How to Save Money and Still Hit the Gym
If you want to get in shape, working out at home can be a good way to go. However, there’s just something inspirational about being surrounded by other people working hard to get in shape, and you’ll find that you’ll be much more motivated to work harder yourself if you’re at a gym. After all, you’re going to the gym for one reason and one reason alone: to get in shape.
If you want to go to the gym, you’ll find that it doesn’t have to be too expensive – if you can find a good way to save money on your gym membership:
- Find a Cheap Gym — Gold’s Gym can be found in just about every major city in the country, and they offer membership as cheap as $35 per person. There are no doubt other smaller gyms in your city that will charge around the same price. They may not have all the fancy classes, the swimming pools, and the frills that are offered in the huge health clubs, but they have everything you need: weights, cardio machines, and weight machines.
- Look into college gyms — Colleges will often offer discounts on their gym equipment for graduates and alumni. If you’re still living in the city where you went to college, check out their facilities to see if you can get a good price on the gym.
- Ask for a deal — You’d be amazed how many gyms are willing to offer you a discount if you’ll just ask. They always have pretty high signup fees to begin with, simply because they know some people will try to knock down the price. Ask, and you may very well receive that price reduction.
- Shop around at the right times — You know that people are going to be leaving the gym come the summer months, so it’s a good time to shop around for a gym. Many gyms drop their price in order to stop their membership from dropping. The worst time to sign up for a gym is in the first few months of the year, thanks to New Years’ resolutions. If you want to find a good price, try signing up near the end of the month – when gyms are desperate to fill their quotas for new members.
- Shop around — Don’t just sign up with the first gym you run across, but take your time to shop around and look into your many gym options. Remember that a gym doesn’t need to be close to your house, but you can find one near the office or your favorite lunch spot. Make sure to compare prices, and find the gyms that are both convenient and well-priced.
- Don’t go for the frills — One way that many gyms sucker you into paying more than you should is by offering you extras: classes, access to the pool, physical trainers, etc. If you’re going to go to the gym on the cheap, stay away from these extras. You don’t really need them, and you can get an excellent workout using nothing more than the free weights, weight machines, and the treadmills.
- Check out your insurance policy — Some insurance policies actually help you to get a good price on your gym membership, as they encourage fitness in order to reduce the risk of disease and illness. Look at your insurance policy, and see if that is included in it. You may be able to save up to 60% on a gym membership!
- Sign up with friends — If you have a lot of friends that want to hit the gym with you, why not consider signing up with them all at once? You can get a good discount for a group of people, and you’ll be able to save a good deal of money all together. If you can talk your boss into getting a gym membership for everyone at the office, even better!
- Put the gym “on hold” — There are a few gyms that will allow you to “suspend” your membership for a month or two if you are going to be traveling often. Not all gyms will allow you to do so, but the gyms that value you as a client will usually be willing to allow you to get out of paying if you are going to travel for a month or two.
These simple tricks can help you to save a lot of money on your gym membership – making it much more cost-efficient to get in shape!
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