A new LA Fitness center opened in Totem Lake this month, but many members say calling the new club "Elite" is just a way of forcing members to upgrade their memberships and to eliminate the old Bally's contracts that LA bought out.
LA fitness took over Bally's contracts. Some members had purchased lifetime and fixed rate memberships years ago. LA Fitness is trying to get out of the old contracts by calling their new club an elite center, even though it is nearly identical to their other local fitness clubs. The new club provides towels, but that seems to be the only difference between the Bellevue and the Totem Lake club. Members are being asked to pay an additional $5 per visit, or to give up their old Bally contracts and pay much higher fees to attend the "Special" new club.
Before you sign up for any membership at LA Fitness, find out how they treat their customers. Buying into a long term contract with LA Fitness may not be a good idea given their obvious stance on honoring contracts.
Lawsuits have been filed by local consumers against LA Fitness, and more are sure to follow. Buyer beware at LA Fitness. See: http://www.ezfacility.com/News/2012/01/Bally-LA-Fitness-Being-Sued-by-Members