NOT the YMCA. I know it's loads cheaper, but I'm not going there.
I'm looking into a membership with Spectrum Athletic Clubs, which is a regional gym (sort of, it's got locations here & in Los Angeles).
Right now it would be about $313 to join--$89 processing fee plus first & last month's dues of $139 each.
That $139 is for the whole family--me, Robert, & the three kids.
They've got a great kids' area that I am pretty sure is larger than the trailer we're living in right now. Girls love it. There's a huge indoor play/exercise area, a smaller "daycare" area, and an outdoor playground.
They've got a large class schedule, but honestly I wouldn't be going to classes anyway. They had a lot of cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, etc. There is also a women's-only area that has everything the main area has and a TV monitor of the kids' club. Last but not least (at least for my hubby) they have a pool.
Their locker rooms are "all-inclusive", meaning that they provide towels and toiletries of all sorts, even razors & deoderant. I'm pretty sure their locker room is better stocked than my bathroom.
I really like the looks of the place, & we visited at the time of day I'd be going and it was pretty much dead. I'd have my pick of machines/weights.
But I am just unsure of the cost. I believe I can afford it, but I want to know if that's about standard for a commercial gym membership or if it's on the expensive side or what.
Sabra, mama to Bobbie, Linda, Esther & Princess Marie Fluffybutt
Last edited by GreatBigMonsterMomma : 03-02-2007 at 04:49 PM.
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I belong to the most expensive Y in the world (it's the only non-Curves gym in town). It's $43 a month for one person; $76 for two. If you want access to the saunas and whirlpools, you have to pay an extra $20 a month to use the high class changing rooms. I don't do that...too expensive. I really feel that the Y should be cheaper (and not introducing a class system via different changing rooms!).
I belong to Ballys, which is considered to be a moderately priced gym. No towels, no frills, machines are older, maintenance is iffy, locker rooms are gross. There's a pool, sauna, and whirlpool that you couldn't pay me to use. I wouldn't take a shower there on a dare. But it's five minutes from home (10 if there's traffic), has loads of the kind of equipment I use (free weights and plate loaded machines), and the cardio machines I want are available when I'm there.
I originally signed up on a three year contract at $39/month. I'm past the three years and now pay renewal dues of $22/month. It's hard to beat that price, plus there really isn't any local competition besides a 'wellness' type gym run by a hospital - without a squat rack!
Gyms make their money off people who sign up and never use the facility so take your time and make sure the place is right for you. Finangle as many free weeks as you can so you can see if it's something you'll stick with.
Dumpy as my Ballys is, I have a real soft spot in my heart for it. I walked in the doors weighing 257 pounds and changed my life. It started out as such as terrifying place and now it's home.
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
Size 22/size 4
I belong to a Lifetime Fitness. It's $109 a month for 2 of us. We have a lot of kid programs, awesome locker room w/sauna, towels, etc. Over 250 cardio machines and lots of weights. Also basketball and racquetball courts, lap pool and regular pool. Lots of classes... We pay extra for a personal trainer right now.
We switched from a Y last fall. The Y was a lot cheaper but ours had no real access to trainers and was a kind of dump (one of my first days there I saw a cockroach in the bathroom). We knew we wanted more than that and I think we're getting our money's worth. We go multiple times every week for weights, cardio, and occasionally swimming. I was actually excited to join the gym.
Meg is right that you want to make sure you will GO. When we were at the Y I went only for weights, was in and out as fast as possible (I had a routine I could do in 20-25 min). Sure it was cheaper, but I didn't like it.
My 5 C's of healthy living: Commitment to conscious control, with the understanding that choices have consequences
I belong to Bally's (like Meg). I have a nationwide membership, my renewal fees are $8/month and I added on DH for $16/month so our total is $24 for DH and I.
I have Kaiser as my health insurance and they have discounted gym memberships where it is $50 to join (sometimes this fee is waived), then around $30/month for some really nice gyms, family rates were only a little higher when I checked. You might want to check with your health insurance to see if they offer any discounts like that. I thought about switching from Bally's but I'm a cheapo at heart and it is hard to walk away from such a cheap gym membership.
I also forgot, if you join the Self Challenge, you can get 2 free weeks at Gold's gym, if you are interested. Most gyms do tend to offer some free trial period, so I'd definitely recommend trying it out beforehand.
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
Hmmm. We pay $75/month for 2 of us. We joined when they opened (or rather when the new owners took over) about 3 years ago and got the initiation/joining fee waived. We have access to lots of cardio and weight machines, as well as lots of free weights. The locker rooms have both been remodeled in the last year and are always clean, including the showers (towels provided). There is a steam sauna in the women's and a dry sauna in the men's. However, we do have to pay extra for a trainer, and for a rented locker ($7/month). If you want to use the racquetball courts and/or take classes (yoga, spinning, cardio, etc.) it's an additional $20/month. No pool. They do have child care, but I have no kids, so don't know the cost. It's the only non-Curves gym within a half hour drive of me. The only downside to me is that they're not open on Sundays.
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
I pay $83 a month for two of us. That includes locker room with digilocks, communal and private showers, dry sauna in the locker room (the men's locker room has a TV in it, but not the women's), use of the two pools (one for laps, the other warm for folks with arthritis), steam room and two spas. There are lots of classes, cardio machines, free weights, weight machines, etc. You can get a free personal weight training program, but after that you have to pay the trainer. We paid $150 joining fee, I believe. For a bit extra, we could get use of the court facilities, but we're not into court sports.
I was worried that I might have the most expensive gym membership around and it may be true but since you asked.
My gym has about 6 or 8 locations around the city (none near my home but two near my work). I get a "discounted" corporate rate and still pay $75 a month, just for me. No sign up fee.
Why I pay it is because it's about a 30 second walk from my work and the facilites are great. Everything is included, except personal training. All classes, equipment etc. The equipment is pretty modern, the place is spotless, there are tons of classes to choose from and the changerooms are great. Towels, dry sauna, wet sauna, hot tub, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, soap, razors, deodorant etc. etc.
It's not cheap but because of the proximity and amenities, I can and do actually go during the work day and I hate carrying around all the extras like towels etc.
I could probably find something comparable for about $50ish but I can't beat the location.
wow. I live in a pretty remote coast town. The gym here is the ONLY gym for about 1-1/2 hour drive. The laws of supply & demand rule.
$50. month gets you cardio equipment which at least one of is usually available, a small free weights area, 1 each circut training equipment. There are classes, but fees are charged for each class you sign up for each time you go. They do have 3 trainers available, but they bill privately/seperately. Staff on hand can answer questions but I have found that they don't necessarily have the training or knowledge required for specifics.
No locker room, no shower, no sauna, jacuzzi, pool...... but there are small 'sweat towels' and the bathroom available for free! I live too far out of town to go before work cuz then I'd have to go home and shower before going back to town for work. The gym closes at 7pm on fridays, 5pm Sat & Sundays (I don't get off work til 4)...
It's a very clean gym, and the staff is wonderful and very friendly BUT, it was not good for my lifestyleand I could not justify the fee. Make sure you try it out before you commit to a contract.
I guess I will have to check out Gold's Gym, as it's the only other one nearby. I usually have about five hours between waking up & needing to start getting ready for work, & I plan to work out for an hour (which is actually realistic for me), so time is a huge issue for me. I can't drive to the other side of the city to go to a cheap gym. But $139 seems to be as steep as it sounded to me.
Sabra, mama to Bobbie, Linda, Esther & Princess Marie Fluffybutt
If you work for a large company ask around - mine offers a deal on a local gym, California Family Fitness. I pay $100 for a year, I can go to any of 10 or 12 gyms owned by this company. There is pretty much always a class somewhere, two gyms are pretty close to me. One is a women's only gym - I prefer that for weight training....dunno why, I like to feel like the heavy lifter? Kinda hard to do that with a buncha guys. When I first started going I never took classes - at the moment I am really enjoying the extra push I get by working with an instructor. Plus my workouts get varied due to the different emphasis you get from a different instructor/equipment. Hmm...what did I come on here to say? Oh yeah...check with your insurance company or your employer...there might be just the deal for you. It is in their best interest for you to be healthy.
I lucked out with my recent gym membership. I lost my membership to Golds Gym when I changed jobs. I found a local church that has a very nice rec center built onto it. It has a basketball court, game room, aerobic room for classes, lots of cardio and weight machines...all for only $10 a month!
I would assume if there are churches like that in your town, their fee would be rather cheap as well. When I cut out the things I rarely used anyway at other gyms (tanning, fancy locker rooms, saunas, etc) I end up only paying for what I'm using.
Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. - English Proverb