably going to move. What is your cancellation policy? Matt: "[If you move outside of 10 mile difference from the gym you can cancel your membership.]"

NO MENTION OF $200 CANCELLATION FEE. NONE.

You would think that a satisfied customer is worth more than a lousy $200. Or I should rephrase, an unsatisfied customer is worth more than $200 in lost revenue.

I even asked to speak to Matt's boss and was refused access. That is why I am writing this post. Sneaky behavior like that demonstrated by Mr. Matt should not go unnoticed by investors/owners of the business. He clearly has no interest in the longevity of the gym and its reputation.

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★☆☆☆☆

Unless you want to be locked into a cheesy gym for two years, avoid this place like the plague! I had a similar experience to several other reviewers.

BEWARE of the manager MATT. He's got a sneaky salesman approach to signing people up. "If you sign up within two days, you get this much free. If you sign up today, you get this much free." [Cheesy circles and "x" marks the spot.]

I specifically asked: "I am probably going to move. What is your cancellation policy? Matt: "[If you move outside of 10 mile difference from the gym you can cancel your membership.]"

NO MENTION OF $200 CANCELLATION FEE. NONE.

You would think that a satisfied customer is worth more than a lousy $200. Or I should rephrase, an unsatisfied customer is worth more than $200 in lost revenue.

I even asked to speak to Matt's boss and was refused access. That is why I am writing this post. Sneaky behavior like that demonstrated by Mr. Matt should not go unnoticed by investors/owners of the business. He clearly has no interest in the longevity of the gym and its reputation.

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I went to this gym to try and challenge myself to get back in the shape i was in when I was younger. Initially I thought that this was a great place to train. I started working with one of their personal trainers as part of my membership and he put on a great show of making me feel like he was interested in my results when really he was only interested in my money. I unfortunately found this out too late. I had already signed up to train with him. I didnt know that as part of my package I would get to watch him txt on his phone throughout most of our sessions. I would get to listen to him berate women and speak about them in the most vile manner. I was also unaware until after signing of his history of drug use and trouble with the law which he told me about in detail. I walked away from this experience without even finishing using all of the sessions I had payed in advance for. I was told that I could not recieve a refund for these sessions so I opted to just lose the money and remove myself from the situation. The gym itself is nice but the experience that I had will keep me from ever hiring another trainer again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this gym to try and challenge myself to get back in the shape i was in when I was younger. Initially I thought that this was a great place to train. I started working with one of their personal trainers as part of my membership and he put on a great show of making me feel like he was interested in my results when really he was only interested in my money. I unfortunately found this out too late. I had already signed up to train with him. I didnt know that as part of my package I would get to watch him txt on his phone throughout most of our sessions. I would get to listen to him berate women and speak about them in the most vile manner. I was also unaware until after signing of his history of drug use and trouble with the law which he told me about in detail. I walked away from this experience without even finishing using all of the sessions I had payed in advance for. I was told that I could not recieve a refund for these sessions so I opted to just lose the money and remove myself from the situation. The gym itself is nice but the experience that I had will keep me from ever hiring another trainer again.

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I love these small independent gyms because the trainers are more knowledgeable and make you feel like you are not a number. I did some sessions with Wes Simon and he helped me lose four dress sizes! He takes his jobs very serious, while having fun at the same time. I would reccommend him as a trainer to anyone.

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I love these small independent gyms because the trainers are more knowledgeable and make you feel like you are not a number. I did some sessions with Wes Simon and he helped me lose four dress sizes! He takes his jobs very serious, while having fun at the same time. I would reccommend him as a trainer to anyone.

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I think is a great place to work out. it has a great atmosphere and the workers are nice. they always talk to you. at 24 or FIT they dont know who you are and those gym cost even more. I quit 24 bc they parking sucked and i hated guys always staring at me. i am looking to work out and care less about drama. every place you go to is gonna have a contract. i think people should worry about their health and fitness and not get too lazy not to go to a gym. I just wanna work out and this place is the perfect place for it

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★★★★★

I think is a great place to work out. it has a great atmosphere and the workers are nice. they always talk to you. at 24 or FIT they dont know who you are and those gym cost even more. I quit 24 bc they parking sucked and i hated guys always staring at me. i am looking to work out and care less about drama. every place you go to is gonna have a contract. i think people should worry about their health and fitness and not get too lazy not to go to a gym. I just wanna work out and this place is the perfect place for it

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So im kinda new to this whole gym thing. I've always been a girlie girl and never really felt the need for a gym but as I've gotten older and things started to droop a bit I've decided this is something I should try. So I went to the gym in my neighborhood that I've heard a lot about. From the frist time I visited Houston Gym I felt that they were really willing to help me learn and make sure I was doing everything correctly so that A) I wouldn't get hurt and B) I would get the maximum results from my time. I think the classes are great and the place being clean is always a plus. Wish I would have stopped by years ago.

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★★★★★

So im kinda new to this whole gym thing. I've always been a girlie girl and never really felt the need for a gym but as I've gotten older and things started to droop a bit I've decided this is something I should try. So I went to the gym in my neighborhood that I've heard a lot about. From the frist time I visited Houston Gym I felt that they were really willing to help me learn and make sure I was doing everything correctly so that A) I wouldn't get hurt and B) I would get the maximum results from my time. I think the classes are great and the place being clean is always a plus. Wish I would have stopped by years ago.

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I love this gym. Every time I walk in the front desk girl always remembers my name. Makes me feel appreciated and wanted. The other staff is nice, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. I received three (3) free sessions with a trainer that completely kicked my butt and helped me get started on a good program that is specific to my goals.

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!

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★★★★★

I love this gym. Every time I walk in the front desk girl always remembers my name. Makes me feel appreciated and wanted. The other staff is nice, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. I received three (3) free sessions with a trainer that completely kicked my butt and helped me get started on a good program that is specific to my goals.

HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!

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The owners comments posted above couldn't be farther from the truth. The complaints others have posted about contract issues are very much true. They always advertise a very cheap rate on the sign out front but it seems to be unavailable once you get inside.

I joined for the group fitness schedule. Initially it was great. I was taking a morning cardio strength training class that was incredible and alternating with spin classes. The bikes while brand new kept breaking - literally we were using toilet shims to keep the seats in place. On strength training days there were rarely enough weights and mats - we started bringing our own.

Despite it being expensive and the equipment being limited I stayed because the quality of the group fitness training was so good and the community built among those who attended the classes was really fun.

This past week, the gym fired the trainer responsible for those classes because the personal trainers worried he was taking there business.

Houston Gym describes itself as an alternative to big chain gyms that don't care about you and are just focused on your money. That is EXACTLY what the Houston gym is.

In firing this trainer they've not gotten rid of the service I pay them for. I am however looked into a contract through October that they will not let me out of. They also have not communicated with a single member about what has happened and how they plan to fix it.

Clearly they want your money more than you and could care less about the quality of service they provide. Spend your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

The owners comments posted above couldn't be farther from the truth. The complaints others have posted about contract issues are very much true. They always advertise a very cheap rate on the sign out front but it seems to be unavailable once you get inside.

I joined for the group fitness schedule. Initially it was great. I was taking a morning cardio strength training class that was incredible and alternating with spin classes. The bikes while brand new kept breaking - literally we were using toilet shims to keep the seats in place. On strength training days there were rarely enough weights and mats - we started bringing our own.

Despite it being expensive and the equipment being limited I stayed because the quality of the group fitness training was so good and the community built among those who attended the classes was really fun.

This past week, the gym fired the trainer responsible for those classes because the personal trainers worried he was taking there business.

Houston Gym describes itself as an alternative to big chain gyms that don't care about you and are just focused on your money. That is EXACTLY what the Houston gym is.

In firing this trainer they've not gotten rid of the service I pay them for. I am however looked into a contract through October that they will not let me out of. They also have not communicated with a single member about what has happened and how they plan to fix it.

Clearly they want your money more than you and could care less about the quality of service they provide. Spend your money elsewhere.

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The owners comments posted above couldn't be farther from the truth. The complaints others have posted about contract issues are very much true. They always advertise a very cheap rate on the sign out front but it seems to be unavailable once you get inside.

I joined for the group fitness schedule. Initially it was great. I was taking a morning cardio strength training class that was incredible and alternating with spin classes. The bikes while brand new kept breaking - literally we were using toilet shims to keep the seats in place. On strength training days there were rarely enough weights and mats - we started bringing our own.

Despite it being expensive and the equipment being limited I stayed because the quality of the group fitness training was so good and the community built among those who attended the classes was really fun.

This past week, the gym fired the trainer responsible for those classes because the personal trainers worried he was taking there business.

Houston Gym describes itself as an alternative to big chain gyms that don't care about you and are just focused on your money. That is EXACTLY what the Houston gym is.

In firing this trainer they've not gotten rid of the service I pay them for. I am however looked into a contract through October that they will not let me out of. They also have not communicated with a single member about what has happened and how they plan to fix it.

Clearly they want your money more than you and could care less about the quality of service they provide. Spend your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

The owners comments posted above couldn't be farther from the truth. The complaints others have posted about contract issues are very much true. They always advertise a very cheap rate on the sign out front but it seems to be unavailable once you get inside.

I joined for the group fitness schedule. Initially it was great. I was taking a morning cardio strength training class that was incredible and alternating with spin classes. The bikes while brand new kept breaking - literally we were using toilet shims to keep the seats in place. On strength training days there were rarely enough weights and mats - we started bringing our own.

Despite it being expensive and the equipment being limited I stayed because the quality of the group fitness training was so good and the community built among those who attended the classes was really fun.

This past week, the gym fired the trainer responsible for those classes because the personal trainers worried he was taking there business.

Houston Gym describes itself as an alternative to big chain gyms that don't care about you and are just focused on your money. That is EXACTLY what the Houston gym is.

In firing this trainer they've not gotten rid of the service I pay them for. I am however looked into a contract through October that they will not let me out of. They also have not communicated with a single member about what has happened and how they plan to fix it.

Clearly they want your money more than you and could care less about the quality of service they provide. Spend your money elsewhere.

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PROS: The gym itself is good. Hammer Strength, lot's of free weights and machines. Lots of aerobic equipment. Little to no waiting. The trainers seem to be pretty knowledge. What's more, it is a gym rat's dreams.

CONS: Parking sucks. And like most gyms (and used car salespeople) the people that work there can be real slime so DO NOT believe ANYTHING that comes out of the mouth of anyone that works behind the desk. Not one sound, syllable, or word. Negotiate your rate then have them write ON THE CONTRACT EXACTLY what you two agreed upon (assuming you are signing a contract). If not, you will be very very sorry. I had to threaten to sue them before they finally let me out of my contract that I was legally in the right to get out of.

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★★☆☆☆

PROS: The gym itself is good. Hammer Strength, lot's of free weights and machines. Lots of aerobic equipment. Little to no waiting. The trainers seem to be pretty knowledge. What's more, it is a gym rat's dreams.

CONS: Parking sucks. And like most gyms (and used car salespeople) the people that work there can be real slime so DO NOT believe ANYTHING that comes out of the mouth of anyone that works behind the desk. Not one sound, syllable, or word. Negotiate your rate then have them write ON THE CONTRACT EXACTLY what you two agreed upon (assuming you are signing a contract). If not, you will be very very sorry. I had to threaten to sue them before they finally let me out of my contract that I was legally in the right to get out of.

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I have worked and worked out at Houston Gym since January. I was never into fitness before then, so it has been quite the transition. I have found it to be the best first gym for me! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. With a ton of personal trainers and knowledgeable staff I have really grown into a fit and healthy person. This gym is perfect for anyone looking to really got involved in fitness and be serious about it. It really changed my perspective on gyms - for the better!

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★★★★★

I have worked and worked out at Houston Gym since January. I was never into fitness before then, so it has been quite the transition. I have found it to be the best first gym for me! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. With a ton of personal trainers and knowledgeable staff I have really grown into a fit and healthy person. This gym is perfect for anyone looking to really got involved in fitness and be serious about it. It really changed my perspective on gyms - for the better!

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I just switched to the Houston Gym from the 24hr downtown. The 24hr was always overcrowded and parking was a nightmare in the garage. I came to the Houston Gym and found a nice change of pace. Everyone here is actually working out, not just socializing, and with the extra lots they pay rent for I had no problem finding a parking spot. When I first came to get my membership I did not feel any high pressure like I got when I joined the 24hr and the staff seems extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this gym to anyone looking for the alternative to the mega gyms.

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★★★★★

I just switched to the Houston Gym from the 24hr downtown. The 24hr was always overcrowded and parking was a nightmare in the garage. I came to the Houston Gym and found a nice change of pace. Everyone here is actually working out, not just socializing, and with the extra lots they pay rent for I had no problem finding a parking spot. When I first came to get my membership I did not feel any high pressure like I got when I joined the 24hr and the staff seems extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this gym to anyone looking for the alternative to the mega gyms.

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This is a great place. Its an old fashion gym. Lots of equipment. If you are serious about a great place to work out, with dedicated trainers and great support staff, this is the place for you.! Lots of Parking!! V. Bowers

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★★★★★

This is a great place. Its an old fashion gym. Lots of equipment. If you are serious about a great place to work out, with dedicated trainers and great support staff, this is the place for you.! Lots of Parking!! V. Bowers

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This is not a 'fitness center', it's a gym, so if you are used to fitness centers where the locker room is half as big as the workout floor, this is not the gym for you. There are no yogurt bars or hot tubs. Take a shower and do your makeup when you get home, this gym is for serious working out only.

Space is at a premium and the gym is chock full of free weights, machines and cardio equipment. Not since Hank's Gym closed years ago has there been a real gym in Houston.

I didn't get the vibe at ALL that this gym was hard selling me and I've never had a billing problem with them.

The quality of people at the gym doesn't hurt either. There are bodybuilders working out right along side the obese. Everyone is friendly, especially the staff. I've looked at a lot of other gyms and there just isn't any competition.

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★★★★★

This is not a 'fitness center', it's a gym, so if you are used to fitness centers where the locker room is half as big as the workout floor, this is not the gym for you. There are no yogurt bars or hot tubs. Take a shower and do your makeup when you get home, this gym is for serious working out only.

Space is at a premium and the gym is chock full of free weights, machines and cardio equipment. Not since Hank's Gym closed years ago has there been a real gym in Houston.

I didn't get the vibe at ALL that this gym was hard selling me and I've never had a billing problem with them.

The quality of people at the gym doesn't hurt either. There are bodybuilders working out right along side the obese. Everyone is friendly, especially the staff. I've looked at a lot of other gyms and there just isn't any competition.

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Here's our story:

My girlfriend and I go in to Houston Gym to check it out, and we ask if we can pay for a month just to see if we like it. The first guy we talk to introduces hiself to us twice in about three minutes, apparently forgetting that he'd just met us moments before...we thought he was odd. But the second guy, who's name is Orhan, we end up talking to and he's relatively normal, says sure, and I'll even give you a month free...We're like, well, actually that's great and we just want to get a feel for things, so we'll meet again at the end of June we'll discuss a longer term membership or what our options are. Agreed? Sure...no problem, let me get your credit card, we'll just do one month's membership and then we'll meet again next month...no prob, right? Wrong

Next month rolls around, I've worked out abt eight times or so, the gym's fine, it's weights and benches and machines...I'm low maintenance, and for me it's fine. But my girlfriend isn't convinced, she's unsure and while we're debating it, we realize it's the beginning of July and we've been charged for a SECOND month's membership...ooops!! That was not discussed.

So I call him up on the 9th of July and ask him if he remembers our conversation, he says he does and I ask him to reverse the charges. Well, I will he says, but let me ask you, do you plan to become a member...because it you do - and I just stop him sort of in mid-sentence and say Orhan, why don't we do what we agreed to do first, then we can talk about what the options are. Please just refund the second charge that we DID NOT AGREE TO...

So he say he will. That's on the 9th of the month. By the 26th, it hasn't been refunded and I drive to the gym to leave him a written note to call me, explaining our position. And he does, he calls the next morning.

Hey, Orhan, you said you were going to refund that charge...Oh yeah, I didn't do it because I knew I was coming in today and it usually takes about four business days until it clears...(huh?) so uhm I tried to do it but it didn't work. Can you just give me your checking account number and I'll try do do it directly?

Uhm Orhan...ARE YOU HIGH? Actually I said, uh, no I won't be giving you my checking account number, but I would like you to reverse the charges. And then we called our bank and began the process of disputing the charge...

There are various reviews on this website that detail similar "mistakes" and I've seen this happen at gyms all over the place...they are notorious for this type of bull---t. So you can judge for yourself if you want to get involved with these guys. I'm just relating our experience.

The first attempt to NOT refund the unauthorized charge with the whole "well if you're going to stay with the club..." routine...it was like, no matter what, we are not taking money out of our account and giving it back to you...we're going to make it very difficult and hope you give up...and then the explanation that he tried, but he didn't do it until today because it usually take four days...what? That didn't even make sense...I mean...the whole thing just looks bad and seems a bit underhanded...and this guy Orhan, what a character...while he's filling out paperwork, he's telling us that he majored in psychology in school, that's why he so good at his job...you know, working with customers and taking care of business...RIIIIIIIGHT. Gotcha. You're doing a great job buddy...keep dazzling them with your psychology, Sigmund Freud...you're AMAZING!!

The whole thing was so bizarre. From the guy who couldn't remember he'd met us 20 seconds before to the less weird, but apparently either forgetful or duplicitous Orhan who won't refund our money, the whole place is just a little off.

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★☆☆☆☆

Here's our story:

My girlfriend and I go in to Houston Gym to check it out, and we ask if we can pay for a month just to see if we like it. The first guy we talk to introduces hiself to us twice in about three minutes, apparently forgetting that he'd just met us moments before...we thought he was odd. But the second guy, who's name is Orhan, we end up talking to and he's relatively normal, says sure, and I'll even give you a month free...We're like, well, actually that's great and we just want to get a feel for things, so we'll meet again at the end of June we'll discuss a longer term membership or what our options are. Agreed? Sure...no problem, let me get your credit card, we'll just do one month's membership and then we'll meet again next month...no prob, right? Wrong

Next month rolls around, I've worked out abt eight times or so, the gym's fine, it's weights and benches and machines...I'm low maintenance, and for me it's fine. But my girlfriend isn't convinced, she's unsure and while we're debating it, we realize it's the beginning of July and we've been charged for a SECOND month's membership...ooops!! That was not discussed.

So I call him up on the 9th of July and ask him if he remembers our conversation, he says he does and I ask him to reverse the charges. Well, I will he says, but let me ask you, do you plan to become a member...because it you do - and I just stop him sort of in mid-sentence and say Orhan, why don't we do what we agreed to do first, then we can talk about what the options are. Please just refund the second charge that we DID NOT AGREE TO...

So he say he will. That's on the 9th of the month. By the 26th, it hasn't been refunded and I drive to the gym to leave him a written note to call me, explaining our position. And he does, he calls the next morning.

Hey, Orhan, you said you were going to refund that charge...Oh yeah, I didn't do it because I knew I was coming in today and it usually takes about four business days until it clears...(huh?) so uhm I tried to do it but it didn't work. Can you just give me your checking account number and I'll try do do it directly?

Uhm Orhan...ARE YOU HIGH? Actually I said, uh, no I won't be giving you my checking account number, but I would like you to reverse the charges. And then we called our bank and began the process of disputing the charge...

There are various reviews on this website that detail similar "mistakes" and I've seen this happen at gyms all over the place...they are notorious for this type of bull---t. So you can judge for yourself if you want to get involved with these guys. I'm just relating our experience.

The first attempt to NOT refund the unauthorized charge with the whole "well if you're going to stay with the club..." routine...it was like, no matter what, we are not taking money out of our account and giving it back to you...we're going to make it very difficult and hope you give up...and then the explanation that he tried, but he didn't do it until today because it usually take four days...what? That didn't even make sense...I mean...the whole thing just looks bad and seems a bit underhanded...and this guy Orhan, what a character...while he's filling out paperwork, he's telling us that he majored in psychology in school, that's why he so good at his job...you know, working with customers and taking care of business...RIIIIIIIGHT. Gotcha. You're doing a great job buddy...keep dazzling them with your psychology, Sigmund Freud...you're AMAZING!!

The whole thing was so bizarre. From the guy who couldn't remember he'd met us 20 seconds before to the less weird, but apparently either forgetful or duplicitous Orhan who won't refund our money, the whole place is just a little off.

Pros: Convenient to the Heights

Cons: The guy I dealt with seemed a little shady...

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I have been working out for years and used to compete in figure competitions. I've been to many gyms in the area before I found this one a couple years ago. It is by far the best. The staff is friendly but don't bother you so you can get your workout in. The trainers don't pester you about signing up for personal training either. Most of the trainers are very good if you do want that. There is a good selection of equipment even though the gym is smaller than the big corporate gyms. The members are good about putting up their weights, wiping down equipment, and courteous to others. I have never had a billing problem but I also don't ever plan on ending my membership here either. I do have another membership at 24 Hour Fitness in midtown only because it's a lot closer to my house but I rarely go. That gym seems to always run out of paper towels to wipe down equipment (which really doesn't help since members rarely do it even when towels are available!) The cable equipment go missing clips for attaching handles and missing pins in the weight stacks. For a smaller gym Houston Gym beats the bigger and much newer 24 Hour Fitness Gym to pieces.

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★★★★★

I have been working out for years and used to compete in figure competitions. I've been to many gyms in the area before I found this one a couple years ago. It is by far the best. The staff is friendly but don't bother you so you can get your workout in. The trainers don't pester you about signing up for personal training either. Most of the trainers are very good if you do want that. There is a good selection of equipment even though the gym is smaller than the big corporate gyms. The members are good about putting up their weights, wiping down equipment, and courteous to others. I have never had a billing problem but I also don't ever plan on ending my membership here either. I do have another membership at 24 Hour Fitness in midtown only because it's a lot closer to my house but I rarely go. That gym seems to always run out of paper towels to wipe down equipment (which really doesn't help since members rarely do it even when towels are available!) The cable equipment go missing clips for attaching handles and missing pins in the weight stacks. For a smaller gym Houston Gym beats the bigger and much newer 24 Hour Fitness Gym to pieces.

Pros: clean, friendly trainers, courteous members

Cons: a little cramped for space in between equipment

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I have been working out for years and used to compete in figure competitions. I've been to many gyms in the area before I found this one a couple years ago. It is by far the best. The staff is friendly but don't bother you so you can get your workout in. The trainers don't pester you about signing up for personal training either. Most of the trainers are very good if you do want that. There is a good selection of equipment even though the gym is smaller than the big corporate gyms. The members are good about putting up their weights, wiping down equipment, and courteous to others. I also have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness in midtown only because it's a lot closer to my house but I rarely go. That gym seems to always run out of paper towels to wipe down equipment (which really doesn't help since members rarely do it even when towels are available!) The cable equipment go missing clips for attaching handles and missing pins in the weight stacks. For a smaller gym Houston Gym beats the bigger and much newer 24 Hour Fitness Gym to pieces.

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I have been working out for years and used to compete in figure competitions. I've been to many gyms in the area before I found this one a couple years ago. It is by far the best. The staff is friendly but don't bother you so you can get your workout in. The trainers don't pester you about signing up for personal training either. Most of the trainers are very good if you do want that. There is a good selection of equipment even though the gym is smaller than the big corporate gyms. The members are good about putting up their weights, wiping down equipment, and courteous to others. I also have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness in midtown only because it's a lot closer to my house but I rarely go. That gym seems to always run out of paper towels to wipe down equipment (which really doesn't help since members rarely do it even when towels are available!) The cable equipment go missing clips for attaching handles and missing pins in the weight stacks. For a smaller gym Houston Gym beats the bigger and much newer 24 Hour Fitness Gym to pieces.

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Keep an eye on your billing - they have a tendency to be a bit messy - not the best follow-through...

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Keep an eye on your billing - they have a tendency to be a bit messy - not the best follow-through...

Pros: Fun atmosphere

Cons: Terrible parking

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I recently joined the gym back at the beginning of Jan to start my New Year??s resolution. In the last 2 months I have lost 10% body fat and increases my endurance dramatically, I can do a mile in 6min again (haven??t done that since college). I have been working with Wes; he is awesome and pushes me to do that little extra I surly would have blown off without him. A great gym, I highly recommend it and I definitely recommend training with Wes.

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I recently joined the gym back at the beginning of Jan to start my New Year??s resolution. In the last 2 months I have lost 10% body fat and increases my endurance dramatically, I can do a mile in 6min again (haven??t done that since college). I have been working with Wes; he is awesome and pushes me to do that little extra I surly would have blown off without him. A great gym, I highly recommend it and I definitely recommend training with Wes.

Pros: lots of free weights and cardio, trainers rock.

Cons: Parking...until I found out about the 4 other lots.

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Open House. March 24th 2010. Come one, come all. Free workouts for non-members. Free food, fun and prizes. Tour club for specials and details on joining.

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Open House. March 24th 2010. Come one, come all. Free workouts for non-members. Free food, fun and prizes. Tour club for specials and details on joining.

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When you become a member of the gym they offer you 3 30 minute personal training sessions. My first one was ok- but the second one was rescheduled 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the following day. When I arrived at the gym the next day they told me to warm up - after a 15 minutes the trainer was not there. 30 minutes later I was informed that the trainer was "sick" and for me to call and rescheduled. Meanwhile there were 2 trainers reading the Houston Press and didn't offer to do a 30 minute session. The only reason I am a member of this gym is because there isn't any other gym in the Heights area. The classes in the evening are good- but you need to get there early to get weights and a spot. I wouldn't shower in the ladies locker room if someone paid me. Nothing about this gym is worth telling your friends about.

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When you become a member of the gym they offer you 3 30 minute personal training sessions. My first one was ok- but the second one was rescheduled 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the following day. When I arrived at the gym the next day they told me to warm up - after a 15 minutes the trainer was not there. 30 minutes later I was informed that the trainer was "sick" and for me to call and rescheduled. Meanwhile there were 2 trainers reading the Houston Press and didn't offer to do a 30 minute session. The only reason I am a member of this gym is because there isn't any other gym in the Heights area. The classes in the evening are good- but you need to get there early to get weights and a spot. I wouldn't shower in the ladies locker room if someone paid me. Nothing about this gym is worth telling your friends about.

Cons: Always crowded, poor service

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Because this is a real gym, not a 24 hr fitness or an L.A. fitness or a damn health spa. HOUSTON GYM IS THE SHIT!

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Because this is a real gym, not a 24 hr fitness or an L.A. fitness or a damn health spa. HOUSTON GYM IS THE SHIT!

Pros: Best Gym in Houston!!!

Cons: No cons whatsoever

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love everyone there..upbeat without the fluff or pressure of not being a size 2! Love the director of personal training.. Wes Simon!!

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love everyone there..upbeat without the fluff or pressure of not being a size 2! Love the director of personal training.. Wes Simon!!

Pros: friendly staff

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This place is busy, but I know why. As a new member, I feel right at home. Great place to workout with great, mostly new equipment. Got introduced to people easily and have thoroughly enjoyed a few sessions with a personal trainer named Layn. Very knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise. Looking forward to my next workout with him!

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★★★★★

This place is busy, but I know why. As a new member, I feel right at home. Great place to workout with great, mostly new equipment. Got introduced to people easily and have thoroughly enjoyed a few sessions with a personal trainer named Layn. Very knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise. Looking forward to my next workout with him!

Pros: Awesome laid back atmosphere

Cons: a little busy at night

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WORST GYM EVER!!!!! They make you sign a contract to join and pay $200 if you are not satisfied and want to get out of it. It is way more expensive than bigger and better Gyms. The locker Rooms SUCK!! They don't give a rats ass about their customers.... All they want is your money.....And they talk about you behind your back!!! Watch Out!

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WORST GYM EVER!!!!! They make you sign a contract to join and pay $200 if you are not satisfied and want to get out of it. It is way more expensive than bigger and better Gyms. The locker Rooms SUCK!! They don't give a rats ass about their customers.... All they want is your money.....And they talk about you behind your back!!! Watch Out!

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Ive been going to this gym for a few years now and love it. They have an awesome staff that is super friendly and very helpful. I read some of the other reviews and I have never had a problem with my billing nor have my friends that have cancelled had any issues closing out their accounts, so im not sure what they were talking about. This gym has been fantastic for me! I lost 30 pounds in the first 6 months and have managed to keep it off with Wes', my trainer, help. I highly recommend this gym to anyone looking for a no frills place to workout that will get you results. Oh and check out their bootcamps, they rock.

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★★★★★

Ive been going to this gym for a few years now and love it. They have an awesome staff that is super friendly and very helpful. I read some of the other reviews and I have never had a problem with my billing nor have my friends that have cancelled had any issues closing out their accounts, so im not sure what they were talking about. This gym has been fantastic for me! I lost 30 pounds in the first 6 months and have managed to keep it off with Wes', my trainer, help. I highly recommend this gym to anyone looking for a no frills place to workout that will get you results. Oh and check out their bootcamps, they rock.

Pros: friendly and fun staff, awesome atmosphere, free weights

Cons: parking in evenings...until i found out about other lots.

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My 2 yr contact ended in March 2009 and now it's October 2009 and my checking account is still being charged. I've spoken to the manager several times and went in person to sign a cancellation notice. They keep saying it's their fault and they forgot to hit the save button. REDICULOUS! I did not get refunded for any of the money from March - September and the manager says I'll get October's money back...I won't hold my breath. This is HORRIBLE management and totally unacceptable when there are 2 new gyms located in the Heights area!

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My 2 yr contact ended in March 2009 and now it's October 2009 and my checking account is still being charged. I've spoken to the manager several times and went in person to sign a cancellation notice. They keep saying it's their fault and they forgot to hit the save button. REDICULOUS! I did not get refunded for any of the money from March - September and the manager says I'll get October's money back...I won't hold my breath. This is HORRIBLE management and totally unacceptable when there are 2 new gyms located in the Heights area!

Cons: Keeps charging my account

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I also had problems with my membership. I signed up for a 1 year contract but somehow it was changed in the computer to 2 years. My bad for not getting a copy that day. Don't believe it if they tell you it can't be printed right away. Better yet have them print a hard copy of your contract and sign that first. Then when I tried to cancel at that point I got a big run around and am still being charged.

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I also had problems with my membership. I signed up for a 1 year contract but somehow it was changed in the computer to 2 years. My bad for not getting a copy that day. Don't believe it if they tell you it can't be printed right away. Better yet have them print a hard copy of your contract and sign that first. Then when I tried to cancel at that point I got a big run around and am still being charged.

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Attorney considering class action suit against Houston Gym based on its practice of charging members after they have canceled their membership. If you have had such an experience with Houston Gym, please email me at dj4law@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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Attorney considering class action suit against Houston Gym based on its practice of charging members after they have canceled their membership. If you have had such an experience with Houston Gym, please email me at dj4law@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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I moved and tried to cancel my membership and never heard back from the manager who has now been FIRED for incompetence. I am now being charged for a 2 YEAR CONTRACT that I did not even get a copy of. The new manager tells me that he "can't do anything about it" unless I RENEW my membership! Now turned over to a harassing collection agency. Guess I'll have to contact the Better Business Bureau

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I moved and tried to cancel my membership and never heard back from the manager who has now been FIRED for incompetence. I am now being charged for a 2 YEAR CONTRACT that I did not even get a copy of. The new manager tells me that he "can't do anything about it" unless I RENEW my membership! Now turned over to a harassing collection agency. Guess I'll have to contact the Better Business Bureau

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This guy gets it. After 3 back sugeries and a lot of years off, this guy has me feeling my 20-30's again. Pace is critical, with no apologies, but I've never felt better. The gym and Cedric specifically, rocks. All the best to them both.

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This guy gets it. After 3 back sugeries and a lot of years off, this guy has me feeling my 20-30's again. Pace is critical, with no apologies, but I've never felt better. The gym and Cedric specifically, rocks. All the best to them both.

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I moved, and was assured by Tony the manager that my charges would stop--4 weeks later, I was charged again, and told that NO ONE except Tony can credit me back. The employee told me "I see where Tony cancelled your account, but he didn't press the button to stop your automatic bank draft." That kind of mistake is unacceptable.

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I moved, and was assured by Tony the manager that my charges would stop--4 weeks later, I was charged again, and told that NO ONE except Tony can credit me back. The employee told me "I see where Tony cancelled your account, but he didn't press the button to stop your automatic bank draft." That kind of mistake is unacceptable.

Pros: Small and basic

Cons: Bad management

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Great gym with great prices. The staff have been amazingly friendly and keep the gym pretty well organized. I've been doing lots of free weights and have been amazed at the aerobics classes-they kick butt! What a great place!

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Great gym with great prices. The staff have been amazingly friendly and keep the gym pretty well organized. I've been doing lots of free weights and have been amazed at the aerobics classes-they kick butt! What a great place!

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I had a similar experience to another poster regarding this Bobby's standard line: "we have so many members, we can't possibly..." This, for me, was an instant turn-off. The inference was clear that as soon as I'd paid, my concerns would be forgotten or brushed aside as impossible to deal with. I pointed out to Bobby that perhaps he's not up to the job, if he feels overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Needless to say, I didn't give Houston Gym a dime of my money..

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I had a similar experience to another poster regarding this Bobby's standard line: "we have so many members, we can't possibly..." This, for me, was an instant turn-off. The inference was clear that as soon as I'd paid, my concerns would be forgotten or brushed aside as impossible to deal with. I pointed out to Bobby that perhaps he's not up to the job, if he feels overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Needless to say, I didn't give Houston Gym a dime of my money..

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A few talking points in addition to my 5 star rating.

1) Houston gym is a no BS gym...
When pro bodybuilders choose to call a gym home, it says alot about the facility. It says the equipment is straight forward, to the point, and gets the job done. It also says alot about the fundamental equipment necessary to build bodies of that caliber...those bases are all covered. Oh about those bodybuilders....each and every one of them is friendly, funny, and it?s obvious they are passionate about sharing their knowledge w/ clients/members.

Also, there is no lap pool, sauna or fancy smoothie bar, and that?s exactly the point. Tanning and massage however are available....

2) Houston gym is a friendly gym w/ positive energy...
From day one I noticed a positive energy that was lacking in other gyms (been a member at Gold?s, and FIT in the past). Blame this on the motivated members and trainers, as well as the close knit environment this local gym boasts. What?s this energy I'm talking about? Ever work out at an apartment complex workout room? If so you know what a gym feels like that has NO energy...this is no good, and sure as hell no fun.

3) The trainers are excellent...
I can only speak for one (Cedric), and more on him in a moment. First, it?s obvious each trainer has a different style and intensity level, which is great for customers w/ different goals. I have never been in a gym w/ as many consistently booked training staff...again making the point that these guys know their stuff and clients get results. As far as Cedric is concerned, this guy is excellent. His workouts are direct, to the point, potent, and effective.

4) Customer Service, Billing and Parking...
Customer Service is on point.
I'm greeted w/ a hello or handshake from staff and given a good evening/morning when leaving.
Billing is on point.
I had one issue actually, and it was fixed in less than 24hrs.
Parking.
I've come at 6am, and 6pm. I've NEVER had a problem.

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A few talking points in addition to my 5 star rating.

1) Houston gym is a no BS gym...
When pro bodybuilders choose to call a gym home, it says alot about the facility. It says the equipment is straight forward, to the point, and gets the job done. It also says alot about the fundamental equipment necessary to build bodies of that caliber...those bases are all covered. Oh about those bodybuilders....each and every one of them is friendly, funny, and it?s obvious they are passionate about sharing their knowledge w/ clients/members.

Also, there is no lap pool, sauna or fancy smoothie bar, and that?s exactly the point. Tanning and massage however are available....

2) Houston gym is a friendly gym w/ positive energy...
From day one I noticed a positive energy that was lacking in other gyms (been a member at Gold?s, and FIT in the past). Blame this on the motivated members and trainers, as well as the close knit environment this local gym boasts. What?s this energy I'm talking about? Ever work out at an apartment complex workout room? If so you know what a gym feels like that has NO energy...this is no good, and sure as hell no fun.

3) The trainers are excellent...
I can only speak for one (Cedric), and more on him in a moment. First, it?s obvious each trainer has a different style and intensity level, which is great for customers w/ different goals. I have never been in a gym w/ as many consistently booked training staff...again making the point that these guys know their stuff and clients get results. As far as Cedric is concerned, this guy is excellent. His workouts are direct, to the point, potent, and effective.

4) Customer Service, Billing and Parking...
Customer Service is on point.
I'm greeted w/ a hello or handshake from staff and given a good evening/morning when leaving.
Billing is on point.
I had one issue actually, and it was fixed in less than 24hrs.
Parking.
I've come at 6am, and 6pm. I've NEVER had a problem.

Pros: Location, Trainers, Ambience (Energy)

Cons: I can see this gym getting more popular, potential to get crowded, however not as of yet

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Every time I come to the gym I have a great experience. Not only is the staff friendly and helpful, but the patrons are also. This is a gym where people come to get in shape. You are not left on you own, there is help when needed. I have beloned to at least 5 gyms and this is the best.

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Every time I come to the gym I have a great experience. Not only is the staff friendly and helpful, but the patrons are also. This is a gym where people come to get in shape. You are not left on you own, there is help when needed. I have beloned to at least 5 gyms and this is the best.

Pros: the people and equipment

Cons: none

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I've been a Houston Gym member for many years and it is a excellent gym close into town. Good value for the money. Not a meat-market. Trainers are very knowledgeable and fun. Only con is small parking lot, although the gym has arranged for parking at neighboring businesses in the evenings so it's not too much of a problem. Many upgrades and new equipment in the last year or so as well. I highly recommend.

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★★★★★

I've been a Houston Gym member for many years and it is a excellent gym close into town. Good value for the money. Not a meat-market. Trainers are very knowledgeable and fun. Only con is small parking lot, although the gym has arranged for parking at neighboring businesses in the evenings so it's not too much of a problem. Many upgrades and new equipment in the last year or so as well. I highly recommend.

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Houston Gym has been the greatest thus far that I have worked out at. It has the perfect balance of atmosphere, people, equipment, and expetise with such a non-threatening fell about it! Everyone here feels right at home and COMFORTABLE to do their workout and get what they need out of stress-relief.

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★★★★★

Houston Gym has been the greatest thus far that I have worked out at. It has the perfect balance of atmosphere, people, equipment, and expetise with such a non-threatening fell about it! Everyone here feels right at home and COMFORTABLE to do their workout and get what they need out of stress-relief.

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Worked out with owners for 12 years, and love it! Gym feels like a small neighborhood gym where people know you and help keep you going. Finest equipment, EXCELLENT Massage therapsit! Worth the trip.

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Worked out with owners for 12 years, and love it! Gym feels like a small neighborhood gym where people know you and help keep you going. Finest equipment, EXCELLENT Massage therapsit! Worth the trip.

Pros: great trainers, body builders in house

Cons: parking

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I was all excitied to join here for $19. Then I found out that it's really $45 to get the "premium" gym. For $45 a month I would expect MUCH better. There isn't enough equipment is you come during peak hours. The parking is horrible. I moved and tried to call in and get the proceedures to close out my account. I called at 10 am, they said I needed to call back and talk to a Manager between the hours of 11 - 1. I called back the manager was in a meeting. I called back the next day, mamager was still busy (left a messgae for someone to call me, never did). Called back the manager said all I needed to do was come in (why couldn't the idiot on the phone tell me that? I went in and then they said there was additional paperwork that needed to be done, so I did that and I was ESURED that I would not be charged for the next coming month, but was! This is not where you want to go for the price you pay!!

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I was all excitied to join here for $19. Then I found out that it's really $45 to get the "premium" gym. For $45 a month I would expect MUCH better. There isn't enough equipment is you come during peak hours. The parking is horrible. I moved and tried to call in and get the proceedures to close out my account. I called at 10 am, they said I needed to call back and talk to a Manager between the hours of 11 - 1. I called back the manager was in a meeting. I called back the next day, mamager was still busy (left a messgae for someone to call me, never did). Called back the manager said all I needed to do was come in (why couldn't the idiot on the phone tell me that? I went in and then they said there was additional paperwork that needed to be done, so I did that and I was ESURED that I would not be charged for the next coming month, but was! This is not where you want to go for the price you pay!!

Pros: no pros

Cons: staff is stupid, poor customer service

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This a great little neighborhood gym for the fitness minded as well as the fitness novice. The staff is very helpful and energetic. Tony is the life of the party (one of the staff) he makes everyone feel right at home! The rates are very competitive and it has the feel of a local tavern or hangout where everyone knows your name!
The hours are from 5a- 10p Monday- Friday and 8a-8p on Saturday and Sunday. The gym has a very knowledgeable training staff who is willing and able help you build a solid program. I would seriously give this place a look if you are trying to get in shape and want to do it in atmosphere that is fun light hearted.

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This a great little neighborhood gym for the fitness minded as well as the fitness novice. The staff is very helpful and energetic. Tony is the life of the party (one of the staff) he makes everyone feel right at home! The rates are very competitive and it has the feel of a local tavern or hangout where everyone knows your name!
The hours are from 5a- 10p Monday- Friday and 8a-8p on Saturday and Sunday. The gym has a very knowledgeable training staff who is willing and able help you build a solid program. I would seriously give this place a look if you are trying to get in shape and want to do it in atmosphere that is fun light hearted.

Pros: Awesome staff, great environment!!

Cons: Parking is a challenge on Mon.- Tues.

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This is a good "all-purpose" gym. Plenty of iron to lift, good machines with a good range of special machinery. It is a serious gym with people working out fast and furiously. Most of the clientele are there to get in and get out with a good workout behind them. It is not a glitter gym where sweating is discouraged and fashion codes are enforced. The trainers are knowledgable, but not required, and the atmosphere is friendly and chatty. The workout crowd covers all ages and experience levels, from hard, bodybuilders to soft, starters. There is no intimidating crowd hanging around the weight racks to discourage anyone from entry. Everyone is welcome here. As with all gyms, rush hour is around 5:00 PM, otherwise it is easy to get in and out at your leisure. Centrally located to the north side of the inner loop. Come on down.

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This is a good "all-purpose" gym. Plenty of iron to lift, good machines with a good range of special machinery. It is a serious gym with people working out fast and furiously. Most of the clientele are there to get in and get out with a good workout behind them. It is not a glitter gym where sweating is discouraged and fashion codes are enforced. The trainers are knowledgable, but not required, and the atmosphere is friendly and chatty. The workout crowd covers all ages and experience levels, from hard, bodybuilders to soft, starters. There is no intimidating crowd hanging around the weight racks to discourage anyone from entry. Everyone is welcome here. As with all gyms, rush hour is around 5:00 PM, otherwise it is easy to get in and out at your leisure. Centrally located to the north side of the inner loop. Come on down.

Pros: Nice size, good crowd, a parking lot attendant for security

Cons: music choice

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I would consider Houston Gym a good value. We live in The Heights area, and there are not a lot of gyms to choose from in this area. Houston Gym has highly competitive prices, and your basic gym needs can be met. They have all the equipment basics (including free weights, cable equipment, and plenty of cardio equipment) and offer aerobics classes at convenient times. They have trainers available for you. It's safe. It's convenient. Staff are usually pretty nice. If you are looking for something fancier, fine, but expect to pay 2-4 times as much. My husband and I feel that it meets our needs and our budget! Tony is very helpful and can answer your questions. He will even let you try it for a week to see if you like it first. I would recommend to anyone to try it out, at least, for the reasons I stated above.

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I would consider Houston Gym a good value. We live in The Heights area, and there are not a lot of gyms to choose from in this area. Houston Gym has highly competitive prices, and your basic gym needs can be met. They have all the equipment basics (including free weights, cable equipment, and plenty of cardio equipment) and offer aerobics classes at convenient times. They have trainers available for you. It's safe. It's convenient. Staff are usually pretty nice. If you are looking for something fancier, fine, but expect to pay 2-4 times as much. My husband and I feel that it meets our needs and our budget! Tony is very helpful and can answer your questions. He will even let you try it for a week to see if you like it first. I would recommend to anyone to try it out, at least, for the reasons I stated above.

Pros: Great Value, your basic gym needs can be met, convenient aerobics class times

Cons: Dated equipment, small, not as "fancy" as competitors

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I have not had the same experience as the people below. I have found the gym dirty, the staff unprofessional and the equipment only works part of the time. Plus it is usually overcrowded when I am there--this is in part due to some of the machines being down at any given time. They seem more interested in selling you an expensive personal trainer package than in properly running the business. Also, the manager is only on duty during certain periods of the day so if you need help outside of those hours, you are out of luck---the sales people will tell you different things every time and while they are authorized to sign contracts and take your money, they are not authorized to do anything to help you. As soon as my contract is up, I am out of here! If I could give this place zero stars I would.

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I have not had the same experience as the people below. I have found the gym dirty, the staff unprofessional and the equipment only works part of the time. Plus it is usually overcrowded when I am there--this is in part due to some of the machines being down at any given time. They seem more interested in selling you an expensive personal trainer package than in properly running the business. Also, the manager is only on duty during certain periods of the day so if you need help outside of those hours, you are out of luck---the sales people will tell you different things every time and while they are authorized to sign contracts and take your money, they are not authorized to do anything to help you. As soon as my contract is up, I am out of here! If I could give this place zero stars I would.

Pros: Can't think of any at the moment...

Cons: Poor service, equipment works half of the time, parking lot is overcrowded

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I've been a member of Houston Gym for a year now, and I really love it. I live close by and walk to it, so it was a natural for me to join. It's a great small local gym that caters to weightlifting first and foremost. The equipment varies from very old to rather new, but all of it gets used quite a bit. It has a "broken in" feel to it. They do have cardio equipment, but not enough to accomodate everyone at peak times after work.

The trainers are young bodybuilders for the most part, and they are fun to work out with. Most of them are young guys, but the staff does inlcude a few more seasoned men and one or two women. Trainers are either independent or staff members of the gym, so be sure to check in to both options if you are looking for a specific type. A new membership includes 3 training sessions with one of them, and training packages are priced well enough to continue if that is what you are looking for. They do offer classes, but they have just rearranged a lot of them due to not enough attendance. A resident massage therapist offers sessions upstairs.

It definitely feels warm and welcoming, and the staff learns your name quickly. There are no amenities like a sauna or pool, and the idea is it's a stripped down place to work out. It's a great neighborhood gym and very different than the corporate chain clubs like nearby Bally's. Most of the members are fit already, so I could see it being intimidating to gym newbies. The owners attract a lot of serious weight lifters, so be ready to train with the big guys around. Oh yeah, and the women are just as fit and sometimes competitive bodybuilders too.

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I've been a member of Houston Gym for a year now, and I really love it. I live close by and walk to it, so it was a natural for me to join. It's a great small local gym that caters to weightlifting first and foremost. The equipment varies from very old to rather new, but all of it gets used quite a bit. It has a "broken in" feel to it. They do have cardio equipment, but not enough to accomodate everyone at peak times after work.

The trainers are young bodybuilders for the most part, and they are fun to work out with. Most of them are young guys, but the staff does inlcude a few more seasoned men and one or two women. Trainers are either independent or staff members of the gym, so be sure to check in to both options if you are looking for a specific type. A new membership includes 3 training sessions with one of them, and training packages are priced well enough to continue if that is what you are looking for. They do offer classes, but they have just rearranged a lot of them due to not enough attendance. A resident massage therapist offers sessions upstairs.

It definitely feels warm and welcoming, and the staff learns your name quickly. There are no amenities like a sauna or pool, and the idea is it's a stripped down place to work out. It's a great neighborhood gym and very different than the corporate chain clubs like nearby Bally's. Most of the members are fit already, so I could see it being intimidating to gym newbies. The owners attract a lot of serious weight lifters, so be ready to train with the big guys around. Oh yeah, and the women are just as fit and sometimes competitive bodybuilders too.

Pros: Neighborhood feel, serious environment, friendly staff, great place to lift weights

Cons: Cardio area full at peak times, parking can be tough, might be intimidating for newbies

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Whether you want to lose a few pounds, take advance of group exercise programs, compete in Ms. Fitness, Figure, or Bodybuilding this gym has experienced fitness trainers who have the years of knowledge and continuing education to help you achieve your goals.

The Houston Group X-Team (HGX Team) will tap into your physical fitness abilities and guide you through the various group exercise programs this gym offers: Ab Lab, Butt N' Guts, Indoor Cycling, Interval training, Pilates, TaeBo, Yoga and Zumba.

Most importantly, the staff, owners, and every member is part of your journey as you take on your own challenges.

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Whether you want to lose a few pounds, take advance of group exercise programs, compete in Ms. Fitness, Figure, or Bodybuilding this gym has experienced fitness trainers who have the years of knowledge and continuing education to help you achieve your goals.

The Houston Group X-Team (HGX Team) will tap into your physical fitness abilities and guide you through the various group exercise programs this gym offers: Ab Lab, Butt N' Guts, Indoor Cycling, Interval training, Pilates, TaeBo, Yoga and Zumba.

Most importantly, the staff, owners, and every member is part of your journey as you take on your own challenges.

Pros: Experience Trainers for the novice to professional fitness levels

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I've joined this gym in 2004 when I moved to the area and have not regretted it since. They have brand new equipment which they take immaculate care of. Everyone there is very friendly and you get to know the regulars. They do have tanning and classes if you are looking for that, but it's mainly a great place to go work out without all the "show".

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I've joined this gym in 2004 when I moved to the area and have not regretted it since. They have brand new equipment which they take immaculate care of. Everyone there is very friendly and you get to know the regulars. They do have tanning and classes if you are looking for that, but it's mainly a great place to go work out without all the "show".

 

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