Want to cut down on the cost of fitness. Check out my top tips for cutting your gym costs and see if you don’t find some useful advice!
Take Advantage Of Trial Offers
This is a handy policy that I first encountered at the same gym I’m currently using. The way it works is, you get a two-week trial period to work out for free before making any permanent commitment to the gym. This is a really brilliant system, I think. You get to try the full run of the gym’s facilities and, more importantly, its classes and trainers. If the instructors and trainers you work with during the trial period don’t fit your needs well, you can pass up the gym without wasting any money.
My gym is certainly not the only one that runs promotional trial offers like this. If you’re of a mind to cut your costs to an absolute minimum, you could actually bounce from trial offer to trial offer for quite a while, depending on how many gyms in your community have these sorts of programs. Even if you’re looking to commit to one gym in the long term, it’s still an excellent idea to try it out before investing your time and money in a membership. Here is a good post on the subject.
Opt For Punch Cards
Many gyms offer prepaid punch passes as an alternative to an all-inclusive monthly membership fee. In theory, this is a pricier way to make use of the gym’s facilities. According to a Berkley study, though, in the real world gym members who use 10-visit passes instead of monthly fees save about $600 a year. Punch cards are ideal if your schedule is tightly packed or you frequently work out on your own instead of hitting the gym.
Hold Off On Commitment
As you’ll probably hear from any new gym you’re considering, the best way to keep your monthly costs low is going to be signing up for a long-term contract. Most gyms want you to sign on for two years or even longer. There’s often a stiff penalty fee involved if you want to cancel your contract early, so you have to make absolutely certain the gym is right for you. Remember that it takes time (21 days, on average) to settle into a new workout routine; this makes it a good idea to give a gym an extended trial period of about a month before making any binding decisions. I’ve actually got a friend who signed up for a lifetime gym membership that she’s used a grand total of one time. Take your time to make absolutely certain you’re in it for the long haul before you sign a long-haul gym contract.
Take Advantage Of “Family” Programs
At a lot of health clubs, membership deals designed for families can actually be used by any group that pays together. Round up a few like-minded friends to take advantage of discounted group rates. Take the time to sort out your payment arrangements ahead of time – I suggest either setting up automatic payments or handing over your full membership fees to the person responsible for the group in advance.
Take a look online and you’ll find many sites that have been set up with the idea of saving people money on their gym membership and all of the clothing and nutrition around it. These can help you save plenty of cash on a lot of the regular costs of going to the gym such as supplements. Protein Promo is one such site, check out the current Musclefood discount codes & deals (£120+) February 2017 – pretty crazy and a great saving.
There are many websites out there now that will also offer you regular daily deals. These deals are often personalized for each member based on your stated preferences. You’ll see a regularly-rotating special offer every time you sign in. Bear in mind that these deals are usually limited-time offers; most of them must be redeemed within a period of time.