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David Barton: Worst Gym on South Beach   1-Star rating

David Barton is not a gym. It’s a club with fitness equipment. It’s dark and dreary and the music is crazy loud. They lured me in with their pre sale rate and the idea of valet parking and let me tell you it isn’t at all worth it. I left Equinox for this place and wish I would have never made the switch.

David Barton is located at 1683 Collins Avenue.

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6 Comments on

"Worst Gym on South Beach"

JasonBrixton says:

Terrible customer service. Avoid. I tried a 10-day free trial—had to pay 2 month “reservation” fee—and didn’t like the gym (too dark, expensive parking).  Despite many phone calls to their head office in NYC over past four months still no refund.  In fact, they do not even return phone calls.  They owe me money and have admitted it, but they refuse to even answer the phone.  Unprofessional.  Borders on fraud.  And the people you do get hold of are rude and offer zero help.  As for gym it was extremely dark and depressing.  Fine, I guess, if you have a flashlight, but just wierd.  It gave off a very negative vibe.

Posted on 01/28/2009 at 3:33 PM

Katy says:

These reviewers are so right. Stay away from David Barton. Don’t think that David Barton is a cut above New York Sports Clubs or Equinox. It’s not. At David Barton, there are complaining instructors, late classes, mistakes with the audio system. Once I went to a class where after struggling with the sound system for twenty minutes the instructor gave up and did a class with no music. Once I went for a class and there never was a class and no one was even able to tell me why. Don’t expect better service, treatment or atmosphere than you would get anywhere else. Stay away and save your money. David Barton shows no more appreciation of their customers than New York Sports or Equinox, actually less. I guess they think they’re hip and don’t need to treat customers well. Some “club”!

Posted on 01/31/2009 at 6:46 PM

Sarah says:

Yeah…very dark, music is loud, people kind of suck both the staff and members.  High prices, parking valet is swamped and boy does it make going to the gym painful.

Posted on 02/05/2009 at 7:54 AM

AB says:

I think the gym is fantastic. I love that it’s dark. The equipment is amazing. And I don’t go when it’s packed, so I’m not into the whole meat market thing. The only knock I can think of is that they hired a personal trainer name David Silva. The same David Silva who was arrested for child molestation. I can’t believe that. From WSVN: “According to Miami Beach Police, David Silva slid his hands down a 13-year-old boy and penetrated him during a work-out session.”

I hear the guy’s getting sued again by clients who this guy Silva committed fraud against. Apparently he hit a bunch of client up for money, charged their sessions, even got an advance, and it’s supposedly thousands of dollars, and never bothered to tell anyone he was getting evicted.

I’ve heard that other trainers at David Barton Gansevoort don’t even like the guy. I guess he knows someone and get preferential treatment. Another trainer I know said some David Barton clients have even complained because david Silva actually gave out his own personal training business cards to train them somewhere else!

Anyway, other than some odd hiring practices, especially when it comes to hiring some long time Miami beach personal trainers, I think the gym is great.

Posted on 05/24/2009 at 9:59 PM

Jason Brixton says:

Well, finally—remarkably—I got my money back from the initial “reservation” period.  it took 9 months, over 20 phone calls, letter and complaints to the Florida and NY attorney generals offices and the Better Business Bureau, but got it back (no apology, of course, it just should up on a CC statement).  A lot of wasted time and agro.  If you discount the messsed up valet service, poor customer service, sex-prowl workout floor and locker rooms and dark / night club interiopr I guess it’s OK.  otherwise it should be on your NO GO list.

Posted on 05/25/2009 at 10:06 AM

Joao says:

I went to that GYM because of a recommendation. When I got there I was put with David Silva to workou. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that he got arrested by molestating a kid, because I’m not from USA. But, fortunately, I use to study a lot about training methods and he didn’t hurt me in the GYM with his awkward training methods. The second thing is that, when I signed the contract, I told them that I was coming back to my country in a couple of months, and they said “No problem, if your country doesn’t have a DBG, all you got to do is send an e-mail with a proof that you’re living in your country, like a electricity bill.”. Before I came back, I sent 5 different bills and a copy of my plane ticket. They said it would be solved in the next month and that I wouldn’t be paying no more for the services. The result is that I called several times to the head office and no one answered my phone calls and none of the “thousands” e-mails I sent with the proof that I was living outside of USA. And to complete, I had to pay 5 months after leaving the GYM and the USA. And do you think they answered my e-mails about the refund? Hahaha!

Posted on 10/28/2011 at 11:02 AM

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