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10/02/08Provided by Citysearch
I suspect that these are some of the demands that appear on a job application for Bally's (or any other) health club:
A: You must be sullen and bored at all times.
B: We expect you to look at anyone who asks questions of you as if they are really stupid, unless (see next)
C: Only be friendly and helpful to hot chicks, or someone in your own weight and training level. Example; flirt like neanderthals with the girls, and if you are muscular and male, treat other muscular men with utmost respect, act like they are your best friends, and call them ""bro"". Treat all others, like overweight women, thin men, or older people in general, as if they are invisible.
D: Don't go out of your way for any reason unless the client is about to sign on to something, like a class or a hiring a trainer, that will make the health club some money.
E: Make sure you look at the demographics of the people currently in the gym and then select music you know they will find obnoxious. You will play this music as loudly as possible. You will find great joy in playing ugly rap that includes foul language and secksual situations to the older pilates crowd that comes in at 9:00 am.
Seriously, is there some law that says all health clubs must be populated with snotty, sullen, vaguely mocking and sneering young people? Bally's at Fairlane is no exception, believe me. Every time I walk in with my lifetime membership, I feel like I am intruding on their party time.
Other than that, the facilities are adequate, the bathrooms and showers clean, and the atmosphere is MOSTLY nice. The exceptions would be the choice of music (mentioned above) and the rude groups of 3 to 6 young men that, while using only one machine for working out, manage to use every other machine in their vicinity to rest against, stand their water bottles on, hang up their hoodies and gym bags on, and pace in front of. How annoying to have to ask them to move their things all the time!