A few Anytime Fitness gyms have opened in my area lately and my understanding is that they're only staffed during certain hours, then through the middle of the night they're unstaffed, members have a pass to get in after hours. Is anyone a member of one of these types of gyms, how does it work? How do they deal with safety concerns, like being in the change room / locker room alone, someone else could easily follow you in, and people incorrectly (or even correctly) using equipment and getting injured or passing out with no one there to help them? It just seems like a totally flawed idea to me so I'd like to hear from people who have been or are members of a gym like this.
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05-08-2013 19:51 #1
What are your thoughts on unsupervised gyms?
05-08-2013 19:54 #2
Wow, that sounds scary. Perhaps staff is very limited? It doesn't seem right having no staff at all.
First aid concerns me more.
Perhaps call them and find out?
05-08-2013 19:56 #3
05-08-2013 19:59 #4
05-08-2013 21:53 #5
I used to be a memebr of one - the have a panic button on a lanyard that you can wear if you like and even take to your car and bring back int eh next 24 hours - that's what I was told. I still found it creepy
05-08-2013 22:00 #6
Yeah I don't like the sound of that at all. I wouldn't use gym equipment with no supervision. What if you collapsed?
05-08-2013 22:15 #7Senior Member
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It sounds a little odd. I wouldn't go there. Having a panic button is not the same as having someone on site in the event of an emergency.
05-08-2013 22:21 #8
I looked into this. While it would be awesome to be able to work out on my own, I couldn't do it. There was a panic button that you could carry but it's just weird..
05-08-2013 22:24 #9
I would like it I would much prefer it to be staffed
05-08-2013 22:27 #10
I joined one a couple of years ago. The idea I think is that they save on staffing meaning lower costs, as well as the convenience of having if open 24/7.
That being said, I never went there after say 9pm ish, and there were plenty of people around when I went. I don't think I would have liked walking through a dark carpark by myself in the early hours though- the one I was at had a Coles next door so up until 9 there were plenty of shoppers around.
They had a video camera on the door & strict rules about not letting anyone else in (no holding doors open for other members even, say DH and I went I would have to swipe my card, go in, shut the door and then he would have to do the same) there was also some panic button or telephone or something on the wall, I can't remember exactly what though.
Nothing ever went wrong when I was there, but it's pretty easy to imagine ways they could :/ For me at the time just wanting a cheap gym though it was pretty good, I didn't think too much about the safety aspect.
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