Your membership at a gym can be very expensive. Typical memberships run between $30 and $70 per month. That works out to be an annual savings of between $360 and $840 if you cancel that membership.
You have to ask yourself two questions when it comes to being a member at a gym.
First, do you use that membership enough to justify spending the money on it? Is your once a month weight lifting binge or bi-monthly mile swim really worth seven hundred dollars? I leave you to ponder that question.
However! Second, couldn’t you find other ways to get your exercise without incurring the expense of a gym?
I live (for now) in Las Vegas, very close to The Strip. Rather than pay a monthly fee to a gym, every day I go out and do a brisk ten mile walk up the Strip one way and that back down the other. There are a lot of pedestrian overpasses all of which require walking up stairs (I never take the escalator). Often I will walk up and down the same stairs several times. I can assure you that all during my workout my heart is pounding just as much as it would were I in a gym.
This is a great workout for me, for which I have not paid one dime!
I will grant you that I miss the companionship and mutual motivation that comes from being surrounded by other dedicated gym rats. It is a tradeoff and you need to decide whether the atmosphere of a gym is worth the cost.
Surely there are self-guided work outs that you could do. Just use a little imagination. Take a look at your surroundings. Start off with a good walk, or run if you prefer, around the block or up and down the road.
Want to lift weights? Try filling jugs with water and lift those. Or fill bags with cans of food and use them as weights. Lift furniture, chop wood, lift the chopped wood. You can use door frames and wall for resistance. There are hundreds of items in your home or garage that can be lifted and put down and lifted again.
Your self-guided workout is limited, really, only by your imagination.
If you must have a gym membership, if you really need the dynamic of going to the gym to keep you working out, and I can truly understand this need, then there are a number of ways you can keep your membership cost down.
Haggle Over the Cost of Your Gym Membership
You can negotiate your membership cost. This is one of those places where it is possible to haggle.
You have to have done your research and know what other comparable gyms are offering in terms of price and services. And you have to go into the gym in person. This cannot be done over the phone. In person they can watch you walk out when they don’t offer you the deal you want.
I have never paid a fee for joining a gym just by using this technique. As I get to the door, the fee to join just somehow disappears. As if my magic.
Look for deals on memberships towards the end of the month. Gyms often have monthly quotas that they want to meet. If they are not meeting those goals, prices will start to come down.
Join Your Gym in the Summer
Similarly, consider the time of year when you join. Just after the New Year, during the season of about to fail resolutions and during colder months, memberships are at a premium. You should look for fee bargains during the summer and towards then end of the year. These are slower times for gym memberships, so they come cheaper.
There is no doubt that having a gym membership is a luxury. For the longest time I thought that it was something I could not live without (and very likely I will return to the gym when my finances improve), but with a little imagination and determination I proved that I could find a no cost alternative.
You can do that too!