677 Long Pt Rd Ste 101, Mt Pleasant, SC | Directions 2946432.841144 -79.859701
Mon - Thu, 11am - 7pm; Fri, 11am - 5pm; Sat, Sun, closed
Neighborhoods: Mount Pleasant to Highway 41
ES24 Coleman Blvd. – I was a member at the old Coleman Blvd. location, which was a very old school gym and when I learned they were moving locations, I was pretty upset. However, after getting in a routine again with the new equipment, I actually like it better than the old location. The place is and stays clean for once! The 24-hour barcode reader is a whole lot easier to use. The staffed hours are great. They have done a lot for the members in trying to do everything they can to keep them happy. Only problem I have had is with the TVs on the cardio equipment, but I hear they are getting those fixed real soon!
NO experience needed – I went to the gym close to my home (right near Publix-the JOHNNIE DODDS location) to find out about rates, hours, schedules, child care, etc. I was quite impressed with the gym. As soon as I walked into the child care room (with my two kids) the child "care" provider began bitc_ing that she just started for the very first time at 4 p.m.
She only "got" (sic) the job because she knows the owner of the kids fitness club right next door. She told me she was 25 and had a real degree in graphic design. She kept asking me what I thought she should be doing in that room. She told me that she hates getting paid 7.50 per hour. She hates it so much that she had decided it was not enough to interact with the kids. She told me that she has no kids of her own that they would make her crazy. This girl told me that when hired she believed she would be working the front desk and just got thown into the kid room. This gal asked me if I could believe she had to clean up at the end of the night and vacuum;she opened that statement by saying Jesus Christ in front of all the kids. I am Atheist so please do not even respond thinking I was all bent out of shape over a curse word. This "worker" told me that she does not do diapers and has to wait a whole year for her Dad who is a CFO to get her a "real" job. I asked this girl about a long list of the gym's policies on a lot of things. Her response was that she had no idea. She asked me if I thought she should work there to which I responded by saying that I had been incredibly rude and had not even asked her, her name. After that I told the guy at the front desk not to worry about me or anyone I know or anyone who might read Craig's list (w/ kids) signing up for a membership with people like this gal (who until 4p.m. that day had never been around kids)"working" in the childcare room.
What a Difference.... – I was a member of East Shore Health and Raquet before they changed over to East Shore Athletic Club on Dorchester Road, and I will say I am truly impressed. I am so glad that ESAC came in and did a total makeover. They have all new equipment, and fell in love with their new Body Pump Class. I had to get a personal trainer to show me the new spiffy equipment. Since ESAC came in, I have seen more and more smiling faces and the place is much cleaner. The staff is friendlier than the old staff too. There is one new guy there, I think he's the sales manager or something, either way he is hott.(good I candy). I really like what ESAC has done to the place and they tell me there is more to come. I can't wait.
Not recommended... – After ONE complimentary day visit, I decided not to join. As many people have already written...The pool is either not available due to a class of some sort, or it's out of use. I was disappointed that they only had a dry sauna and NO steam room. The jacuzzi was out of order. Some excuse about people clogging the vents with magazines...??? The staff I met were friendly and helpful, but as soon as I saw the PRICES, I was ready to forget the whole thing. I'd love to find a place in Charleston where I could swim in a warm pool for a few hours a week, jump into the steam room and sauna and then into a relaxing jacuzzi for a while. All the workout machines are good for those who want them, but I just want to trim a little off my love handles and then unwind. I have no plans to become a muscle bound ad for bowflex. Unfortunately, in this town that's not going to happen. Charleston could be so much more but falls flat. We lack in so many areas of entertainment and relaxation... I'm sure it has to do with the poor leadership handling the growth of our community.... what a shame....
Pool is a problem – the bottom line is, don't sell memberships to a pool that is either shut down for service or taken up by classes most of the time. i don't have any problem with the rest of the club, the employees, or the equipment, but the pool was part of the reason i joined, and now it's basically off limits.
I miss the blonde at Park West!!!!! – As far as gyms are concerned, ESAC is alright. Alot of people are complaining about the rates but I've lived in areas where I paid much more for YMCA memberships. The Park West facility is fairly nice and well-maintained. I would give it five stars, but my favorite staff member is gone. If Joy was still there it would be perfect!!!!!! Where'd she go?????
The Best Part of my Day – I've never written one of these reviews before, but after reading some of the ones below I felt I needed to. It upsets and confuses me what some of these people have said. I've been a member now for 2 and a half years and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon. I work in a high-stress environment, so my workout time is my time to unwind and release some stress. But what really does it for me is the staff at East Shore. I can joke around with the front desk staff, the trainers, and even the managers. They all know me by first name now, and they have my routine down.
I love the classes they offer because they are Les Mills and it has been hard for me to find that in this area. I feel so comfortable going into the class and knowing what to expect each time, but the instructors make each class fun and entertaining. (the new summer classes just started and they're a BLAST!!!) I think people complaining about the classes "not changing" just weren't familiar with the Les Mills style of teaching, but ESAC offers other classes that vary each time too if that's what they are looking for (try Burn and Firm!).
I also think this membership is totally affordable - especially considering you're getting ten gyms for the price of what one normally costs you. I like this a lot because on the weekends I don't get out of work until 8pm...and even when my regular location is closed, I can go to one of the 24-hour facilities nearby. Same thing goes for holidays... they are never really "closed" because the 24-hour gyms are always open.
Anyway, I just hope if you're "shopping" for a gym, you check it out for yourself rather than depending on reviews so you can make your own opinion. I think you'll like what you see. I've recommended it to two friends who've been enjoying it just as much as myself.
Just Right – Let me start out by saying I am not your typical gym member, a little older and a little softer then some. I finally decided to make a change and join a gym a couple months back. I joined East Shore after some recommendations from friends and I am very pleased with my decision. I am retired and typically work out during the day, all the staff know who I am and encourage me to keep going. They also know which protein shake I like (try the one with chocolate and peanut butter YUM). They just added a class that caters to a little bit of an older population it?s low impact and not too fast but still gives you a good workout. The equipment there is really nice and well kept, I always see someone cleaning when I am there. I am excited as well because my granddaughter is moving in with me this summer and going to the college of Charleston in the fall. I bough her a membership and she can't wait to work out with Grandma, she is even got involved with a volleyball league that they are offering over the summer All and all east shore was exactly what I needed, my only regret is that I didn't join earlier!
Locker area is dirty and smelly, poorly maintained. Fee is overpriced for service provided. – Dirty. Shower area has alot of mildew. Carpet and bathroom area poorly maintained. Exercise area needs good cleaning. Business is poorly managed.
Pathological Disregard for members and staff makes owner rich – I have seen this gym go down hill since it was sold several years ago. There is a pathological disregard for members and no comments or complaints that i have ever heard members make have been addressed. Staff turnover is high, with no management with any authority to do anything. The facilities in Johnnie Dodds and Coleman just get dirtier all the time. The Real Life "nutrition" program is nothing more than a sales seminar to hawk supplements from which the owner gets a cut. I do find many of the class teachers great, but as with members there is nowhere else to go and teach now that the owner has used our membership money to buy up every bit of competition. Many are really dedicated to their students, though. The justification for the high fees has been the pool, however it was broken most of the past two years and is closed to swimmers evenings and mornings for aerobics classes though these are scheduled at the only times families with children and workers can use the pool. Though most of the water classes have just a few participants and use a small section of pool, many members have requested simply a single open lane and this has never been accomodated. The classes must pay extra. Its hard to feel valued or like a member in this gym, when there is a new face at the counter each time you enter and when it is so apparent that one's value is as a walking wallet and one's membership monies go not to improving services in any meaningful way, built simply to buy up every other gym in town so his is the only choice besides Ecco w/o pool or sauna, or MUSC's Wellness Center.
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