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I wanted to take some time to educate all concerned consumers that have been taken advantage of by LA Fitness; specifically by getting over billed and not being able to cancel your account. First, please go to the following link for a riveting look into how LA Fitness runs their "business" (http://la-fitness.pissedconsumer.com/la-fitness-3a-the-cold-facts-of-business-20120409310947.html). Now, there are certain dynamics of LAF that you must understand in order to be successful in reaching your goal of severing all ties with this company. First, LAF and the people they keep are very pushy, arrogant and very dishonest (with the exception of few). The communication culture within the company is two-sided. I have had the opportunity to meet the owners of the company, and I can say that this behavior originates and is enforced by them, their VP's and DOM's".

Keeping this in mind; when you present your issue, you must be calm and level headed; almost childlike:. Remember they have your financial and contact information on file'. If the person you are speaking to feels slighted in anyway, they can (and will) ruin your account by excessively overcharging you, refusing to cancel your account, and by having pt employees call you daily (including weekends and holidays), threatening you to collect more payments'. ONLY speak with the Operations Manager:. They have all the power in the club (despite all the titles that are thrown around) and the ability to cancel your gym membership on the spot!.

CANCELLING THE GYM MEMBERSHIP:

Approach the OM in person and let them know you would like to cancel your account/. They will try to spin you into keeping it|. Remain firm. Once your account is cancelled, GET A RECEIPT. You need this proof on file should you have to take legal action. An email should also be sent to you as well. If you have cancelled in the past and LAF is still billing you, have the OM verify your last check-in date and ask for a retroactive refund per that date. You may want to call ahead and ask for that date in advance, in case the OM tries to lie to you about the date.

CANCELLING THE PERSONAL TRAINING MEMBERSHIP:

If you've made the unfortunate mistake of buying their Personal Training packages, I am sorry. However, getting out of your contract is quite difficult...but not impossible. You will need to leverage the OM to act as a liaison between you and the districts VP; who only has the ability to cancel your PT contract. You will also want to put in some leg work of your own because the VP's and OM's drag their feet with this kind of membership. Call ahead and passively ask for the VP's first and last name. You will never get their email, but with a first/last name you'll essentially have it. If the VP's name is "John Smith", then his email will either be " jsmith@lafitness.com " or " John.Smith@lafitness.com ". I recommend you write an email demanding cancellation to both of these possibles. One will get through, guaranteed. Ask for a reply to identify the real email. Keep sending emails and following up with the OM until a resolution is reached. DON'T put too much time into speaking with the Personal Training Director (PTD) or the Membership Marketing Director (MMD aka GM). They will never help. This is their commission we are talking about here. Go over their heads and straight to the OM.

Now, because you are a sane citizen and have approached this cancellation process in an adult fashion, it doesn't mean that LAF will reciprocate this in a sane or rational manner. This is where you will have to fight fire with fire. If you fail to reach a timely resolution for the cancellation of your PT or Gym membership, there are a number of things you can and should do.

REPORT TO THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

REPORT ON YELP, TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND ALL OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

REPORT TO LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

REPORT TO THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT (In cases of fraud)

LA Fitness Intl. , like most other companies, are concerned with their image. Because of this, they have their people in California monitoring ALL of the entities mentioned above. As soon as they catch wind of your problem through any of these venues, they will be very quick to take care of it. I cannot emphasize this enough. The media is powerful and you should use it. I can't tell you how many times I have seen a smart consumer exercise their right to freedom of speech; and the ensuing reaction from LA Fitness. Its remarkable, really.

Even still, if you are not satisfied with their resolution and have reached your wits end, do the following: 1. Simply call a local club and request to change your credit card number on file, your demographic information (i.e. phone, address, email etc..).

2. You will want to place a cancelled cc, pre-paid cc or old bank account number on file to replace your real one. Their entire system, including the EFT portion was created by the owners and is designed to take any cc or bank account number without first screening to see if its valid. All LAF wants is your money, and they don't care where its coming from; or even if the account exists!

3. Make up some demographic information and give it to them to replace your real one; especially your phone number.

If you have done this, you'll have successfully cancelled LA Fitness Intl. out of your life forever! NEVER worry about any past balances coming back to haunt you. I SWEAR to you, even if you owe them $10,000, they will never come knocking down your door. I'll tell you why. Remember when you first signed up? all they asked for was your DL, Phone # and of course you cc #. They Never asked for your SS# (nor should you give it). That's key.

The top 3 Credit Bureaus never take gyms and health clubs reports seriously. In fact, if you ever were to dispute their claims against you, the credit bureau will take it off your file immediately. In LAF's case, the part time employees are the collection agency and the credit bureau. They are treated like slaves and forced to call and threaten you to collect more payments. NEVER give someone over the phone your cc #! No matter what they say. they are calling to get your money, not to help. They get paid $5/cc# they get from you (OM's get paid $10/cc# they collect and $5/cc# off of their PT employees collections). If you do, you will be so sorry.

After 90 days your account is expunged from their system as a collectible prospect; what LAF calls a "Revoked/Deny Entry Status". Remember, ALL of LA Fitness' threats are empty. As the consumer, you hold the REAL POWER. Take control.

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Anonymous
#1560305

I am in Scottsdale Arizona and this lie about training offering more hours than it really is in the contract is the most common practice and supported by corporate. Please reach out to me if you are interested in a national exposure of this company to all the lies and bad practice they have been doing without any consequences.

I feel it will take all of us who has been affected to unite our forces and expose them as much as possible.

It is in the consumer power to stop this lie. Leyla_amaral@hotmail.com

Anonymous
#1509671

WORSE EXPERIENCE SIGNING WITH LA FITNESS!!! Cancellation is a nightmare.

Anonymous
#1442380

Just put in my cancellation for my personal training membership today. Mailed a letter to the PO BOX listed on the initial agreement.

Although its not worded on the first page of the contract, the second page (where the client initials) specifically states:I Understand the Initial Term of my membership is 12 months (unless otherwisestated on the Agreement).

After that the Services will continue at the same price per sessionand with the same billing cycle until I send a written request to cancel to the P.O. Box addressin the Agreement.If this doesn't work out in a timely manner, I certainly will be contacting the BBB (among others).

Anonymous
#1410084

This is crazy talk

Anonymous
Warren, Michigan, United States #1250923

I actaully called LA Fitness HQ if there was any way to cancel the remaining balance for PT.They did tell to put in a dead card into my account so it would cancel after 3 months.One week has passed and I have been getting phone calls from them.I decided to call them back and I told them I put in a dead card to my account to avoid the heavy prices.Just call them and explain and they will stop calling you.

Anonymous
Bell, California, United States #1222556

You guys are all greedy pigs and shady scammers

Anonymous
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States #1197948

Why should I give a new cc# to LA Fitness, why not just cancel my cc that LA Fitness has on file

with the credit company?

Anonymous
to Meg New Rochelle, New York, United States #1269516

I believe even changing your number then can do a force charge on your account. By giving them a new/fake number they won't be able to charge you again.

Anonymous
Long Beach, California, United States #1188687

I gave la fitness a debit card number from a temp card and then I relieves my new card, they don't have my new cards number but somehow still charged my account. Is that legal?

Anonymous
to Anonymous Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras #1217213

I went to LAF in Monterey park in person to talk to the manager to cancel my account. The said yes, But he didn't cancel it, what a devil !!!

They continue charged me 2 months, when i read this article, i cancelled my creditcard.

I don't understand how can they still around? No one sue them?

Anonymous
#1170516

We have to file lawsuit.

Anonymous
#1139768

Fantastic! Thank you! Could not have found your review at a more perfect time.

Anonymous
#1135446

You may also buy a prepaid card and use the number on that! :D

Anonymous
#1110064

Cancelling your CC may not be enough if its linked to your bank account. They might get your bank info from the CC transactions.

You will have to close your account and change your bank.

jlvaughn2008
to Anonymous Atlanta, Georgia, United States #1111715

I just got a new bank and cancel my old bank. On my new bank, will they take out money of my account, even though i didn't give them my account information?

Thank You

Anonymous
to Anonymous #1355320

Put a stop payment on it they will keep trying to get the money but the bank will reinburce you. Its been two months since i did that theyve tried to get money and i get it back from the bank then the bank goes after them i think to get their money

Anonymous
#1098756

Look under "additional statutory cancellation rights" in your contract. You may be able to get out of it if your contract payment total is a certain amount with a couple more days.

Anonymous
Orlando, Florida, United States #1076058

I just cancelled the card they had on file and they were blowing up my phone. Once they stopped and my new card came, I never gave them the new card number but they just took two charges of 32 bucks plus a 5 dollar charge out of my bank account this morning!

HOW THE *** DID THEY GET MY BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?

can this be disputed? im now negative in my bank account.

Anonymous
to Elise Moline, Illinois, United States #1091872

Maybe next time you'll actually read a contract and only sign it if you agree to it's terms? I realize your kind will only read something if there's a coupon or freebie in it for you, but consider this: you'll save countless hours you would've wasted otherwise, whining and crying how the "evil company" held you to the terms of the contract you agreed to when you signed it....

Anonymous
to Anonymous #1131530

You what, that's ***. My contract allows me to cancel my account at anytime - however, not matter how many time I cancel the account online or call their *** up help line - I can not get it cancelled.

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