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Fitness Center reviews in Herndon

  • A
    PRAJNA FITNESS

    Nicole came prepared with a program designed for someone my age.  She quickly adjusted in the next session when she realized that I was looking to be more challenged and has adjusted accordingly throughout the sessions.  When I experienced a knee problem, she correctly diagnosed it as a hip issue and spent several sessions helping me strengthen my hip.  The knee issue went away.  When I experienced sacroiliitis (an inflammation of the sacroiliac), she did reams of research in order to determine the correct exercises to help and not exacerbate the problem.  Well above the requirements of the job! 

    I spend a great deal of time in the car and I play a lot of golf. She understood right away when I needed to do yoga and when I needed a complete workout, based on my activity level.  Nicole is definitely a holistic trainer.

    I have since re-upped for 24 more sessions, and as a direct result of Nicole's skill and attention to detail, I am stronger and more flexible than I've been for years and I'm hitting the golf ball much further, which is a significant side benefit. 

    I could not recommend anyone more highly.


    - Jerry E.
  • B
    Life Time Athletic

    It is a little expensive for a family. The best thing is that you get to know people The worst thing is you only have X amount of guest passes per year. That is the only thing that s*cks.  

    - Ignacio R.
  • A
    PRAJNA FITNESS
    Nicole has made training fun. We do something different every session so my body is constantly adapting to new skills and I don't build up too much muscle memory by doing the exact same exercises in the exact same order. I've discovered a strange love for TRX (weird, I know) and my Bosu gets a fair amount of use.
    - Margaret B.
  • D
    JEFF SMITH WORLD CHAMPION
    Signing my kids up for karate at this place was arguably one of the worst parenting decisions we ever made.  Everything was good in the very beginning.  The kids got a fair amount of one-on-one attention.  We signed a 1-year contract for the kids to participate in their "basic" program.  Not even a month later, we were approached about their "leadership" program.  It was explained to us that the curriculum for the "basic" program repeated every 3 months; the only way to progress past a certain point was to sign up for the "leadership" program.  They made the kids feel like they had been specially selected for this "opportunity".  I was feeling pretty queasy about it, because I felt kind of " duped" about the basic program, but the kids were still super-pumped, so we grudgingly signed the 4-year leadership contract.  (They credited what we had already paid, towards the new contract.)  Oh, by the way... the total value of the contract was around $24,000.
    By the time we were a year into the program, the kids were getting a lot less individual attention.  They no longer felt motivated to do the "homework" or practice the skills they (theoretically) needed for belt testing.  But somehow, they kept "passing".  Because they knew that their skills were shaky at best, belt testing and graduation activities became an opportunity to feel embarrassed, rather than recognized.  I talked to several of the instructors about it, several times, but nothing really changed.  I kept dragging my kids to the school 2 or 3 times a week, figuring if my money was going there, my kids should also.
    It went on this way for 3 years.  My kids grew to hate it.  At some point, one of the instructors asked me if I could bring the kids to some "family day" community event in Ashburn.  I told her I had an ethical objection to doing anything that might be considered representing the school.  When I got saw new parents in there, I tried to warn them, before they signed anything.
    - Zacariah D.
  • A
    Gold's Gym - Chantilly
    This Gold's Gym is one that solves all of the issues that I have ever had with previous gyms that I have belonged to. It has every machine���and plenty of amenities���that I could ever want, and it is a well-maintained, well staffed place to work out.
    First of all, the staff at this gym is great. At other gyms, staff members seem unfocused and less than professional. The staff here is attentive and they always look busy doing the things that you might expect them to do. They are easy to talk to if there are ever any questions or issues, and it is clear that the management is great as well. The manager of the gym is always around and has a very pleasant demeanor. This location definitely delivers on a good customer experience.
    The gym itself has all of the machines and equipment that I like to use in a decent quantity. The locker rooms are adequate, clean, and safe. The classes (instructors especially) are awesome, and the cardio theater is a really cool way to unwind, watch a movie, and get some quality cardio in.
    I've been a member for about a year, and any issues I have seen with the gym or any of the equipment was remedied quickly. There are the occasional issues with small things, but the overall workout experience allows me to look past any superficial or temporary flaws.
    - Othman B.
  • C
    Fitness First Health Clubs

    The gym is  a pretty good value.

    Over the past year or so, it has been cleaner.

    However, too many times they have cut the staff too much and there are weights all over the place.

    It would be nice if there was someone to enforce the do not drop weights policy-

    especially when a yoga class is being taught.

    There seems to be problems with paper supplies; often no tissues.

    Also, they seem to have too many problems getting classes scheduled.


    - Grace M.
  • B
    Golds Gym - Fairfax Station
    It was called Fitness First when I joined. The price was very reasonable compared to the other gyms around here. I also got a Groupon deal which was huge. The staff is fine. The front desk people are very nice.
    - Lydia B.
  • C
    Gold's Gym - Herndon
    Mixed experience. The staff is really good. All good folks. They do, though, tend to favor and quot;their kindand quot; of customer. (Hint: If you're not built like an offensive lineman or linebacker, this wouldn't include you.) It's not like they're not nice to everyone. But in the way they interact with customers, you can definitely see whom they favor.
    The biggest frustration with this place is that it seems that the management wants to turn it into part-fitness center and part really loud disco/nightclub. At all hours. Yes, even 7 am. Management lends a sympathetic ear to any complaints/concerns/suggestions -- even saying, 'hey, we don't like the loud dance music on all the time either' -- but then they never change the policy. They insist, and quot;It's what our members want.and quot; Even if members that you talk to say, 'Well, no. It's actually kinda annoying and loud and obnoxious and repetitive.and quot;
    Management will suggest headphones. Which is fine in theory except that you have to really crank your music to drown out the dance club noise, which is cranked to 11. If you just want to work out in relative quiet and, I dunno, even have a conversation with another customer, that will be challenging.
    Management doesn't seem to warm up to the idea of having designated and quot;dance club musicand quot; times (like after 8 pm when that kind of crowd is more likely there) and either no music or quieter, more mainstream music times.
    All of this is driven by some petition that came up a long time ago that maybe 20 members signed, demanding that they have their dance music on loud, all the time. If a business essentially lets a relatively small group of customers dictate an unyielding policy that irritates the rest of its membership, that's bad business. And, in fact, I'll sign up at the Herndon city center or the Reston Y before I go back to Gold's.


    - Dennis M.
  • A
    FITNESS FIRST
    The reason I'm with them primarily is just location, it's the closest gym to my house. But, they're fine. There are other gyms that are better, there are other gyms that are not as good. I would call it probably a middle of the road gym but it certainly meets all my needs. They do send me emails. There are others that are bigger and grander but it meets my needs pretty well. Their pricing was very reasonable.
    - Henry J.
  • A
    LIFETIME FITNESS
    We go to this particular one because it's bigger. They have a restaurant and day care built in. They also have a spa and a workout place that's all-in-one. They are a little pricey, but my favorite feature is their free two hour day care service.
    - Ayda B.
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