Ballys Area Fitness Manager Chris Majerowicz, 24, of Pasadena, did pull-ups on a new piece of equipment when the facility hosted its grand opening July 1 at Lansdowne Station. The fitness center was among the 12 Bally's centers in Maryland recently acquired by L.A. Fitness. (Photo by Nate Pesce / June 30, 2011)

The Bally Total Fitness clubs in Lansdowne and Catonsville are among 171 purchased nationwide by the parent company of L.A. Fitness.

Fitness International announced the acquisition of the Bally Total Fitness clubs, including all 12 locations in Maryland, on Nov. 28, two days before the parties expected to finalize the sale.

Larry Larsen, a spokesman for Bally Total Fitness, said the sale was for $153 million.

He said L.A. Fitness took over the clubs on Dec. 1.

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"We believe that members will see a smooth transition," he said.

A representative of L.A. Fitness, which opened its first gym in California in 1984, who was at the Catonsville facility on Baltimore National Pike Dec. 5, said all inquiries about the effect of the sale on club members should be directed to the corporate office.

Calls to the corporate headquarters were not returned.

The sale comes only five months after Bally Total Fitness opened a 46,000-square-foot club at 3551 Washington Blvd. that features a three-lane pool, child-care facility, more than 200 pieces of cardio equipment and several workout studios.

Before its acquisitions, the California-based franchise which operates in 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, had four locations in Maryland.