First of all, I should say that I have never joined a gym and when I saw the deal for Anytime Fitness on Scoopon for one month trial going at only $19 I decided this would be good enough to have a look. After all, casual rates at some gyms are around $8 so this was worth it for a month if I can go three times.
The sign up involved getting an appointment before the expiry date. They took $50 deposit for the key tag and showed me around the gym. With that key tag, I could go into that particular Anytime Fitness gym at any time 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Over the next month, I only managed to go in three times, doing about 45 minutes of cardio. The bathrooms were just like your spacious home bathroom allowing just one person in at a time. It was very clean because this particular gym was very new. I was very impressed with the gym, the mix of people that went and the equipment which included some connected to foxtel channels.
After the trial was over, they called me up to make an appointment to get my $50 back and return the key card. They told me the fees for joining up but did not insist on me signing up. Unlike Fitness First, there was no hard sell and before I knew it, I was out the door and on my way.