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Review of Celebrity Fitness at One Utama (1U)

August 18th, 2007 · 11 Comments ·
 
 

Celebrity Fitness started in Indonesia and it did not take long to set up its first outlet in Malaysia in year 2004. It was located at 1 Utama shopping complex at Bandar Utama. Due to its strategic location and its aggressive marketing effort, it scored brilliantly. Regionally, Celebrity Fitness has since expanded from 8 clubs in year 2005 to 13 clubs in year 2007.

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Location map of One Utama in Bandar Utama

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The gym website in year 2005

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The gym website in year 2007


Similar with True Fitness, was told that the founder of Celebrity Fitness used to work with California Fitness. Now, you have a better idea why these two clubs are look alike in terms of decoration. Purple and pub theme are some of the similarities.

Do not expect that you will really find celebrities working out at the gym. The word of “Celebrity” is mainly for branding purpose. However, some lucky people told me that they have seen Amber Chia working out there, even before she became the spoke person for Celebrity Fitness.

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Here is one of the shots showing Amber Chia training with resistance machine.  Yeah, I know, she looked damn sleepy and “fragile” while working out.

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By the way, if you wonder who Amber Chia is – She is the co-winner of the Guess Watches Timeless Beauty International Model Search. Amber Chia or Apple Chia, it is not the main point and I doubt that you will care. Not may gym goers go there hoping to see any celebrity unless she is Mariah Carey or Jessica Biel.

Back to my topic – the review. I called up the club early in the morning and made an appointment to drop by. As expected, smooth traffic between USJ and 1 Utama on Sunday morning. Reached there at 10:50 AM, wanted to join Body Bump class which would start at 11 AM, but the sales lady kept on insisting me to go around the club for a tour. Fine, did it. But, she still dragged me aside to explain about the membership fee. I was annoyed – you have not even impressed me with the facilities, environment or classes, yet you wanted to bug me about money?

Too bad. Not managed to join the class led by a Brazilian instructor. Waited for another 10 minutes for her to issue a free trial pass for me. Thought she would give me a 7-day pass. Was given a 2-day pass.

Proceed to get complimentary towels, then to male changing room. Here for go for some of the snap shots in that area:

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Pad lock is not provided. So, you need to bring your own one to lock your belongings in the locker.

Saw the steam bath and sauna in the changing room.

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Here is the main area of the club. Not bad, the machines are arranged such a way that to make a 22,000 square feet place look spacious.

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Did not take many photos at this place because most of the machines are pretty similar with other clubs.  The only key difference is the pilates studio.

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Interesting, private or duets?

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Spoke to the sales lady, was told members have to pay additional charge to learn pilates every month. About RM200+ for maximum of ten classes each month.

Membership fee of Celebrity Fitness
Here you go for published rate:

  • Joining fee and processing fee are about RM1,000.
  • Monthly fee is RM300

However, the sales lady was fast enough to show another figures. Guessed that she was trained to do that:

  • If you opt for 12-month contract, the package will be about RM1800 with complimentary two additional months. In short, 14 months with an average of RM128 month fee.If monthly installment is paid via credit card, you will be charged interest.
  • If you go for the so called “ICON” membership, the package will be include 36-month contract worth RM2800. An average of RM78 per month. For this package, you will not be charged interest if you pay using credit card direct debit, but it will be 12-month installment, instead of 36 months.
  • Like California Fitness, it has a lifetime passport membership, which is called “DIAMOND” membership. You can go to any club in the world (ahem, only eight clubs as of now). The fee is about RM5,900 for the initial investment. On the fourth year onward, you just need to pay RM90 yearly. For this package, you will not be charged interest if you pay using credit card direct debit, but it will have to be 12-month installment.

What I Like about Celebrity Fitness at One Utama:

  • Its 3-year and lifetime membership are currently the best deals in town.
  • It provides complimentary towel services with no additional charge.
  • Same with California Fitness at Mid Valley Megamall, because of its outlet is set up in the shopping complex, many gym goers will like it. What I mean, more reasons to go to shopping complex, especially for girls. Many restaurants there too. So, food after workout will never be a problem, provided the shops are still operating business after late hours. Also, no forgetting TGV and GSC cinemas.

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Things To Watch Out:

  • Because the gym is located at one of the busiest shopping complexes, you may have difficulty finding parking space during weekends and public holidays. So, the advantage of being in shopping complex may backfire.
  • Include parking fee in your budget. Covered parking in 1 Utama is RM1 for the 1st 6 hours, and costs RM 2 for the consecutive hours. You can park at Preferred Parking zone located at the new wing on Level 3, charging slightly more.

By now, you are probably having some basic information about Celebrity Fitness at 1 Utama. I have also written my review of its latest outlet at Bangsar.

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11 responses so far ↓
  • Angie Tan // Aug 18, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    cool… nice review abt the gym i’m a member of currently.

    i have to stress that the gym has been targeted at beginners, hence most bodybuilders would be disappointed with the weight area they have.

    i have not gone to the 1U branch but i often go to the bangsar and subang parade branches.

    parking at subang parade is also a hassle (surprise surprise) but parking at bangsar is ok (except for the expensive rates).

    anyway, got to go.. another gym session for me today. ;-)

  • Simon Paul // Sep 11, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    I’m a member of Celebrity Fitness @ 1Utama Shopping Complex. Tried & true, the staffs are friendly, the personal trainers are taking it personal along your goals, and the people who workout there are kinda fun to be with.

    Brothers of Iron helping out each other on motivations & achievements, and the sisters of slimming beauty sharing out their experiences on fitness and weight loss.

    I’m there almost every evening to occupy the freeweight section. Hope to see the more of you healthy & fitness fellas there. ;)

  • Simon Paul // Sep 11, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    By the way, Angie. You’re right. Our free weight section needs more spaces & equipments. We the Brothers of Iron are trying to squeeze ourselves in one small Iron Chest, full of muscles. LOL!

  • KC // Sep 13, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Hi Mun.

    Is it possibe to do a review of Clark Hatch Le meridian – KL Sentral branch was hoping to join…. Sorry wrote on the wrong topic, Thanks.

  • upset customer // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    I don’t think Celebrity fitness is good! To me, customer service first! They do not know what is customer service!!! They give wrong information to the customer and they blame that it is our fault!!! They look down on people!! They do not admit own fault and blame the customer for listening the wrong thing!!! The staff who gave the wrong information is reluctant to apologize for her mistake! So, how do celebrity survive with such customer service and maintain such a relationship with their customers!

    Those who are ready to join please take note on their policy as they will tell a one thing at the begining and end up to be another. Then, it is ur fault as u misunderstand it even though u have clarify with them again n again!

    Good Luck everyone!

  • Azurewolf // Mar 2, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Hi all! I am looking for Lifetime membership with Celebrity Fitness. If you would like to sell your membership, please do consider selling it to me. You can contact me at yruns1 [.at.] gmail [.dot.] com!

  • Kenneth Ho // Sep 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Hi, I am a Personal Trainer at Celebrity Fitness One Utama,I was 6 six years at Fitness Industry, do u have any suggestion or question about the personal training programme kindly drop me a sms : 016-513 0 513 , will revert to u asap, Thanks

  • katy // Jan 17, 2009 at 1:41 AM

    CELEBRITY FITNESS ONE UTAMA……….if ur a female and letting ur boyfriend or husband join think again all the girls there are all SLUTS one girl called MARSHA who hangs round with a gay guy called ASH harrased my boyfriend stole all his details ect ect!

  • noormawati // Apr 3, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    i m new member of celebrity fitness in Gurney Plaza. how ever i want to tell you out there be carefull went you want to sign in as a member or joint in their club,better check out first than paid if not you will regret it. it been happen to me and i do not ones any ones out there have a same problem with me,there just promise you many things and just take your money with the attitude of staff so arrogant and snobish!! BE CArefull.

  • LEz // Jun 2, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    I dont like the way how they treat to customer properly. On the year 2008 my mom and sis joined their fitness so I decided to join in together with my friend to take a look inside fitness. When we arrived at the counter service I asked would like to tour inside the fitness and brought disrespect woman. So me and my friend tour around in the fitness they have bath, sauna etc and doesnt look big inside. Then I asking have the promotion price for student and she say have promotion price will end of tomorrow datelines and I wondering suddenly tomorrow. So I suspect suspicious of the promotion so the lady brought a package price guide.

    So I am lack of info about the package and confusing whats the difference between package like family or student or friends introduce if whole family will offer discounts cheaper so I wondering that if I accept it to join but concern is college schedule is tight for me then lady blabbering otherwise will not have a promotion price till next day dateline. So I decided I go for it but I had no money I asked my mom permission allow me to join fitness using paid in credit card. My mom refuse me to use the credit card so I decided to pull off and getting out. Lady consultant suddenly so piss off and insulted me badly wasting time more than half and hour asking my mom for permission so I heard my friend that lady torn the paper so outrageous at the front counter I didnt notice it before but wish wth !….
    After left the disrespect poor services and walking around in shooping mall… A moment 10 minutes later I had a called from the manager celebrity fitness asking me will keep offer the price till tomorrow then that scum lady asking me yes or no . So I say no and slam the phone hardly and I expecting she making herself look stupid and snobish. Very very very disappointed they way treat to students and also the package is useless offering the price unless make it clearly what it stated policy!

  • chua hock seng // Mar 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    received a call ( phone # + 6281514999108 ) from a guy representing celebrity fitness centre on 22ndmarch2011, at approx. 1420hrs, mentioned something like… they are running some promo on adidas products and if u are a membership card holder, u entitled something like 20% off….LET ME TELL UR MANAGEMENT THIS..AND IF I EVER CAUGHT SOMEONE/STAFF LEAKING MEMBERS’ INFO…U GUYS ARE IN FOR TROUBLE….NEVER EVER FUCK AROUND WITH MEMBERS’ INFO…do me a favour…! call that number ( on top ) tell me if u can get connected…rm 1000.00 is urs….moreover staff at counters can’t even speak PROPER english…damn…sorry to say…how can u management guys are so fuck-up…just like a whore house counter..

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