Fitness club members irate over closure
The management of a fitness club vanished overnight last week, leaving behind
500 angry members, some of whom broke into the facility on Sunday.
Jieshen Fitness Club on Caobao Road, Xuhui District, discovered the facility was
locked on August 24. Members gathered outside the club to exchange views on the
incident every evening since.
The discussions turned ugly as a dispute broke
out with building property administration workers on Sunday. Several members
broke down the club's door and were seen taking fitness equipment.
officers couldn't stop the members, who managed to get away with various items
such as barbells, weights and deflated yoga pads.
Qiu Qian, a club member,
told Shanghai Daily yesterday that she and one of her relatives Lin Yi tried to
stop others from taking fitness equipment.
"I can understand why they did it,
but it's illegal and they shouldn't do that," Lin said.
Lin also said the
authorities should have sent more officers earlier to calm irate members and
protect the gym from being looted. Qiu, a university lecturer, said she hoped
people would learn from the incident.
"The one lesson I have learned this
time is to think twice before committing to a golden business promotion," Qiu
Qiu was introduced to Jieshen Fitness Club by a friend and joined in
March. She paid 1,580 yuan (US$190) for a one-year membership.
lowered its annual membership price from nearly 3,000 yuan originally to the
latest offer of 1,200 yuan.
Qiu said the club kept offering new promotions
"The club operated well and provided good service consistently,"
Qiu said. "Members included teachers and lawyers. The latest price was much
lower than competing gyms, but no one realized it could be a trap."
officer He Guozhou from Xuhui District Public Security Bureau said an
investigation would take place, but added there was little hope members would
recover their losses.
A members' representative will wait outside the club
for the next few days to collect names that will be submitted to
It's not the first time fitness members were left without a club.
Last year Gold's Gym on Tongren Road was shut down by a court over a rent