This review is for the Fort Avenue location. Is this gym cheap? Absolutely not, be prepared to pay. I would also read the fine print of any contract you sign with these folks as they currently require an 18 month contract unless you opt for the month to month plan. Even getting out of month to month isn't easy. Having said all that, the place is clean, well lit, well appointed and the staff is friend although I wouldn't say overly knowledgeable. I have to admit I am a heavy user of this gym. The hours are 5:30AM to 10PM on the weekdays and it is well used, I don't think it would hurt for this site to become 24 hours. Clean towels are supplied but they are the type of towels that won't cover Karen Carpenter. Showers and bathrooms are clean and there is plenty of room in the locker area. The pool is nice and well maintained, but isn't necessarily an outdoor mecca. Unfortunately, the big downside is that this place is packed in like sardines between 5-7:30PM on weeknights, especially in the winter. There are plenty of treadmills but not enough to sate the masses that come here. The clientele aren't the Ravens or even the Ravens' cheerleaders. It is mainly the unattached yuppies from Federal Hill. These folks aren't the friendliest but they won't hurt you either. The music is cranked up so high that you won't be able to strike up a conversation with anyone even if you wanted. This is a gym for the business of working out, not socializing, so don't expect to cozy up to Mr. Right because he is busy with his routine. The classes are so packed full that you won't be able to slide in sideways. The weightroom is probably the best thing about the place, lots of good equipment and there are plenty of machines even at the busiest of times. If you are very overweight or very out-of-shape you might want to check out Curves or another local gym because this place might intimidate you.
Pros: Clean and well appointed
Cons: Crowded at certain times