Cheapest place to get a new gym membership

It’s so frustrating to me, I get call after
call from people who’ve been ripped off with gym memberships. They go into a place, a kind
person greets them and before they know it they’re locked into a long term gym membership.
Well often people say that’s not what they told me that not what they said I was doing.
All you need to know is what you signed your name to. Gyms work two different ways. There
are the contract kind of clubs that get you in a contract and hope you never work out.
And then there are the places that bill you month to month or bill you quarterly and the
way they serve you is they do a great job so that you’ll stay a member and you keep
on paying. Obviously that’s the kind you want to join. One of the best places to look is
fitness centers attached to hospitals and major medical centers. They never require
a contract and often have fantastic facilities at great prices, so why not try there. Or
even the YMCA! I’m Clark Howard.

8 Replies to “Cheapest place to get a new gym membership”

  1. I go to Planet Fitness, $10 a month, you can cancel anytime. Our local YMCA is 5 times more expensive and requires a contract.

  2. It's a shame how the fitness industry handles peoples accounts. I've been in the biz for 20+ years and the biggest culprits are the big box gyms, Sports Club, LA Fitness, Equinox, etc. I understand from a business stand point to generate recurring income on a monthly basis to get a pulse how a business is doing and will do. However, the strong arm tactics need to be a thing of the past. I operate a monthly pay-as-you go model and require a 30 day period for cancellations. Provide excellent service and exceed a members expectations in what they are getting from their membership and you'll continually earn their business and their wallets. Its a win-win!

  3. I found the YMCA was much more expensive and even worse for my area it was farther away, so I spent more money on gas and time lost driving there….  so in turn I worked out less.

  4. Planet Fitness for Life!  At least…..until I hit a plateau where I can no longer "gain" – but I do not foresee this occurring….simply because my goal is not to gain huge big body builder muscles….but for the health benefits…

    My branch is open 5a – 11p Monday through Friday….and Saturday Sunday 7a-7p…..say I don't get off work early enough one night, there's another branch 6 miles or so down the road (12 mins drive time….) that is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week…..20 bucks a month.

  5. Folks, I think if you want to "save money" and still get value, you have to really decide what you want in a gym. For some, it's the convenience and availability – say, a place like Anytime Fitness. It's open 24 hours a day, so there are no excuses. But, what do you want in your gym membership? Some people are in it primarily for the social aspect. I don't get that, myself. Who wants to talk to some sweaty person they don't know? Not me, lol. But, we each have our own reasons. The very smart person, who knows they will work out simply invests in the weights and whatever other equipment they want and works out at home. Even if it costs them 1000 dollars, they only have to pay for it once (unless it's a treadmill that breaks – but if you take care of them, they're not likely to break down. I've got the same Life Cycle …for maybe over 15 years. The only problem I've ever had with it is the battery went out so it wouldn't display. Replaced the battery, it's like I just got it. if you're seriously going to do deadlifting, squats – inspect the facility. A smith machine is okay – but for better results, and safer in some instances, you want a free range squat rack. The body does not lift things in a perfect perpendicular movement. Also, if you're serious, join two gyms – sometimes, one gets a little stale. It does help to change things up.

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