I wished I knew about this site earlier this year. I made the mistake of "working" at Anytime Fitness in Lewiston, Idaho. I have a BS in Kinesiology, ACSM and NESTA certifications and A.F. never paid me. Rather, the owners wanted me to discount my prices so their members would get a bargain working with their one and only trainer - me. I then had to pay the house a percentage of my sales.
Since it was a priviledge for me to have access to their members, I had to commit my time to come in and be available to walk prospective members around the gym so that they might sign up. I wasn't getting paid but the gym required it of me.
Finally, after a month, the owner hands me nasty corporate non-compete contracts saying that if something happens, (whether Anytime Fitness fires me or I get tired of working for free and quit), then I would not be able to work as a trainer in the same town (or anywhere near it!) because I'd then be competing against Anytime Fitness. If corporate wanted to, they could and would take me to court and I'd have to pay their legal fees!
I told the owner I wouldn't sign the contracts and he said that although he never even read them, he would rewrite it. Needless to say, I packed my stuff and left.
Anytime Fitness still owes me money from the clients I did work with during that month. You see, when it came to the payday, (the second week or whatever) my paycheck was 'overlooked' and I didn't get my commissions. By the end of the month a few more clients used my services (at discounted rates, of course) and since I walked out without giving the courtesy of a 2 week notice, the owners of Anytime Fitness kept my check - the money I did earn. Nice.
In addition, the clients who did sign up for my services never got their money back either from the gym. Anytime Fitness in Lewiston, Idaho kept my money and they kept their members money that should have been returned to them when I left the facility because they didn't have another trainer to fill my place.
The bottom line is this: trainers be careful working at Anytime Fitness. I won't step foot in another gym - ever. They're cut-throat and do not care about their educated trainers. Also, for those considering signing up to become members be careful.
Thanks for reading.