mark47n, your reply makes no sense. Buttercup is asking people if other gyms charge for a lump sum enhancement fee. Mine does not. My question would be, were you warned of this charge? or did it just show up on your bank statement? I agree with your analogy of shopping at Nordstroms. We’re already paying a membership at market rate that should be turning a profit for the gym. Why would they then ask for enhancement fees? Some percentage of that profit should be reinvested directly towards maintenance and enhancements, to keep people enrolled and joining.