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What Your Gym Won’t Tell You January 7, 2007

Posted by O.J. in Amman, Sports & Fitness.
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With the start of a new year, scores of people have flocked to sign up with Amman’s newest, biggest, and most talked about fitness club – VY Life Gym.

Each new year brings with it numerous New Year resolutions, the most common of which involve joining a gym or fitness club.  While many have already signed up with their local fitness clubs, for those well-intentioned souls who plan to stick to their New Year’s resolutions but have have yet to join a gym, here are a few fundamental issues one should consider prior to becoming a member:

  • The 90-day hurdle:  January is usually the busiest month for fitness clubs.  However, most resolution makers give up during the first 90 days, and fitness clubs expect that.  Most gyms count on a 20 to 30% dropout rate.  In order to avoid January overcrowding and make it past the 90-day hurdle, visit the facility during the time of day you are most likely to attend and check whether waiting lists and time limits for machines are enforced.  Also, check to see if the gym offers a trial period in order to give your new-found motivation a test-drive.
  • Beset with bacteria:  80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by both direct and indirect contact.  That makes the gym, with sweaty bodies in close proximity, a highly conducive environment for catching everything from athletes foot to the flu.  Check to see how clean and sterile the gym and locker rooms are.  Bring your own towels since there is no way of knowing that the gym’s towels have been properly cleaned.  Also, make sure you wear flip-flops while in the locker room.
  • Equipped for emergencies:  One third of sudden cardiac arrests outside of homes and hospitals occur in fitness clubs or sports facilities.  However, most health clubs are not fully equipped to handle health emergencies.  It is important to check whether the gym staff are properly trained to administer CPR and that the gym itself is equipped with the proper CPR equipment.
  • Terrible trainers:  On-site personal trainers don’t necessarily know what they’re talking about.  Trainers don’t usually require standard certification, and some of the credentials they flash require only a quick online course or a fee.  Make sure the trainers have credible certifications from respected institutions, preferably with some training in sports medicine or physical education.
  • Downright dangerous :  Unlike many other businesses, fitness clubs do not need a license to operate, and there is very little standardization in the industry.  Improper or inadequate equipment maintenance can cause some pretty serious injuries.  It’s a good idea to understand how the gym deals with design defects in their machines and how often their equipment is replaced.  Try avoiding machines that stick or don’t move properly.
  • Theft:  Your valuables are not necessarily safe at the gym.  One never knows who is lurking around the locker room to snatch your phone, wallet, etc.  Because fitness clubs are like small communities that provide a social and comfortable atmosphere, potential thieves tend to take advantage of this safe environment.  Gym staff/management take absolutely no responsibility for theft or lost valuables, and some will even admit that petty theft in gyms is quite common.  If you intend to store items in your locker, either use a padlock with a key, or simply keep your valuables at home.
  • Promotions & special offers:  When looking for a new membership, remember that the cheapest deals are most likely to lock you in for a long period of time.  Special promotions usually come with a catch.  If you’re already a member and your gym is offering a special deal or promotion, jot it down and and request the same when it comes time to renew your membership.  Some gyms will honor your request despite expiration of a special offer or promotion.  Always remember that everything is negotiable.
  • Sign the waiver:  Fitness/Health clubs are very good at protecting themselves…legally.  It is impossible to visit a club without having to sign a waiver that absolves them of all or any liability.  Everything from malfunctioning machines that cause injuries to improper instructions by staff members or on-site trainers.  It is important that one understand that they are taking their own health into their own hands when going to the gym.  Therefore, one needs to protect themselves…literally.  Gyms will never take any responsibility for anything!

I’ve personally taken a tour of VY Gym and found the facilities to be quite impressive.  Moreover, the promotional membership fee is very attractive.  However, I am very happy and comfortable with the gym I currently attend and the trainer I currently train with.  Therefore, I plan to stick to where I am for the time being.  To all those who are considering joining VY, make sure you clarify all the above points before joining.  To all those who have already joined VY, good luck making it past the first 90-days…

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1. yousef - January 7, 2007

thanks for the post.

BTW, where is the gym and what were the fees like?

thanks
yousef

2. Salam - January 7, 2007

I just saw the brochure of the gym..did you guys see it?mish ma32ool ya3ni it’s more like a get together place than a gym..they have so many outlets one of which is a beauty and nail care center..the fees are rather cheap I was shocked,but only IF you get an invitation now ;you don’t pay yearly fees which are 300 jds nor upgrade fees,whatever those are,which are 180 jds but you only pay the monthly fees of 65 jds which is cheaper than most other places.

3. Anon - January 7, 2007

65 JDS a month? Does their membership guarantee fat-loss because with such an outrageous monthly fee it should. Rip-off!!!!

Seriously with that much money a month a person can save for an entire home gym.

RIP OFF

4. kinzi - January 7, 2007

Any gym that sells ice cream on the premises, well, sounds kind of fishy! I need to work off last summer’s ice cream still!

5. O.J. - January 8, 2007

VY Gym is located in Deir Ghbar, opposite the Jordan Kuwait Bank and the Commercial Complex that holds Crumz, Z-Diner, Casper & Gambini’s,etc.

As Salam said, the gym is enormous and offers services and facilities that many gyms in Amman don’t. If you’ve received an invitation with the special promotion, then you simply pay for one year upfront which totals JOD 780 (equivalent to JOD 65 a month). Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a JOD 300 membership fee and JOD 180 upgrade fee over and above the monthly fee.

Bearing in mind that Amman’s ‘favourite’ gym, Power Hut, charges JOD 48 a month; VY’s monthly fee is quite fair considering the many facilities they offer (Pool, Spa, Running Track, fully equipped locker rooms, an abundance of machines, etc.) It’s the yearly subscription/membership/upgrade fees that are going to distrub your bank account.

6. Salam - January 8, 2007

Trust me..65 is cheap next to other places..i actually thought it would be much more considering the posh image they are trying to portray..not that I care for it!

7. toxy - January 8, 2007

Oj: LOL…. I think J.O needs to be taken into a dark alley and flogged with the Fake Toxy – Ammanian Style.

His cynical outbursts seem all too familiar. 😉

8. kaz - January 9, 2007

hmmm, the picture indicates 24 hour fitness….get your pictures right O.J 🙂

9. O.J. - January 10, 2007

Kaz my man…glad to see you’ve finally marked your territory on ‘The Theme’

Speaking of fitness, you’ve put on a few pounds since I saw you last. A membership at VY wouldn’t be such a bad idea for you 😉

10. kaz - January 13, 2007

wala

11. mag - January 20, 2007

Vy life gym, designed by symbiosis (ARCH. KHALED NAHHAS)
ONE of the best architects here n Jordan this gym has a different theme , , guys u have to c the brochure , it’s not only a place for working out ..Much more beyond.. 🙂

12. Vy goer - July 29, 2007

Hi guys, It’s actually called Vy (not VY, or VY Life, or VY Gym or anything else). By the way, about the ice-cream, it’s not regular ice-cream: it’s gelato, which by definition and method of preparation has at least 50% less fat than the ice-cream people normally eat. Vy Ice also uses natural and organic ingredients…I think it’s great they are appealing to normal people and not preaching something you can’t sustain like some crazy diet. I mean, isn’t that what living a healthy lifestyle is all about? Balance? I think what they’re going for is “look, you need to workout to be fit and stay healthy, and we know you’re going to go and eat lots afterwards, so why not eat something healthy. Go ahead, treat yourself, you’ll work it off anyway”.

As for the rates, you can go to as many classes as you like and use the machines etc. so it’s worth it. I used to go to a gym and pay JD 30 for a class for 1 month, 3 times a week. So JD 65 and you can do whatever you like every day – I say that’s a damn good deal!

13. Yogesh - August 27, 2007

Hi there…Am visiting Jordan in september and would be really glad if i can get to know of some fitness clubs in Amman. I will be there for a month. Would really be glad if someone can give me addresses and nos of gyms around..Wouldn’t wanna spend too much though !

14. Johnathan March - November 18, 2007

It should be noted that there are no personal trainer certification training in Jordan. Sport and fitness in Jordan still lack the information and the technology. Also, don’t be fooled by university digree in sport. The training business is different and requires alot of studying and experience which Jordan untill now is lacking.

15. Ahmad - February 7, 2008

Is there a list of all the “good gyms” in Amman? I can only think of Fitness One, Flex, Vy, Power Hut, and the 5-star hotels of course. Am I missing any?

16. Maurice Mckenzie - April 4, 2008

Marhaba! Hi wanting to know what the opportunities were in finding employment in amman as personal trainer. Im from Australia and run my own business but would prefer to live in Amman. Im fully Qualified with Diploma of Fitness/specialist/therapist. please let me know and if one of you guys attend vy or power hut mention it the the managers. I have lived in amman before(4years) and know a little Arabic. Shukran maurice

17. Moey - November 9, 2008

Any updates on Vy?

18. Rifqah - November 12, 2009

Marhaba, Ya Ahmad,
You are missing Medina Gym in Al Hussein Youth Sports City (Madinah Riyyadiah). It is very good.
Rifqah

19. Ez-Az-Ez - February 11, 2010

Hey Guys
First of all, thanks for all the info and comments posted about the gyms available in Amman. I lived in Australia for 5 years and have been going to the gym regularly. I used to go to the gym in the mornings, which was a great start in my day. I haven’t been the the gym in a while and it sucks…Now that I am in Amman, I do really want to join a good gym to get back into shape. However, it seems that most of the ‘good’ gyms do not offer morning sessions for the guys…then again I could be wrong. I am not looking into all the complementary stuff such as spa, swimming pool, and all. Looks like not much has been re-posted since Nov 12th. Just wondering whether anyone can assist in terms of finding a reasonably good gym? Medina Gym sounds alright…also considering that it is close to where I will be staying. Any gyms that offer morning sessions for us blokes?

Cheers

P.S. G’Day Maurice…I have trained for a while with a mate downunder, but that was a while ago as I mentioned. Would be happy if you could…and have the time…to give a few tips or advise on the training program which I would like to undertake.

20. Ez-Az-Ez - February 11, 2010

Hey Everyone
First of all, thanks for all the info and comments posted about the gyms available in Amman. I lived in Australia for 5 years and have been going to the gym regularly. I used to go to the gym in the mornings, which was a great start in my day. I haven’t been the the gym in a while and it sucks…Now that I am in Amman, I do really want to join a good gym to get back into shape. However, it seems that most of the ‘good’ gyms do not offer morning sessions for the guys…then again I could be wrong. I am not looking into all the complementary stuff such as spa, swimming pool, and all. Looks like not much has been re-posted since Nov 12th. Just wondering whether anyone can assist in terms of finding a reasonably good gym? Medina Gym sounds alright…also considering that it is close to where I will be staying. Any gyms that offer morning sessions for us blokes?

Cheers

P.S. G’Day Maurice…I have trained for a while with a mate downunder, but that was a while ago as I mentioned. Would be happy if you could…and have the time…to give a few tips or advise on the training program which I would like to undertake.


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