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How much do you pay for a gym membership?

I am looking for a gym. There is one next to my work, excellent place, high end, great classes.

I know I could find a cheaper gym, but fear if I do, I won't go, because its out of the way (I live and work downtown of a big city, where transit can be crazy)

I am curious - how much do you guys pay?

Wed. Aug 29, 3:01pm

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I say if you'll go - then it's worth it! Dirt cheap isn't a deal if you don't go :) Distance or any kind of traffic hassle in getting to a gym is a definite deal breaker for me b/c I know that's all it takes to dissuade me from going when I don't really feel like it.

To answer your question - I pay $40/mo which includes all the amenities I need/want (it's big, no waiting for equipment, personal tvs for all cardio machines; all the 'toys' such as balls, balance boards, medicine balls, etc;, child care, personal trainers, coffee bar, and so on), and free classes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:33 PM

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This question is so unbelievably useless if you don't say where you live.

Manhattan: craphole gyms with half the equipment broken and outdated go for $400/year; mediocre chains $900/year; higher-end $1200-3000.

No go search "gym membership" and read through the 4 previous threads on this subject.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:38 PM

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To 3:38

a) I am new to Peertrainer and did not see the search option
b) They live in a big city. THATS 'BIG CITY'. There is a TRANSIT system there. Downtown.
c) unbelievably useless is your attitude
d) Useful responses to people looking for answers would be what 3:33 wrote.
e) Useless is what you wrote

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:45 PM

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PS: If there are multiple threads on one topic, do you think that reason may be because MANY people want to discuss different aspects of this topic?

I don't know - thats just a hunch. I don't want to blow your mind with such an earth shattering point of view

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:46 PM

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trying to be a helpful comment....

I pay $50 a month for my husband and I at 24 Hour Fitness. I can go to any location around the country to workout and it includes all classes and amenities as well. I also haggled so they waived the enrollment fee. I think membership for just me would be $35 or $40 a month my husband was an "add on". or if you have a friend that belongs, they can "add on" you for about $20 a month.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 4:07 PM

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I pay 60 dollars a month for a VERY nice gym, and it is worth every penny :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 6:44 PM

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$25 a month for Golds in a big city

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 7:08 PM

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i'd pay for the convenience. skipping the gym is way too easy, so pick one that you can make fewer excuses for.

i also did 24hrfitness. prepaid $700 for three years-all facilities except supersport facilities. they screwed me on the renewal though $150/year. if you are going to do prepaid, bargin the renewal rate after prepaid period down really low..i've heard of people getting $19/year. they really like the money upfront, so they are more willing to bargin at that point.

whatever you do, do not give in to their first price or even second. gyms are notorious for horrible sales practices.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 7:54 PM

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Hm, OP, what do you think of people who don't see a search window literally next to the "Add New Thread" button they had to press to begin a post? Therefore it's fair to conclude that I did you a big, useful favor by pointing out where to find 30-50 other responses to your question.

By the way, if you think that all cities have the same cost of living and identical real estate prices (which - shocker - do affect the cost of membership), then have fun sifting through information that will ultimately do you little to no good.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 8:13 PM

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OP here

Geeez, I do not think all big cities have the same cost of living. I just walked out on my break at work, visited a nearby gym, had inner doubts about spending money, and very quickly added a thread with a question.

I do NOT think all cities have the same cost of living. Its all relative, the cost, how much you make etc...I was not about to post: How much do all middle upper class women who make XXXX$ and live within the 3 km radius pay for the gym.

I think hearing encouraging statements about people saying that they pay a lot and its worth every penny DOES help me make my decision.

What are people's problem here? I am not writing a first year sociology paper! I just wanted an idea of what people do when it comes to paying for working out, a general vibe, a general feel Why is this so offensive to you? I thought threads were supposed to let people speak and get different perspectives. If you hate my thread, then please do not read my thread. And thank you to everyone who answered productively!

I think I just may join!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 8:53 PM

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$125 for the whole year :D Open 24/7/365. Everything I want/need, except for a sauna or a pool. So I pay 96$/3mo for a pool pass...

But, my gym is at my dad's work, hence the sweet deal.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:02 PM

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Glad you got what you came for OP. I think you'll find the convenience worth it. I once belonged to a gym a block from my job and I went every morning 5 days a week. And if I slept in, I went over lunch or right after work - it was just so easy to make it a habit.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:04 PM

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original 3:38- why are you even posting if this thread is useless. its obviously useful for the Op and others care enough to help and be friendly- you are rude and the useless one!

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 10:43 AM

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I'm in Chicago, and a gym near my apartment was $52/month for nice equipment, locker rooms with a sauna, and classes. Nothing over-the-top, not personal lockers or laundry service or a pool or anything. Though it did have a climbing wall. And the $52/month was for a "non-peak" membership - I wasn't permitted to go between 5pm and 7:30pm on weeknights. For full access, it would've been $75/month.

The gym right next to my office is around $100/month for an individual, and maybe $185/month for a couple.

So I'm very jealous of those of you who have cheap gyms near you!!! Now I don't belong to a gym, but my building dos have a (pretty crappy) gym in it that I can use for free, but don't.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 10:59 AM

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From 3:38

Can't you see the IF clause, or could you not finish reading the sentence? Are you and the OP incapable of understanding that, for example, Gold's Gym in Louisville, Kentucky is going to cost half of what Gold's Gym costs in Las Vegas?? That's the point of calling the OP's question - which is all about membership prices - pointless without context. If you can't understand that location is relevant to price, then all you're going to do is spend a lot of time looking at local gyms with unrealistic expectations. Knock yourself out, maybe you'll burn a few calories in the process.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 11:12 AM

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How 'bout we not engage this loser who keeps coming back to read, check in on, and comment on this so-called useless thread!

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 11:50 AM

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LOL 11:50....I know!

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 11:55 AM

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I live in the UK and my gym is usually £35 ($70.5195) per month but I pay £20 ($40.3033) a month as a friend introduced me it was a special offer.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 12:18 PM

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I pay $29/month in the suburbs of DC for a mid-range gym. This was a pre-opening discount. The best rate they ever offered anyone to my knowledge was $21, and current list price is $55, I think. Probably not many people pay $55. I'll take a guess that $40 is typical now. This gets you 100ish pieces of cardio and a similar amount of resistance, some free classes, and sauna, all in a reasonably pleasant environment. No pool, basketball, tennis, handball, climbing wall, personal TV, massage, hairstylist, etc. Personal trainer, long-term locker rental, and babysitting service would be extra charges.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 4:15 PM

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Years ago I prepaid 24 hr for 3 years. Don't remember the exact amount but it was like $600, since every year has gotten cheaper. Now I pay $68 a year.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 5:51 PM

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UK member

I'm so jealous! Gym membership seems markedly cheaper in the US. I'm in central London and I pay £25 pcm ($50), but that's only because it is run by a charity and is effectively the nearest thing there is to a municipal gym - a lot of the equipment is very old and at the moment the hot water is not working in the ladies' showers. My old gym was £55 pcm ($110), with £80 to join. I have friends, however, who pay £90 ($182) a month, and that's not an unusual price for a good gym with all classes, new equipment and a pool. It can be far more per month.

Monday, September 03, 2007, 1:45 PM

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Uk too

Same here, the USA seems a lot cheaper, I pay £20 as stated in my earlier post but that was a special offer and it's usually £35, It's a nice gym with classes, sauna, nice locker rooms and steam/aromathreapy rooms but no pool or any extras. Personal trainers are additional to the cost. I belong to Fitness First which is a pretty big chain here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007, 5:56 AM

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I think the US seems so much cheaper first because of the exchange rate, but second, because more of the US consists of suburbs, small towns, and non-major cities. I live in downtown Chicago, and the gyms around me are very expensive - $70/month for a typical nice gym with new equipment and basic amenities, and well over $100/month for a nice gym with a pool and amenities like that. $40-$50/month will get you something that is maybe adequate, with older machines, no classes or few classes (or, pay-per-class in addition to membership), etc.

But remember, almost everything in the US costs about the same in dollars as things in the UK cost in pounds. Maybe slightly more, but not much. And with a pound being about 2 dollars, that's a huge difference! But, you get paid in pounds too!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007, 12:43 PM

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