Bally Total Fitness is definitely not a ""high end"" gym. Having trained at Equinox for some time, and even New York Sports Club, I'd have to put this gym at last place.
However it was my first gym ever, I trained here for years. I used to train primarily at Penta in midtown, but also frequented the other gym locations as well. When I moved to the Kew Gardens area it was only logical for me to join up here. They have what I need for training, and it's a decent gym.
One thing to note is that in the evening this place gets packed! Full like you can't imagine. It's mostly male ""hard core"" types, you know, the ""tough guy wannabe's"", and I don't like training in that environment.
Not so much because of the type of people, but moreso because of the amount of people. There is plenty of chit chatting and socializing, along with long waits for any of the machines, cardio or weight equipment. It's not my ideal training scenario, so I opt not to go after work.
Unfortunately for me this limits my training sessions to the mornings, so if I can't wake up for whatever reason, I'm screwed for the day. In the a.m you see a mixed crowd of serious dedicated trainees. You give and receive a nod here and there, but for the most part people keep to themselves and are there to train, get in then get out. That's more my scene.
The equipment is in good condition, and the place appears relatively clean. Bottom line is that it meets my need, mainly in the a.m. OH, I almost forgot.... For me as a past member, a 1 year membership was REALLY CHEAP! Even new memberships are pretty cheap, and you can go to any bally's, even the ""sports clubs"" in midtown.