Sweatin’ the Savings: Four Tips to Save on Gym Memberships

save on gym memberships

Save on Gym Memberships

If you’re like me, one of your resolutions is to lose a little weight (again). Dieting is a big part of that plan, but regular exercise also helps.

When it comes to working up a sweat, you’ve got two options: Work out at home or get a gym membership. Yes, the gym membership will cost money, but when you consider that you’ll have access to state-of-the-art gym equipment and expert advice, it’s money well spent. And just like your shrinking waistline, it is possible to trim the cost of that investment by following a few basic rules:

Explore Your Options – Like any sizable investment, you’ll want to shop around for the best deal. Remember: The gym closest to your house isn’t always the best one and the one with all the fancy equipment isn’t either. Find a gym that has all the equipment you need, without all the extra stuff you don’t, at a decent price.

Get Ready to Haggle – The membership coordinator at your gym is usually willing to negotiate a bit. Ask for a lower initiation fee or, better yet, no fee at all. Also see if they can match a lower monthly rate at a competing gym or throw in some classes that normally might cost extra.

Think Short Term – Most gyms will require you to sign an agreement that locks you into monthly payments for anywhere from six months to a year. Thing is, there’s a good chance you’ll be over this New Year’s resolution and done with the “gym thing” in two months (hey, just being realistic). Ask for a short-term contract – either month-to-month or three-months. You might pay a little extra for the privilege, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Wait Until March – If you sign up during the busy season (January), your chances of scoring some negotiated discounts and perks are pretty slim. You’ll also have to deal with going to the gym during one of the busiest months of the year. Instead, wait until March, when gyms are more eager to please potential new members. In the meantime, use that time to research your options … and practice your haggling skills.

Workout At Home – If you really want to save money, you can choose to workout at home and skip a gym membership. Here are 10 Highly Rated DVD Workouts to do at Home. You can also try Daily Burn for FREE for 30 days. With Daily Burn, you can work out at home or on the go without having to pay for a gym membership!

How do you save on gym memberships?

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  1. says

    Some health insurance plans reimburse you a certain amount if you go to the gym a certain amount of times per month! I think mine reimburses me $20 if I got 12 times…worth looking into!

  2. jennifer aikens says

    okay so I just signed up for my gym membership at youfit here in phoenix az. The gym usually has membership pricing starting at 50 dollars to start and 10 dollars a month after that. I looked online on the 2nd of January and found out that they had a special that ended 12/31 (2 days previous) that was 114 for a whole year (no extra fees). The price was still listed on the website but would not allow me to check out so I called the gym and they said they would honor that price. So I now have a membership for a year that is paid in full for 114! They want you to join so they will work with you on price. Even if you only get 20 – 50 dollars off that is still some great savings!

  3. Sarah Elyce says

    I didn’t know that waiting a few months after busy season would save me some money. One time my procrastination may come in handy!

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