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Am I the only person that finds the fees bordering on completely outrageous? I've had a membership to one gym for over a year, but now I need to switch due to different living situations. I signed up for the cheapest gym in my city last night --- $145/year. And that was really talking the guy down from his expected $190/year.

What do you all pay for your gym memberships? Is this $190/year bullshit common? Or is it lower than most?

Sat. Jul 14, 7:49am

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my trick was to join the gym as they were opening a new location to get the low, low introductory price! i pay $20 a month for my gym/ no joining fee/ no contract. this gym has plenty of cardio machines, weight machines, free weights and classes & towel service. it does not have a pool or free shampoo in the showers. i live in boston.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:17 AM

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Golds in Texas $300 a year and that is considered cheap. I have a discount through work and it is still $300 a year.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:25 AM

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Wow, you guys have it good. Bally's around here, charges 49/month (588 per year), as their cheapest rate. Not even a good gym. I would love to find one for 145 a year...where do you live? In the middle of nowhere?

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:45 AM

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I go to planet fitness (new england) and pay $10 a month. No classes or pool but all access to cardio and weight machines.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:59 AM

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8:59, I got to Planet Fitness for $10/month, too. I think there was a $100 joining fee.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 9:08 AM

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There's so much variation in facilities and services from one place to another to make comparisons hard, but I think most people in my area and social stratum (upper middle class suburbia) are paying a bunch more than the OP. I pay about $350 (average at this gym is probably around $450), and both of the new places to come in since this one was built have higher prices, not lower. Prices everywhere would be even higher were it not for the fact that most of the members don't show up often.

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 3:07 AM

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I joined a NEW gym that opened 2 minutes from my house for $34.50 a month (not additional membership or annual fees...just the straight 34.50 a month). What's BAD is that I joined 7 weeks ago and have gone 1 time...ugh! I'm getting serious now...but what a wasted 7 weeks.

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 9:31 AM

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I would kill for a gym membership that's under $200/year! My current gym is costing me $504/year ($42/mo.) I could join cheaper gyms, but this one has a lot of things I like about it, so I end up going a lot (i.e., I'm at least getting my money's worth...)

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 9:45 AM

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I live in Dayton, Ohio. I pay almost $26 per month for Premiere Ladies Fitness. That is about $312 per year, so yes, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a gym membership for that much per month. Consider yourself lucky.

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 10:11 AM

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I am a member of the YMCA and it only costs me $15 a month. There was a joining fee of around $100, but only a one time fee there. They also have a pool, racquetball courts, weight room, exercise room, free aerobis classes, indoor and outdoor tracks, 3 basketball courts, free childcare, an outdoor skate park and a whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Looks like I make out pretty good!

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 12:11 PM

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12:11 poster - MY "Y" charges a $58 joining fee and $36 a month for a single person membership, $58 for family! MAN I wish I could do it for $15/month!

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 7:12 PM

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OP here

Wow, I can't believe I was complaining about my rates. I didn't have a joining fee or anything, so I guess I should be happy with the $145/year.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:19 AM

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I live in downtown Chicago, and most of the gyms are around $70/month, with a couple hundred dollars in initiation fees!!!

The gym I used to belong to had a "matinee" membership for $50/month, where you could go during the day or late at night, but not between 4pm and 7pm! I opted for that one, b/c it saved me $20/month, but it was really inconvenient to have to wait until after dinner to go to the gym!

There are some Bally's that are a bit less expensive, but not all that much!!! And the really nice gyms are $100+ per month!

Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:48 AM

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I live in Canada and I just had to quit my gym becasue they were charging me $70 a month to use cardio and weight machines... rediculous! I'm a student and I have a hard time affording a yearly membership to anywhere... it really is horrible.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 2:06 PM

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