Gym memberships can get quite expensive and with the higher costs of living in many areas, it can be difficult to afford a gym membership. Today we are going to look at some options for saving on your gym membership.
Consider Discount Gyms
For those who want to save money and can pass up some of the specialty equipment should consider a discount gym. One of the most well-known of these gyms is Planet Fitness that offers memberships for incredibly low rates. The base plan starts at just $10 a month.
Look For Existing Discounts
It turns out you may have discounts on gym memberships without knowing it. Take a look at your existing memberships to services like AAA or AARP. AAA, for example, has the Active & Fit discount to help members stay in better shape.
Another place that you might have discounts is through your employer. Many employers are starting to invest in the health of their employees as it saves them money in the long run. Talk to your HR department and see if there is an existing discount. If they don’t have a discount, explain the benefits of offering them and see if they would be willing to start a program.
Other common discounts are a military, student, and senior citizen discounts.
Explore All of Your Options
Don’t settle for a big name gym just because you have heard the name used before. Take a look at all of the gyms in your area and write down the cost of each one versus what you will get out of the membership. At the end you will have a list of all of the gyms and the costs. This can be used to help you determine which one is cheapest/offers what you want.
Sometimes you can also use this list to leverage a gym into giving you a better rate. This is more so true with smaller, local gyms that are more flexible.
Join As a Group With Family or Friends
Some gyms offer group memberships, especially if you live in the same household or are family members. Look for a gym that offers such a discount and get a membership with friends or family. This can save you a lot of money, especially if you split the gym costs evenly.
One way that some people save money is to use trial memberships at a variety of gyms until there are none left in the area. However, using this method you will eventually have to get a membership.
The benefits of doing this before getting a membership is that you will know which one is right and you will have the time to save up some money.
Offer To Pay Upfront
Some gyms will give you a much better rate if you can pay some, or all, of your payments upfront. While this is most commonly true with smaller gyms, you can find deals like this at some of the larger gyms too.
Gyms can be quite expensive but with these tips and tricks, you will be able to save some money for your next gym membership. Keep in mind that it never hurts to ask about available discounts or to do a little research beforehand. That includes reading Google reviews to see what past clients of the gym have to say.