HMOs >St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club
1600 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.938086 -90.075936
Neighborhoods: Central City - Garden, Central City
Great place that helps me work out every day I want to. Friendly workers there, and the machines are all clean and well-placed. Nicely light (even though the pull up are could be in a better location.) Always feel safe when I go there at night. Will probably keep going for as long as I live in NOLA
Member for 6 years. Never had a problem with my billing. Several of my friends, coworkers, and relatives have been members of the gym and never had a problem cancelling their memberships when they moved. The gym has A LOT to offer. Its the best deal in town for $49 per month (they have never increased to cost of membership in the 6 years I have been a member). They offer free parking, classes, towel service, lockers and month to month contracts with no penalty to cancel and no enrollment fees. I cancelled my membership when I left NOLA for grad school with no problems or fees and signed back up when I moved back(at the same price). My friend is a teacher and they gave her a discount rate of $39 per month. They do that for teachers, students, and im pretty sure for some other groups. She loves the variety of free classes and the ladies only workout area they have. Although I havnt done any of the classes I LOVE the free weight room they have downstairs. They have dumbbells that go up to about 160/165lbs. The staff is always very friendly and honest and they always smile when you come in. The gym is very clean and there is someone there to help you all the time. Ive even had the front desk people spot me a couple times. They have plenty of equipment for whatever your workout needs are. The layout, despite being 2 floors, gives plenty of room to workout. They have squat racks, benches, and space to deadlift.
I strongly recommend the gym. Its the best deal in town by far, its very affordable at 49 dollars, very clean, friendly, honest, offer excellent classes, cardio equipment and it is located in a very safe part of town with convenient hours of operation
Ripoff! – I joined this club because it was cheaper than many other clubs and because they offered month-to-month membership which was appealing because most clubs require a one year contract. But it's NOT WORTH IT.
I wish I had known about this site before joining! The other reviews are true! They will keep charging your credit card after you have canceled. Avoid like the plague.
Friendly staff and great bargain – I really like this gym. I don't understand any of the hate floating around because I joined during college, cancelled my membership, moved back here earlier this year, and renewed my membership... all with no hassle or problem or any of these supposed hidden fees.
But enough negativity, the gym is always clean. The staff are super-friendly. The boot camp thing they do is extra charge (but an amazing workout) and all the other classes are free. Also I joined with my girlfriend and we got a couple discount that I think you can get with even just a roommate.
They'll keep charging your credit card after you cancel! – I initially joined this gym because they offer month to month memberships whereas most gyms require a one year contract. After being a loyal member for almost a year, I started grad school and I decided to just go to the gym on campus. I specifically told a staff member to cancel my membership. Well to my surprise, they kept on billing me for the next two months.
I can see why some people don't believe us. It is a fairly nice gym. To all the people who don't believe us, wait till you try to cancel your membership. They don't try to screw you over until AFTER you've left.
BEST GYM IN NEW ORLEANS, HANDS DOWN. – I don't know who is writing negative reviews about this gym but they're crazy. I live between New York and New Orleans and have been to A LOT of gyms and this is by far the best. The price is right, the facilities are clean and the staff is incredibly friendly. The class variety is unlike any other gym in New Orleans - there are so many different Cardio classes that you can take advantage of - Hip Hop Dance, Kick Boxing, Circuit Training, Spin, and more which are all INCLUDED in your already inexpensive membership. I've been working with a personal trainer and have lost almost 40 pounds in three months which is all because of her and the motivation that I receive from the people at the gym. I looked at multiple other gyms and this is by far the best. If you're shopping around, DON'T. Just got to St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club - you won't regret it. There is so much offered it's hard not to want to get in shape.
GYM IS AWESOME!!! – First i want to say that whoever writes those negetive nasty reviews most likeley have some personal agenda.
I am a teacher with TEACH FOR AMERICA who shoped around for a gym in the area and had the St. Charles Ave. Athltic Club very last one on my list (thanks to the bad reviews). Well to my surprise it surpassed all of my expectations. Not only the facility is grate the energy there is that of WORK OUT!!!!! Because i am a teacher i got a discount as well!!! Can't beat it, belive me i did the shoping for you!!!
have been a member for years!!! – I have been a member at St Charles ave. athletic club for years and never have i ran in to anything even remotely close to what some of you writing on here. They have very flexible policies and maybe some of you on here taken advantage of them? As far as the equipment in my opinion they have the best variety of free weights and machines, dumbells go up to 200lbs, I think that would satisfy any lifter. Also the newly added powerlifting room is off the hook!!! What gym in town offers free quality classes, like an hour and a half yoga/pilates class wich i just adore. So my theory is that maybe it is you who screwed up and not them...
Once again i have been coming to the place for years and i love it, will strongly recomend it and stand behind my word!!!
As bad as they say – I joined St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club on a month-by-month basis & authorized them to directly charge my Chase credit card monthly. About a month before moving from the neighborhood, I asked to cancel my membership. The staff at the front desk told me he would cancel the membership effective the end of that month. When I asked if I could do something in writing, he told me no, it was already taken care of. For the past three months, they have repeatedly told me that it is going to be taken care of. But each month I get charged. I contacted Chase, which is disputing the charges, and ultimately alerted the Better Business Bureau. I called SCAAC to warn them about the report to the BBB, and was offered 1/2 of my money back for the past three months, after I had already cancelled. They don't deserve a cent of that money or yours! Pay a little more for one of the newer gyms on Magazine Street, and save yourself the hassle!
Owner is dishonest!!! – The facility is decent and is adequately equipped and they offer free classes such as spinning and yoga. Some of the staff at the front desk were a bit on the snotty side but the trainers and class instructors (ie Erica, Mike, Helen, Tanzy, etc) were friendly and helpful.
However, I do NOT recommend this gym because the owner is greedy and dishonest. I personally asked the owner to cancel my membership and he smiled and appeared to oblige. I watched as he pull up my record on the computer and then he clicked his mouse a couple of times and said, "okay it's done." I asked him when the cancellation would be effective and he specifically said June 12. Then I notice two months later that he was STILL billing me! I called the gym and explained the situation to the staff member who answered the phone. At first I was thinking it was just a silly mistake. The employee went to talk to the owner and relayed the message to me, which was, "He says that you told him you were thinking about canceling your membership but you weren't sure." That is COMPLETE BS. I clearly told him I wanted to cancel my membership and he even verbally told me the date that my cancellation would take effect (June 12). He KNEW that I canceled my membership and he continued to bill me and he made up that stupid LIE to cover his tracks. Please do NOT support DISHONEST business owners.
And Claire87, you seem to have some reading comprehension problems. Anne8 did not say she was taking antidepressants. She said it was either antidepressants or the gym and she obviously chose the gym. And even if she was taking antidepressants you shouldn't be using that against. her. Way to go for discriminating against people who are (allegedly or truly) mentally ill.
Edited to add:
Lol, I was just scrolling down to read the rest of the review and I discovered that one of my ex-roommates also wrote a review complaining about the EXACT same thing! I was surprised yet not surprised. What does THAT tell you about this establishment?
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