When Fitness First gym at Island Plaza in Tanjung Tokong closed at the end of November, I, along with the rest of the members, faced a dilemma. Do I continue with the new owners, Absolute Fitness, or do I join another facility.
Many of my friends only went to the gym for classes, such as yoga and pilates, while the remainder used the fitness equipment, either with a trainer or without a trainer. There were a lot of hard feelings with the closing of one gym and the start up of a new gym. Out of loyalty some of my friends refused to even consider continuing with the new owners and went with other gyms in the area. For many the main concern was for the availability and times of classes.
I live across the street from Island Plaza, so my main concern was the convenience of a gym close to home. Since I primarily used the machines and free weights, the classes didn't mean much to me. Another deciding factor, besides the convenience, was the cost of membership. I am paying considerably less now for a membership, which is fine with me.
I have already attended the new Absolute Fitness a few times and find little difference, from the old gym. The locker room is bigger, with better lockers. The gym has a new coat of paint and new lighting. When you are using the treadmills there is less of a choice of TV channels to watch. There is only a choice of 3 channels. CNN is gone, so to cater to the youth, MTV and a sports channel are offered instead. There are no free newspapers to read, nor are there any free drinks to consume while members chat in the lounge area. There are, however, free towels for members to use after showering.
When I have been at Absolute, there have been less than 5 people in attendance, but I am happy to see a familiar face there. Agnes, from Fitness First, is the new training manager and is currently occupied with forming a new staff of trainers. I believe there are still many former members of Fitness First who still have yet to make up their minds as to which gym to join. Hopefully after the Christmas holidays some former members will return. I have found the new front desk staff to be quite helpful and I would suggest to anyone considering joining Absolute Fitness to talk with Sathis about possible membership. As for me I am quite satisfied with my choice.