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Is this a good price for a fitness club?

January 12th, 2010 at 01:12 pm

I got a postcard in the mail the other day from yet another of the proliferating gyms in my town. The offer was for 3 weeks (9 visits total) of one-on-one with a personal trainer, 30-minute sessions. Your $20 deposit is fully refundable as long as you complete all 9 sessions.

I was very interested in this and after having to leave messages twice on their answering machine, I decided to just drive down there to sign up. They've gotten so much interst that i can't start my 3 free weeks until toward the end of January, but that's ok, i can wait.

It's just one room, not overly large, and so there are a lot of machines crammed in there, but again, that doesn't really bother me. I just want to get in shape.

So i asked how much it would be if i decided to continue after the 3 free weeks. He told me $35 a month, and i believe it's just on a month to month basis, no contract, so i could drop it in the summer and pick it up again in fall and winter, which has always been my preference. I'll have to confirm that's the case.

Is that a good deal these days? It's not what i would call a state of the art facility; they don't even have a locker room where you can change, you just wear what you plan to work out in. They have a bunch of machines and i haven't gone through them yet so not sure what exactly they have.

Last night a friend and i went to another pharmaceutical company-sponsored physician talk. They indicated on the invite they'd have a "light buffet," which ended up being THREE entrees (fish, pasta and meatballs), salad, bread rolls and THREE desserts (brownies, cheesecake and chocolate cake). Needless to say, I was stuffed. Plus I loaded up on free pharmaceutical company-branded chap-stick, pens and another nice canvas bag i can use for groceries.

6 Responses to “Is this a good price for a fitness club?”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Our low-frills/discount gym is about $15/month. (We pay $29/month, for the 2 of us). It's $7/month if you are willing to limit your days/times of use. You may want to shop around a bit. But also a FYI for some of the REALLY low priced offers. They usually have some time/day limits.

    The facility is nice and even has daycare. Just no locker room (though they have a private room you can change in). They have lockers. & lots of equipment. Just no classes, pool, showers, locker room, etc. No contracts either.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    For the record - I used to pay $30/month for 24-hour fitness. BUT, that was a decade ago. All the gyms do run good specials this time of year! I don't think $35/month would be unheard of at a "fancier" gym. BUT, the bigger reason we like the discount gym is that there is no contract. More important than the price, really, to us. So for that - looks like a good deal. Check on all the enrollment fees, etc. Read all the fine print before you sign.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    It seems reasonable. I agree that it is a good idea to shop around. Often you can get a cheaper price by month if you pay up front for a year or two...then they throw in an additional year, bringing the monthly price down even more.

    Good luck!

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I think it's worth it to find out how long they have been around and if they have any other locations. Some of these places open and close in a matter of month. Not sure of the price though. It sounds fair to me. Good luck.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I just remembered - when I joined 24 hour fitness - no contract. I suppose the only thing I Really miss is the longer hours - though the discount gym is FAR less crowded.

  6. Analise Says:

    I pay $29 a month. It includes access to all the classes (e.g., yoga, aerobics, etc.) and several other locations I could go to. There was no fee to join and I can quit any time as long as I give a 30-day notice in writing. It's 5 minutes from home so I don't really need locker rooms or showers but they are available.

    I think $35 is a reasonable fee if you use the facilities and it includes a personal trainer. At my gym, I would have to pay extra for a personal trainer.

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