Gyms for $10 a Month – Is There a Catch? What are the Pros and Cons?

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If you live in a fairly large city, chances are you have multiple gyms in the area all offering different prices for membership. I used to belong to a popular gym many years ago and my membership was around $40 a month, yikes! Looking back, I can't believe I paid that much. Now a days, with so much competition, you can find excellent deals without contracts. Today, I went to a local gym in the area with a good friend of mine to check out their membership options. They have been advertising gym memberships for $10 a month so we thought it was a good deal.

So What's the Catch?

First I'd like to state that not all gyms that offer reasonable prices work the way this one does. Of course, I went into the gym being skeptical. I knew it couldn't be a simple $10 month without a catch. We received a tour of the facility which was very well maintained and offered a variety of cardio and weight machines, as well as free weights. They also offered a variety of classes from yoga to Zumba.

Afterwards, we sat down with the gym employee who then went on to explain the membership pricing. This is how it broke down:

First Option

  • Enrollment fee - $199 (but on sale for $49)
  • Monthly fee - $10 (attend gym 3 days a week only)
  • Class fee - $5
  • Yearly fee - $19 (used for maintaining equipment, etc.)

Second Option

  • Enrollment fee - $199 (but on sale for $49)
  • Monthly fee - $14 (attend gym any day of the week)
  • Class fee - $5
  • Yearly fee - $19 (used for maintaining equipment, etc.)

Either option is month-to-month with no contract which is great so you don't feel locked in.

So, in the end, you're not really paying $10 a month if you choose to include the classes. You will either pay $15 for 3 days a week or $19 for every day of the week. I feel that the $10/month advertising is definitely used to lure new clients in. I understand that gyms are a business and need to make money so it is a very clever form of marketing in my opinion. Once you get the tour and discuss the options, the extra money seems unimportant for what you get.

Again, not all gyms work this way but it's important to prepare yourself for all of the fees that may be included once you sit down to discuss pricing. I think the huge benefit as compared to more popular gyms is that there is no contract and you can leave at anytime without feeling committed for months or years. You'll have to pay a bit more up front but it's worth it because of the low month-to-month payments.

I think the only con is that you go in expecting a lot more than what they offer. For $10 a month, I expected daily access instead of only 3 days a week.

What do you think? Do you belong to a gym that offers no contracts and reasonable membership fees?

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