The LA Fitness acquisition of Bally Total Fitness in November 2011 was not without its problems. Former Bally members filed class-action lawsuits in January against both Bally and LA Fitness. The members claimed that LA Fitness violated their membership contracts after the acquisition. Plaintiffs in another case claimed that LA Fitness and Bally violated consumer fraud and deceptive business practices acts, adding LA Fitness was not honoring lifetime memberships from Bally.
Between November 2011 and January 2012, the fitness industry lost three pioneers. Jimmie Payne, who was a club operator and equipment designer as well as a former Mr. America and a contemporary and friend of Jack LaLanne's, died at the age of 85. Payne's death came a few weeks after the industry lost longtime fitness advocate and former club owner Bob Delmonteque, who also died at the age of 85, and Bonnie Prudden, who inspired the creation of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Prudden was 97.