When it comes to gym memberships, we all want to burn fat, not cash. So what are the best ways to save on gym memberships? Below we list our favorite ways to save, because after all, you’ll need that extra cash for all of those new workout clothes.
1) Free Trials
Take advantage of free gym trials. By shopping several gyms you will be able to find the right gym for you, prior to signing a contract. Gyms are now offering lengthier trials, typically between three to seven days. 24 Hour Fitness offers free trial passes at more than 400 locations, so there is no need to commit to a gym without trying it on for size first.
2) Negotiate Contract Terms
Most gyms have new members sign a contract agreement. If you aren’t happy with the proposed contract, speak up. The best way to negotiate a lower price is to know what the competitors are offering, so shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. Most gyms will be willing to match their competitors’ membership rates, especially if it means signing up a new member.
3) Join at the end of the Month
Most gyms have sales goals for each month. By looking to join at the end of the month employees are more likely to be flexible on monthly rates, initiation fees and contract terms to reach their sales goals.
4) Time of Year
Consider shopping for your membership during the slower months. Typically the colder months are much busier than the summer months due to the fact that many people exercise outside once it gets warmer. Membership rates tend to decrease at the end of the year and during the summer months. By purchasing a gym membership during the slower months you are more likely to receive the best deal.
5) Avoid the Contract
If at all possible, avoid the contract. By signing a contract you are agreeing to pay the monthly fee at a gym you may not like or need to quit half-way through your terms. Even if the monthly costs are a bit higher you will have more flexibility when it comes to your gym style and your wallet.
6) Let your Employer/Insurance Pay for your Membership
Several companies are offering employees gym membership reimbursement, or now have gyms on site. Check with your Human Resources department, and if your company does offer this perk, take advantage. Additionally, some health insurancecompanies are offering reimbursements now as well.
7) Only Pay for what you Use
Many fitness centers offer several perks, including childcare and group classes. If you are someone who just enjoys machines and weights, see if you can strip the extras off your membership. There is no need to pay for what you don’t use, and more gyms are offering membershipsthat cater to all types of clients.
Whether you love spinning or yoga, there are a number of gym memberships out there. No need to have your bank account sweating too!