Founded on November 15, 2014, Vasa Gym is a Utah-based fitness center chain focused on providing an inspiration fitness experience to all types of consumers, for all skill levels, with a mission to uplift anyone who walks through the doors through fun, happy fitness. Vasa has 23 locations across Utah with a brand promise of having the best gym prices in the state. The word “Vasa” comes from the Latin term for “vessel.” Vasa Fitness currently has over 150,000 gym family members in Utah and opened its doors to eight new facilities in Colorado, one in Kansas, and one in Oklahoma.
Memberships can be purchased as low as $9.99 monthly for the basic plan; however, basic plans do not come with access to fitness classes, group fitness, or personal trainers. For those seeking classes and other amenities such as child care and access to ball courts, intramural activities, and steam rooms, the fitness plus plan at $21.99 monthly would be the best option. If you are interested in taking your fitness to the next level with a number of team training sessions and InBody composition scans, you can invest in the Vasa Fit plan with a monthly fee of $49.99 per month. This plan does not require an initiation fee and the 1st month is free while you make sure that it is something that you are interested in.
It is not uncommon for people to want to be able to bring a friend or family member with them to the gym. Vasa provides the opportunity for members to pay an extra $15.99 per month for unlimited access for guests. Each time that you attend the gym or facility, you are able to bring 2 guests with you. Your guest pass will provide them access to the facility
Child Care is $3.00 per 90 minutes per visit or $10 per month for the first child and $5 per month each additional child added. (It must be set up through automatic billing at the club). There are also additional charges for picking up your child late. Racquetball is complimentary for all Vasa memberships except Basic. An additional $10.00 guest fee will be charged per participant if they are not a VASA Member or if they are a Basic member. Overall, we found Vasa's membership fees to be much more affordable than many of their competitors whose monthly fees can get as high as $150 or more.
There have not been any complaints online regarding upfront fees for any of Vasa's membership packages. We found many gyms require upfront fees upon joining/signing up for a membership with fees as high as $300. With such low monthly fees to begin with, Vasa beats the competition in this regard. Enrollment in the basic membership requires a $49.00 enrollment fee and the fitness and vasa fit plans do not have extra fees.
Each Vasa Fitness center offers independent classes ranging from cycling, pilates, and Zumba, to HIIT, R.I.P.P.E.D. and Power Pump, and water-exercise programs such as aerobics and Zumba. Vasa is the only fitness center offering CardioCinema, allowing runners to watch movies during their workout. Members can enjoy a vast array of fitness options such as aerobic classes, cardio equipment, cardio cinema rooms, free weights and strength training machines, private personal training, and group fitness sessions. Customers across the board are pleased with the number and selection of classes offered.
Exclusive access to personal trainers is available for members at an additional fee. Sessions are 60 minutes and trainers provide education on the use of equipment, cardio exercise, supplements, weight lifting, resistance training, and healthy lifestyle nutrition tips. Vasa takes an innovative approach by using a Visual Fitness Planner which assess the likelihood of contracting various diseases and cancer, calculates chronological age against seven health risk factors determining a "true health age," as well as showing members a 3D image of their bodies' potential change through weight loss and muscle growth.
Another aspect setting Vasa apart is its attempt to make a difference in local communities by charitable donations and programs helping families and individuals get and stay healthy. Vasa offers free weekend passes to anyone coming in, in hopes to attain new clientele. Previously yearly passes have been given to winners of nominated families who communities deem deserving. The gym also provides a blog on its company website educating consumers with healthy tips as well as information on trainers.
Other amenities the company offers at their fitness centers include pool, Jacuzzi, tanning, hot tub, sauna, tennis courts, massage beds, daycare, free weights area, and functional strength training areas. Depending on the location, there may be one or more amenities that are not offered. We found this to be a downside, since the majority of the locations are in the same state/region. A plus is the variety of amenities offered. Many of the fitness centers we reviewed had the basic pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. The wide variety of amenities that Vasa offers are typically for more expensive high end gyms.
Vasa also charges penalty fees if a member sets up automatic payments and the card used doesn't function properly. A $40 fee will be charged, even while not being under contract. Make sure that your card is working and that you are in touch with customer service if you are concerned with being overcharged. The sooner you get in, the better your chance of being helped. If you are looking to cancel your membership you will be charged $40 on top of the other monthly fees or contract fees that you will need to pay. An annual fee of $39.99 is charged each year which is considered the "rate guarantee fee". Vasa should work to factor these costs into the monthly price instead of making the cancellation process more confusing.
According to several dissatisfied customer complaints scattered on the web, once under contract there is simply no possible way to get out of it, not even with cold hard cash, unless members can provide proof they have moved outside of a 25-mile radius of each of their 33 gym locations. Once proof has been provided, there is still the chance that fees for service during the closing of the account will be charged. When you contact your local gym or Vasa customer service to cancel, make sure that you know exactly you will be required to pay upon cancellation.
Equipment for most Vasa locations is fairly new and the gyms are large and well-maintained. Some customers have complained that there aren't enough machines to handle busy high-traffic hours (i.e. after work crowd). Also, some gym locations have old or broken equipment. For example, one customer complained to the Vasa management on three separate occasions about the broken stationary bikes in their CardioTheater which were Out of Order or in a poor state of functioning. Having to wait to use equipment during rush hours is a common issue we found for many fitness centers in addition to the equipment being old, broken or outdated. This still puts Vasa at less-than-excellent in this area.
Vasa's cleanliness policy states that if a piece of equipment is broken or an area of the gym is not clean, for members to report it to the front desk immediately. Many have complained of the sanitary situation at some facilities stating the floors are covered with dirt and hair for days. Other complaints have been made about safety issues, having power cords and strips showing open wires, providing proof on social media sites. Complaints of doors not opening on time, causing members to request a prorated amount for membership costs. Many members including students have also complained of the hours of operation in Utah County and facilities being closed on Sundays.
Great gym, great equipment, great trainers and amazing membership prices. I 100% feel that Vasa offers the best product for the best price hands down. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend Vasa to anyone looking for a quality gym.
I love working out at VASA! The facility is always clean and the staff welcoming and knowledgeable. The classes available are fun and are at perfect times. There is a great number of cardio equipment, machines and free weights to choose from. Very affordable and a fun environment to get fit.
I Had a membership with Vasa. Friendly sale people, multiple locations to workout. Great classes and instructors. Also very inexpensive .
I’ve always been happy with my Vasa membership. I think they offer many options to fit all fitness levels. The classes they offer are also high quality. Their locations are clean and well kept with working equipment.
The people that work at Vasa are awesome. I love working out and being with others who are driven to be fit.
Vasa Fitness is an awesome place to go workout and get in shape. It has the best equipment to use.
I have enjoyed working out at VASA. The gym in my area is very nice. The monthly price is very good. I like all of the classes that they offer. There is always a great variety for my wife. She likes that they are always offering new types of classes
Vasa is the greatest because of the variety of classes that are offered there. I'm not super motivated to go to the gym by myself and do a self-disciplined workout, but I will participate in fitness classes for days!
David M Rose
I visit VASA six days a week. I like the convenience and amenities. The cardio work out room with the treadmills is my favorite.
VASA is a great value. It has all the equipment that I could use, plus great class options. I feel like I get more than I pay!
Awesome! When I was looking for a gym I just wanted a gym that was clean, good equipment and affordably priced. I found all 3 with Vasa. Their customer service is great and I have always enjoyed working out there.
Vasa would be a five star review for me, if I wasn't so shy. I feel a bit intimidated when I have a whole bunch of people around me working out as well. The facilities they have are awesome though! Nothing wrong with the equipment or layout of their facilities, just the people packed in. Pretty good price point.
Great Gym, Inexpensive, nice staff. I have had memberships at a handful of different gyms and Vasa is all around the best one. I feel like the very inexpensive membership compared to the quality of their equipment is what sets them apart.
I think VASA is a good gym. They are normally a very big location so it is definitely a little impersonal compared to the smaller gyms. But they are normally organized and clean. The monthly price is very good. I like the group classes that are available.
I was very disappointed with this company. I had a membership with VASA for just shy of one year. They have no cancellation fees after the first six months. However, when I went to cancel my membership after 11 months I was charged for the next month plus and extra $30.00. When I asked why they responded that I was responsible for paying my "annual fee" They would not refund my money and they were very rude. I would never send anyone to VASA.
Vasa gets the job done. Very practical with lots of machines and weights to use. A variety of classes offered. Its kind of dark, not many windows but the price is very affordable.
I think vasa is an okay gym. It is overrated but it is really the only option in my area. I wish they were more affordable.
A fair price for a lot of perks. I love the childcare, hot tubs, massages etc. I also love love love the cardio cinema rooms!! It made running so much more enjoyable.
Been a member for over 5 years, gyms are great, depending on the locations, some are definitely better than others. I like to smaller ones sometimes, they're closer and more convenient to my place of work, although sometimes they get crowded. overall good experience.
Vasa offers great facilities and updated equipment. I feel like they are always trying to come up with ways to keep your experience new and refreshing. They do a good job of keeping their facilities clean. Great gym especially for the cost.
The gym in Saratoga Springs is too crowded, they don't have the same equipment as the larger Vasas in the valley, and there is ALWAYS broken equipment.
I enjoy going to the gym. Vasa makes it easy for anyone to go to the gym at different levels. You can pay for everything or just pay for access to the treadmill. I love that they have a child care option too.
Lindsey A Brown
The current VASA that Is closest to my location is awfully small. A bit overcrowded at times. Although the equipment is good and clean, it's crowded. Wish I didn't have to wait around for my turn as lots of people are also all trying to use the machines.
The only complaint I have for vasa is how crowded it is. I love the variety of machines and different facilities (sana, steam room, pool, tanning, basketball courts, etc.) but it can get very busy very fast. It is the gym I go to and I love going because the environment is good and the machines are clean. The workers are also very nice and helpful!
I go to vasa almost everyday and I love it there. it’s a stress and judgement free environment and it’s so easy to get into a good rhythm
The VASA I go to is very small for the large community. The price is right for memberships but then it gets overcrowded. Recumbent bikes are not comfortable.
Prices are fantastic, but the gym facility is just okay. The classes were fine, my biggest issue was the daycare. They had limited space so if I didn’t set up an appointment for my kids a week in advance I couldn’t get them in, so I was constantly missing my favorite classes and definitely couldn’t just go whenever I wanted. I would probably recommend to anybody that doesn’t need to use the daycare.
I'm not really sure the difference between Vasa and Gold's gym since Vasa took over Gold's gym, but the service seems similar. They are very busy at certain times but enjoy their variety of machines.
To be quite honest I love going here because of the tanning bed! As well as the awesome and affordable price every month! Pretty sanitary as well.
I go to vasa every single day! That’s how much I love this place. They have all the perfect excercise needs. I have always loved the guest service the employees deliver!
Vasa is cheap and easy to find. There are vasa's everywhere and all of them has the friendliest employees and the best choices for any workout you desire.
I go to vasa every morning to do my morning work outs and they have such amazing equipment so I can work every part of my body. The membership is well worth the price and I depend on them for my exercise every day.
The gym equipment is very nice but I hate the environment. It's obviously something that they can't fix but I hate the environment there, it makes me feel so uncomfortable so I never go anymore.
Whenever I go to Vasa I always feel like I workout harder because of the atmosphere. I love the classes they offer and all of the equipment they have. Vasa really is a top notch gym!
I have a friend who works at Vasa and the customer service is great, the monthly payment is perfect for my budget. A nice environment to get big for my New Years resolutions
Vasa is a great gym! They offer a great variety of classes, personal training groups and just have a great variety of equipment for their gym-goers to use. The front desk staff is always friendly, welcoming and able help answer any questions.
VASA is a good example of a greedy company that does its best to screw the customer over as sneakily as possible while doing the bare minimum to provide a service. This is evident in the manner in which VASA does business. They will tell you that the membership costs $9.99 a month, but really this is misleading. You are also charged a yearly "facility improvement fee" of $64.09 so really the monthly membership cost is upwards of $15. In addition, when I went to cancel my membership, I was told that I had to give them 30 days notice, but this is yet another trick. VASA does not prorate and so they really get between 1-2 months out of you if once you cancel. If you cancel on the 2nd of the month, they will charge you a whole second month after the first thirty days since your cancellation went into the second month one day. These guys are shady crooks - stay away!
Forget To Pay Your Dues And They Will Send It To Collections, Would Not Recommend This Gym
Vasa is a bit intimidating. I don't feel totally comfortable working out at most Vasas because the clientele are scary boys.
Don’t ever upgrade your membership because they won’t ever let you downgrade but they’ll make you think that they changed it. Make sure you check how much they’re charging you each month.
I had an issue with a membership problem and they fixed it for me immediately. The space can get pretty crowded, but the equipment is great.
I love that when you have a Vasa membership you can go to any Vasa, not just the one that is closest to where you live. I love the variety of fitness classes offered as well as the instructors.
The free weight section of Vasa is one of my favorite things about the facility. I've tried other gyms and a lot of them don't have a free weight section and i hate that. I also love all the add ons that come with it, such as tanning, saunas, classes, etc.
Vasa’s friendly employees encourage and motivate me to come back and achieve my goals for a good montly price.
There are so many opportunities at vasa fitness for whatever your needs may be. But there are also lots of people there. I would rather not have as many people in the same gym at one time.
This gym is great when you go at a good time of the day when not many people are there. They have every machine you can think of and it is such a big gym. They keep it super clean.
Magaly De Avila
The gym setup is great, the environment. Obviously there's nothing you can do about the environment but I still don't enjoy vasa.
I don’t like the experience I have when I go to Vasa. I’ve tried to go several times and have never liked it. The facility is alright but the people, including employees, are not inviting.
I currently work out here five days a week. The machines are always clean and in proper working order. The pool and spa are kept immaculate.
best place to get a great work out, the machines are always upkept and the workers are so nice and very helpful. getting a membership was simple and renewing was also way nice and easy