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    stuartm
    Bannatynes Gym
    • #1
    • 6th Jul 07, 12:15 PM
    Bannatynes Gym 6th Jul 07 at 12:15 PM
    Hi

    Does anyone know or can recommend way to save on membership at Bannatynes health clubs?

    There's one locally which a friend and his wife use, but they paid much less than the usual 300 joining fee and have a deal (I think) on their monthly fees.

    There's an offer on currently to use the gym for a month for 60, but ideally I'd like to join as a part of a couple at a good rate so we can both go.

    Thanks in advance for any recommendations....
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  • RosWright
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    • 6th Jul 07, 1:53 PM
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    • 6th Jul 07, 1:53 PM
    I think it varies from Gym to Gym
    In manchester there are 2 - one - if you join one you can use the gyms anywhere in the country - at the other gym you can join and can only uses the 2 in manchester
    I had a quote of 10 admin/joining then 45 per month (with no fixed term contract) - or 10 admin/joining and 39 with a contract for member for 12 months.
    The facilites & classes also varied a lot. Bannatynes Manchester Quay St was free towels, Bannatynes Manchester Whitworth St was 1 for towel hire.
    Good luck - see what they can do for you!
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 6th Jul 07, 8:22 PM
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    • 6th Jul 07, 8:22 PM
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    • 6th Jul 07, 8:22 PM
    DH is a member in Bristol, and you don't have to be a 'couple' to join as a couple, IYSWIM. He and one of our elders at church now have a 'couples' membership, which might raise a few eyebrows!

    The Club DH uses used to be a LivingWell, it's cheaper as a Bannatynes, and he can use any club in the country, I think. But he now has to pay if he wants towels, so I am left with a pile of grotty smelly towels after his sauna sessions - he uses the sauna regularly to help his eczema.

    So, see if there's a friend you can join with - you don't ever have to go together! I am sure the couple you know could introduce you, and you might both get a free gift or something like that, but in the long term being a couple might well work out cheaper.
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  • i_hate_spammers
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    • 21st Jul 08, 11:07 AM
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    • 21st Jul 08, 11:07 AM
    It's easy :

    i. Make sure you know of another club in the local area and their pricing...

    ii. Go into the Bannatyne club (or any in that matter) and ask to get a tour

    iii If you like what you see then ask for the rates

    iv. Compare to the other rates you already know and then ask for a discount or reduction of joining fee

    v. Fib a little (if need be) - say the other club have waived their joining fee and they will need to match the offer or better it

    Truely - it works... I have worked around health clubs for 9 years and now is probably the most difficult market conditions - they need your business...

    So make sure you don't have to pay the unfair joining fee!!!!

    Hope that helps....

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  • Scottv
    • #5
    • 17th Oct 11, 9:52 AM
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    • 17th Oct 11, 9:52 AM
    I just joined over the weekend with my partner and managed to get one membership fee wavered and a free massage for the other half included along with two membership bags. Not too shoddy
  • CeePeeBee
    • #6
    • 9th Nov 11, 8:51 AM
    • #6
    • 9th Nov 11, 8:51 AM
    erm....Joining fees? Are you kidding me>?!?!

    I'm going to Bannatynes after work today to see about joining. If they even mention joining fees I'm walking out.

    I was a member of the Nuffield Health gym near my home and paid about 45 per month...no joining fee.

    If it's more expensive than that, and also asks for a joining fee I might need help to leave the premises. Not because I'll be mad and angry...because I'll be laughing at them..hard!
  • vickyanne
    • #7
    • 31st Dec 11, 1:56 AM
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    • 31st Dec 11, 1:56 AM
    Bannatynes appear to be one of the tightest gyms for refusing to budge on fees and then when you leave they won't waive a thing. My friends husband got very serious cancer and was told no way could he go for at least a year due to the risk of infection and he needed an immediate major op.
    They were very difficult when his wife who was also a member explained and insisted he serve the full 3 mths notice and wouldn't let him suspend his membership for the year.
    I know it's their terms and conditions but that place is ruled with a heart of ice and no flexibility.
    Suppose old Dunc has to raise his cosmetic surgery cash somehow - certainly not putting it back into the clubs or any goodwill
  • stutakesphotos
    • #8
    • 31st Dec 11, 10:58 AM
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    • 31st Dec 11, 10:58 AM
    That's shocking. I was thinking about joining, but this has really put me off
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