Personal Trainer (Current Employee) – Brampton, ON – 18 June 2017
The payment structure is confusing. There is no job stability. Management is very duplicitous. They are completely numbers driven. They pretend to want to help people, but at the end of the day they only care about how much money each trainer made them, and they frequently openly discuss such matters. You could be the best trainer in the world, but if you didn't sell a $9000 training package to someone who can't afford it then you will not be commended.
Other trainers are great people
Lack of care for truly helping people better their lives
Fitness Advisor (Current Employee) – London, ON – 16 June 2017
GoodLife treats their employees terribly. You work overtime and are unpaid for it. You are used and manipulated into doing wrong things such as falsely sign someones name and commit fraud. GoodLife has an awful reputation for abandoning their associates when they say they are there for you in hard times. The management crews are all unfortunate. They swear and act inappropriate at work. I strongly recommend to stay away.
Fitness Advisor (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 14 June 2017
A typical day at work is very structured. The structure used is ancient and ineffective, thus setting associates up for failure. I say this as one of the top associates in the district. I learned nothing besides the corporate structure and that it is a dog eat dog world. Management is no good. They do not care if coworker lie and steal from one another, as long as they sell. This leads to an awful workplace culture. You are also not paid for the hours you work (See 60 million dollar lawsuit). Hardest part of the job is waking up and forcing yourself to go there everyday. Enjoyable part of the job is that you can meet some awesome people.
It's really not worth the sacrifices you will have to make to be remotely successful. The company claims its' core value is CARING...but more caring about oneself and the money they can generate. The do not care about members or employees.
Fitness Trainer (Former Employee) – Oakville, ON – 14 June 2017
If you like sales and helping people then this is the right job for you. Everything about the job is good. The problem comes with management. As it is an ever evolving workplace managers and associates change often, and as such training new associates gets forgotten. So if you are good at learning on the spot then you're good to go.
Personal Trainer (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 13 June 2017
Great way to get started as a fitness trainer and you can learn a lot from peers and co-workers. The culture is great as you are able to set your own schedule to some degree, and in way you are your own boss.
The most enjoyable aspect is working with clients to achieve their fitness goals and seeing their results.
It is however challenging to get ahead and sustain income, and very difficult to bring in new clients.
PERSONAL TRAINER (Current Employee) – Windsor, ON – 12 June 2017
Highly stressful environment to keep up with sales but a lot of opportunities to advance and be successful. Performance has a lot to do with the location of the club you're at, which can change how easy or difficult the job seems. Lots of great opportunities for education advancement of you're successful.
Club Administrator (Former Employee) – Mount Pearl, NL – 1 June 2017
I was very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great energetic, positive and motivating company. I learned a lot, as I was new to the position so it was very rewarding. The management was great and very personable and easy to deal with on a daily basis. The work culture was amazing! Very high energy , encouraging and always motivating me to step up to any other challenges within the club. The hardest part of the job was probably having to coordinate with head office. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with such a great and positive team. Also being surrounded with such amazing members and having a great relationship with them on a daily basis.
Associate (Current Employee) – Calgary – 28 May 2017
The pay is okay, but not great and although the owner of GoodLife states that he wants to provide 'Every Canadian with the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life', having staff that consistently work extra hours without extra pay or time off in lieu is not providing those Canadians with that opportunity and is in fact detrimental to their mental well being and happy 'home life'.
There is too much emphasis placed on Membership sales and not enough effort put into analyzing current member stats in order to provide them with a better follow-up service.
The AGM's seem to have the worst job of all as they are expected to cover shifts for all their direct front desk and childcare staff, regardless of the time of day or night (in a 24hr gym) or what they may be doing outside of work when they get that call.
The gym is a great facility to work in and workout in, with lots of equipment and varied group classes.
It seems the staff turnover is quite high, possibly for the reasons mentioned above.
Personal Trainer (Current Employee) – Brockville, ON – 27 May 2017
Hours of work are broken and varied to maximize your income potential. Clients generally require training times before and after work making for long hours to achieve a full 40 hour work week. Also difficult to build clientele.
Goodlife is very micro-managed financially with a great amount of sales pressure.
The most enjoyable part of the job for me is personally making a positive difference in someone's life and having flexibility in my schedule.
I would not apply now that i know more about the structure
Club Administrator (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 26 May 2017
as someone who has worked for the company for over 10 years I found that they did not treat someone with that much experience with much respect. I have been in my currebt position for 4 years and my job is not secure, in fact over 600 people in my job role are being let go in June 20 with not much help finding a new job, though they have offered a job service package (Compass) they are all admin based and not generalized
not many chnaces for pay increases, management changes a lot
Lots of work for new trainers, but very rewarding if the effort was applied.
Personal Trainer (Former Employee) – Calgary 17th Ave. – 20 May 2017
Although I was working two jobs when i was working at Good life I still took this job on and was happy with it. Every day there would be meetings where knowledge was sent around. Management was strict and disciplined which was a good thing.
The hardest part of the job was researching for some clients, as every client is different and some can be challenging.