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54% off One-Month Unlimited Gym Membership [eMbody Fitness]

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[Groupon Canada] 54% off One-Month Unlimited Gym Membership [eMbody Fitness]

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C$68 for a one-month unlimited gym membership (C$150 value)

Includes group fitness and cycling classes plus a personal fitness consultation with a certified personal trainer
The gym is open 24/7 and has convenient key fob access
See the fitness-class schedule here.
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This has to be a shill post? Most gyms are closed and this seems like a no-name gym..

What's their covid19 procedures like? Gyms are deemed to be one of the highest risks for an infection at the moment.
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bankruptcies for gyms are coming.
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bLuPhYrE wrote: bankruptcies for gyms are coming.
Genuinely curious, how do gyms lose money if they do not offer any physical product(s)? I assume they are not paying much expenses either since they're not in operation atm.
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JohnF100 wrote: Genuinely curious, how do gyms lose money if they do not offer any physical product(s)? I assume they are not paying much expenses either since they're not in operation atm.
a lot of equipment is leased / financed and rent alone could bankrupt a company with no revenue coming in.

also factor in any loans taken to purchase equipment
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JohnF100 wrote: Genuinely curious, how do gyms lose money if they do not offer any physical product(s)? I assume they are not paying much expenses either since they're not in operation atm.
Rent isn't cheap.
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JohnF100 wrote: Genuinely curious, how do gyms lose money if they do not offer any physical product(s)? I assume they are not paying much expenses either since they're not in operation atm.
Still need to pay your landlord,

A place like eMBody with two floors could easily be 20K in monthly rent

Edit: For reference, a few doors down from this gym a small restaurant (930 sq feet) at 557 is selling and their listing says 5.5k monthly rent
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RichRFD wrote: Rent isn't cheap.
Gyms are all about location location location. Think of all the prime locations Goodlife takes up, and think of how HUGE those gyms are too.

Unlike other kinds of businesses, a good chunk of members will seriously doubt safety and may not renew memberships, and potential new members will take a haaaaard pass.
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Yea, I run three gyms with a combined 16,000 square feet (not huge gyms, not tiny) and pay just over 35k/month in rent alone... Combine that with any debt/ equipment lease obligations and you can be in a really bad way. That's not even a lot for rent. Some locations in big urban downtown centers pay double or triple what we do per square foot.

However, we have seen a real uptick in memberships since reopening at 2 of the 3, as others have shutdown permanently in our areas. Don't over-leverage, folks

When all of this hit back in March we went from making good money to $0 literally overnight. Interesting to watch your assets turn into liabilities with zero warning
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bLuPhYrE wrote: bankruptcies for gyms are coming.
24 hour Fitness in the States just declared.
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My local gym couldn’t work out deferral terms with their landlord (he basically just said pay in full or foreclosure) and closed a while ago. $20k rent and $0 revenue with no end in sight. I miss it, but cannot blame them.
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2003fxdl wrote: Yea, I run three gyms with a combined 16,000 square feet (not huge gyms, not tiny) and pay just over 35k/month in rent alone... Combine that with any debt/ equipment lease obligations and you can be in a really bad way. That's not even a lot for rent. Some locations in big urban downtown centers pay double or triple what we do per square foot.

However, we have seen a real uptick in memberships since reopening at 2 of the 3, as others have shutdown permanently in our areas. Don't over-leverage, folks

When all of this hit back in March we went from making good money to $0 literally overnight. Interesting to watch your assets turn into liabilities with zero warning
Brutal.

Wishing you all the best for your business and hoping you and all of your staff and patrons stay safe!
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bLuPhYrE wrote: bankruptcies for gyms are coming.
Sadly I see this happening too. Most gyms are still surviving as they are charging monthly fees as part of people's contracts. But as soon as the gyms start to open more and more people will be cancelling their contracts or let alone using home gyms instead.
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JoeyJoJoJrShabadoo wrote: Brutal.

Wishing you all the best for your business and hoping you and all of your staff and patrons stay safe!
Thank-you. Grateful to have a healthy family, roof over my head and luckily we're in a better position financially than a lot of small business owners. Thankfully all 3 of my landlords seem to be receptive to the gov't rent assistance program which helps us. I definitely feel for those who were struggling before it all hit. You stay safe and be careful out there as well!
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jetertmac wrote: Sadly I see this happening too. Most gyms are still surviving as they are charging monthly fees as part of people's contracts. But as soon as the gyms start to open more and more people will be cancelling their contracts or let alone using home gyms instead.
ive personally spent a small fortune on sourcing and setting up my home gym. I will definitely be canceling my membership as soon as gyms open.
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2003fxdl wrote: Yea, I run three gyms with a combined 16,000 square feet (not huge gyms, not tiny) and pay just over 35k/month in rent alone... Combine that with any debt/ equipment lease obligations and you can be in a really bad way. That's not even a lot for rent. Some locations in big urban downtown centers pay double or triple what we do per square foot.
Hey as a long time accountant I know what your #s would be: but I gotta ask, how can the gym the Op mentions be open 24/7? thought that wasn't allowed anymore until Covid is near nil or gym is staffed 24/7
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geoffs wrote: Hey as a long time accountant I know what your #s would be: but I gotta ask, how can the gym the Op mentions be open 24/7? thought that wasn't allowed anymore until Covid is near nil or gym is staffed 24/7
Each jurisdiction is different. I'm in BC, no restrictions on 24/7. Our local health authority *recommends* we have a staff member at all times but that's all it is. Simply a recommendation. We are a 24/7 club, and we started out with limited hours after reopening... We don't have the budget to staff 24/7 as that would at least double our payroll costs.

I approach this with logic. I certainly don't want our members or staff contracting covid, however simply having a staff member in the club does nothing to prevent this. We are doing our best to be responsible as a business and have extra precautions and procedures in place, but we're all adults and we need cooperation from everybody to do their part. The staff cannot watch over everyone all the time to make sure members are social distancing, just as nobody watches you while you wander through the grocery store. So we opted to go 24/7 again at our gym, because cramming our members into a 16-hour day makes less sense to me than spreading them out over a 24 hour period. If a member isn't comfortable during the busier times they can come in at 2am when nobody is around if they want. We staff during our busiest times and have increased cleaning protocols during those times. I'm more concerned about the gym being busy since it's far more likely to be spread by droplets than it is by surfaces.

So, that's my take on it... And for those saying that people aren't returning to gyms, I can tell you from personal experience that they are and that the data looks promising industry-wide after reopening. Being cooped up for months isn't good for mental or physical health, it turns out. We had a great month in June, one of our best ever for new signups... But keep in mind we are in BC, where things have been very good as far as the spread of the virus goes.
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2003fxdl wrote: I approach this with logic.
thanks, something many gov't ignore: Gym must be monitored, yet outdoor jungle gyms are 24/7 and not sanitized...
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Koodo too: for a phone and locked to 24 months but was a good deal.
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bhrm wrote: Unlike other kinds of businesses, a good chunk of members will seriously doubt safety and may not renew memberships, and potential new members will take a haaaaard pass.
Totally anecdotal but for myself, I'd much rather work out away from home. It is hard to be pumped and motivated to work out by walking to the living room. Also any straight guy will relate to this: you work out way harder when there are hot women around. I've done personal bests after thinking I was done simply because some hottie is noticing.

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