I always go for spinning (ICE) classes here at suntec. Other than Ram's class, other classes are pretty easy to book as compared to other heartland area. You may even do walk-in (book at check-in).
o today's blog is about my very recent trip to the Gym. Yep! After years of wondering how it really feels like to work out in a gym, I finally had the taste of it and it's' quite fun, although I have to say that a certain event pissed me off a little. Hahaha. If ever you're wondering, nope, it's not really my first trip to a gym. My first was like 5 years ago, back in my homeland and it's at Fitness First. I tagged along with my friend who actually signed up for a membership at that time.
As for my recent trip to the gym, I did not sign up for their membership. You'll learn later why. Also, I wanted to really think about it because I don't want my monthly fee to go to waste. If you're confused, let me enlighten you. Working out has never been my thing, although I wanted it to be. So before signing up for a gym membership, I wanted to be able to really assess the gravity of my desire to work out first. If I'm going to pay for a monthly fee, I want to make sure that I can commit to going to the gym at least twice a month or else, it wouldn't be worth it.
So here's how our trip went down. Last Thursday - 31st October, our friends who are also my husband's officemates invited us to work out with them at True Fitness - Suntec. They're all members of the said gym because that's one of their company's perks. I'm the only one in the bunch who doesn't have a membership card. Good thing, I can sign up for a free trial. It says on their site that I'd be contacted shortly by one of their reps regarding my free trial registration. Daisy from their Chevron Office called me up in a few minutes and arranged the appointment. She's pretty nice and polite over the phone, but she was very straightforward as she immediately asked me if I have a credit card, which I guess was, of course, for the membership. Hmmmm. Anyway, she said she needed to meet me there so she can discuss their membership plans to me, which is very much understandable. I know that it's really how things work. So I had no issues with that whatsoever.
So I went for their 'so called' free trial with no obligations and there we were, making our entrance to their gym at around 3:30-ish. Daisy was there and ushered us to a room with round tables and chairs. We sat there for a while and listened to her as she explained how much their memberships (one club and all-club) are. I made it clear from the very beginning that I'd see for myself first if I would want to sign up right there and then after I've seen and explored the gym. She smiled but I don't think she really understood me. You'll know why later.
So she toured me inside and by inside, I mean the Female Area which consists of the lockers, toilets, shower, steam room and changing area. And that's basically it.
After changing into our workout attires, the husband and I explored the gym by hopping from one workout machine to another. We're like kids playing in a big playground or no, maybe butterflies in a huge garden. #LOL.
I think almost two hours have gone by, and we're done. I know that Daisy will talk to me again right after but I didn't expect her attitude. She looked at me and sent me the signal to come with her back to the room where she first brought us when we entered. The way she did that was like I'm her employee and I should go to her office because she's going to scold me. But I let that go easily. I thought, 'No biggie. After all, I think she's nice.'
But that's just what I thought. She started again with the membership, so I told her straight away that it's not that I don't want to sign up with them, it's just that I didn't want to sign up at that very moment. I wanted to be able to go home and think about my experience and from there decide if I will sign up or not. I didn't want to be rushed into making a decision on the spot. I thought that was pretty elaborate, don't you think? She definitely didn't think so because that's where the conversation started to heat up. She continued to sell their membership despite my clear answer and I understand that she's probably just doing her job but the way she's doing it was starting to get me really annoyed at that point. She persistently asked me why I didn't want to sign up despite my explanation earlier. So I also mentioned about my interest in checking out other gyms because that's my right as a customer, then she started comparing theirs to the gym I mentioned. I mean c'mon! Was that even necessary?! I even mentioned that if I were to sign up for a membership it is most probably going to be with them because my hubby is already a member there, so why on earth should she still insist that I do it on that day? Why oh why?!!! She kept telling me that the price of the membership might change the following month and even mentioned that it's the last day to enter the raffle draw to win a car. Wh-what?! What's that supposed to do with me signing up? Didn't she get that I was not interested in any of those? That all I really wanted at that time was for her to let me go so I can make my decision out of genuine interest and not because I was pressured? She even called her manager to step in. My goodness!! Her manager was actually nice by the way. A soft-spoken guy who explained everything and though he obviously also wanted to pitch a sale, I didn't feel like he's forcing the membership to my face, but Daisy? She totally changed how I look at True Fitness in an instant! I was like 80% convinced to sign up before she even talked to me, I just really wanted to do it on my schedule and not on theirs, but because of her insensitive, incessant sales talk, I don't feel like signing up for them anymore. Is this what their NO OBLIGATIONS mantra really mean? That yes, you can sign up for a free trial but you MUST sign up for their membership ON THAT SAME DAY? WHAT?!!!