The Right Rates: Getting the Right Membership Price

Health club memberships fundamentally are a value-driven purchase – you are paying for access to a place that provides you with huge benefits to your life – health, looks, sex, friends, style (if you use it).

Clubs usually charge you an activation or enrollment fee along with monthly dues.

Discounts and Promotions

Generally, there are clubs that will offer promotions to get you to join, and there are clubs, that, as a policy never discount. You’ll be able to figure out which bucket each club fall into pretty quickly.

For those that offer discounts, you’ll want to make sure you ask about and take advantage of any current promotion the club is offering. In many cases, it might be free personal training
sessions. Take them up on this offer. Once you join, the impact of a few personal training sessions can be what you need to really spark your habitual use of the facility.

For those clubs that do not discount their dues, it is with good reason. Their decision to do so ensures that all members pay the same amount – so you can look around those peers working out with you and know that no one has a better deal than you.

Sometimes clubs that do not discount their dues amount will offer a promotion on the enrollment or upfront fees. Make sure you always ask about this, even if it is not brought to your attention.

Membership Dues

Gyms and health club memberships can run anywhere from around $20 a month to over $400 per month at the extreme. The bottom line is that in most cases, you get what you pay for. For some people, a set of weights, some treadmills, and a couple good machines will suffice, while others need a pool, a range of different classes, and a social atmosphere as well. While for some, a very basic gym meets their
needs, the others should not be afraid to pay a little more to belong to a facility that provides a wholesome atmosphere and community feeling. Don’t think of it as an extra cost- think of it as an investment in your health.

The Decision

Once you know all that you want to know about the gyms you have investigated, it is time to make a decision. It is important to take a step back from the situation – it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new gym, and sales people are likely to put pressure on you to sign immediately, which can later lead to regrets. The right club should be functional, convenient, and comfortable for you. After you’ve given the situation some thought and weighed the pros and cons of each gym, you’re safe to take the plunge! The sooner you get working on your fitness, the sooner you’ll start looking and feeling better!

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