“Good atmosphere, modern, and good student rate”
“There are never any clean towels -- usually a large selection of used towels all over the floor, especially in the evening.”
“Everything you've read in previous reviews is true -- some excellent classes and trainers, stylish interiors, live DJs, frequent ceiling drips, plentiful "equipment being repaired" signs, billing problems, a locker room that has worse ventilation than the”
“(They give discounts for models and attractive people -- anyone over 30 has to pay full price).”
“The classes and trainers are very good, the layout of equipment is generous and the equipment is maintained but the class space and stretching area are way too small for a gym this size.”
Absolutely worth it!.
I've been a member for 2 years at the 23rd Street location and I also have membership for the most awesome Astor Place location.
I am one of the few women that actually go to this predominantly gay gym and I enjoy being surrounded by perfectly sculpted men...even if most couldn't care less about me, haha. The people who work out there are very nice, I have never encountered any snobbery there.
The trainers are all very friendly and know what they are doing! Their clients' bodies are a testimony to that.
I love that this gym is rather warm and that it is quite dark. They only use spot-lights to light the place and it gives you a sense of privacy. The locker rooms are so amazingly beautiful for a gym! Wooden cabinets, and very clean. The Bumble and Bumble products are a fantastic little bonus. They also play nice relaxing music in the locker rooms. You can check your coat as well if you care to.
I find the front desk staff to be mostly friendly. I'm a cheerful person and if you give them a smile, they usually return it too!
My membership is about to expire and the thing that disappointed me was that they didn't seem to care weather I'd stay on or not. I didn't receive anything in the mail that would let me know that my membership is about to expire and nobody tried to talk me into staying. The front desk person only said "well, it expires on the 19th and if you don't sign up again that'll just be it". He shrugged.
I just signed up with another gym that's really close to where I live, so that it's less of a hassle to work out before work, but I might also stay on with DBG, simply because I absolutely love the atmosphere, temperature, darkness, luxury, and the new equipment.
This gym is definitely worth it. They give discounts to students and models/actors ($ ca 90/month). They do lock you up in a yearly contract.
This is the best and coolest gym in the city. This place is super fantastic. I have been a member since 2003 and would never join another gym There is no need to. The atmosphere and vibe is great here. The front desk staff is super friendly and the manager , Jane Montoya is a sweetheart. The trainers are very good looking and knowledgeable. They have a coed sauna and they have a steam room in the ladies locker room. Also in the shower stalls they have Bumble and Bumble products.
Best gym in NYC!.
DavidBartonGym is the only gym I go to. Not only is the staff super friendly and extremely encouraging- I always have clean equipment to workout on (with its own TV to boot!) Not only does DavidBartonGym offer spectacular classes- the trainers are extremely qualified and help push me so that I too can "look better naked" ;)
Not only is the equipment superior, the amenities luxurious, and the music (think- 6 ft disco ball w/live DJs spinning while you workout!) but the people at David Barton and happy to help.
Absolutely horrific staff and customer service!!. Oh my god. Where do I begin? Last June I joined DBG with the initiation fee plus first months payment. Agreement was to take from my bank account every month. I went on a trip for 3 months and froze my account in July. While in another country, I looked on-line at bank account and saw no payments coming out of it the entire time I was out of the country. It was not convenient for me to call from overseas, so I waited till I was back to enquire why no payments were being taken. I arrived back and unfroze account in September. Front desk staff wasn't even aware my account had been frozen for 3 months! No note was on my account. I told a friend of mine to join the gym so we could work out together. After 2 weeks, she was disgusted that the rowing machine was loose and she could have seriously hurt herself. She told staff, but nothing got fixed. She fixed it herself at that point! She decided she did not want a membership anymore, as the gym disappointed her greatly. She tried to cancel the membership and the staff humiliated her in front of several bystanders. One staff member commented that her street address sounded like the name of a dog. Nice manners! She ended up leaving so upset she cried. And I know in all the years Ive known my friend I have NEVER seen her cry. This was the first time since I met her 6 years ago. At this point, I received a letter from the gym saying they had tried charging my credit card $1400 and it was denied. Well of course it would be denied if I had not known such a huge payment was going to be taken! I called them at this point and asked what was going on. They informed me that no payments had been made on my account, which I said that was not my fault but there's if they didn't take monthly payments per the agreement we signed. I called several times over the last week, and was willing to come to a compromise on this. Every time I called, no one was available. I was told by 4 people that if I came to use the gym over the weekend, there was a note on my account that Id be let in no problem, and then a manager would call me on Monday first thing. I did go there today. I walked in and the front desk guy said there was no note on my account saying i could be let in. He completely humiliated me in public saying my account was not paid up. He then called another staff member upstairs to tell him to watch me as I was not honoring my account agreement. He also said he was emailing 2 managers about it and to say I had tried to come in. I was so upset, I cried. And I haven't cried for 10 years! I was so humiliated to be treated this way and in front of other gym members who were looking at me and listening to everything. I was so upset, I couldn't work out, and grabbed my coat to leave. When I was leaving I told the guy he had ruined my evening and he said "goodnight b*it ch". I lost it at this point and turn and ran back up the stairs but there were no managers there at all! No one to help me! I had to ask another staff member to walk me downstairs past this guy and as he chewed his gum loudly he said to the other staff member "yeah escort her off the premises" with a smile. I will be pursuing this harassment further. Most likely legally. David Barton Gym has extremely disrespectful staff and lack of communication and is extremely unprofessional. I had no problems with the clientele there, as someone said they are snobs, I didn't find that. Friendly people work out there, but it is the staff that are snobs and for some reason caught up in some ego trip and totally out of line. I still am in shock to have been called a b*it ch. I swear in all my life and I am 35 years old, no one has ever called me a b*it ch. I am just simply a very nice person. I am truly in shock.
Confirming every negative stereotype....
I'm still a member here because I get a great rate, it's a convenient location, and the bath products are as good as what I have at home. It's getting hard to justify it that way, however.
Everything you've read in previous reviews is true -- some excellent classes and trainers, stylish interiors, live DJs, frequent ceiling drips, plentiful "equipment being repaired" signs, billing problems, a locker room that has worse ventilation than the black hole of Calcutta, gay friendly, some serious attitude, cute guys, and some (mostly not at all cute) guys who have no respect for other people's personal space, and along with that, a steam room (on the men's side, at least) that's more a breeding ground for herpes and skin rashes than a good place to take a schvitz.
Honestly, the behavior of some guys here makes me embarassed to be gay. We're 40 years past Stonewall now, folks. You can find other places to get each other off than in the steam room. Just because the other guys around you are gay DOESN'T mean they want to see you pulling it, or propositioning them. Grow a pair and talk to someone, flirt, and ask them out on a date. And if they just want to work out and not be bothered -- that's not attitude. It's called going to the gym just to work out! Also, if you happen to be into the whole "sweaty nasty bear" scene, that's great and all, but it doesn't mean you're excused from wiping down the equipment when you're done. Not all of us like soaking in the sweat of total strangers. While all that can be put at the feet of the clientelle, I can at least fault the gym for having the saaaammmmeeee old "thumpa thumpa" gay DJ's all the time. It would be nice to have some recognition that the community using the gym has broader music tastes than the same old 90's club-era retreads!
Not worth the Money. I was a member of David Barton gym until 6 months ago. The place is loud, not very clean. The trainers were ok, the music is lound and thumping at all times. Shower room not as clean as it should be. The gym is also dim and old looking. I have been working out at equinox now and Love it!! Professional environment that is about Fitness!
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!. Avoid this place, unless you are a masochistic bill collector. I have been trying for 4 months to get a refund for over billing on debit card and despite repeated phone calls, letters and e-mails, nothing. I am now going to small claims court. The gym itself? ATTITUDE and more ATTITUDE. Do not recommend for anyone over 30 or not totally perfect. (They give discounts for models and attractive people -- anyone over 30 has to pay full price).
More Bad Than Good.
I have been a member since the doors opened at the 23rd Street location. There are some good things, but for the price DBG is not a bargain.
Good things--great classes (varies by trainer teaching, but that is like anywhere), pretty/hot/snotty bois walking around.
Bad things--terminal leaks from the ceiling (look for buckets dotting the main workout floor and the large exercise studio), equipment always under repair instead of being replaced, problems with water temperature (or no hot water at all), almost none of the jacks that connect to the TV work, ridiculously loud music all times of the day and night (come on guys, almost everyone has their own tunes in 2009), and people on cell phones while exercising--a no-no at almost every other gym
I have voiced my complaints several times throughout the years and gotten the same yadda, yadda and nothing changes. So that is why I am here. I continue to workout here because of the location, the fact I am gay and the trainers. But I think this will be my last year unless some major changes occur. Equinox, here I come...
Attitude, Attitude, and More Attitude. This gym would be nice if it weren't for it's pretentious,arrogant, smug clients. Seriously, the trainers are great, the facilities are good, but the crowds of stuck up Chelsea boys who still believe the fascist body is the only way to be, ruin it. Yuck yuck yuck. Take a less trendy gym with people who really are serious about fitness, not a bunch of clones who's only care in the world is their share on Fire Island or what club they're going to this weekend. Oh, and this is not the only gym with hot guys if that's your only reason for working out.
Thank You JC!. I recently joined this gym and I LOVE IT! JC in sales was very helpful with my membership and answered all of my questions. The gym is clean and fun and up to date with technology. The music is amazing! I can't wait to work out every morning.
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