Crunch Acknowledges Remodel Issues, No Word on Refunds

We posted yesterday about complaints we heard about the remodel at Crunch on Sunset Blvd.  The gym sent out an email to members today acknowledging some of the problems and thanking members for their patience as they work to complete the project. The email states that “there are still some aspects and details we are working on and expect to complete over the next few weeks” and that they “understand that it would have been ideal if the additional work had been completed while the gym was closed…” They say that they opted to reopen as quickly as possible so that members could resume workouts.  (We’re still unaware of any widespread offer that they’ve made to credit members on their monthly fee for the period of closure, which is one of the big complaints we’re hearing that people are still miffed about… please post in the comments section or contact us if you have any info about this.)

Changes still to come include softening the lighting, perfecting the sound system, adding graphics and touch up paint work, along with “ensuring that all the amenities are in place and installing new benches in the locker rooms.” “As you know, change always takes a bit of gettting used to and we hope that the new look and feel of the club will soon feel like a new and improved version of the Sunset you knew before,” says the email in closing.

Closures and Changes are Stressing Weho Gym Members

If there is one thing people in West Hollywood take seriously, it’s fitness and their gyms. Messing around with someones ability to work out is dangerous business in this city, yet three local gyms are making big changes that are forcing people to change sacred routines. Crunch on Sunset and Crescent Heights just reopened after a several day remodeling period that had some members upset leading into the closure and others upset with the results. The 24 Hour Fitness chain is following suit with a short term closure and upgrade of its Hollywood location along with an extended closure of the West Hollywood location for a more thorough renovation. Few people would argue with the need for renovations at the West Hollywood 24 Hour Fitness location.  It has long been the subject of complaints on review sites and it has been issued code compliance violations by the City of West Hollywood.  It is rumored to be closing for three months, and the members of the gym are not yet sure what they are going to do for workouts during that period. Hollywood’s 24 Hour Fitness, which hasn’t fared much better in ratings on review sites, will also be closing in September, though for a shorter period.

Crunch Gym Closing for Construction with Little Notice

Some Weho Daily readers are a bit peeved about what they say is short notice about the closing of the Crunch Gym at Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvd for remodeling. An email went out dated yesterday, August 11, stating that the gym would be closing beginning on August 19. The manager, Amita Balla Casey, couldn’t offer much comment without authorization from her PR department, but alluded to notice being given at the beginning of the month. As comments to this post state, signs have been up since the beginning of the month. While one of our tipsters has generally known about the closing, they say that the email was the first “official word” of the closing that they had seen.  Other comments below are less annoyed about the closing, but rather about lack of compensation being offered as of yet on the monthly dues.

West Hollywood Gets Their Groove at Balliamos

via Weho Patch – On the corner of Robertson Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, you will now find a rather new spot to swing your way into a dancing experience. Whether you’re looking to tango, salsa, free style or jive, Balliamos Dance Studio has something for any dancer. Opened by Suzanne Saperstein just over a year ago, Balliamos is a one-room studio with beautiful hardwood floors, mirrors around the entire room and ballroom chandeliers to give dancers an authentic ambiance. The studio offers classes six days a week for all ages and levels. The students are offered a variety of dances to learn with a syllabus like evolution to the class, so each week is a new step and challenge.