GymNation Dubai – Forced Memberships, Legal Threats & More

Founded by Frank Afeaki and Loren Holland, GymNation Dubai has become a prominent brand in recent years. However, the gym chain traps customers in predatory contracts where they can’t cancel their membership and the gym can change the provisions whenever it wants. 

Many people have been forced to pay membership fees to this gym chain even though their contract had already expired. In other cases, the gym didn’t let the customers cancel their membership when they requested.

Furthermore, if someone decides not to pay the gym after canceling their membership, GymNation Dubai sends their details to a debt collection agency. 

Clearly, it’s a major scam. 

The following GymNation Dubai review will explain how this scam works and what its victims say: 

GymNation Dubai Tried to Extort Money Out of a Former Client: (Reddit Post)

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In this post, a Reddit user shared how GymNation Dubai was harassing him. He was once a member of the gym but got sick in March and wasn’t able to visit the gym afterwards. 

The rdditor visited the gym and the front desk told him to contact the accounts department. So, he sent emails to the accounts department of GymNation Dubai but received no replies. Later, he tried to call them but they didn’t answer. 

So, the redditor had no choice. He canceled his card and moved on with life. Now, some people from a debt recovery agency called CMS called him. They told him that there is a legal action against him for defaulting on his payment and it would affect his credit score. 

The redditor asked the community how to deal with the issue. He pointed out that the gym didn’t let him cancel his membership and now they want to charge him for a membership he never used. 

Various users came forward and gave helpful advice to the Reddit user. One user suggested changing numbers and calling CMS’ bluff by asking for a Court’s notice. 

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Many of them pointed out that GymNation Dubai makes it impossible to end the contract and charge you even after the contract’s duration has ended. 

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Although it’s a genuine complaint, GymNation Dubai didn’t like it. Instead of addressing the issue and resolving it, they filed multiple fake DMCA notices to remove it from the internet: 

Fake DMCA Takedowns:

As you’ll see later in this review, GymNation Dubai is notorious among its clients. Hence, many of GymNation reviews are negative and complain about their unethical practices. 

Instead of fixing their business methods, they use illegal marketing tactics to hide such complaints. In this section of my review, I have explained how they take down complaints from the internet by using fake DMCA notices. 

This is a pretty common tactic among notorious scammers. Jerry Couvaras is another conman who has used this method to hide the stories of his fraudulent activities from the internet. 

Case 1:

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Here, the marketers of Gymnation Dubai copied the Reddit post and posted it on a free website called “dubaireview0.wordpress.com” at a date prior to the date of the Reddit post.

Then, the marketers filed a DMCA notice claiming that their post was the original so Google should take down the Reddit post from the internet. 

This is an illegal marketing technique and involves Perjury, Impersonation and Fraud. 

Case 2:

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They copied the same Reddit post on another free website called “peterdavies362.wordpress.com” and posted it on a date prior to that of the Reddit post. 

Then, they filed another DMCA complaint to Google hoping it would remove the original Reddit post from the internet. 

Certainly, the marketers of GymNation Dubai have no ethics or respect for laws. 

It wouldn’t be a surprise if they file a fake DMCA complaint against this article as well. 

Now that you’re familiar with how this company operates, here is what their customers think:

GymNation Dubai Reviews 2022:

GymNation Dubai Deducts Money After Cancellation

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The above reviewer had canceled her membership around 2 months before the expiry date of her contract. 

However, the gym kept deducting money from her card. 

She tried to contact them through email. But even after 10+ emails, they didn’t respond. 

Furthermore, email is the only communication available with Gymnation Dubai to discuss cancellations. 

She shares that many of her friends had the same experience when it comes to canceling membership or expiry of the contract. Meghna points out that the gym has increased the membership fee without notifying them as well. 

“Please Do Not Join Their 12 Months Membership Program”

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Here, the reviewer requests other people to avoid joining the 12 months membership program of GymNation Dubai. They highlight that the gym is scamming consumers by advertising cheap rates.

Then, the gym enrolls people on a contract where they don’t let you cancel the membership. 

Also, the reviewer highlights that the gym has no mercy. They don’t give you any contact numbers or addresses if you want to share your concerns. Instead of handling the situation, they send you a notice through their legal team. 

The reviewer says it’s highly inappropriate and should be illegal. 

Furthermore, the reviewer highlights that the accounts department is terrible. Even though they had sent the department a clear email that they wanted to withdraw their membership due to cervical spine problems, they didn’t reply. 

Instead, the legal team of GymNation Dubai sent a notice to the reviewer after a few months. 

Again, the reviewer requests other consumers to avoid this scam. 

GymNation Dubai Doesn’t Let You Cancel Your Membership:

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Like most of the GymNation Dubai reviews I have shared here, this one also pertains to their unethical business practices. 

Mehio highlights that the gym renewed the contract without their consent. When Mehio tried to reach out to their accountant to complain and request termination of the contract, they ignored her. 

After a while, they gave her number to a debt collection service as she refused to pay for her unused membership. 

Now, the debt collection agency has been harassing her with frequent phone calls and threatens her with legal proceedings. Because of all this, Mehio has filed a complaint against the gym with the DED. 

She highlights that it’s the most dishonest and shady business she has ever dealt with. 

“The Worst Gym You Can Deal With”

Mina highlights that GymNation Dubai is the worst gym you can deal with when it comes to payments.

She points out that the gym will do anything to keep charging you. Mina had asked for an upgrade to access all branches. She asked them explicitly that her request was for her same year contract and the gym confirmed it.

But they started a new full year membership instead. Furthermore, they didn’t inform her about this new membership as well.

According to Mina, another prominent issue here is that the gym is always crowded because the owners only care about making more money. She recommends going someplace else, even if it costs a bit more.

GymNation Dubai Has Rude Staff and Doesn’t Let You Cancel

GymNation Dubai had called the above reviewer to pay their monthly fee when they weren’t even going there. The reviewer highlights that they had car trouble and had other financial commitments. 

So, the reviewer shared their financial gripe with the gym but they didn’t care. Then, the reviewer asked the staff if they could give them an email for management. However, the staff member said that there aren’t any. 

Eventually, the reviewer stopped recharging their card to tackle this problem. 

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Verdict

After going through the various GymNation Dubai reviews and complaints, it’s obvious that the gym doesn’t have any regard for its customers. 

It traps people into shady agreements and forces them to pay even after their contracts have expired. 

Certainly, GymNation Dubai is running a major scam. Hence, you should avoid it at all costs. 

2.6 Total Score
Avoid Them

GymNation Dubai might seem affordable but it is a vicious scam which forces you to pay for a membership you don’t use. The gym charges fees even after you cancel your membership or after your contact has expired. Many people have complained about these issues but the gym doesn’t care. Hence, avoid this place

2.5Expert Score
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2.7User's score
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PROS
  • Good pricing
CONS
  • Received too many complaints
  • Predatory business practices
  • Scam customers
  • Unethical
  • Greedy
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    Victim of Gymnation Dubai
    June 9, 2022 at 7:17 pm
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    Don’t go to this place. You will regret it! They have the worst billing system in place. All the Gymnation locations have this issue. I have been paying them for 2 months now even though my membership ended in April. Gymnation is a scam.

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    I don’t recommend Gymnation Al Quoz. The staff there is very rude. They act all nice until you face some problem and express your concerns. Definitely not worth the price.

    + PROS: Good location
    - CONS: Rude staff No care for customers Shady
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  3. 0.75
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    I have been to Gymnation Mirdif. The people who go there are decent and the staff is respectful. But all of it doesn’t justify their scummy business tactics. They overcharged me for my membership and when I complained, they told me to contact the accounting department. I did but it didn’t do anything. So even though they have a good clientele, I don’t think it would be good for anyone to join these gyms. If this happens in Mirdif, I’m certain it also happens in their other locations like Al Quoz.

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  4. 1.25
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    They will never receive my recommendation. Gymnation is the worst gym out there. You can’t just force people to keep paying!!!

    - CONS: Sham
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  5. Geez, this place sounds like a terrible mess. I have signed up there for a month, will they extend my membership without my permission? Shouldn’t that be illegal?

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    My brother joined this gym last year for 2-3 months. He didn’t want to join the annual membership but they signed him up for it anyway.

    Imagine what he must have thought when he found out. When he stopped paying them, those debt collectors started calling him. They threatened him many times.

    He came to me and I looked up GymNation Dubai. These lame scammers think they are too smart, stealing money from potential customers.

    I told him to block their numbers. Guess I was right cuz they didn’t do anything after that.

    All those threats were empty.

    Don’t go to GymNation Dubai tho. They are a scam.

    - CONS: No customer service Don't let you cancel Scam you
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  7. 0.75
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    I feel you guys. This place is horrendous.

    Unethical

    Scummy

    Shady.

    They kept charging my card even though my 12-months had completed. When I complained, they laughed. They are the worst. THE WORST.

    - CONS: Unethical Scummy Shady Crooks
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  8. 0.5
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    They are frauds…they will happily take your money but not let you cancel your membership when you want. I didn’t take their annual membership but they signed me up for it anyway.

    When I complained about it, the front desk told me to contact their billing department. Guess what? They never replied.

    GymNation Dubai is a scam. Period.

    - CONS: Scammers Take your money but don't let you cancel
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  9. 5
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    Sounds like another person who didn’t read the GymNation terms and conditions when they signed up to a 12-month membership agreement? GymNation is a fantastic gym facility, i have been a member for over 3 years now and have no issues whatsoever all of my friends (20+ people) who joined with me are all saying the same too.

    My advice.. read the terms and conditions and if you are too lazy to go to the gym, dont think about joining in the first place.

    + PROS: Affordable, great selection of equipment and classes, open 24/7
    - CONS: Can get busy
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    • Get off your high horse. You sound like a GymNation shill. You didn’t even read the complaints did you? They don’t have a cancellation policy at all! That’s not how you do a proper business. They are not a business but a vicious scam.

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