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San Antonio gym closes doors without giving much notice

Gym closes doors

SAN ANTONIO - Members of Fitness 19 on San Antonio’s north-side say they weren’t given any notice.

“Everything is gone,” said Petra Lopez a former gym member.

On Wednesday February 14th, some members say they received a letter in the mail. The letter told them their gym would be closed the very next day, February 15th.

"It's not fun getting notified a day before anything, that's going to be shut down."

However, it seems like others missed the memo completely.

While we were outside the former Fitness 19 facility located along Loop 1604 on Friday, one person stopped by to try and workout.

"It's locked,” said one former gym member. “It looks like all of the equipment is gone, and all of the computers.”

We spoke with a former personal trainer from Fitness 19, who seemed equally shocked.

"Being told you don't have a job, you didn't even have a chance to look for one,” said Joshua Kinsey. “It just kind of kicked us to the curb.”

The letter sent to members said Fitness 19 arranged a 90 membership for them at a nearby Gold’s Gym. However, the wrong address was given in the letter, and when we checked the correct facility, they seemed unaware of any details.

"Everyone that's gone there, including my clients, they knew nothing about it,” said Kinsey. “Apparently Gold’s knew nothing.”

We tried calling Fitness 19 for answers, however the phone line had already been disconnected. Also, we sent the former gym an email, but haven’t heard back.

“Gold’s is about half more than we were paying here,” said one former gym member. “I’m not sure how that's going to work.”

Roughly 1,000 people are now looking for a new place to work out.

One woman that was unwilling to go on camera, said she signed a new long-term contract with Fitness 19 last week. Like others, she’s worried she might never get that money back.

"I had a client that paid for about $900 in training,” said Kinsey. “She only used 2 sessions, so she has about 35 more sessions to use."

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