How to contact Bally's Total Fitness At The Corporate Level

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Joe, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Hi;

    I recently called my local Bally's to ask them what address I could use
    to make a comment about Bally's to someone at the corporate level.

    They lied and told me that their very own local manager was as high as I
    could go.

    I went to the Bally's web site and dug several links down to get the
    name of Bally's CEO ( surprise, it wasn't that local manager ). Still
    no snail mail address, but I did use their information request link for
    investors to send away for an address to reach their CEO. I am posting
    it here so it will be in Google's archives to be found by other people
    who may want to do the same thing:

    Paul Toback ( CEO )
    Bally Total Fitness
    8700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60631
     
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  2. "Joe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi;
    >
    > I recently called my local Bally's to ask them what address I could use to
    > make a comment about Bally's to someone at the corporate level.
    >
    > They lied and told me that their very own local manager was as high as I
    > could go.
    >
    > I went to the Bally's web site and dug several links down to get the name
    > of Bally's CEO ( surprise, it wasn't that local manager ). Still no
    > snail mail address, but I did use their information request link for
    > investors to send away for an address to reach their CEO. I am posting it
    > here so it will be in Google's archives to be found by other people who
    > may want to do the same thing:
    >
    > Paul Toback ( CEO )
    > Bally Total Fitness
    > 8700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
    > Chicago, IL 60631


    Apparently it is Bally's corporate policy to have different quality level
    gyms. Some of their facilities are supposed to be shitholes!
     
  3. Deb

    Deb Guest

    Joe wrote:
    > Hi;
    >
    > I recently called my local Bally's to ask them what address I could

    use
    > to make a comment about Bally's to someone at the corporate level.
    >
    > They lied and told me that their very own local manager was as high

    as I
    > could go.


    I am guessing that you have never seen the two or even three web sites
    over the past 10 years called "Bally Sucks" that existed for no other
    reason than to try to get some justice over the horrifyingly unethical
    business practices of Bally Total Fitness. I believe those have all
    been taken down now due to lawsuits against them by Bally's, but you
    may have some look with Google on that.

    Writing to them will do you no good. Your letters will go unanswered.
    You may have better luck with some of the class action lawsuits going
    on against them around the country.

    Bally's specializes in hard selling techniques, lying by sales reps,
    illegally ignoring the 3-day grace period to get out of contracts (in
    many states), or figuring out ways to evade or mislead people about
    what the three days means, pulling money out of people's checking
    accounts long after their contracts have ended, ruining people's credit
    for many years afterward, not allowing people to cancel when they move
    too far away from a club (they calculate it by a straight-line distance
    of 25 miles, a distance that could easily take someone an hour in some
    areas of this country), and one of the most heinous of all - selling
    only 3 year memberships.

    I remember my own experience with them back in 1992 - about the 3 year
    membership -

    "Don't you want to work out for the rest of your life?"
    "Yes, but probably not at this club!"

    About a year later I did join, grudgingly, with a 3 year membership.
    As I predicted, a better Gold's Gym opened up about a year and a half
    later, and I stopped going to Bally. I just sucked it up and ate the
    cost.

    How did I keep my credit out of trouble with them?

    By this time, I had already heard the horror stories.

    So, I paid for the membership in full, up front, using a CREDIT CARD.
    They had no access to my bank accounts. That's the only way to go.

    For years after my membership ended, they bombarded me with offers to
    join again for life, for $99, with a $6 a month fee. They suck so bad
    that I have refused ever since. I have also heard more horror stories
    that the $6 a month fees and such have gone up, even though people were
    promised "for life." It's just NOT WORTH IT.
     
  4. Julieanne

    Julieanne Guest

    Joining Bally's is a gamble...just like their casino counterparts...
     
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